The Hotel Ibis Yogyakarta Malioboro is adjacent to a shopping centre and probably almost exactly midway down Yogya's famous Malioboro shopping street. In fact, a short passageway links the hotel to the mall, making for ease of shopping, if indeed access to a number of well known international brands including the Bodyshop, McDonalds and others of similar ilk were the point of visiting Yogyakarta. But it made for convenient purchase of toiletries, medication and sundries.
The hotel itself is somewhat unassuming, and not immediately visible from Malioboro Street itself but check-in was quick and fuss-free. Standard rooms are just that, and what one might expect of a three star establishment. But overall the hotel could not be faulted for cleanliness or housekeeping. Bathrooms are a little on the small side but that could have been just the room I was in; just a shower, no bath tub.
The swimming pool however, was somewhat small, and the available space not particularly suited to lazing around especially if there are a couple of screaming, overly enthusiastic children present. The adjacent spa was made up of a single room with two massage beds but the staff are friendly enough and quite eager to please. Treatments are extremely reasonable starting at around USD25 or thereabouts.
Breakfast at the hotel comprised of fairly basic Indonesian fare with a smattering of western dishes but overall quite adequate as a pre-tour meal.
There is also a small cafe on the ground floor serving up ok lattes and drinks and a two piece band is at hand evenings to entertain the three sofa type sitting arrangements squeezed into a pretty small space.
Don't be fooled by the somewhat grubby ground floor of the shop lots directly opposite the hotel as the Legian Garden Restaurant that occupies practically the entire first floor serves pretty good grub.The sea food platter in particular was quite satisfying. Service, however, ranged from nonchalant to attentive.
At around USD65 per standard room per night (online) the hotel was convenient, unpretentious and totally adequate for what appeared to be the many local(?) tourists present during breakfast and at check-out.
Getting around Yogya to and from the Ibis is fairly easy on taxis (probably around USD4-5 per trip) or Trishaws (USD2) and I believe the horse drawn carriages were around USD2.50-3 per trip. But do establish the price before setting off.
Don't confuse the Ibis Malioboro with the Ibis Style as that is an entirely different hotel in another part of town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Yogyakarta's business district, right on the famous Malioboro street and also connected with a shopping mall in Malioboro area. Ibis Yogyakarta Malioboro caters for business travelers as well as tourists who want to enjoy and discover the cultural treasures of Java cultures in Yogyakarta. Only 40 minutes to Borobudur Temple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Hotel Malioboro
- Ibis Hotel Yogyakarta