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I love a hotel with personality; a hotel that encapsulates a destination. The Jogja Village Inn in Yogyakarta, Indonesia was the perfect place to spend our last few days in Indonesia. If you are looking for where to stay in Yogyakarta, look no further than Jogja Village Inn.
Jogjakarta is the cultural capital of one of the most populous islands in the world, Java. The island is rich in history and culture and Jogja, as it is affectionately known as, possesses two very significant sights: the Buddhist monument of Borobudor and the Hindu ruins of Prambanan. But, there is much more to do in Jogja then just these two famous sights. It is the cultural heart of Java, well-known for its arts and strong traditions. The city is still headed by its sultan and exploring his kraton (palace) is a must when in Jogja.
Jogja Village Inn Review
Jogja Village Inn is often described as an oasis in the bustling city and we were immediately charmed by this small inn with 23 rooms. The hotel uses traditional Javanese architecture to create a place true to its location, but still with all the modern conveniences you would expect. The walls of the lobby are adorned with artifacts from a bygone era in Jogja – a heritage becak (bicycle rickshaw), luggage scales, and horse and buggy cart.
The dark wood with intricate Javanese carvings leaves no doubt that you are in Java. While the lush gardens and indoor-outdoor design of the public spaces are calming and inviting. We absolutely loved the character of the hotel and the attentive service.
The hotel is small and intimate and most of the rooms are in two story buildings surrounding the pool and the large joglo structure that holds the restaurant. During the day, most visitors are out sightseeing, but the pool came alive in the late afternoons as we all cooled down from our day’s sightseeing.
The lush pool area with loungers and bean bag chairs was the perfect spot to unwind to. The frangipani trees drop beautiful flowers and the Our kids also loved the large chess set in the gardens.
The hotel has a concierge desk in the lobby that can help you organize your sightseeing. They have a library with books to read and a movie room if you need a quiet night in.
The rooms at Jogja Village Inn personify Javanese style while offering all modern conveniences. 16 of the 23 rooms are deluxe rooms located in the 2-story buildings surrounding the pool. I loved that the rooms had character and didn’t feel at all like a sterile hotel room anywhere in the world. The four poster beds featured mosquito netting, although we did not use them. Outside, there was a large balcony or patio in the lush gardens around the pool.
The bathrooms were well equipped with soaps, drinking water and nice towels. The water for the shower did have to run for a long time before it became hot, and I did feel bad wasting so much water.
The hotel is popular with families and there were lots of kids around when we were there. There are 3 connecting rooms, suitable for families.
Rooms are priced at $80 AUD/night.
The Little Things
This is where Jogja Village Inn really stood out – so many thoughtful little touches that made our stay so enjoyable and special. From the cool towels and drinks we were greeted with when we checked in to the packed breakfast boxes when we checked out early, so much thought has been put into providing guests with the best possible experience. Not task was too much for the friendly staff who went out of their way to help us.
Our rooms included complimentary breakfast each morning in the beautiful open-air joglo restaurant. We loved the fresh fruit juices, eggs and pancakes made to order and the kids loved that there was real bacon. There was also excellent quality baked goods, yogurt and cereals, and fresh fruit.
We also ate lunch and dinner at the restaurant and both times we were really impressed with the food. Prices are very reasonable with main dishes priced at 50,000 IDR. 21% tax and tip is added to your bill, which is customary in Indonesia. We found the service to be extremely attentive, although the food did take some time to come out and food was brought out at different times.
There was a nice blend of Indonesian dishes and Western dishes. The kids loved the chicken and waffles and burgers, while the adults enjoyed traditional dishes like gado gado, a vegetarian dish with peanut sauce.
The hotel tries to minimize the use of plastic bottles and there is filtered drinking water available all day. You can also have the restaurant staff fill your water bottles.
Jogja Village Inn is located a 10 minute walk from the popular Prawirotaman area with lots of restaurants and shops. We enjoyed walking through the narrow laneways between the hotel and Prawirotaman and getting a better glimpse of Jogja local life.
This makes it a great location for exploring Jogya with good access to Borobudor and Prambanan. The airport is 20-30 minutes away.
It isn’t often that we stay in a hotel that we really love, but I am sure you can tell from this Jogja Village Inn review that we thought this hotel was a really special place. It was such a lovely place to return to after a day sightseeing in Java and we really appreciated the character of the hotel and friendly staff. It was definitely the perfect place to close out our 3+ weeks in Indonesia.
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Disclaimer: We were hosted on our visit to Jogya Village Inn, but as always all opinions are our own.