Yogyakarta is a bustling hub for all things art, culture, and food, so if you’ve never been to this city yet it’s high time to put it on your travel bucketlist. Ahead are Yogya’s top boutique stays – and the best news? They’re all under $100.
If you wanted to sneak in a quick getaway for the next long weekend, why not head out on a cultural trip to Yogyakarta? The bustling city boasts a booming art scene and rich cultural heritage that makes it one of Indonesia’s must-visit destinations. You’re probably saving up for the holidays, but luckily, these beautiful boutique hotels are completely budget-friendly.
Grand Zuri Malioboro
Youthful travelers on a budget will love the Grand Zuri Malioboro. The design-led hotel with quirky interiors is friendly on the wallet, and provides easy access to all of Yogyakarta’s bustling sights. Make the most out of being situated right in the middle of the lively city centre by hopping into a becak to visit nearby attractions including Pasar Beringharjo, the iconic Tugu Yogyakarta landmark, and Kotabaru Village.
A perfect destination for creatives, the Adhistana Hotel is in the heart of the cultural district of Yogyakarta. Travelers can’t miss the boutique hotel’s unique façade of colourful window shutters, where inside the playful and contemporary design combines touches of Chinese and European influences, using local materials to create a homey Javanese ambience. Adhistana is close to Lana Gallery, famous for its wide range of contemporary art from new and emerging artists across Indonesia, and Museum Keraton.
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Once you arrive at Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel’s entrance, it may be hard to believe that you’ve scored such a deal. The hotel’s grand classic colonial Dutch architecture is a beaut, with spacious deluxe rooms and a fantastic pool for splashing about in. Spend your days exploring the city’s sights, with Lana Gallery just within walking distance from the hotel, as is the famous Sasono Hinggil Wayang Kulit Performance that is within the Southern City Square.
Greenhost Boutique Hotel
If ever you needed a home base to get inspired, Greenhost Boutique Hotel is the stay for you. The dynamic space houses not only the first eco-friendly modern boutique hotel in Indonesia, its facilities include a co-working space, urban farming area, and art kitchen where its fresh, homegrown hydroponic produce is served. Though you may be tempted to not leave the premises, travelers can find Batik Plentong and Lana Gallery just a 10-minute walk away. Javanese history buffs should also make way to Museum Keraton Yogyakarta, a cultural centre and museum that shows the sultanates artifacts.
Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta Hotel
The recently refurbished Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel is actually one of Yogya’s oldest and most iconic stays. The hotel features a fantastic one-of-a-kind tiled mosaic depicting traditional Javanese life that you cannot miss. Nestled amongst numerous arts and heritage sites such as Batik Art Gallery, Museum Affandi and Museum Batik, this historic hotel is a great base for the culturally inclined.
Want to stay in a 5-star hotel without breaking bank? Melia Purosani is a cosy hotel filled with traditional Javanese charm. Feel like Javanese royalty while snoozing in the room’s four poster beds and lounge about in the lagoon style pool. Spend your days souvenir hunting at the famous Malioboro shopping district, and seeing the sights at the nearby Yogyakarta Palace.
The Phoenix Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel
A sight in itself, The Phoenix Hotel is for those who want to be transported into the romantic era of Yogyakarta’s colonial history. A refined heritage hotel from the 1900s, The Phoenix is set in a gorgeous white building, with luxe rooms decked out with beautiful Javanese artifacts. Peer down your balcony to the impressive courtyard pool where you can spend your days, or easily head out to see the sights. The Phoenix is within minutes of Tugu Yogyakarta, while Kotabaru Village and Ketandan Village are also at the doorstep.