Art-filled and eco-friendly
Creative and unconventional, Greenhost Boutique Hotel is a fabulous designer hotel filled with art and offering industrial-chic rooms with an eco-friendly bent.
Built around an atrium enclosing a 16-metre salt-water swimming pool, restaurant, gallery, spa and gift shop, the five-storey concrete and metal structure is covered with (mostly edible) greenery overflowing from the on-site hydroponic farm: It’s a little bit hanging-gardens-of-Babylon-meets-the-Pompidou-Centre.
The design was a collaboration between architects, designers and artists built to optimise air circulation and natural light. A group of designers were given free rein on the room interiors, resulting in seven individual room styles. Polished cement floors and walls minimise the use of paint, a choice that was not only environmentally conscious, but adds to the raw aesthetic. Waste from the building construction has been used in the interior decor, which also features upcycled design elements and furniture; we love the lamps made from old LPG gas bottles, a feature of the Studio Kita rooms.
The hotel attempts to be ecologically friendly, however in some instances the options are limited — electricity is from coal-burning power plants rather than installing much more expensive (in Indonesia) solar panels, and we queried the use of air-con in the rooms when cross ventilation would have worked just as well with the open design. Regardless, the conversation is on the table, a good thing in developing Indonesia.
Rooms are good sized, clean and comfortable, and despite the recycled elements, they look polished and chic. Beds are cosy with clean quality linens and amenities include TVs with cable channels, tea-making facilities and free WiFi. We did note that drinking water is supplied in plastic bottles rather than glass, which would be a more eco-friendly choice. A warning sign explains that power in the rooms is limited to 400 watts, so drying your hair and boiling the jug at the same time will probably trip the switches.
Bathrooms are small but clean with hot-water power showers, and continue the minimalist aesthetic, some featuring glass bricks for natural lighting.
Included buffet breakfast is served in the poolside restaurant offering local and international choices, with many of the herbs and veggies grown in the gardens around the rooms. In the evening make your way to the rooftop Agenda Resto & Vibes (open daily: 11:00-24:00), a chilled spot with signature cocktails, and occasionally live music.
For gifts to take home, Genetika on the ground floor sells creations by local artists and designers, well worth a browse even if you’re not staying at Greenhost (open daily: 8:00-12:00; 16:00-20:00).
We love the look and the values of this fab boutique hotel and added to that, the friendly staff and top location make it an excellent choice. Best to book ahead in high season and weekends, as it’s a popular spot. If they’re full, Adhistana Hotel, Indies Heritage Hotel and Gallery Prawirotaman are all alternative good choices within walking distance.
Address: 629 Jalan Prawirotaman II, Yogyakarta
T: (0274) 389 777; F: (0274) 388 877
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º22'8.96" E, 7º49'12.61" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||675,000 rupiah||675,000 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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