The most impressive art deco building, lying in the centre of town, is the Savoy Homann Hotel on Jalan Asia Afrika, built in 1938 by AF Aalbers and still retaining period furniture and fittings. It has been meticulously renovated at a cost of US$2 million so that visitors can savour a hotel that numbers Charlie Chaplin, Ho Chi Minh and Zhou En-lai among its guests. From the exterior it has been likened to a radio; the interior to an ocean liner. Aalbers is said to have wanted to remind Dutch guests of the ships that brought them to the country. Opposite is the Preanger Hotel, built in 1889 but substantially redesigned by Wolff Schoemacher in 1928. The remaining art deco wing faces Jalan Asia Afrika. West on Jalan Asia Afrika is the Gedung Merdeka (Mon-Fri 0900-1500, free) also known as the Asia Afrika building. Originally built in 1895, it was completely renovated in 1926 by Wolff Schoemacher, Aalbers and Van Gallen Last, and today houses an exhibition of photographs of the first Non-Aligned Movement conference held here in 1955 (hence the name of the street).
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