I would agree with most of the other comments written here. On the plus side, the hotel is clean, pleasant, and quiet. Check in was smooth enough and the staff were friendly and polite. It was also nice to have free access to the internet and printer via the business centre. I am fairly particular about bed sheets and when we first arrived there was the slightest hint of a small, old stain on the sheets, but when I pointed this out they were quickly changed and the new sheets were fine. The bed is a bit firmer than in some hotels, but my wife and I slept well on it. The location is very convenient for a visit to Borobudur and I concur with those who recommend an early morning visit. We went twice - first around mid-day and then again at 6:00am and we did find the early morning more pleasant on several counts. Not only is it cooler and there are fewer tourists, but there is lots of shade so one can take ones time viewing the ruins. The early morning light also shows off the carvings on the walls to better effect than at mid-day. The down side of staying at this particular hotel is that there really is not much to do other than see Borobudur. This would have been less of a problem if the weather had been better, but it rained quite heavily while we were there in the evenings and we quickly ran out of things to do. The boredom was made worse by the fact that all the channels on tv were in Indonesian and that we were told it was quite impossible to go out after 5:00 because they were no taxis in town. This, it turned out, was not true at all since not three blocks away from the hotel was a rental place called "Jamu Mas" that is open 24/7 and was happy to provide a car and driver for short periods and on short notice (0293-788602). How could the hotel staff not know this - especially when such a lack of transportation is potentially a major problem for their guests? There were other things about the hotel that were a bit weird - like not having any maps of the surrounding area. The food at the hotel was quite passable, especially given the alternatives, but pricey and the breakfast is purely a la carte (no buffet). You should also be aware that if you misplace your plastic electronic room key (as we did), you will be charged an outrageous sum for its replacement (as we were). In the final analysis, I suspect that this is the best, most comfortable accommodations in Borobudur proper (short of paying an arm and a leg at Amanjiwo), but unless you are really looking for peace and quiet you should stick to one of the hotels in Yogyakarta for any stay longer than one night.
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