Sunday, October 6, 2013

Where to Stay in Yogyakarta: Kampoeng Djawa


I originally planned to stay in the cheapest hostel in Yogyakarta (Jogja) but my quirkiness has prevailed. I like to take a break from staying in dorms. I also wanted to stay in a place with a Javanese touch so I would get a feel of the Javanese living. I guess my travel inkling has evolved. I stayed away looking for a place near the famous street of Malioboro. I preferred to be in the less crowded and the quieter side of Jogja. Maybe I'm getting serious with me walking to the path of zen. :)

I found the perfect place that fits the bill. Aside from the fact that I liked how it looks like, the positive reviews convinced me to stay here. Kampoeng Djawa doesn't look like your usual guesthouse. It looks like and feels like home.



its quaint exterior


It is located in Prawirotaman, one of the famous two areas for tourists in Jogja. The other one is Sosrowijayan which is just adjacent to Malioboro. Pretty nice location. You can find everything you need at the same street, may it be tour agencies, restaurants or laundry service. There are also becak drivers waiting for you in case you don't want to walk heading to the tourist spots.


traditional interior


That was the hallway leading to the guest rooms. It also serves as the waiting area for the visitors and the dining area. It is just a small guesthouse. They only have 9 rooms, if I remember it correctly. So, nope. It isn't your party hostel. People who prefer this place are those who want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing stay.


Gudeg


Free breakfast is being served in the dining area. They normally serve local Indonesian food like this one. Gudeg is a traditional food specifically from Jogja and Central Java. You definitely have to try this signature dish when you visit Jogja. Breakfast offer changes everyday. Isn't it great?



my huge bed


Room is very basic but very clean. I had this big bed all to myself. The bed and the pillows are very comfortable to sleep in. The linens smell good. I also liked the very Indonesian touch. I swear, I had four nights of awesome sleep!




The room has a work desk and a television with Indonesian channels only. No use if you don't understand Bahasa. :) It also has a closet for your clothes, if you're that type of person. I actually didn't use it as I am so used to just getting and putting stuff back in my backpack. They also provide towels, toilet paper and soap.




I also loved that ceiling and the vintage lamps. It gave me that ancestral home feel.




Every room has a sitting area outside where you can have your afternoon tea or coffee. Yes, they also provide it for free anytime you like. They give a traditional Indonesian snack with it. They also have free in room wifi with super fast speed. So cool.





The rooms are actually set around a lovely mini-garden. Too bad, I wasn't able to capture that in photo. There is a bird on that garden that wakes me up every morning by its loud tweet. It was nice to wake up with that sound and when you go outside, there's a garden. A patch of nature within the city. Loved it.

I only booked for their Standard Room (the cheapest) so I have to share the bathroom. It was never a problem since the guesthouse only has few rooms and some of them have it en suite. I was only sharing it with a few folks. Bathroom is well maintained and always clean. Water pressure is okay too.


toilet and bath




Booking a room with them is easy. They have their own website but I found it more convenient through Booking.com. Someone from the guesthouse will contact you directly to confirm your reservation after the booking. A few days before your arrival, they will contact you again to reconfirm. I suggest booking at least a month ahead because they only have a few rooms.

If location is a big deal for you and if you want to be right smack in the middle of everything (the market and the tourist attractions), this place is a bit far from them. Prolly a 30 minute walk (45 in a more relaxed pace or if you like to stop by for photos) to Malioboro. Becaks can take you there half the time for only Rp 10,000 but it increases come night time.

Aside from the good things I mentioned above, what made my stay here more wonderful were the staff! They go the extra mile to assist you. They are all so nice and very helpful. Special thanks to Mr. Moko for lending me that Rp 10,000 from his own pocket when I ran out of small change to pay the becak driver. He saved me! I always loved talking and sharing good laughs with them.

I very much enjoyed my stay here. Everyday I was there, it didn't feel like going back to your hotel. It always felt like just coming home. :)


Accommodation Information:

Kampoeng Djawa
Address: Jalan Prawirotaman 1/40, Mergangsan, Yogyakarta, 55153 Indonesia
Contact No: +62 274 378318
Website:  www.kampoengdjawahotel.com
Email: kampoengdjawahotel@gmail.com
Room Rates: IDR 110,000 for Standard Double or Twin (Fan); IDR 170,000 for Superior (Fan); IDR 215,000 for Junior Suite (AC).




Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥