I was apprehensive when I first heard that we were staying in Phoenix Hotel in Yogyakarta. I basically have never heard of it before. I’ve stayed at the Hyatt Yogyakarta but was hoping that it would be nice too – if not at least it should be clean. I checked trip advisor and was pleasantly surprised that it was ranked #2 (#1 was Aman Jiwo Yogyakarta of Aman Resorts fame) for Yogyakarta Hotels and it was #1 for business. Here are pictures of the deluxe room we stayed in.
The room as not just very clean but it was well furnished with lots of thoughtful details. I loved that it had sufficient lighting and a balcony for much natural light.
There was (again) much attention to details. I like how the batik on the bed had bars with a brass phoenixes at the ends so to put it away we simply rolled it like a scroll!
Flat screen TV which we never used. I dislike watching TV when I am on vacation – I would much rather spend my time reading, writing and meditating if I am not out exploring or enjoying hotel facilities. After all I already watch lots of TV at home so if I were to do the same thing then it would defeat the purpose of even leaving home.
I loved that there were treats like fruits and dodol rumput laut (translates to seaweed taffy – but basically something very similar to gummy bears) in the room. Which were refilled daily. I didn’t have any of the snake fruit/salak though because the smell reminds me too much of Durian, though not as strong.
It was lovely to have a balcony though the view had much to be desired. Unlike Hyatt which is surrounded by gardens due to it’s location, Phoenix is very much in the town proper and walking distance to Jl. Marlioboro (the main shopping street) so the view is not as scenic. I recommend if you stay here that you ask a room over looking the pool. It’s a lovely view!
There was a nice photo of Taman Sari or the water castle which was basically the bathing house of the royal family. And a sort of art installation of a canting, the wooden pen used to make Batik Tulis which is the hand-made batik (versus the less expensive stamped batik).
Short hallway to the bathroom had the small closet and mini-bar.
What I liked about the mini-bar was the complimentary Dilmah green teas and herbal teas (peppermint!) which are excellent compared to the usual lipton teas provided by hotels.
The bathroom was small but well equipped and designed. I liked the massive rainshower head!
The water is of course not potable and the hotel does not advice using it for brushing your teeth. But I think it should be okay because their tap is filtered – don’t swallow of course! To be safe we purchased mineral water. At Hyatt it is okay to brush with their tap.
No need to bring soap and shampoo here, but must bring conditioner and a toothbrush and toothpaste. I liked that they used a different kind of soap for handwashing. This one was long lasting (we used the same one for the entire week we were there!) which I think is so practical instead of changing soaps everyday.
I also loved that they have the option to avail of The 1918’s Club for late check out, discounts, free laundry cleaning, and 2 cocktails and all-day free coffee/tea and pastries and many more! Definitely worth the additional Rp 250,000! And I got a great tip from someone in Trip Advisor to just get it on your last day if you need to do late check out and you’ll get free cocktails and other goodies. Still not bad!
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