History of Majapahit Hotel | Oranje Hotel | Yamato Hotel | LMS Hotel
Hotel Majapahit is a historic hotel in Surabaya, the capital of the province of East Java, Indonesia. It was inaugurated in 1910 under the name “Hotel Oranje” by Martin Sarkies, from the famous family of Armenian hoteliers Sarkies, to whom we owe the construction of many luxury hotels in Southeast Asia. Sarkies is the founding family of Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Strand Hotel in Burma, The Eastern and Oriental Hotel in Penang.
During the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, the hotel was renamed “Yamato” after the historic birthplace of Japan. It went down in the history of Indonesia with the incident of the “Yamato hotel”, when in November 1945 young Indonesian patriots tore off the blue part of the Dutch flag it was flying, leaving only the red one. and white, which is the Indonesian flag. This incident, without being the cause, was followed by the Battle of Surabaya.
Following this incident, the hotel was renamed the Merdeka Hotel (Independence Hotel).
In 1946, the Sarkies brothers returned to manage the hotel and renamed it the L. M. S. Hotel for Lucas Martin Sarkies.
In 1969, Mantrust Holdings Co. bought the hotel and renamed it Hotel Majapahit, after the historic kingdom of Majapahit. The hotel was restored in 1994 by Harry Susilo, a prominent local Chinese businessman, at a cost of $ 51 million. It reopened on January 19, 1996 as the Mandarin Oriental Majapahit Surabaya Hotel, managed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. It was bought by the CCM Group in 2006 and renamed Hôtel Majapahit.
In 2014, the Majapahit hotel was officially recognized as a monument of cultural heritage by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
During the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, the hotel was renamed “Yamato” after the old name of Japan. It went down in the history of Indonesia with the incident of the “Yamato hotel”, when in November 1945, young Indonesian patriots tore off the blue part of the Dutch flag that the hotel was displaying, leaving only red and white, meaning the Indonesian flag. This incident, without being the cause, will be followed by the Battle of Surabaya.
All rooms have air conditioning, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe and a large desk. Some also have a seating area.
Located in the heart of Surabaya, a 3-minute walk from Tunjungan Square, Hotel Majapahit Surabaya MGallery offers rooms with marble and gold-plated bathrooms. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, this 5-star hotel has a spa and health club with an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
Address: Jl. Tunjungan No.65
Surabaya – Jawa Timur 60275
Telephone: +62 31 5454333
Food and Beverages at the Majapahit Hotel
Guests can enjoy Eurasian cuisine at Indigo Restaurant, while Sarkies Seafood Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine. The Toko Deli prepares a variety of cakes and pastries. For your convenience, a free shuttle service to Grand City Shopping Center is provided.
Spa and Swimming Pool
The spa at Hotel Majapahit Surabaya MGallery offers various wellness and beauty treatments to relax your body, mind and soul. The health club has a gym and a tennis court.
Monumen Kapal Selam is just a 12-minute walk away. Juanda International Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive away.
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