The Lor In – Solo, Central Java – Spiritual and a Value

The Sleeping Buddha in the Pool at the Lor In Hotel


On the road I happened to wander into a hotel in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. It showed little from the outside, but once inside it was so strikingly beautiful that I found myself wandering about completely wrapped up in its charms. The Lor In hotel in Solo, Central Java, is such an incredibly beautiful place….I’d say spiritual, too. And, for about $50 – $60 a night, it’s a flat out value.

The stonework is amazing, as are the landscape design and planting.  Check out my photos of the Lor In at my “Travel Photos” link.

Solo is a city in Central Java, one of the main Islands of Indonesia.  Jakarta, the capital, is on the northwest coast of Java. While almost any town of any size in Indonesia has a certain mystique about it, its exotic and off-beat restaurants, mix of people, and old palaces and gardens from earlier eras.

The Pool for My Morning & Evening Swim

I like the Indonesian people a great deal; they are a warm, finely-crafted and beautiful Asian people with abundant smiles and gentle humor. But all that being said, you do have to be careful;  Westerners off the beaten path can be easy pickings for a poverty-stricken criminal element.

During the age of colonialism, the Dutch, too late in the game for the Americas, put in the claim to the East Indies, or the Dutch East Indies as they became known. Aside from finding and exploiting huge oil deposits – ever heard of Royal Dutch Shell? – the Dutch passed along their furniture making skills to the Indonesians. And these guys can make great furniture. Check back later when I have pics of what I imported from Indonesia on my blog.

Take a few moments to see my photos of the Lor In hotel.  The flowers and planting are amazing and the grounds are incredible.  By the way, I took these photos of the Lor In at the time with some cheapy point and shoot, so cut me some slack. J

If you’re passing through Solo, Central Java, the Lor In is the place I’d stay.




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    • Bart Nedelman says:

      Thanks a lot, Daigoumee – glad you liked it. The Lor In was a special find. I got stuck here in Newport, so I’m trying to get out to Cozumel, and will probably make it back to Indonesia, maybe even this year. I should have an article about the teak table makers of central Java in a few days.


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