Solo the short name for Surakarta, is a major city in Central Java, Indonesia. Together with Yogyakarta, these two great cultural centres are heirs of the Mataram kingdom that was split in 1755. Both centres are good bases for trips to nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites like the temple complexes of Borobudur and Prambanan.
Solo lies some 100 km (62 mi) south of Semarang and some 60 km (37 mi) east of Yogyakarta. As the 'twin' sister of Yogyakarta, this city looks much like the latter. But because Solo is not a provincial capital, this city has preserved much of its Javanese character. This also means that Solo is less touristy than Yogyakarta. The town is a centre of art and education and offers some good shopping. It is said to be the least westernised city in Central Java.
The formal name for the city is Surakarta. Less formal but widely used is Solo. From time to time you may see it written as Sala. This is because of a pronunciation quirk in Javanese that means final and penultimate -a are pronounced -o as in hot.
Historically, the Kasunanan Kingdom was the true heir of the Mataram Sultanate which ruled the whole Java from the 16th century to the late 17th century. In 1745 the Sultanate moved its court to Solo. However, by the end of the 18th century it suffered from internal court intrigues, rebellions and foreign manipulation by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). In 1755 the Sultanate split, with the Kasunanan Kingdom ruled by the reigning sovereign (Pakubuwono II) based in Solo and the Yogyakarta Sultanate, led by the rebel prince Mangkubumi (later Sultan Hamengkubuwono I), in Yogyakarta. In 1757, another rebel prince, Raden Mas Said, formed the Mangkunegaran Principality, motivated by disappointment with the king, who had collaborated with the VOC. During the following Dutch colonial rule the kingdoms, called Vorstenlanden (Land of the Princes) in Dutch, enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy and were recognized as vassal states of the Dutch empire.
Surakarta lost its autonomy because its rulers supported the Dutch during the Indonesian war of independence. Yogyakarta had supported the independence movement and became a special province, which it remains.
Solo is a centre of Central Javanese culture, notable for performances of wayang kulit (shadow puppet plays) and wayang wong (tales from the Ramayang and Mahabharata epics performed by actors on stage), accompanied by the traditional gamelan orchestra.
Today's Solo is a bustling economic centre of around 550,000 people, with 800,000 including suburbs.
The weather in July and August is hot and humid, with temperatures up to 33 °C (91 °F). Humidity levels are normally between 75% and 100%.
- 1 Tourist Information Centre, Jl Brigjend Slamet Riyadi, Sriwedari, Laweyan (in the Radya Pustaka museum complex.), ☎ .
The languages primarily spoken in Surakarta are Javanese and Indonesian. Public signs are written in Indonesian, occasionally with English, and occasionally with Javanese script. English is not widely spoken although hotel and airline staff generally speak an acceptable level of English.
- 2 Adisumarmo International Airport (SOC IATA) (14 km (8.7 mi) north of the city). Direct flights from Jakarta (one hour), Bali (one hour) or Kuala Lumpur (two hours).
One-way flights from Jakarta cost around Rp500,000. Up to 20 flights per day from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta and Halim Perdanakusuma airports operated by Garuda, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, and Nam Air.
- Transfer at Kuala Lumpur — direct AirAsia flights from Kuala Lumpur will resume in January 2017.
Getting into the city
- Bus — the rapid transit bus Batik Solo Trans goes to the city centre, calling at the train and bus stations. It operates daily 06:00-18:00 and costs Rp20,000 per trip. It departs about every 20 minutes.
- Taxi — there is a fixed fare service, booked at the taxi counter. Name your destination, pay, and you will be assigned a taxi.
You will arrive into one of Solo's four railway stations:
- 3 Balapan Station (Stasiun Kereta Api Solo Balapan), Jl Wolter Monginsidi No. 112, Kestalan. Solo's largest station, opened in 1873. Mainly serves the executive and business class services, as far as Jakarta in the west and Surabaya in the east, including Argo Lawu, Argo Dwipangga, Bima and Gajayana from Jakarta, Lodaya from Bandung, Argo Wilis and Turangga between Bandung and Surabaya and Sancaka from Surabaya. Serves a limited number of economy and commuter trains.
- 4 Purwosari Station (Stasiun Kereta Api Solo Purwosari), Jl Slamat Riyadi No. 502, Laweyan. Serves economy and commuter trains running on the southern line through Jogja and Purwokerto on to Cirebon, Bandung and Jakarta to the west, and Blitar, Malang and Surabaya in the east. Built in 1875.
- 5 Jebres Station (Stasiun Kereta Api Solo Jebres), Jl Ledoksari No. 1, Purwadiningratan. Serves all trains, of whatever class, that use the line north to Semarang.
- 6 Kota Station (Stasiun Kereta Api Solo Kota), Jl Sungai Sambas, Sangkrah. A small station only serving the commuter line to Sukoharjo and Wonogiri to the south.
From Yogyakarta, trains leave for Solo every hour or so.
You will arrive at:
- 7 Tirtonadi Bus Terminal (Teriminal Tirtonadi), Jl A. Yani, Gilingan. In the centre of town, close to the Balapan train station. Services from across Java, and beyond.
The city's main avenue, Jl Slamet Riyadi has pavements (sidewalks) courtesy of Mayor Jokowi. On Sundays, it is closed to traffic between 06:00 and 09:00 for various leisure activities for the town's citizens. Many hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and tourist attractions are on this street. At the end of the street is the entrance to the alun-alun (palace square) and the royal palace complex.
Because it is still quite small, travelling within Solo is relatively easy, but quickly getting frustratingly slow due to weight of traffic.
By ride-hailing app
Go-jek and Grab are all active in Solo. It is worth getting an Indonesian SIM card with data, to allow you to use the apps. It is also good to have a little Indonesian or Javanese, as the driver will normally call you after taking the job, to confirm your location.
Taxis are cheap, and you can book for the whole trip. You can negotiate for the price. Ask in your hotel reception if they can arrange one for you. Taxis are available on the airport and train stations.
After November 2014 subsidized gasoline price increase, almost all taxis have relatively same tariff. Flagfall for the first kilometer Rp 5,500, the next kilometer Rp 375/100 meters, waiting time (including trap in traffic jam) Rp 37,500, minimum payment Rp 20,000, order by phone minimum payment Rp 25,000.
Their phone numbers are:
- Kosti Solo ☎ +62 271 856300
- Solo Sentral (or Central) ☎ +62 271 728728
- Bengawan ☎ +62 271 734666
- Gelora ☎ +62 271 7004999
- Sakura ☎ +62 271 644194
- Angkasa ☎ +62 271 781315
- Mahkota Ratu ☎ +62 271 655666
- Aravia. Jl Kratonan. ☎ +62 271 636468.
- Central, Jl Laksda Adisucipto 78. ☎ +62 271 728728.
The Batik Solo Trans (BST) bus network is subsidized by local government, and is the cheapest transport in town, Rp4,500. There are eight corridors.
Driving in Indonesia is rarely rewarding. Not recommended.
Charter with driver
- Citra Persada. Jl Pagelaran 69-B. ☎ +62 271 780433.
- Riz. Jl Dr Rajiman 354.☎ +62 271 742926.
- Solo. Jl Yosodipuro 38. ☎ +62 271 7076610.
- Yan. Jl Sriwijaya 11 RT 002/03. ☎ +62 271 717541.
By becak, ojek and andong
These pedicabs, motorcycle taxis and horse-drawn carriages are found across the city, and used for short journeys. Becaks and andongs are also popular for leisure jaunts. The ojek ride-sharing service, Go-jek, is available in Solo, with booking through an app.
1 Northern alun-alun (Alun-alun lor). Large open field associated with the royal palace. A favourite place for walking, jogging, hanging out during free time. Usually has food stalls. Best times of the day are early morning, late afternoon or in the evening.
- Keraton Kasunanan. Palace of the Pakubuwono Kings. A large and beautiful palace built in 1675 that combines traditional Javanese and classical European styles. Facility: museum, art and cultural centre.
- Alun-Alun or the King's ground.
- Museum Keraton or Palace's museum.
- Puro Mangkunegaran. Palace of the Mangkunegara Princes. A beautiful palace built in 1757 with an awe-inspiring main audience hall. Facility: museum, art and cultural centre. Entry fee: Rp 15,000, photo fee Rp 3,500.
- Pamedan Mangkunegaran, or the Mangkunegara's ground.
- 2 House of Danar Hadi (Danar Hadi batik museum), Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 261, ☎ . 09:00-16:00. The 10,000-piece collection of batik magnate Santosa Doellah, the owner of Batik Danar Hadi, said to be the biggest in Indonesia. A variety of batik from different cultural influences and periods: Javanese, Chinese, Indian and colonial Dutch. An interesting piece is the Dutch-influenced "Snow White" and "Little Red Riding Hood" batik, which depict fairytale scenes. Adjacent is a batik shop and the Soga Café. Behind the museum is a workshop where you can see the process of batik making from start to finish. The building is a 19th century mansion of a Javanese noble family, called Ndalem Wuryaningratan with an architectural style that combines traditional Javanese and classical European styles. Rp25,000 including a guided tour in English.
- 3 National Press Monument (Monumen Pers Nasional), Jl. Gajah Mada No. 59, ☎ , , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A monument and museum to the national Indonesian press. Formally established in 1978, more than 20 years after it was first proposed, the complex consists of an old society building, which was constructed in 1918 and used for the first meeting of the Reporters Association of Indonesia (Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia, or PWI), as well as several subsequent expansions; it is listed as a Cultural Property of Indonesia. The National Press Monument has a collection of over a million newspapers and magazines, as well as a variety of exhibitions and artefacts related to the history of the press in Indonesia. Facilities include a multimedia room, free-to-read newspapers, and a library.
- 4 Radya Pustaka Museum, Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 275. Various cultural and historical artifacts including Hindu-Buddhist sculptures, wayang kulit (leather puppet), kris (Javanese daggers) and old texts.
- 5 Sangiran Early Man Site Museum (Museum Purbakala Sangiran), Kalijambe, Sragen, Krikilan, Kabupaten Karanganyar (16 km (9.9 mi) north of Solo.), ☎ . 07:30-16:00. The museum is very clean, luxurious, modern, air-conditioned, and professionally built. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an archeological treasure trove of fossils and remnants from the prehistoric era. The most important discovery however was the skeleton of the Java Man (Pithecanthropus erectus) an important predecessor of the modern human. The site contains a museum housing the archaeological finds as well as an archaeological park.
- 6 Tien Kok Sie Temple (Wihara Sudiroprajan, Klenteng Sudiroprajan, Vihara Avalokiteśvara), Jl RE Martadinata No.14, Sudiroprajan (to the south side of Pasar Gede). Temple combining elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism (sometimes known as tridharma), built in 1745.
- 7 Masjid Agung Surakarta (Solo Grand Mosque). The royal mosque of the Surakarta Sunanate. It was built by Sunan Pakubuwono III in 1763.
- 8 Sahasra Adhi Pura (Pura Sonosewu), Sonosewu, Wirun, Mojolaban, Sukoharjo Regency (5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Solo), e-mail: email@example.com. A new Javanese Hindu temple and Kundalini yoga centre with 50 miniatures of sacred sites from around the world. Offers Ganesha fire meditation at 17:00 Mo and Th.
Ancient Hindu-Buddhist temples
Though relics of the heyday of Hinduism and Buddhism in Java, many of these candi (CHAN-dee) are still actively used for worship.
9 Candi Sukuh and 10 Candi Cetho are atmospheric Javanese-Hindu temples built in the 15th century, high on Mount Lawu. Candi Sukuh is 900m above sea level, Cetho higher still at 1,500m. A day-trip can be made from Solo, with a car.
- Prambanan temple complex is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. It lies 50km to the west, just before entering Yogyakarta.
- 11 Taman Sriwedari, Jl Brigjend Slamet Riyadi No.275, Sriwedari, Laweyan, ☎ . Watch classical Javanese theatre in the form of shadow play wayang kulit or wayang wong performed by actors on a stage at this amusement park. Tales from the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, accompanied by a live gamelan orchestra. Also has a children's playground and a food court serving Javanese food.
- 12 Jurug Zoo. Facility: zoo, aquarium.
- Taman Balekambang (Balekambang Park)
Solo holds numerous events and festivals every year. Listed below are major, routine events which showcase the city's unique value (exact date and venue may vary, but the information shown would be quite close to assume future events)
|Every Rabbi' al-awwal month of the Islamic calendar)||Kraton Kasunanan Royal Palace Northern Courtyard (alun-alun lor).
A week-long festival to commemorate the birthday of prophet Muhammad. Noted for its distinct Javanese elements and pasar malam.
|Solo Great Sale||February||Various stores, shopping malls, and services across the city|
|Imlek and Grebeg Sudiro||Chinese New Year||Pasar Gede Hardjonagoro. A festival to celebrate the new year of lunar calendar. The grebeg is the accompanying parade showing Chinese variety arts and models of mountain made of foods which will be fought over by people attending the event|
|Solo Karnaval||February||Jl Slamet Riyadi|
|Festival Jenang Solo||February||Jl Ngarsopuro|
|Solo 24 Jam Menari (Solo Dances for 24 Hours)||April||Indonesia Institute of Arts (Institut Seni Indonesia/ISI)|
|Solo Keroncong MusicFestival||July||Fort Vastenburg|
|Solo Batik Carnival||June||Fort Vastenburg|
|Solo City Jazz Festival||September||Various locations across the city|
|Solo International Performing Arts (SIPA) festival||September||Fort Vastenburg|
|Kirab Malam Satu Suro||Islamic New Year||Kraton Kasunanan Royal Palace and Pura Mangkunegaran Palace|
|Indonesia International Mask Festival||October||Location varies every year|
|Rock in Solo||Has most recently been held in October or November||Location varies every year|
- Mandi lulur A traditional skin-care done by rubbing special spices to the skin to exfoliate it. Very relaxing. Many hotels offer this service. Or ask your hotel reception for a reputable place.
- Sepoor Kluthuk Ride in an old train, with stops at Loji Gandrung and Kampung Batik Kauman, costs about Rp 100,000. Check the schedule at the Tourist Information Centre.
- Masangin (masuk antara dua beringin = passing two ficus trees). This simple and fun game is held at South Alun-alun (Sultan's square). The participant is blindfolded and he/she must walk straight to pass two ancient ficus trees. Even though it sounds like an easy task, most participants usually fail. After that, you can go to the food stalls around the corner, relax a bit and have a sip of warm Wedang Ronde (ginger drink).
- Sunday Morning at Solo Car Free Day (or Solo CFD), every Sunday, the wide main boulevard of Slamet Riyadi in Solo is crowded with thousands of people doing all sort of things. Wake up early at 5-7AM and head to the Slamet Riyadi to do a bit of exercise. After that, you can taste many kind of foods sold by stalls there. The menu includes Liwet Rice, Bubur Ayam (Chicken Porridge), and Soto. Don't forget to check the batik stalls nearby.
- Becak or Andong ride, take a short trip around the town using Becak or Andong cart.
- Shop at Traditional Market, witness local habits by visiting Solo's traditional market such as Pasar Gede and Pasar Klewer.
- Reflexology, achieve soothing experience by having a short reflexology massage.
You can buy anything made with batik in Solo, in fabrics from silk to cotton. Hand drawn batik (tulis) is more expensive than those made using 'stamp' (batik cap).
- 1 Pasar Klewer (Klewer Market) (by the west gate of the northern alun-alun.). A traditional market for textiles, mostly batik. Make sure to haggle.
- Pusat Grosir Solo (Solo Wholesale Centre) (near the Keraton and Pasar Klewer). 5-stories of clothing and batik at competitive prices.
- Batik Danar Hadi, Jl Dr Rajiman 164. ☎ +62 271 644126.
- Batik Keris, Desa Cemani Selatan Laweyan. ☎ +62 271 721217.
- Batik Semar, Jl Laksda Adisucipto 101. ☎ +62 271 722937
- Kampung Batik Laweyan, Jl. Dr. Rajiman Laweyan.
- Kampung Batik Kauman, Nearby Kraton Kasunanan. The batik products of Kauman village are made from natural silk and weaving silk materials, and premmisima cotton.
- 2 Pasar Triwindu (Triwindu Market). Slightly overpriced, but you can find some pretty interesting things here.
- Windujenar. A popular antique market in Solo. Beware of counterfeits but, if you look carefully, you might find an item from the palace.
- Ngarsopuro Saturday Night Market, Jl Slamet Riyadi. Night Market with beautiful lamps. Located at the same place with Windujenar above. (Only open every Saturday night)
- 3 Pasar Gede (Pasar Gede Harjonagoro), Jl Urip Sumoharjo, Sudiroprajan (Right opposite the city hall (Balaikota)). All day, every day. In contrast to some wet markets, this one is quite dry underfoot, and the smell isn't too bad. Great for browsing, to see the variety of goods and foodstuffs that are traded. The building was designed by Thomas Karsten and opened in 1930. Look out for roasted cashewnuts at good prices. If going by taxi or bécak, ask for (PAH-sar GUH-day). You can continue your sightseeing at the Tien Kok Sie Chinese temple on the southern side of the market.
The older malls are in the centre of town:
- 4 Solo Square, Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 451.
- 5 Solo Grand Mall, Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 313.
- Solo Paragon Mall, Jl Yosodipuro 133. including Hotel and Apartment
The newer and more upmarket malls are in the southern expansion area for Solo, Solo Baru, including Hartono Mall, Jl Raya Solo Baru
- Solo Center Point, Jl Slamet Riyadi 373. Computer Market with Condotel by Aston
- Singosaren Plaza, Jl Gatot Subroto
- Luwes Mall, Jl Veteran
- Ratu Luwes, Jl S. Parman
- Sami Luwes, Jl Honggowongso
- Gading Luwes, Jl Veteran
- Beteng Trade Center, located just next to Pusat Grosir Solo
The food of Solo can be typified through the use of frying, coconut milk, and a mix of sweet and savory flavours. Some dishes may be plant-based (e.g. pecel) but being vegetarian cannot be guaranteed due to the widespread use of fermented fish seasoning (terasi). The selection of meat available, and the preparation, will be based on halal precepts. Solo's culinary life is 24 hours, with some stalls only opening at 02:00 and being sold out by 05:00.
- Galabo Night Food Court (near Beteng Trade Center/Pusat Grosir Solo), ☎ . after 18:00. Street of food vendors. Hundreds of tables under umbrellas. Closed if raining. Orders are placed with the food vendor and they bring it to your table.
- Kusuma Sari, Jl Yos Sudarso 81, ☎ . Good food and reasonable price. Try the guava juice.
- Wong Solo, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 299, ☎ .
- Ayam Tim Goreng Bu Better, Jl Raya Palur 229, Palur Kulon, ☎ .
Soto is a sort-of clear soup made from vegetables, spices, chicken or beef. You can find various kinds of soto in Solo:
- Soto Bangkong, Jl Dr Rajiman 536 RT 002/05, ☎ . Branch of famous restaurant in Semarang
- Gading, Jl Brigjen Katamso 75, ☎ .
- Kendit, Jl RM Said 227 RT 001/06, ☎ .
- Kuali, Jl Beteng Bl D/6, ☎ .
- Prawit, Jl Kapt P Tendean 172, ☎ .
- Bakmi Jawa Padmasari, Jl Pulanggeni no 46, Tipes, ☎ . Bakmi Jawa are fried or soupy noodles found across Java. Traditionally cooked on a charcoal stove (anglo) to give it the distinctive taste. Approximately Rp12,000.
- Timlo Solo, Jl Jend Urip Sumoharjo 94, ☎ . Timlo is made from seasoned chicken liver, eggs and fried pastry with meat filling (sosis Jawa). Approx Rp50,000.
- Timlo Sastro, Jl Kapt Mulyadi 28, ☎ .
- Tirai Bamboe, Jl Ronggowarsito62, ☎ . Go early for dinner. It was full by 19:00 when we were there.
- Gudeg Margoyudan (Gudang Ceker), Jl Wolter Monginsidi. 01:00-05:00. Gudeg is worth a try in Solo, even though the gudeg of Jogja is acclaimed as being the original and best. Gudeg from Jogja is considered drier and sweet, while that from Solo is saltier with more sauce. This one is very popular and often crowded.
- Adem Ayem, Jl Slamet Riyadi 342, ☎ .
- 1 Serabi Notosuman Nyonya Lidia (Mrs Lidia's Serabi Notosuman), Jl Mr. Moh. Yamin No.28, Jayengan, ☎ . 06:00-17:00. Serabi are pancakes made from rice flour and coconut milk. Extremely popular as oleh-oleh carry-home gifts, but are much better eaten warm from the shop. There are many versions including with chocolate sprinkles. This is the original shop for this brand, but there are branches across Central Java and beyond.
- Nini Thowong, Widuran
Nasi Liwet, similar to "Nasi Uduk" from Jakarta or West Java, is rice cooked in coconut milk. Jl Keprabon is famous for it, particularly Bu Lemu.
- Solo offers a rich varieties of snacks, from dry: (onde-onde ceplus, kripik cakar, kripik paru, kerak nasi goreng) to keleman (fresh snack) (solo, wajik, jadah, kue ku, lapis, cara bikang). Sosis Solo is chopped beef with spices wrapped in a thin egg pancake. You can find many varieties of traditional fresh snacks in Pasar Gede.
For those that need it, there are fast food outlets, Kentucky Fried Chicken on Jl Jend A Yani, McDonalds on Jl Dr Rajiman, Pizza Hut on Jl Slamet Riyadi and Oishi Bento in Solo Grand Mall.
- Soga Restaurant & Lounge, Jl Slamet Riyadi 261, ☎ . 11:00-22:00. In the House of Danar Hadi complex. This is a proper casual dining restaurant, the cuisine offered is a blend of traditional Javanese as well as some western/Dutch colonial cuisine. Dishes are presented elegantly and the atmosphere is grand and cosy, with colonial antiques and batik decorating the interior as well as TVs. Live piano and music every night. An alternative to the street food culture prevalent in Solo. The food is moderately priced and delicious,
- 2 O Solo Mio, Jl Sutowijoyo No.9 (opposite the Novotel), ☎ . 11:00-23:00. Wood-fired pizza.
- Diamond, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 392, ☎ .
- Orient, Jl Brigjen Slamet Riyadi 397, ☎ .
Because of Islamic dietary laws, most eating places do not offer alcohol, and only few licensed hotels and restaurants will offer national and international brands of beer and wines. Solo's local alcohol is called ciu, a local adaptation of Chinese wine. Drink it at your own risk.
The folks of Solo love sweet drinks combining natural fruits with coconut water or coconut milk, and palm sugar. Dawet (known as cendol in West Java and Jakarta) adds little green jelly worms into the mix. Usually served with ice.
Gempol plered is made from coconut milk with riceflour balls, with a sweet and slightly salty taste.
- Arini, ☎ , . Approx Rp150,000.
- Caka Homestay, Jl Cakro 2 No. 15, Kauman, ☎ . Clean fan rooms with outside bathrooms; has a swimming pool. Rp120,000.
- Kusuma, Jl Rajiman No. 374, ☎ , . Approx Rp180,000.
- Mulia Keprabon, Jl Ahmad Dahlan No. 7, ☎ . Approx Rp100,000.
- Istana Griya, Jl KH Dahlan No. 22, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 18 room homestay minutes from the public bus station. Standard, deluxe and suite in Solonese architectural style. Very friendly staff.
- Mandala Wisata, Jl Perintis Kemerdekaan No. 12, ☎ . A few minutes from the airport. A/C, TV, hot/cold water, and free wifi. Approx Rp200,000.
- Omah Gading Guesthouse, Cluster Gading Regency D2, ☎ . Cable TV, kitchen with cooking appliances and family rooms. Approx Rp450,000 for a house with 2-3 A/C bedrooms.
- 1 De Solo Boutique Hotel, Jl Dr. Sutomo No. 8-10, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. 19 rooms and suites. 20 min to the airport, 15 minutes to Balapan train station or Tertonadi bus station. From Rp500,000.
- 3 Novotel, Jl Slamet Riyadi No. 272, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 star. Business centre, meeting rooms and a ballroom. Outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, massage therapy and a restaurant and bar. Close to shopping centres, traditional markets, buses and trains close by.
- Riyadi Palace Hotel, Jl Gajah Mada No. 23, ☎ , . 3 star.
- 4 Rumah Turi Eco-Hotel, Jl Srigading II No. 12, Turisari (Real close to the northeast corner of Solo Paragon Mall.), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. The region's first green boutique hotel steeped in modern minimalist style. Winner of the ASEAN award for energy efficiency. Has a no smoking/no noise/no food policy in the elevated pendopo on the roof with soft teak floor, for use as a meditation space, for yoga practice or relaxing.
- Sahid Kusuma Hotel, Jl Sugiopranoto No. 20, ☎ . 4 star
- Sahid Raya Hotel, Jl Gajah Mada 82, ☎ . 4 star. Next to Solo Palace.
- 5 Sunan Hotel Solo (previously the Quality Inn Solo), Jl Ahmad Yani No. 40, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 star with coffee shop, meeting room, music room, fitness centre, and Japanese restaurant. 5 km (3.1 mi) from the Pasar Klewer, 15 minutes from the airport and five minutes from Balapan station. Business, conference and banqueting facilities. 127 rooms including a presidential suite, two suites, eight junior suites, 14 executive business rooms and 102 deluxe rooms.
- Baron Indah Hotel, Jl Dr Radjiman No. 392, Laweyan (Behind Solo Grand mall), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 27 standard and 10 deluxe rooms, free airport transfer, spa, free wi-fi in the lobby and restaurant, business centre, meeting rooms. Rp462,000.
- Lor-in Solo, Jl Adisucipto No. 47, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A 5-star hotel located close to the airport. Spa. Rp1,000,000.
- 7 Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel, Jl Dr Rajiman No. 501, Laweyan, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Bijou boutique hotel in a former wealthy batik merchant's house, built in 1938, in the Laweyan batik district. Set behind walls on a busy road, the splash of fountains helps to deaden the noise of traffic.
The local area code for Solo is 0271.
There are many internet cafes which offer access to the internet. Some hotels provide wifi in the lobby. There is free wifi on Jl Slamet Riyadi.
The 24-hour Indomarts and Alfamarts sometime offer free wifi and charging points, but can be a little noisy.
- Ambulance ☎ 118.
- Police ☎ 110.
- Solo Police HQ. Jl. Adisucipto 2, Manahan. ☎ +62 271 712600.
- Surakarta Police station. Jalan Slamet Riyadi 376. ☎ +62 271 740683, +62 271 713003.
Hospitals with 24 hr emergency room (Ruang Darurat)
- RSUD Moewardi. Jl. Kol. Sutarto 132. Jebres. ☎ +62 271 634634.
- RS Dr. Oen I. Jl. Brig Katamso No 55. ☎ +62 271 643139, (Fax +62 271 642026).
- RS Dr. Oen II. Komplek Perum Solo Baru. ☎ +62 271 620220, (Fax +62 271 622555).
- RS Kasih Ibu. Jl. Slamet Riyadi no, 354. ☎ +62 271 714422, (Fax +62 271 717722).
- RS Panti Waluyo. Jl A. Yani No. 1. ☎ +62 271 712077.
- RS Brayat Minulyo, Jl Dr Setiabudi 106. ☎ +62 271 716646, (Fax +62 271 727309).
Services for handicapped people
Solo has a long history of supporting handicapped people, and was designated as the host of ASEAN Paralympic Games 2011. It has handicap-friendly bus stops and walkways, something rare in Indonesia, and is home to the Dr. Soeharso Hospital, a centre for Training on Rehabilitation for Physically Handicapped Persons, which shares information with other developing countries.
Smoking in government buildings is banned in Solo.
- Yogyakarta (old spelling: Jogjakarta) is a more tourist city located close to Solo. The easiest is by car, or charter a taxi (approx. 90 - 120 min)depend of traffic. Taking the train can also be an option, Prambanan Express (Prameks) leaves frequently during the day (usually catering for the commuter workers) from Solo Balapan and Purwosari Station. Ticket costs Rp 10,000 (US$1) one way. Train ride is about one hour and the last stop will be Tugu Station in Yogyakarta right in the northwestern side of Malioboro, and Maguwo station close to Adisucipto airport.
- Borobudur Temple Compounds is a series of three Buddhist temples, most famous of them is Borobudur Temple, which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument comprise six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa. A particularly scenic route would be to travel through the Selo and Ketep Pass in Boyolali, located between Mount Merapi and Merbabu with breathtaking views of both mountains and directly to Magelang, without going through Yogya. The whole journey should take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours with a rented or private car.
- Tawangmangu, a hill station located on the slopes of Mount Lawu, a dormant volcano which straddles the border between Central Java and East Java. It is an hour drive from Solo, and is a popular weekend getaway for the Solonese. Tawangmangu is also famous for its natural scenery, with waterfalls (Grojogan Sewu and Jumog Waterfall) and breathtaking views. For those who are not faint-hearted, it is also possible to climb to the top of Mount Lawu (3,265 m) from Tawangmangu, which is a 7 hours hike to the peak.
- Mount Merapi, an active volcano looming over the city.