This is a somewhat charming little place with reasonably nice rooms. The gardens are full of greenery. It's quiet enough at night, though there's lots of traffic noise during the day. The staff are friendly, try to be helpful, and are happy to take time to give detailed directions on how to get around and sightsee. The hotel is conveniently close to a bus stop. It's also just a 15 minute walk from the major shopping district Malioboro and then another few minutes from there to one of the major tourist attractions in town, Kraton.
While the good points are many, there are two things that are huge deal breakers about this place. One is the guy who's the only person on duty some of the time is not an English speaker. Are you an Indonesian speaker? You'll need to be when you want help and this guy is the only person around, because he will try to speak Indonesian with you and won't understand more than an occasional word of your English.
You might think, well I probably won't need help with anything so it's not an issue. Well in my case, there was a major problem with mosquitoes. I was very careful not to leave doors and windows open at all, but there were lots of mosquitoes in the room already when I checked in. I killed a bunch but there were always more. These mosquitoes produced very uncomfortable, itchy welts on my body when they bit me. The discomfort of the bites and the sound of mosquitoes literally buzzing next to my ear preparing to land kept me up all night. I literally only got 3 hours of sleep after a full day of international travel. Miserable!
Not sure why this hotel doesn't have mosquito nets set up over the beds like hotels in SE Asia usually do unless the rooms are set up to be inaccessible to mosquitoes, which my room definitely is not. The windows are wood frames that don't make a complete seal, and of course mosquitoes can easily find the gaps.
I tried to explain to the guy on duty what was going on and had to use my Indonesian phrasebook to communicate to him my request for a mosquito net or some bug spray. I normally refuse to use any kind of bug spray due to health concerns and finding chemicals unpleasant but it was either that or another sleepless night because he had no mosquito net to offer. In any case, he also had no bug spray, and instead gave me an electrical device to plug into the wall that slow-released an insecticide or repellant that made me sneeze and gave me a stuffy nose and smelled a bit unpleasant.
Not having a good mosquito net already set up around the bed and not having an English speaker on full-time duty are major unacceptable issues for a place trying to market itself as a boutique hotel for Western guests and charging what this place charges. Not sure how these issues didn't come up for other guests who gave glowing reviews here.
Fortunately a woman who speaks pretty good English is there some of the time. Well, at least I saw her briefly on my check in day after the guy and I couldn't get through my check in process due to the language barrier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rumah Boedi Pavilion Yogyakarta is located at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It offers air-conditioned guestrooms, all of which have balcony/deck, cable TV, Internet connection and phone, and a mini-bar. Some of its amenities include massage service, room service and butler service, and airport/city transfer and car rental. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like Tugu Monument, Benteng Vredeburg, and Kraton Complex. ... more less