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“Do not miss it if you come to Jogia”
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ViaVia Guesthouse
Ranked #9 of 470 Yogyakarta B&B and Inns
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
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“Do not miss it if you come to Jogia”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I stay with my aunt at Viavia for one week in Jogia.
All the staff I met there are very friendly and always willing to help and give advise.
Room is very clean and breakfast is very decent and freshly prepared every morning, and during the week they change breakfast menu, fried rice, sandwich and so on, always comes with fresh fruits or fresh squeeze fruit juice, coffee or tea, so we never got bored.
We also tried out via via cafe and their alternative tours, as well as cooking course and bahasa indonesia course, and I'm satisfied with everything via via has got to offer me.

thanks and best wishes for all.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

A good value option for the budget traveller. Rooms are a bit empty and can have a bit of paint but the rest if fine. Shower, normal bed, fan, it got everything. Spend a ruppee more and you have airco. Breakfast is pretty good, everymorning something else, in a nice green courtyard. There is a self service fridge with cold beers. The staff is fine and can arrange everything for a good price.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed in the Sumatera room (bunk beds). It was clean and quiet and the A/C worked well.

The bathroom was pretty grimy and unpleasant.

Staff were very helpful with all our questions and even lent us some supplies so we could do laundry.

The welcome tea and breakfasts were great. The outdoor sitting area was beautiful but FULL of mosquitoes, which really ruined it.

Location on Prawirotaman is convenient to other tourist places, but it's a bit of a hike to get into the central area with the Kraton.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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viaviaj0gja, Manager at ViaVia Guesthouse, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you for your review! I am happy you are happy with your stay.

You are right that we have different rooms to meet the needs of different travelers. The bunk bed room would indeed be suitable for families with children or groups of friends. So the advise you give is great: that travelers should let us know what they prefer. We also have the choice between AC and fan, etc.

We are currently making the rounds to renovate our bathrooms!!

I am happy you liked our breakfast!

Welcome back!
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Singapore
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Stayed in ViaVia Guesthouse from 15th April to 24th April 2013 and had a wonderful stay there. My 8 nights there was filled with the best staff (Dani, Pandi, Sami, Wawan & Anton) and I could chat with them for hours. There's only 7 rooms here and the staff could remember each one of the guest name.

Location: Jalan Prawirotaman, located on a quiet street. Minimart, money changer, restaurants were all walking distance from the guesthouse. 15-20 mins from the airport if traffic is good. Cost IDR 55k for a coupon taxi in the airport.

Papua Room: Big, with AC and private indoor toilet (Hot/cold shower). Room was clean and bedsheet & towel smell nice. No insects/creatures was found during my stay in the room. Cost IDR 200k per night and I get a free 1 night after staying more than 7 days. Disadvantage is, the room has limited place to hang my clothes with only 2 hangers and no cupboard. Hope they can look into this.

Staff: Dani, Pandi, Sami, Wawan & Anton (night shift staff) was so friendly. They will chat with you and asked how's my day and so on. No matter how tired I am and even after my torturing hike to Mount Merapi, I can just sit with them and shared my experience to the summit for hours. You won't get that if you stayed in a big hotels. Mbak Dani did help me find a cheap and good driver for my trip to Borubudur & Prambanan, and not forget my weekend trip to the beach with a very good price quote from the driver. Dani also help me find a good masseur (cheap!) after knwing my whole body sore after the trip. I feel like a family after staying for more than a week there.

Breakfast: Simple yet nice breakfast was served everyday at the garden. Menu changed daily.

Overall, I would recommend this guesthouse to anyone who want to stay cheap and not really fussy about the basic necessities. Keep up the good work guys!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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viaviaj0gja, Manager at ViaVia Guesthouse, responded to this review, 2 May 2013
Thank you very much for this excellent review!! And, thank you for mentioning our wonderful staff by name! I agree, they are great!

Hope to see you again!!
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

We stayed after a recommendation from friends and didn't regret it at all. The staff were lovely and friendly, the rooms though basic were clean and comfy and the tours operated through the cafe were all great. We did the village cycle which was good fun and interesting though hot! Definitely do the sunrise Borobudur temple, very early start but you have the temple practically to yourselves for a few hours and the sun coming up over the hills are beautiful and shouldn't be missed! Also prambanan is good on the motorbikes, and the batik class is great fun and you get to keep your painting which is a nice touch.
Would recommend to all

  • Stayed March 2013
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viaviaj0gja, Manager at ViaVia Guesthouse, responded to this review, 2 May 2013
Dear Dave,

Thank you very much! I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and our tours!!

Welcome back!
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

We are backpackers and found this guesthouse good for us.
The room was basic and simple and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Good-The room was large, it was cleaned everyday, breakfast was really good, seating area was pretty and nice for having breakfast or drinks in the evening, the showershad really nice hot water, the location is quiet and off the main road so you always got a good night sleep.
Bad- The Sulewesi room had an open roof bathroom with a tree in it so there were quite a lot of ants and bugs, the room also needed a lick of paint and had very large ants running around the floor and ants on the walls, the toilet didn't flush very well, only fan in the room and there was a lack of furniture to rest your bag on or unpack, everything had to be on the floor with the ants.

If you are on a budget this is a good place to stay to visit all the site of Yogya. The surrounding area is good for tourist because there are lovely restaurants and eateries in close proximity to the guesthouse. There are lots of tour operators also who you can book with to take you by car in a group of privately to Borbodur and Pramanan which are a must see when visiting Central Java.

We paid IDR 180,000 per night for the Sulewesi room (double bed with fan only and hot water, with breakfast included in the price) This is a good price for the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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viaviaj0gja, Manager at ViaVia Guesthouse, responded to this review, 2 May 2013
Dear Ellie,

Thank you for your review! I am happy you enjoyed your stay!

Thank you also for your inputs! I personally love the out door bathroom, but yes, ants have a will of their own that requires management! We are looking into how we can improve!

Note to readers: we also have rooms with AC.

Enjoy the rest of your travels and welcome back!
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We had a good stay in ViaVia guest house few days ago: rooms were rather basic, but clean; bedding looked quite old, if replaced would probably give a room fresher feel; we did had occasional visitors in form of ants and some other insects but they didn't bother us, and probably were inevitable considering our bathroom was outside (Kalimantan room). But all of the above was compensated with very friendly and welcoming staff members.

However, we ended up buying tour for Mt. Bromo and Ijen from ViaVia staff member with their partner agency- Nomad Tours. Receptionist recommended this company as one of the most reliable tour agencies in Jogia. Unfortunately for us the trip turn out to be very unpleasant experience: 13 hours (11 advertised) under Indonesian heat we spent in minivan without air-con, with fan only.But the worst part was hotel near Ijen - Catimor home stay: rooms were terrible and dirty, shower needed to be fixed, hotel staff tried to charge us double price for entrance to Ijen and driver representing Nomad tours refused to drive until we paid the fee to hotel member.Moreover, at the end after we left - we realized that someone during our stay in this hotel went through our belongings when we were out of the room and stole some of our cash, in the way that it was hard to notice immediately.

Dear, ViaVia guest house management, we would strongly recommend you not to advertise and sell tours for scam companies.

  • Stayed April 2013
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viaviaj0gja, Manager at ViaVia Guesthouse, responded to this review, 1 May 2013
Dear OMandri,

Thank you for your review! I am happy that you enjoyed your stay in the Guesthouse.

About your experience traveling to Bromo: I have to clarify the tour operator you used is NOT a partner of ViaVia. We do not sell these tours, nor do we officially recommend these tours to our guests. The receptionist of ViaVia Guesthouse did also not sell this tour to you, and did not receive any commission from your choice to travel with them.

Nomad is a good neighbor in Jalan Prawirotaman, and our receptionist mentioned their name as one of several travel agencies in the street, which offer such tours to Bromo using the mentioned minivan services and hotel packages. In the defense of Nomad and other neighbors, this package is actually run by a third party company.

ViaVia Travel, which is located in the ViaVia Restaurant, stopped offering this tour package that you opted for to our guests already a long time ago because of feedback from our guests. Instead, ViaVia offers an overland trip across East Java, which includes a visit to the Bromo volcano, Kalibaru hill town and Meru Betiri nature reserve. This is typically a 5 day tour, which has become very popular with our guests. If we remember correctly this was not an option for you as it did not fit your travel schedule.

Because of your inputs, we have organized a meeting with our staff to discuss what you experienced so that we can become better at informing our guests.

Again, we are sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy the trip to Bromo. However, I do hope that the stunning views that nature offers there were a consolation.

Welcome back to ViaVia!

With best regards.
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Property: ViaVia Guesthouse
Address: Jln. Prawiritaman 30, Yogyakarta 55153, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Java > Yogyakarta
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Ranked #9 of 470 B&Bs / Inns in Yogyakarta
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Number of rooms: 7
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