Inforial (The Jakarta Post)
Fri, December 9, 2022
The newly opened Padma Hotel Semarang, located on the prestigious street of Sultan Agung, has already attracted local and international attention, recently winning its first award for the Readers’ Choice Favorite Hotel by Exquisite Media.
This is no doubt due to its luxurious concept amidst the hustle and bustle of Semarang. The modernity of its architectural and interior design, subtly combined with Javanese cultural influence, further defines the feel of a second home away from home.
The hotel draws its essence from the city’s multicultural heritage, while also striving to set new standards for travelers after decades of being known mostly for traditional and vintage tourism. Padma Hotel Semarang carries a long list of resort-style offerings with its lush gardens, heated and salt-chlorinated swimming pools and various five-star facilities and activities. It is hoped that the hotel may contribute to the advancement of Indonesia’s tourism, with Semarang as one of the top destinations for the sector’s rejuvenation after the pandemic.
“It is an utter privilege for us to be the 5th Padma Hotels property in Indonesia. We aim to maintain Padma Hotels’ reputation by committing to provide the highest standard of service to go well and above our guests’ expectations. It is our sincere ambition that Padma Hotel Semarang can become its own destination in Semarang and Central Java alike,” said Eti Rusmiati as general manager of the hotel.
Out of the 24-acres of land filled with 224 spacious guest rooms, including pool-access rooms, rooms for the disabled, family rooms and long-stay serviced apartments, all available with twin or king-size beds, heated pools and lavish amenities, perhaps one of the highlights of the hotel is its wide array of culinary offerings: Semawis All-day Dining, Kim Tia Chinese Restaurant, Goolali Gelato Bar & Patisserie and Tuntang Pool Café & Bar.
Semawis All-day Dining specializes in a homemade and authentic Central Javanese and International cuisine, carefully curated from local vendors. Semawis All-day Dining has also been listed as a place to go for Sunday brunch, with the delectable all-you-can-eat offerings for only IDR 285,000++/ person.
In this season of joy, Padma Hotel Semarang is hosting its first Christmas Eve buffet and Christmas Day brunch, featuring premium Australian dry aged beef, entertainment by Mr. Santa in the evening and jazz renditions of carols by a live band. The season is also complemented with its new rustic set menu, which will be available at Semawis All-day Dining and Kim Tia Chinese Restaurant throughout the month.
Kim Tia Chinese Restaurant has also made a name for itself with its Weekend Yum Cha every Saturday and Sunday. From IDR 35,000++/ menu, guests are welcome to try the contemporary taste of Hokkien cuisine, accompanied by the beauty of arts inspired by Semarang Peranakan. Its signature Blue Kim Tia beverage is a must-try mix of flower syrup, lime and soda, the perfect combination to take a refreshing sip with companions on the weekend.
Moving on to Goolali Gelato Bar & Patisserie, the hotel’s charming patisserie has a casual yet refined ambiance within its delightful space to enjoy coffee and a scoop or two of our signature gelatos with friends and colleagues. With a name inspired by the famous Indonesian sweet gulali, Goolali Gelato Bar & Patisserie aims to express the joy of traditional flavors by using authentic local ingredients in its signature offerings. With its relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, Goolali Gelato Bar & Patisserie is a modern and airy venue that shakes Semarang for the best patisserie the city has to offer.