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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This hotel is charming in its own way. The staff go all the way to make you feel comfortable, just like at their own homes. The breakfast is pretty good,though it could do with more variety as my spouse and I stayed for 3 nights. The room is comfortable, and has all the necessities needed. What I love the most is the staff - they're so acommodating! When I requested for a birthday cake last minute, not only they provided a huge one but they also surprised my spouse by coming to our table and singing for us. Thank you ibu Ismi for making this wish came true. I also left my scarf in the room, which my spouse bought for me at the Royal Palace, so it has a sentimental value. I called the hotel from the airport and the Front Office staff who picked up the phone quickly acted upon it, asked my mobile number and within minutes called me back to let me know they had retrieved it and when I asked it to be shipped to my address, they responded in a timely manner and arranged it so well. Thank you Phoenix, you've won my heart!
A very lovely hotel built in 1934. The rooms were clean and tastefully decorated. The layout of the hotel and the pool area is beautiful. Our room faced onto the pool area and we had a balcony - lovely. The staff were friendly and helpful. The only issues we had were that the service for the bar and food were VERY slow, and I received under-cooked food. So we had to wait all over again. The breakfast buffet had lots of choice, but the food was just ok. The lunch we had was not very good. I'm not sure where the break down in service was, but the staff were very friendly and nice. We would like to stay at the hotel again so I hope the managers can do some training with the staff and cooks. We enjoyed our stay :)
Food very good
Many places around area to eat
Very big hotel it’s very clean
If you need directions or any kind of help staff are willing to help
I will definitely stay here again
We stayed here for our wedding anniversary night.It was a wonderful stay with a balcony. Beautiful view from our balcony room. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and welcoming and seemed to genuinely care.
The staff is very friendly (albeit sometimes slow), the food is plentiful (however, breakfast displayed in the open in quite some heat) and tasty. Buffet dinner okay, but not mind blowing - the upside are many choices and live cooking stations. The best part is a stunning pool in the middle of this 1918 building. Small but comfy rooms, ask for Merapi (volcano) view.