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.
How to Get There
Correspondence of the staff is the best. All the staff passing each other says hello.
And the breakfast is buffet, but brings the first drink after having informed a seat.
The room is large, comfortable and beautiful.
Lovely hotel with fabulous decor. Rooms had very good amenities. Breakfast was varied and superb. Had evening meal in the restaurant and this was very good. The bar was well stocked and with half price cocktail hour who could complain. The staff were courteous, friendly and helpful. We would highly recommend this hotel
We loved our stay at The Phoenix Hotel....the staff and event administration team were wonderfully welcoming, professional and went out of their way to help make our stay a fabulous experience. In the heart of the city, not far from major attractions, this hotel was a true oasis....amazing food, quiet protected inner food courtyard with fountain and soft gamelan music. Combines old world charm and elegance and history with a truly impressive customer service quality and delicious food. We would highly recommend staying here.
We stayed in this hotel on 10th and 11th night and was delighted to see a old haveli (old mansion) converted tastefully into a superb hotel.
My mother (80 years old) liked it as she could walk with minimum steps to restaurant.
The Hotel location is very strategic, near every where. Breakfast so many choice and delicious. Room clean and quite big. Staff very polite and friendly, they are so helpfull. We will come back again to stay here if we visit Yogya.