Winning city hostel
Smart, spotless and well packaged, The Packer Lodge is an excellent choice for a hostel in central Yogya, albeit a little on the pricey side.
You won’t miss the large four-storey building with its screaming orange awnings and white facade conveniently situated near the centre of the action just 50 metres from Jalan Malioboro, close to the train station and Beringharjo market.
The funky modern-designed spacious white lobby houses shared facilities including a workspace with computers, well-equipped kitchen (where you could prepare more than instant noodles if so inclined—however terrific street food is on the doorstep), a TV with DVD library and lounge areas ideal for meeting someone to head to the temples with.
Along the stairwell and hallways graphic cartoon-style murals of Yogya scenes hipster-up the vast white walls.
Keycard access air-con rooms occupy the upper floors and come in a variety of dorms, twins and doubles with a maximum of four guests, so no overcrowding. All but the private double ensuite rooms share bathrooms. Double dorms with double-bed bunks are ideal for couples on a budget who can’t bear to be separated for a night (remember you’ll be sharing a room with another couple).
Simple and functional, with clean modern lines, the bright interiors in both the dorms and private twins have pod-style beds equipped with personal lighting, international electricity plug and towel rack. A small lockable folding cupboard inside the pod doubles as a laptop desk and shelf. Mattresses are extra wide and comfortable, and pods are curtained for privacy. Clean linen, blanket and towel are included. Your key card also operates a sizeable locker, enough for a large backpack or wheelie. We were impressed by the full-length mirror in the room—check you’re looking your best before hitting the streets. Not all rooms have windows, but they are well ventilated and non-stinky. Super-clean share bathrooms have separate hot-water showers and toilets on each level, but the long skinny sink doesn’t offer much space to rest your toothbrush.
At each level a furnished balcony overlooks the street, great for watching the passing parade; clothes racks offer a spot to dry your smalls in the sun. If you need to iron your clothes or dry your hair, equipment can be borrowed and a laundry service is offered too. We love the rooftop garden chill-out area—bluetooth speakers (hidden in a birdcage) can link to your personal device to listen to your choice of music, while you work out on the rowing machines or practise a downward dog on one of the provided yoga mats. Breakfast, tea and coffee anytime and water refills are all included as are free WiFi, smiles and local info. Most staff we encountered were really friendly, however some were a little stand-offish (but we were perhaps being a bit too pushy in wanting to snoop around).
You won’t go wrong choosing The Packer Lodge. Its fun, friendly vibe and good location are winners. Another good hostel choice in the city centre is Wakeup Homestay, but for a wider selection of (less expensive) excellent hostel choices, head to the Prawirotaman area. And if you’re heading to Jakarta, there’s another branch of this excellent hostel there, too.
Address: 3 Jalan Dagen, Yogyakarta?
T: (0274) 513 872;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º21'54.33" E, 7º47'38.1" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Four-bed dorm. Double bed dorm: 152,000 rupiah
|152,000 rupiah||152,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||296,000 rupiah||296,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||345,000 rupiah||345,000 rupiah|
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