This is a delightful hotel with nooks and crannies to explore and a haven in busy Yogyakarta. Appearance is slightly on the jaded side. The staff are charming and very hospitable. Rooms with balconies (ours overlooking the fountain courtyard although not noisy).
Only criticism would be that the supplies in the rooms all had the appearance of having had a long life before we arrived!
The only sightseeing made available is by hired car/driver; we didn't find any coach trips which would have given more info about the city and the sights being visited. Our drivers arranged by the hotel spoke v limited English but the local guides had learnt many speeches about their world heritage sights although couldn't really cope with conversation or questions well.
The main sights are very do-able over a weekend from this hotel and the reception desk are happy to help visitors fit everything in.
Taxis from the airport are very organized / controlled at IDR60,000 to the hotel, a car back from the hotel to the airport being double.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This legenderay hotel was initially built as private estate in 1918. Through the ensuing decades, the property changed hands a number of times, until a Dutch caretaker turned it into Pensioner Hotel. The Phoenix name was deliberately chosen by the last proprietor who hoped that it would remain intact forever, believing in the ancient myth of The Phoenix, the sacred fire bird symbolizing regeneration throughout eternity.The Phoenix Hotel is elegantly situated in down town Yogyakarta, the cradle of Javanese civilization. The legendary Malioboro Street is just nearby, while the world herigate Borobudur and Prambanan temples are only an hour drive. Yogyakarta's cultural heritage and picturesque settings emit a distinctive charm that seldom fails its visitors.The 144 beautifully appointed rooms are reflecting the ambiance of bygone era wrapped in modern comfort facilities, enabling its occupant to celebrate a glorious past without losing the beauty of contemporary living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta
- Yogyakarta Phoenix Hotel