Hotel Review: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta is a luxury hotel in the culturally interesting second largest city on Java in Indonesia. In this extensive review, I’ll explain why I really like the hotel with a historic touch!

Prices in Yogyakarta are incredibly low to a level that is really hard to believe. Even a luxury hotel like the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta can be had for less than 50 Euro per night, which is … crazy.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Legacy Pool View Room
  • Month of Stay: May

I had booked a Legacy Room and was upgraded to a Legacy Pool View Room thanks to my Le Club Accor Gold Status. The property is located a bit outside of the historic city center, but you can make it there in a few minutes with a car.

Legacy Pool View Room at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

The Legacy Pool View Room at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakata immediately made a good impression on me. It comes with a classic decor, but still doesn’t feel run down.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room

As you’d expect, the medium-sized room is dominated by a comfortable bed, which is queen size and comes with two nightstands.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room

In the corner of the room, there’s a comfortable enough armchair, which comes with a small coffee table.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room

Here, a cute little welcome note alongside a fruit plate were waiting for me at check-in.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta welcome gift

Opposite of bed, you can find a working desk with a not so comfortable chair as well as a tv.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room

Aside from a luggage rack, the only other part of noteworthy interior in the room is the wardrobe in the entrance area. Somewhat strangely, this is also where you can find a kettle and a coffee machine.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room

My personal highlight of the room at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta was the balcony though. It’s equipped with two chairs and a table.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room balcony

What’s best about the balcony definitely is the atmosphere of the historic hotel with views of the inner courtyard, pool and neighboring balconies. Just really cool!

The bathroom on the other hand isn’t that much of a highlight as it’s rather tiny.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room bathroom

However, there’s a toilet as well as a sink with enough storage.

The walk-in shower didn’t look all that fancy, but is spacious enough and comes with a rain shower head as well as good shower pressure, so there’s nothing bad to say.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta legacy room bathroom

Even though the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta might not offer the comfort of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, I thought that it was even more charming than the neo-historic Hermitage Hotel Jakarta.

Breakfast at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Despite the low nightly rate, my booking even included breakfast as I booked in an Accorhotels Sale. Breakfast is served semi-outdoors and comes with different areas.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta breakfast

There are various local and international cold options available on the buffet and I thought that the quality of local options like fresh fruits was very good, while the Western options left a bit to be desired.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta breakfast

There’s also a large selection of hot dishes at breakfast at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, including Indonesian, but also Indian and obviously American options like scrambled eggs.

My personal favorite were the freshly prepared dishes though. You can have noodle soups, a couple of local dishes and egg options.

Some of the options, like the eggs benedict, come with an extra charge though. All in all, I really enjoyed breakfast at the Phoenix Hotel. It was not as fancy as The Legian Bali, but still very nice.

Room Service & Lunch at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

With a stay of three nights, we had the chance to sample a couple of dishes while staying at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta. For example, we had a good pizza at lunch.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta lunch

Then we tried two different local dishes via room service, which were both quite good.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta room service

We also had a hamburger and some ravioli once.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta room service

The Western options were so-so, but in general the food was tasty and a good value for the money.

Gym & Pool at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

One of the highlights of staying at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta is the option to use the amazing swimming pool, located in the inner courtyard of the historic part of the building.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta pool

It’s not that big of a pool and has a somewhat weird height-difference, but it’s nice enough to dip in when you are too hot in the sun of Indonesia.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta pool

There are also a couple of loungers around the pool and you can order drinks and food or just relax under one of the umbrellas.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta pool

You shouldn’t expect a pool as fancy as at the Conrad Bali, but the historic charm and atmosphere are just really nice. The gym is a nice spot to work out as well.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta gym

It’s well equipped with cardio and strength machines as well as free weights.

phoenix hotel yogyakarta gym

While not particularly modern, the condition of the machines was good, so there’s nothing to complain about.

Overall impressions of the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta is a really nice luxury hotel with a colonial atmosphere that allows you to travel back in time, while still enjoying modern luxury. Particularly combined with the beauty of Yogyakarta and the highlights around the city, I thought that the Phoenix Hotel is a great retreat in the heart of the city. I’d definitely return in a heartbeat, not only because of the really incredlible value for the money!

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