Went there for the sole purpose of doing the Merapi hike and below are my observations:
Not tip top clean but then again, please be reminded that it's a hostel at a dirt cheap price. So you really can't expect too much for the price that you are paying for. We stayed at the white bungalow for the night and from our friends that stayed at the green bungalow, ours fare much better (i.e. bigger room, better beds, better shower etc). Do take note that there isn't any fans/aircons in the room as it can get chilly when the night falls. Also, you may find insects around the room and if this is something that you can't stand, then this is not the place for you.
The hot water is erratic and it took me quite a long time to be able to figure how to get the hot water (heard that it was non-existent in the green bungalow). The hot water will either be boiling hot or you will only get icy cold water. So take your pick if you fail to find the balance like me.
As there isn't any food stalls around, we have to rely on the in-house cook and please be assured that the food here is simply marvellous. I think we wiped out the whole kitchen in one night with our multiple reorders. The pricing here are not too bad either (IDR6,000 for Indomee with a sunny side up).
Christian and his son, Bernard (I think) are quite friendly and will be readily available to help you when there's a need.
The tour is at IDR140,000/pax and it includes a light breakfast and a sumptuous brunch after the hike. As for the hike, I would say it isn't my cup of tea as I have expected much more due to the glowing reviews online. The hike was all in a 5 hours trip and we spent more time at the lava bed (about an hour) than to have picture stops/proper viewing platform of Mt Merapi (approximately 15 mins?) as we thought the main highlight was the volcano instead of the lava bed. But nevertheless, the story telling by Christian's brother (he took the lead for the hike that day) was marvellous. He is very illustrative on the history and folklores of the area, which is one of the plus point for the hike. I too enjoyed and amazed at how Bernard managed to stack up the stones at the edges during our rest at the lava bed.
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- Vogels Hostel Kaliurang, Java