Experience Javanese heritage
In the thick of the Kota Gede heritage area, former capital of the 16th century Mataram Sultanate, nDalem Natan Royal Heritage Guesthouse is a gorgeous restored mansion and the ideal place to stay if you are interested in Javanese culture.
From the hotel, it’s an easy walk to the royal cemetery and the royal mosque, and the location is terrific for exploring the tiny laneways filled with beautiful traditional houses, and silver craftsmen, although we’d find it hard to tear ourselves away from the carefully preserved museum-like guesthouse itself.
Rooms are voluminous and full of original features. High ceilings enhance the feeling of space although the outlook is to an internal hallway or courtyard and can be a little dark. Furnished with stunning antiques including carved teak or wrought-iron canopied beds, the addition of mod-cons including air-con, cable TVs and free WiFi make for a very comfortable stay. Basic ensuite bathrooms are a bit of a letdown, but they’re spotless and equipped with hot-water showers.
Relax in the style of the sultans in one of the richly furnished lounge ares or pop into the restaurant for some local fare. Indulge your textile passions in the batik and craft shop or go for a dose of more contemporary culture in the on-site art gallery with changing exhibitions.
Breakfast is included, and is served on lovely antique crockery. Staff, like the surrounds, are charming too. Although Kota Gede is easily reached from other popular tourist spots in Yogya, if you are on a longer trip and nDalem Natan Royal Heritage Guesthouse fits your budget, it’s worth a night here to fully explore and experience the Javanese hospitality of this special place.
If Kota Gede is a little further out of town than you’d desire, NDalem Gamelan near the Kraton is another heritage home open for guests.
Address: 5 Jalan Mondorakan, Kota Gede, Yogyakarta
T: (0856) 4367 4329; (0852) 3848 7909;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º23'42.47" E, 7º49'36.57" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||600,000 rupiah||600,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||900,000 rupiah||900,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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