The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Guided tours of the city in the hotel's vintage white Mercedes
- Paprika restaurant's lavish buffet-style meals
- The reasonably priced massages at MySpa
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Most rooms have small balconies overlooking the pool area
- Ask about coupons or promotions that entitle you to spa/restaurant/boutique discounts
- Stick to bottled water
- The area's must-see Borobudur Temple is one hour away (longer with traffic)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1918, the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta once served as the private residence of Kwik Djoen Eng, a wealthy Chinese merchant. As a result, the public spaces mix Javanese statuary, fretwork and fabrics with Chinese decorative elements and antiques, the centerpiece of which is a swimming pool set in a landscaped courtyard. Seasoned travelers to Southeast Asia compare the genteel, colonial vibe here to that of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore (the Phoenix even serves a modern take on the Raffles’ iconic Singapore Sling as its signature drink). The rooms are done in minimalist, Zen-like neutral tones, with colorful rugs and throw pillows detailed with Javanese motifs. All feature flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers and air conditioning. Exotic fresh fruit and vessels filled with gummy candy provide a warm, sweet welcome. Located next to the pool, the Paprika restaurant serves a lavish breakfast buffet laden with Indonesian, Chinese and Western cuisine; at night it’s one of the better fine dining options in town. Don’t miss the weekly barbecue buffet on Friday nights.
In the Area
Visitors to the Central Java region come with a shortlist of temples and palaces to see, and Yogyakarta offers a great home base for exploring them. The most popular by far is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and the most visited tourist site in the country. Built between AD 750 and 842, it’s worth the one-hour journey from Yogkyarta, especially if you can make it in time for sunrise. The Hindu temple complex known as Prambanan is closer to town (near the airport, in fact), and its majestic ancient spires tower above the city. A stay at Hotel Phoenix also means you’ll have easy access to the city’s vibrant street food scene. (Don’t leave with out trying gudeg, a sweetish stew made with jack fruit and spices and served with chicken and hardboiled eggs — a “Jogja” delicacy.) You’ll also be close to a major shopping hub, the Malioboro district, where you’ll find a sea of vendors selling batik garments and fabrics, trinket boxes and all manner of souvenirs and knickknackery.
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Beautiful old colonial style hotel, the friendliest attentive staff i have encountered at any hotel.
Beautifully appointed rooms especially those overlooking the pool.
Right in front of Jalan Malioboro, shopping and Borobudur 40 minutes away Yogyakarta is a must and the Phoenix the hotel to stay.
This is like home .The staff in every departement is helpfull and very friendly .special thanks for cisca and Marcel for the hospitality .The room we have got was luxer spacious and the made a special ring on the bed with welcome home .
1. A lovely boutique hotel with perfect blend of colonial and Javanese styles.
2. The hotel may be a little far from the Malioboro street, but Grab and Taxi are readily available.
3. The internet Wi-Fi was fast and seamless coverage for the whole hotel.
4. The hotel's employees are friendly, courteous and helpful. However, English may be limited to some of the non-front line employee though.
5. Excellent breakfast. I tried their buffet dinner (different theme everyday) - "Indonesian Feast", food not bad but the choice may be limited. No free flow of drink except water was provided, drinks need to be paid, which is a let down though.
6. Stayed here for three nights, got free room upgrade due to booking from Accor Hotels site.
I stayed here for two nights, tho I was expecting a room near the swimming pool but my room was also okay, located on second floor above the restaurant.
The room is not too big, definitely like the water bottle, many hotels still use plastic bottle and the candy. And sometimes they give you afternoon snack. You will be surprise on how they keep the toiletries, please find out by staying at the hotel.
I managed to pamper myself with a massage and lucky me they have a promotion at that time. 60 min massage for 175.000 and it’s worth it and you can do sauna afterwards.
Really enjoyed the breakfast. There is a choice of various herbal drinks, roll, salad and they also have healthy corner.
Will come back again...
The Phoenix Hotel in the centre of Yogyakarta was a very comfortable oasis away from the bustle of the city traffic. Service was efficient and the hotel and rooms were spotlessly clean. The bedrooms are grouped over several buildings, which makes the hotel feel intimate. The dining room opened onto a courtyard, so meals could be taken outdoors if dry. The breakfast was a pleasant mix of Asian and European dishes. We missed the Indonesian Buffet diner as we had eaten a large meal at lunchtime, but it looked excellent. The following night was a BBQ, and this was good, apart from the grilling of the fish. Although your choice was put together on a plate awaiting its turn to be cooked, the waiters never seemed to know to whom the dishes belong, and wandered around the dining room with the plates asking if it was yours. Mine was dry and cold when it found me! Because it was raining a lot and there was limited seating under cover, we never got to use the pool. Pity because it looked lovely. If in Yogyakarta again, I will definitely use this hotel.