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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.
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.