Arty, relaxed and friendly vibe
As the name suggests, Good Karma is a small welcoming hostel with an excellent friendly vibe. Tucked away in a quiet back lane off Jalan Prawirotaman I in a colourful and arty relaxed space, they offer one 10-bed mixed air-con dorm, and three private doubles with ensuite, two with air-con, and one fan-cooled.
Super clean dorms are spacious and airy with solid wooden bunks, curtained for privacy. Each provides individual lighting and a power socket. Comfy mattresses sport colourful bottom sheets and a blanket, and towels are included. Unlike some lesser hostels, bedding is not only changed between guests, but the mattresses are steam cleaned, so there's an excellent chance they’re bed-bug free. Large lockers will hold your valuables securely (BYO padlock or borrow one with a 100,000 rupiah deposit).
Two clean hot-water share bathrooms built from stone, tile and bamboo are of the outdoor variety, so come with free star- (or cloud-)gazing. We love the mirrors above the sinks, well the no-mirrors — “don’t worry, you are awesome,” say the monkey graphics. However, if you really do need to check, there’s a small real mirror.
We only viewed the fan-cooled double, a traditional stilted wooden house built in the garden. It’s smallish, but clean and cosy with bamboo mats and a comfy wooden bed. Shuttered windows let in plenty of air and light, but you may want to bring a mozzie net so you can keep them open at night. The ensuite, like that in the share bathrooms is hot-water and outdoor-style. A small furnished balcony overlooks the garden, perfect for a bit of private relaxing.
The other two private air-con rooms are in the main brick house. We love the communal areas both in the leafy garden and inside the main building, with most furnishings and decorations using upcycled materials: garden chairs and tables are made from old tyres (don’t worry, they’re comfortable), and shoe storage from plastic containers — excellent spots for sharing a beer and making new friends.
WiFi is free and Instagrammable breakfasts that taste as good as they look are included in the rate; not only are they substantial, they change every day — no white bread and plastic jam here. If they’re not substantial enough for you, it’s 20,000 rupiah for a second one.
Good Karma offer motorbike and bicycle hire, laundry service and can sort you out with all manner of tours and onward travel. What really makes Good Karma a great choice are the friendly hosts and staff—they’re our friends, but if you stay, they’ll be your friends too. Lupa and Iwan are terrific hosts and care that their guests have a great time. They believe in their name and the place is run with love, not with the aim of parting guests of their cash without providing good value in return. Good Karma are deservedly popular, and you’d be wise to book, especially if you’d like a private room.
Alternatively Via Via Guesthouse is another friendly place nearby with the bonus of a swimming pool or hidden in another quiet area about 10 minutes' walk away, Sae Sae Hostel offer great dorms, privates and a warm welcome.
Address: Jalan Parangtritis, Gang Timuran MG III/100, Yogyakarta
T: (0274) 382 896;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º22'9.9" E, 7º49'0.7" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Mixed 10-bed dorm.
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|Dbl air-con private bathroom||285,000 rupiah||285,000 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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