Grand old-style luxury
Want to experience the lifestyle of a Javanese Sultan? The five-star Phoenix Hotel oozes historic charm and luxury and although its history is not of royal lineage, it is rather palatial. Originally built in 1918 by a successful spice trader, the building has had a colourful history, including at one time being the residence of President Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president.
Assuredly well-appointed, the grand Phoenix rises from Jalan Jendral Sudirman at the northern end of Yogyakarta, near the Tugu monument and minutes from the train station and vibrant Jalan Malioboro. Greeted by the smiling doorman in a blangkon (Javanese traditional hat), the beautiful marble and tiled interior gleams as you pass sitting rooms replete with antiques though to the light-filled courtyard bestowed with a classical styled fountain and beyond to the comfortable and welcoming rooms.
Superior rooms are smallish, but plenty adequate, however it’s worth paying a little extra for the deluxe rooms with balconies overlooking the swimming pool.
Decor is a fusion of Asian and European classical styles in cream and gold with marble floors, dark wooden antique-style beds, and several quirky details which we love including a bamboo and wood birdcage filled with local speciality snacks, a whimsical handmade bird-shaped teapot, and a pair of loro blonyo hiding the bathroom amenities. Otherwise, it's replete with all the mod-cons you would expect from five-star luxury.
Marble bathrooms are equipped with rain-showers, adding bathtubs in the executive rooms and suites. The central swimming pool provides sun loungers and shady umbrellas, a pleasant escape from the busy streets. Dine on local or international cuisine in the Paprika restaurant or sip on a colonial-inspired cocktail in one of the bars. A gym and spa as well as a unique shoe-shine service round off the facilities.
The hotel's tour desk can arrange trips to the temples and many of Yogya’s attractions. Staff are professional and friendly, and although it may be run by the AccorHotels group, The Phoenix Hotel feels far from a big international chain hotel (in a good way). If you’re in search of an authentic and unique experience while you explore the antiquities of central Java, The Phoenix Hotel is the best address in town.
For similar traditional Javanese style in a hotel on a lower budget, family-run NDalem Gamelan near the Kraton, or historical NDalem Natan Royal Heritage Guesthouse at Kota Gede are both good choices.
Address: 9 Jalan Jendral Sudirman, Yogyakarta
T: (0274) 566 617; F: (0274) 566 856
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º22'6.28" E, 7º46'58.1" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,200,000 rupiah||1,700,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
Pool view: 1,600,000/2,100,000 rupiah.
|1,400,000 rupiah||1,900,000 rupiah|
|2,000,000 rupiah||2,500,000 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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