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.
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5 stars hotel with a 5 stars services, very worth it. Good hygiene, good breakfast, all of the staffs are very friendly and showing the real image of Indonesia. The rooms decorated so well with a traditional Indonesian's theme. What a fantastic night. Thanks
We stayed 2 nights, the room is clean especially the bed is very comfortable. Breakfast has many variety food and their service is excellent. The staff are very friendly start from front office until housekeeping. We will comeback again when we visit Yogyakarta
I was staying only for 1 night with family of 2 rooms. From the arrival up until we leaving the hotel, all team member were so friendly and accommodative. I was touched with the welcome amenity that I love.. aunthentic coffee and the drawing of my 'companion' car.. LoVe it! Breakfast spread was great, lots of choices. The entire hotel is well maintain, for a building that is more than 100 years the maintenance is superb. And yes, the building itself is one of the plus for guests. Thank you, I am bringing home a memorable experience.
our room designed was colonial design + java, my kids love the room, staff very nice and polite.
but the swimming pool was too small and no slide, the hotel doesn't have children facilities, no playground at all.
the breakfast was only so so
We stated at The Phoenix Hotel for several days. It was in a lovely building, with a lovely pool, but service failed in a number of ways. The main problem was service in the restaurant (which was mostly buffet), where the staff seemed disorganized and unmotivated. When questioned ahead of time about when they opened for dinner, we got different answers on different days and from different people, but times all much later than we actually saw people eating. Even when trying to make reservations the night before, they seemed to only want us to come to eat much later than they started serving (maybe they were reserving earlier times for local people?), and by the time we were there some of the main buffet items were gone or the people preparing the custom food items had disappeared. There was always a cloud of gnats around the fresh fruit at breakfast. Another problem was that the room cleaning staff wasn't great about replenishing depleted bathroom supplies. In general, the service just wasn't up to the standard of other similar-priced hotels we stayed at in Java, or up to the standard of the building itself.