Like many travelers to Borobudur I picked the Manohara because of the location. I stayed there for 3 nights in February. Calling it a ‘resort’ is a bit of a stretch. It offered very basic and clean accommodations, nothing extra. If you are expecting a Bali like resort you will be disappointed. If your sole purpose is to see one of the best, if not the best, Buddhist monuments in the history of civilization, its location offers unlimited access to the site. The hotel is inside the main gate of the park and therefore you can walk in and out anytime you feel like without paying (except for the sunrise which you will need a special ticket.) The sunrise tour is supposedly organized by the hotel but basically they just let you go through its dinning room and walk up the monument. You are on your own after that. You won’t hear people saying the sunrise tour was not worth it. If the weather is cooperating it can be spectacular. (there are risks in the wet season (Oct-May), and the dry season offers much better chances of perfect sunrise) But if nothing else you still get to avoid the crowd. And that itself is worth the price of admission. But if the sunrise tour is the only reason you are picking this hotel you should think twice. More than half the tour participants come in from other hotels in Borobudur. They might have to get up 15 minutes earlier but you can have choices of real ‘resorts’ in Borobudur. For most, spending two more hours at the monument after the sunrise shall cover it all, including all 5 lower levels and the top 3 stupas levels, if the heat hasn’t gotten to you first. (try to avoid weekends as there are local school field trips that bring in hundreds of uniformed students who take the monument as Disneyland) If you are like pilgrims and like to spend all hours of the day at the monument then staying in Manohara is like camping out there, only with air-conditioning and indoor plumbing. Staff is friendly. Watch out for the little souvenir stand outside the dinning room. I bought a book there after talking the price from Rp 750,000 down to 600,000. I didn’t think I needed to bargain with the hotel like I would in the streets. I was wrong. The same book was listed Rp295,000 at the Yogyakarta Airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manohara Resort offers beds with front-seat views of one of the globe's most amazing destination, The magnificent Borobudur temple, UNESCO World Culture Heritage from your own intimate balcony. Inspired by javanese traditional living, the warm colors of the cozy interior is combined with modern amenities for an enlightening sleeping experience. Manohara Resort has 35 javanese contemporary designed room, each rooms comprises you a generous living area, providing the perfect space for an unforgettable stay. From achieving a peaceful state of mind combined with state-of-the-art facilities, leave the outside world behind! Embrace the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur Temple. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Princess Manohara Hotel Borobudur
- Manohara Hotel Magelang