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
We spent three nighst in the Phoenix hotel booking two executive rooms
We were expecting rooms on the swimming pool and got them on the parking/main street, and for this reason were noisy
The room need to be renovated as they are old
The hotel is not perfectly well located as too much in the north, so far from Kantor, and from the south where all good restaurants are (have in mind traffic is bad in Yoga)
On the positive side, staff is plesant and breakfast is good
To conclude I would have chosen another hotel
I came here on july 2019 with my family. We are a bit confused to choose a hotel in Jogja but we finally choose Phoenix which make us really happy not regret at all. Everything is really nice and polite here, especially Rara, the girl who wear a green clothes who made us feel like Phoenix is our home. She always smile and take care of us.
Thank you so much, tot de volgende keer!
Hotel located only a few walk minutes from the Train Station and Tugu Monument in a heritage building. Situated in a animated neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants around yet the hotel is very calm. The staff is very caring and helpful especially the Receptionist. She pleased us with the welcome drink at the museum then. The room was clean and well equipped. Our room at the 3rd floor and facing off the fountain. Nice swimming pool and the pool guide as well.
Definitely will tell our colleagues by our super pleasant experience!