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Hotel Poncowinatan
Ranked #85 of 520 Yogyakarta B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you wanna go local, I mean literally local with no marketing knick knacks, this is certainly the right place. In the morning, step outside the hotel and you are in the middle of traditional market. Nothing bad about it though if you opt to it.

The hotel itself, well....I will give 50% as what you see in the photos. It is a typical modern Chinese shop houses that turned into so-so mini hotel. The room is average, the bathroom is the smallest I've ever seen or been to and not in a clean state. It is so average that I'd rather go out and try to enjoy the neighborhood.

At the end I was super excited exploring this area; from traditional market to Chinese temple and private houses with art deco style, tasting a bowl of Chinese chicken noodle to fruit sorbet in small fancy ice cream shop, walking on the main street and explore some old shops and building.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I will start with the positives about the hotel first of all -
The staff are excellent and really look after you
The rooms are cleaned daily
It is a 10 minute walk from Malioboro, so not too far at all from the main tourist strip

Now the Negatives....
The rooms are tiny for the price you pay
It is impossible to get a good nights sleep as the hotel has 3 floors with a central corridor where people have breakfast, talk at 5.30am and kids bang on your door at midnight as they are playing!

Some of the issue was that we went in Indonesian school holidays and the place was just over run by local people and noisy kids everywhere. We stayed 3 nights and did not sleep for more than 4 hours in any 1 night....not too impressed!

Room Tip: Do not go in Indonesian school holidays and do not get a room on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

After a long drive from Surabaya, we were happy to finally arrive in Yogyakarta. We took a bit to find the place as it doen't at all look like a hotel from the outside! The entrance is rather odd - there's parking area (in the building), then there's the reception facing the parking area. Anyway, we found the place, check in was smooth & we got our room within minutes.

The room was of decent size, there was a window but it was by the door & opened out into seating area (best to just leave it closed) & it didn't look as if much thought was given towards the decor. The bathroom was tiny, probably slightly bigger than a phone booth - I kid you not! And, it wasn't exactly in the cleanest state (for a hotel) but it was OK. WiFi was free & pretty good as we had no problems connecting from our room. The room also had a TV & coffee/tea making facilities, which was plus. The bed & pillow were comfortable enough & no one from our group (4 of us in 2 rooms) complained of bed bugs or the likes. Being the first room on the ground floor right next to the pantry/kitchenette, it did get a wee bit noisy the next morning at breakfast time.

The hotel isn't too far to walk to the lively Malioboro Street & there are lots of street food places along the way. We walked to Malioboro Street in the evening & returned at about 9+pm. It felt pretty safe to walk up to the point when you need to turn into the street where the hotel is - during the day there's a market here, so, at night it's desserted & a bit dark. We quickened our pace just at this stretch & got back safely.

Breakfast was 'standard issue', meaning everyone got the same thing. It was simple plate of rice, veg & fried chicken but it was yummy & I liked it! We were given 2 complimentary bottles of water in the room, but if you need to re-fill, a hot/cold water dispenser is available on the ground floor.

Initially, we had planned to stay here for 3 nights but due to the long weekend we couldn't. In hindsight, I'm glad we didn't. All things considered, it really isn't bad place at all but, personally, if I returned to Yogyakarta, I would opt for a place that is closer to Malioboro Street.

Room Tip: If you get a room on the ground floor, try to either change it to one further to the back or on a hi...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

besides the city centre location of the hotel, it has a very unique location. which is in the middle of the traditional market. For whom that love traditional ambience of the local market should go to this hotel. u may walk in the morning and buy some local sweets. Room is nice and clean, staffs were also very friendly. For sure pick room with airconditioner since jogjakarta has a hot climate.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

I kinda like this hotel for many reasons. It's a walking distance to Malioboro. It's very near to a landmark called Tunggu (tower). It's a short distance to a trans bus pick-up point too. The staff are exceedingly friendly & it does feels like a family there. The food served taste home-cooked & pleasantly delicious. I have a very spacious room which was nice. Looks new. The only letdown is that it could be really noisy as guests tend to mingle in the assembly area & talk so loud such that if you stay in the first floor, it can really be uncomfortable. Maybe you can request to stay at the second level but I don;t think this will really help.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

I stayed here for a quick layover for a very early morning flight. I chose a standard room with a ceiling fan (no A/C) and paid around $15 (US) so it was super cheap. The room was hot and stuffy without the A/C and if I was staying for more than one night, I would have probably changed to an A/C room.

The location is by itself and away from the main activities of Malioboro Road. No places for eating or shopping within close walking distance.

The other thing to note is that the toilet in the standard room was a squatter. I don't know what kind of toilets are in the other rooms.

Overall, it was cheap and clean enough for a quick stay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

The four of us piled into a deluxe room (queen + single) which costs IDR 375,000 per night (additional IDR 35,000 for extra person) and comes with TV, air-con, hot and cold shower.

Thankfully the room was fairly spacious so we had sufficient space to maneuver around. We learnt from one of the becak drivers that the hotel is pretty new, which probably explains its cleanliness and relatively new furnishings. Room service is provided every day, including change of fresh towels and complimentary mineral water refill - not bad service for a 'budget' hotel. The breakfast provided is delicious (tastes may vary) although the portion is a little small.

Location is great at 5-15 mins away from the train station depending on one's walking speed. The side street is well-lit with the market running late into the night - we had no difficulty getting late snacks on more than one occasion. One slight drawback of it being located next to the market is that light sleepers may get woken by the hustle and bustle as early as 530am. Getting a becak ride to the main Malioboro area was easy on the main street as well.

Overall a great place to stay for its clean rooms, friendly staff, great breakfast and location. =)

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Jln. Poncowinatan no 3, Yogyakarta 55232, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Yogyakarta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #85 of 520 B&Bs / Inns in Yogyakarta
Price Range: $17 - $24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Poncowinatan 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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