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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This place is very unique and has an antique feel! I chose to stay at the deluxe room as it is in the newer wing and if possible pick the pool view rooms, it has a great balcony view. For the price, this hotel is very worth it, especially if u are an accor loyalty member. Breakfast is average but have a decent amount of food choices. The highlight of my stay is the staffs! They are awesome with incedible hospitality!
An excellent hotel with great location, the service right from the reception desk was excellent.
The rooms are very nice, and the food also great. Breakfast was excellent with lots of varieties of Indonesian food
Every time we go to Yogyakarta we stay at the Phoenix and every time we’re very glad that we made that choice.
We’re particularly grateful to Sales Mgr Ms.Retno Miranti. “Mira” arranged all our eight rooms close together and in the quietest area-to our delight.
Mr.Stephane Fagez, the General Manager chatted with us and took time and attention helping one of our members find a professional shop to repair broken (and very important!) eyeglasses.
The breakfast is a wonderful, varied (Indonesian, western, Japanese, Chinese) buffet with real tasty Espressos!! They use high quality high grown coffee beans. I’m an experienced Barista and I was impressed by the Espressos whose quality is equalled only in my own home!!
We look forward to returning to Phoenix