If you’re interested in a great location (close to Marlioboro Road, the main artery of Yogyakarta), a home away from home, and a family away from home, I recommend this homestay. The staff is outstanding in that they are attentive, caring, and happy to accommodate your needs any way they can. Another MAJOR plus: their excellent English.
I tend to steer away from generic hotels where you feel like you could be anywhere, and I have to say this little bungalow complex felt authentic with the gorgeous red-clay tile Javanese rooftops, the serene busts of Buddha, reminiscent of those at Borobudur, and the cozy, yet modern décor. The bed was very comfortable, the bedroom and bathroom very clean, and there is a large flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. The bungalow has a private little garden where you can sit and relax and eat. There’s a bell you can ring if you need something. (Don’t worry, there’ a phone inside the room, too, but we never used it.)
They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a picturesque outdoor area, covered by a traditional Javanese-style rooftop. (We were always too tired to go out for dinner.) The food was great, and we tried the traditional breakfast of jackfruit, chicken leg, pickled egg, and rice (of course). Most of the time, we just went for the yummy omelet. For lunch & dinner, their nasi goreng dishes were fantastic as well as their homemade soups. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it). If you’re craving something else, like Pizza Hut (served with sambal!) or McDonald’s or chicken satay from the street stalls, they can go and bring it back for you.
Additionally, they offer a traditional Javanese massage service, which is done in the comfort of your room, and for a very reasonable price.
They are also a tour group, Silk of Java, I believe, so they can enthusiastically make suggestions of what to see and where to go. (The tourist books I bought in the States don’t seem to even cover half of what there is to see/do.) They can also arrange for transportation for you at reasonable rates. They’re very organized and thoughtful. The one time they were unable to arrange transportation, they provided me a business card, on the back of which they wrote directions in Bahasa Indonesian for the cab driver on the return. (Useful as English is not widely spoken.)
Another great plus was they provided a mobile phone - convenient.
We really miss the staff, who became a family away from home for us. Truly one of the best stays in my travels.
- 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