Yogyakarta is the rich cultural heart of Indonesia‘s Java island, home to temples such as Prambanan and Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, gorgeous Mount Merapi, which is an active volcano, and the Royal Palace of Yogyakarta, reflecting the city’s status as the only one in the Southeast Asian nation to still be ruled by a monarchy. From budget boutique stays to luxury hotels, discover the best places to stay in the kingdom of Yogyakarta.
The five-star Swiss-Belboutique Yogyakarta hotel is near the Malioboro shopping district in the centre of the city and has 122 elegant rooms with colonial-style accents, a restaurant, two lounges and a health club and spa. You’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from the rooftop pool, where you can take in the views of the city and enjoy sundowners at the Chadis Rooftop Bar.
Rumput Resort and Resto offers 10 air-conditioned rooms with traditional, Javanese furniture and breakfast included, making it good value for money. You can enjoy the peaceful outdoor pool and pretty garden from the easy chairs provided with each room’s little patio, accessible via double doors. Make sure you try the crab at Pondok Makan Pelem Golek restaurant a short taxi ride away.
With its central location, Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the nearby Prambanan and Borobodur Temples, as well as the shopping of Jalan Malioboro. In true Marriott style, you can expect contemporary opulence and facilities including a fitness centre, signature spa, luxurious rooms and a vast pool framed by lush landscaping.
This imposing four-star hotel has luxurious rooms with modern conveniences, a wellness centre and outdoor swimming pool with views of Mount Merapi. The international airport is a 10-minute drive away and you’re also close to the Malioboro shopping district and other attractions of the Jogja region, as Yogyakarta is also known.
If homestays are more your vibe, then you’ll love the Patio Yogya – a cosy B&B that’s ideal for solo travellers and backpackers. Located in a renovated Dutch-Colonial house in the heart of the Old Town, the Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Alun-Alun squares are all a five-minute walk away. After a long day exploring, relax by the small plunge pool or sink back into a beanbag with a book.
This hotel employs modest Javanese-inspired decor with a modern twist. Its bright geometric embellishments add a charm to the industrial space. It’s a small, affordable place to stay with friendly staff who are happy to offer recommendations around the city. The onsite restaurant attracts Indonesians and travellers alike for simple, tasty dishes, such as fried rice with chicken satay.
This eco-friendly hotel has pretty gardens and plant-based decor. Everything from the toiletries to the extensive recycling is environmentally sound. Industrial-style rooms have a Scandinavian feel with wooden beds and minimalist bathrooms. Digital nomads will appreciate the Creative Sharing Space to work in, while those interested in creative agriculture can take classes at the onsite vegetable farm.
You get to experience traditional Javanese taste with urban flair at Adhisthana Hotel, with its white interiors embellished with statement decorations. Catering to every budget, Adhisthana offers a range of options from private studios to dorm rooms. The Royal Palace of Yogyakarta is just a few minutes away, while Adisucipto International Airport is a 35-minute drive.
This luxury hotel in Yogyakarta will make you feel like a royal. The Phoenix is located within a refined colonial building dating back to 1918. You’ve lavish rooms and the option of excursions aboard a vintage car. You can step back in time inside the Paprika restaurant, where Indonesian dishes are served under chandeliers. Just a 10-minute walk away is Malioboro, the city’s main shopping street.
The Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta is in a temple-inspired building surrounded by its very own tropical jungle. You can float along the river pool, stroll the manicured gardens or tee off at the Hawaiian-designed nine-hole golf course. Rooms offer garden or pool views, with Mount Merapi emerging from the mist on the horizon.
You’ve a prime location here with the Borobudur Temple and Menoreh Hills as a backdrop, and are surrounded too by lush forests. Plataran Borobudur has an intimate atmosphere combined with a Javanese regal vibe. Choose a pool villa for total privacy and dinner in the colonial Kastil dining room, served by a butler, is a unique experience you have to try.
In the centre of the city, Sheraton Mustika is an oasis in the midst of Yogyakarta, with a fine garden leading to cosy daybeds perfect for relaxing with a book and cocktail in hand. You don’t even have to walk that far for great scenery – just pick the room with the best view, including one with volcano vistas and access to a private lagoon.
Sarah Gibbons contributed additional reporting to this article.
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