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Yogayakarta has a wide range of accommodation options, from cheap guesthouses in the main backpacker strip of Sosrowijayan to five star hotels from international chains in rice fields on the outskirts of town. Jalan Prawirotaman, south of the Sultan's Palace, is the main area for midrange beds. July and August are the busiest months and some hotels will raise their prices accordingly.

Eclipse Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jl Prawirotama No. 35
T: (0274) 380 976

The glass-fronted Eclipse Hotel stands out from the more traditional guesthouses on Jalan Prawirotaman and inside the seamless fusion of Javanese woodwork with chic contemporary furniture really puts this hotel in a class of its own for its price bracket. The rooms are bright with big television screens. Deluxe suites also boast their own large private balconies. Splashes of bright reds and... Read our full review of Eclipse Hotel.

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Ministry of Coffee
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl Prawirotaman I/15a
T: (0274) 747 3828

Ministry of Coffee is a well-known Yogyakarta hangout for students and visitors alike, with its large customer library and free WiFi connection being a major drawcard for the bookish set. Behind the cafe and shielded from the hustle and bustle of Jalan Prawirotaman, the Ministry also offers eight comfortable guest rooms centered around a small garden. The rooms are divided into deluxe, standard... Read our full review of Ministry of Coffee.

Setia Kawan Losmen
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan Gang II
T: (0274) 512 452

Setia Kawan Losmen is not shy with colour. Lush green plants adorn the cheerful yellow building and the walls of the rooms are painted with giant murals that are all the colours of the rainbow. A perennial favorite among visitors to Yogyakarta, it's best to book ahead if you want a room here, as even during off-peak seasons it's often booked out. The rooms are clean, with ensuite bathrooms and... Read our full review of Setia Kawan Losmen.

Bladok Losmen
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan No. 76
T: (0274) 560 452

Tucked behind a popular little restaurant serving European and Indonesian fare, Bladok Losmen is an excellent option in the Sosrowijayan area for both budget and mid-priced rooms. Standard rooms come with a squat toilet and shower, while the more expensive rooms have Western toilets. If you want air-con, you'll have to splash out and get yourself a VIP room, which also come with a tv, hot water,... Read our full review of Bladok Losmen.

Duta Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Prawirotaman 26
T: (0274) 372 064

You don't have to walk far past the reception desk at the Duta Hotel to be transported into a quiet and relaxing space that contrasts sharply with the busy street outside. The gardens are complete with small streams and bridges, best observed from the balcony or patio attached to each room. A wide range of room options are offered, some with air-con and others with fans, some with a view of the... Read our full review of Duta Hotel.

Family Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan No. 47
T: (0274) 515 010

Rooms smelling like fresh linen, renovated bathrooms and a tranquil courtyard area are just some of the perks of Family Homestay, located on Jalan Sosorowijayan close to restaurants, a convenience store and shopping spots. All rooms come with air-con, hot water, television and breakfast and include a welcome drink. As the name implies, this homestay would be a good choice for families as well as... Read our full review of Family Homestay.

La Javanaise Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan Wetan Gt 1/187 (off Sosrowijayan Gang II)
T: (0274) 556 054

La Javanaise offers basic double rooms with fans and cold water, but the friendly owners make this relaxed guesthouse an ideal place to stay in Yogyakarta. Tucked away off Jalan Sosrowijayan in a small alleyway that is only a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Malioboro La Javanaise can be difficult to find, but worth the effort. The upstairs rooms offer a view over the neighborhood... Read our full review of La Javanaise Homestay.

Losmen Lucy
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Off Jl Sosrowijayan Gang I
T: (0274) 513 829

The owners of Losmen Lucy keep the fan-cooled rooms fresh and clean, so for a cheap place to rest one's head near the heart of Yogyakarta, this is a great choice. The 12 rooms have ensuite Indonesian-style bathrooms, with a mandi and toilet. Each room has a tv, but if you want to use it, it costs an extra Rp 25,000 a night. The so-called 'double' room at Losman Lucy actually has enough space for... Read our full review of Losmen Lucy.

Phoenix Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jl Jenderal Sudirman No. 9
T: (0274) 566 617

We decided to check out this hotel after a businessman friend, who is lucky enough to be somewhat of a connoisseur of top-end lodgings, labeled it as his favourite hotel in Indonesia. The stunning colonial-era building, dating back to 1918, is something special in itself. The rooms fuse Asian and European decor effortlessly, and some come with balconies overlooking the pristine swimming pool and... Read our full review of Phoenix Hotel.

Prambanan Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Prawirotaman 14
T: (0274) 376 167

Prambanan Guesthouse is a good option for flashpackers on the popular Jalan Prawirotaman travellers' strip, with free WiFi in common areas and slightly fancier facilities than the cheaper guesthouses up north. The guesthouse offers six air-con rooms, six fan rooms and one 'economy' room, which is smaller in size than the others and has no hot water. The rooms are basic but clean, decorated in the... Read our full review of Prambanan Guesthouse.

Airlangga Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Prawirotaman 6-8
T: (0274) 378 044

If never being too far from a Bintang beer is a requirement for your Indonesian travels, the Airlangga Hotel should serve you well. The hotel has its own relaxed bar upstairs, which hosts local acoustic and jazz musicians on some nights of the week. All of the wood-panelled rooms at Airlangga are double or twin with air-con. The rooms are basic, and some of those on the ground floor lack natural... Read our full review of Airlangga Hotel.

Rejeki Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan Gang I No. 70
T: (0274) 514 084

The small rooms at Rejeki have cold water bathrooms and ceiling fans, but they are just a hop, skip and a jump to Yogya's main Malioboro strip, making them good value for money. No breakfast is included, but there are many eateries and street food options nearby. Rooms are clean and all have windows, letting in natural light and breeze to compensate for the tight... Read our full review of Rejeki Homestay.

Tiffa Losmen
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan Wetan Gang II No. 122
T: (0274) 512 841

Located just above an art shop with the same name, the four rooms at Tiffa Losman are basic but have an artistic bent. The rooms are small and have little extra room around the beds, so don't share them with anyone you don't like... a lot. Breakfast is included. All rooms have fans and are very clean. Somewhat confusingly, on street level, the small blue sign on the building reads Gandhi Losman.... Read our full review of Tiffa Losmen.

Superman's Losman
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Sosrowijayan Gang I, past New Superman's Restaurant
T: (0274) 515 007

The rooms at Superman's Losman are very basic and smell a little musty, but they are one of the cheaper deals in the labyrinth of laneways off Jalan Sosrowijayan and are clean enough. Rooms with fans and air-con are available. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with western toilet and cold shower. The staff are friendly and there is a small lounge area for guests. No... Read our full review of Superman's Losman.

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