In Surabaya we stayed one night in Prime Royal Boutique Hotel, a 3-star hotel located in the middle of town. I was looking for a hotel near railway station (Gubeng or Semut) and has swimming pool, then finally decided to book this hotel after reading good reviews and the fare fitted my budget. One superior room for one night only cost around IDR360,000 via Traveloka.
We arrived and checked-in the hotel around 8.30pm (see my previous post about Surabaya here). We got a room on the second floor with 2 single beds. I directly called the receptionist because I wanted 1 double bed and I already wrote down that request when I booked the room online. The staff was sorry and very friendly, asking me to wait in the room until someone came to us to deliver the key for our new room. We moved to a room on the first floor which actually also had 2 single beds but they had wrapped them with one double bed linen so it looked like a double bed. Well, that was okay for us, and I like their quick response.
Since we are 2 adults (and 1 infant), they gave us 2 different passwords to login to their wifi for 2 different devices. At around 10pm, after taking shower and getting my daughter sleep, I tried several times to login to the wifi but always failed until I gave up and just fell asleep. I was tired anyway, didn't even have energy anymore for browsing. The wifi then worked fine in the morning.
Our room was located besides the pool, so when we opened the terrace door the next morning we could go directly to the pool, so nice! I thought Surabaya was hot, but not in this hotel. The outdoor pool was surrounded with big trees and plants, made it really cold in the morning. It was really fresh, but we couldn't stand swimming too long. No wonder there was no anybody swimmng other than us (but it felt like our private pool tho). Later on when I passed by the pool again at 11am, it was started crowded, and didn't look hot at all.
The breakfast food was not bad, except horrible fried rice. The room and bathroom were clean enough, I did not have any complaint. The location was prime, located in Jalan Kranggan which was famous with traditional food Lontong Balap. There were many Lontong Balap stalls and other food stalls near the hotel, and walking distance to Pasar Blauran which was always crowded at night. Three times we ordered Uber from and to the hotel, and all of them could find the hotel easily and fast (well thanks to GPS too ya). From hotel to Gubeng station only took 15 minutes.
What a nice stay there. I definitely recommend Prime Royal Boutique Hotel to everyone.