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
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)
Parking on site
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Colonial landmark with a striking courtyard pool in the heart of Yogyakarta, a hub of Javanese art, temples and street food
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.