Duta Garden was our first hotel during our travels through Java and we were absolutely thrilled with it.
We had notified the hotel in advance that we would be arriving on the night train from Jakarta at approx. 3.30am and they arranged for one of their staff to wait up to greet us when we arrived. Thoughtfully he only requested us to fill out minimal details as it was so late and then showed us to our room.
The hotel itself is beautiful - quite compact but perfectly formed. It is a number of two storey blocks aurrounding the central pool area. All the walkways are 'stepping stones' through lush gardens, fish ponds or around the pool.
The bedroom and bathroom was not the most modern but was comfortable, spotlessly clean and the balcony had a lovely view over the pool / garden area. The whole feel of the hotel was very serene and relaxing - it really was difficult to believe you were in the middle of Yogyakarta which is otherwise a very bustling town.
Breakfast was fine - as much nasi goreng (indonesian fried rice), toast, fruit, juices and tea and coffee as you liked and served until 10.30am.
The staff were extremely attentive - they would take note of when people arrived back at the hotel in the afternoon and bring complimentary afternoon tea and cakes either to your room or to the pool depending on where you were. the front desk was also a tourist information desk and the staff spoke fluent English and were extremely helpful. We booked our onwards tour / travel through them with no fee involved and they also helpfully called to one of our forthcoming hotels to explain in Indonesian that we would be arriving early and arrange our reservation at no cost more than the phonecall. As mentioned in previous reviews the free internet usage in the lobby was also great.
Although there was no bar / restaurant area the hotel did provide room service so you could order a nice cold Bintang to your room to enjoy on the balcony at the end of the day.
We were thrilled with the Duta Garden and it certainly set a president for the hotels we were due to visit on the remainder of our trip! Would absolutely recommend this to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duta Garden Hotel is one of the three hotels united in Java Bali Accommodation. Situated in a strategic area of Timuran Village (Prawirotaman area) that is well known internationally, Duta Garden Hotel that is managed by one of the lodging pioneers has been experienced in giving services to tourists from different countries. Its existence for more than a decade and its success to go through economy crisis proves that Duta Garden Hotel services are the best. ... more less
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