Stylish and good value
Stylish, serene and tasteful, Adhistana Hotel offers excellent value from backpacker dorms to flashpacker and midrange rooms. The minute you see the facade constructed from old wooden shutters and doors of this well located hotel, you know you’re in for a visual treat, and Adhistana Hotel pulls off a fresh modern look without being too hipster.
Using a palette of white, blue and natural wood throughout, the style is very much anchored in old Java. Traditional cement tiles and blue and white batik are the ubiquitous theme, even extending to the small prayer room with blue prayer mats. The spacious lobby feels like a welcoming home, with comfortable lounging spaces, antiques, games and a table to help yourself to a delicious homemade tamarind drink and local snacks.
The dorm rooms are housed in this part of the hotel, and behind, surround a courtyard swimming pool, three storeys of the regular rooms. For travellers on a budget, the air-con dorms offer the ambience of a mid-range hotel with the bonus of a swimming pool, we think they’re a great deal if the hostel scene doesn’t appeal. Six-bed female dorms and eight-bed male dorms (no mixed) provide solid wooden bunks with quality linens including a cosy doona, personal reading lamp and international power socket. A small drawer will hold your bits and pieces, but not big enough for a large bag, however rooms are spacious enough to store them on the floor. Towels are not provided, but can be rented for 15,000 rupiah. The ensuite bathroom is the same as in all rooms, smallish with a hot-water rain shower. Additional toilets are available nearby in the lobby.
All rooms including dorms are windowless, however large glass-panelled doors let in plenty of light, and teak wooden shutters can be closed at night with the bonus of blocking sound too. Standard, deluxe and suite rooms decrease in price the higher you go as there’s no lift, and pool-view rooms add a premium. All rooms are clean and bright, decorated in the same style with wonderfully comfortable beds, with padded batik headboards and crisp white linen. Desks, bedside tables, TV with cable channels, free WiFi and tea making facilities are all standard in the air-con rooms. Up the price range rooms add space, seating, mini-bars and safe. Clean ensuite bathrooms feature pale green cement tiles, reflecting the cool colour of the swimming pool, and glass screened hot-water rain showers. Bench space is adequate and toiletries are provided in small earthenware pots although it’s a bit hard to tell which is which.
The swimming pool is a step outside the door from the pool-view rooms, and is a decent length for a few strokes, but is very shallow, not more than a metre deep. A few palm trees surround, but shade is provided by the building. Only four sun loungers were adequate when we visited as most guests don’t seem to take advantage of the facility.
Our only negative here was that smoking was allowed in the pool area which wafts unpleasantly into the rooms. A bathroom near the pool is ideal for travellers with late flights if you can’t manage a late checkout. You can store bags at reception and use the pool and shower later in the afternoon.
Breakfast is complimentary if you book directly with the hotel, but not with some online deals, or it's available for 40,000 rupiah. The hotel's restaurant, Lawas, makes a damn fine coffee, and although we didn’t try it, the food looked good. They are open to the public and can do room service too.
Staff are friendly, and range from helpful and professional to a bit vague. Online deals, even through the hotel’s own site, are much better than walk-in rate, and are a better deal the further ahead you book. We loved the peaceful ambience, an excellent breather from Yogya’s chaotic streets and feel Adhistana Hotel is a solid choice at every price-point.
If Adhistana Hotel is full, Indies Heritage Hotel offers a similar ambience with traditional furnishings and styling, and Gallery Prawirotaman adds a bit more glitz. For a more contemporary aesthetic, nearby Greenhost Boutique Hotel have excellent rooms too.
Address: 613 Jalan Prawirotaman II, Yogyakarta
T: (0274) 413 888;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º22'19.63" E, 7º49'11.45" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
6-bed female and 8-bed male
|100,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||265,000 rupiah||675,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||328,000 rupiah||750,000 rupiah|
|Suite||688,000 rupiah||1,400,000 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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