Indonesia has increased its effort to build its halal tourism in the last few years. The result is showing as in 2019, Indonesia finally climbs to the top of the list of Muslim-friendly destinations. One of the most important aspects that push Indonesia to get that achievement is sharia hotels. You can even find those sharia hotels in Semarang.
Sharia hotels only serve halal food and beverages (certified by MUI), providing a place to cleanse (wudu) and pray, and usually also the Quran in each room. Here are some of the sharia hotels in Semarang, the capital of Central Java.
Hotel Ibrahim Syariah Simpang Lima
The name can be a bit misleading because this hotel is not located right at Simpang Lima. This hotel is roughly 400 meters to the south of that landmark. You can have free Wi-Fi, flatscreen television, sitting area, and private parking spot. There are several room choices at this hotel, the rates start from IDR175K per night. Finally, Hotel Ibrahim Syariah Simpang Lima is located at Jl. Sriwijaya No.11a/82, Pleburan, South Semarang, Semarang.
Omah Pelem Syariah
This is a lovely little accommodation in the southeastern part of the city. Located in the middle of a residential area, this place has a wonderful view of the city. You can go anywhere in the city with relative ease. However, the ultimate reason why people pick this accommodation is that it’s dirt cheap. For instance, the cheapest rate here is under IDR60k per night for a backpacker room. A rate for a room with a double bed starts from IDR80K. Lastly, Omah Pelem Syariah is at Jl. Genuk Perbalan X No.3, Tegalsari, Candisari, Semarang.
Hotel Semesta Semarang
This hotel combines the heritage and modern harmony. Ideally located at the center of the city, you can explore Semarang easily from this hotel. Also, many of Semarang’s landmarks are accessible on foot or by public transport. The lowest rate in this hotel is IDR245K per night. Lastly, Semesta Hotel is located at Jl. K.H. Wahid Hasyim No.125-127, Bangunharjo, Central Semarang, Semarang.
Homestay Cemara 7
Located at the southern ring of Semarang, this homestay has a wonderful view of the surrounding area. Notwithstanding, this is not the best accommodation if you want to explore the city. However, if you want to go to the area in southern Semarang. Rates at this homestay start at IDR183K per night. Finally, Homestay Cemara 7 is at Jl. Dewi Sartika Tim. V, Sukorejo, Gunung Pati, Semarang.
Even though the hotels bear the sharia name, it is not a Muslim-exclusive establishment. Everyone can stay at these hotels provided they can obey some of the rules. Couples, for example, can only stay together if they are married. The same rules also apply in sharia hotels in Semarang.