Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel, Bandung

More than 100 years old, the Savoy Homann Hotel is Bandung’s best-known hotel, particularly for its Art Deco décor. The hotel was built in 1939 designed by Dutch architect Albert Aalbers. It is revered for its Colonial Art Deco style, both inside & out, and the hotel is still open today. The travel detail has stunning Art Deco graphics, depicting the exterior of the building with stylized text around the outside, reading “Savoy Homann-Hotel Bandoeng, Java – IND.”

Like a fulfillment of the statement, in 1955, the hotel, which was initially only a wooden house, became known internationally as it was selected to accommodate delegations attending the historic Asian-African Conference. The original structure of the hotel had been standing since 1884, when Bandung had fewer than 10 permanent buildings.

savoy-homannIt was a house owned by the family of Adolf Homann from Germany. As time went on, it became a bigger bungalow that was rented by European families.

As it earned its reputation, the owner gradually renovated it into a bigger hotel. The building took on the features of the art deco style popular in 1920s Europe, according to Teuscher, as quoted by Haryoto Kunto in the latter’s book, Savoy Homann: Persinggahan Orang-Orang Penting (The Stopover Place for Important People).

In February 1937 it was renovated again under the helm of Dutch architect AF Aalbers and “Savoy” was added to its name. Some of the rooms used by state leaders in 1955 are located in the eastern part of the hotel, which is now called the AA (Asia-Africa) Wing.  The wing has balconies facing the historical Jl. Asia-Afrika. Room 144, where Indian prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stayed, is now called the Nehru Room.

Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, once stayed in room 244 while Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai in room 344. When President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hosted the 50th commemoration of the conference in 2005, he stayed in Sukarno’s room.

savoy-homann 3In 1955, Asian and African leaders walked from the hotel to the Merdeka Building where the conference was held. The historical walk was repeated by leaders from the two continents in 2005 and will be repeated again during the 60th commemoration on Friday. Among other notable world figures that have stayed in the hotel are American actor and actress Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford in 1927.

Savoy Homann Bidakara offers elegant rooms in Bandung’s city centre. Featuring free Wi-Fi in public areas, enjoy 4-star comfort in air-conditioned rooms that have carpeted floors, seating area and classic wood furnishings. A TV with cable channels and free tea/coffee making amenities are provided.

Regular workouts can be maintained at Savoy Homann’s fitness centre. Alternatively, video and traditional games are available in the games room. Staffs are available throughout the day to attend to guest requests and laundry needs.

savoy-homann 2Garden Restaurant serves a variety of local and Asian favourites as well as Western dishes. Steak specialties are available at Sidewalk Cafe while the Batavia Bar offers refreshing cocktails.

Easily accessible from the Asia Afrika Museum, Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel is a 30-minute drive from Husein Sastranegara Airport. It is a 2-hour train ride from Jakarta.

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