Yogyakarta, also called Jogjakarta or simply Jogja or Yogya, is the artistic and intellectual heart of Java, Indonesia. This city of four million is a blend of ancient and modern; like many major Asian cities, Yogya is filled with malls and traffic, but it’s also renowned as a center of classical Javanese art and culture. Travelers to Yogyakarta can see traditional Javanese dance and puppetry, listen to gamelan music, and admire the city’s famous batik fabric and silverwork.
These cultural and artistic offerings, along with the city’s proximity to the spectacular Prambanan and Borobudur temple complexes, have made Yogyakarta the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali. The city has hundreds of hotels, B&Bs, and hostels to house all of these travelers, including some excellent—and very reasonably-priced—boutique hotels.
Here are five of the best boutique hotels in Yogyakarta right now.
Adhisthana Hotel Yogyakarta
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The Adhisthana Hotel Yogyakarta is centrally located in the trendy Prawirotaman area, about a 10-minute drive to Malioboro Street. It offers 52 clean, air-conditioned, spacious rooms with comfy beds. Its amenities include an outdoor freshwater swimming pool; an on-site café and large, free breakfast; a lounge area in the lobby; good restaurants and cafés with walking distance; and a friendly staff.
Private rooms start around $30USD/night in the low season; there are also dormitory rooms for more budget-conscious travelers.
LOKAL Hotel & Restaurant
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This cozy 12-room hotel has a unique, minimalist design and stylish guestrooms. Each room is air-conditioned, has a flat-screen TV, free minibar, and private bathroom with toiletries. LOKAL’s amenities include an excellent restaurant, guest-only swimming pool, complimentary WiFi, and an attentive staff. There are many restaurants, minimarts, and places to do laundry near the hotel.
Fun fact: a famous Indonesian movie called AADC2 was filmed here, and as such it is popular with locals.
Rates start around $40USD/night in the low season.
Greenhost Boutique Hotel
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This unique, eco-friendly hotel blends modern amenities with local culture and hospitality. Centrally located one street away from Prawirotaman Street, guests have easy access to restaurants, bars, and tour operators. The hotel is indeed “green”: it is decorated with thousands of plants and there is a hydroponic garden on the rooftop. (And Greenhost was also featured in the movie AADC2!)
Greenhost’s 96 rooms feature flat-screen TVs, showers and toiletries, a coffee/tea maker, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, and on-site restaurant. The hotel also has a “Green Art Space” which exhibits work by local artists, and they are opening a “Creative Sharing Space,” which will be a comfortable working space for guests and professionals.
Expect to pay around $35USD/night in the low season.
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
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The 4-star Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel is conveniently located in the Prawirotaman area, and about a 15-minute becak ride from the center of the city. It has 94 comfortable, clean, and spacious rooms, all of which have flat-screen TVs, a minifridge, and a balcony. There are two pools: one for adults and one for kids, as well as a spa and fitness center. There is a breakfast buffet with a wide selection, and the staff is friendly.
Rooms start around $40USD/night in the low season.
Tjokro Style Yogyakarta
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This colorful and artsy hotel offers both a strategic location and Instagram-worthy décor. It’s situated 10 minutes by car from the Malioboro, Kotagede and Prawirotaman districts, and is within walking distance of several restaurants and a convenience store.
Tjokro Style’s guests can enjoy its outdoor swimming pool, gym, wellness center, lounge, free WiFi, and onsite restaurant, café, and juice bar. There are also meeting rooms and a business center, and the hotel offers a complimentary drop-off service to Malioboro Street every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotel’s 99 rooms have air conditioning, comfortable beds, satellite TVs, and ensuite bathrooms with showers and hairdryers.
You’ll pay around $35USD/night in the low season.
Enjoy your trip to Yogyakarta!