We flew into Yogyakarta and after an early lunch at the airport, took a taxi to Magelang. The front desk staff at the Manohara Resort Hotel were waiting to welcome us even before we got out of the taxi. They offered us hot tea and biscuits as we waited to be checked in.
The food was carefully prepared and the fruits fresh and delicious.
Our room is just one of the many that overlooked the extensive hotel gardens. Borobudur Temple was always in sight as you walk around the gardens and the public areas of the hotel. It was very nice to take a leisurely breakfast while gazing on the temple stupas rising amidst the greenery.
The staff manning the main restaurant was nice enough to give us elementary lesson in playing the gamelan and to sing a simple Indonesian song. :)
One of the advantages of staying in the Manohara is that you can come and go up to Borobudur Temple as often as you please. The guests of the hotel have a separate entrance which is guarded by a Park staff.
Everything is OK except the food served in the restaurant - not much choice, not so good and quite expensive.
2 of our friends, who came together with us, stayed in this hotel as Hotel Manohara was fully booked. According to them, this hotel was more expensive and the layout of the rooms was not like resort-styled. They have to take lift up to their rooms. The hotel has a very impressive main lobby. I went to this hotel for dinner and it was quite expensive and tasted average.
New boutique hotel near Borobudur.
I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. It's a 3 star hotel. This is the only hotel inside Borobudur. I walked frequently to Borobudur from the hotel which was about 10 mins. I booked the sunrise tour which started at 4.30am. A hotel staff walked us to the Borobudur site. Internet could only be accessed in their business centre. The room was comfortable and I did not have encounter any mosquitoes during my stay there. I came here with a group of 14 friends. We booked through a tour agency in Jakarta for a 3 days 2 nights package for about US$220 per pax, with tour guide and transportation, excluding meals.
Walking distance to Borobudur.
We chose to stay at the Manohara hotel because of it's location. It's within the national park area right next to Borobudur.
We only stayed one night as our purpose was to climb Borobudur to see the sun rise. By staying here we were able to enter the grounds of the temple at 4.30am...before other tourists.
The rooms are small and basic, but nothing to complain about, all we needed was a bed for the night or part of it!
The price for a double room was RP400,000 (about $45) which included unlimited entrance into the grounds of Borobudur. An extra rp115,00 for the sunrise entry, also included a torch!!
This guest comes reccomended by the Lonely PLanet travel guide. This guesthouse was definitely interesting, not bad really just different.
The good things about this place was that the rooms were huge as was the bathroom. The guesthouse had huge patios and balconies that looked out on to the rice paddies. The proprietor brought us tea so we could watch the sun set on the patios.
There were a few things that were so-so about the place that people should know. The roof was thatched so we could hear critters running around in it all night and there was no hot water but that I could definitely live with.
What the LP guide doesn't mention is that it is right next door to a mosque so be prepared to be woken up all night by prayers and at dawn for their morning prayer call. It was really loud! We were there during Ramadan so that might make a difference.
For the price though I wouldn't complain. It was about $12 USD a night per room.
The service was extremely good.
Facilities - ok. We really enjoyed the short video on Borobudur. That really helped us to understand more abt the whole temple when we were really there. It helped that we watched it before visiting the temple. Made the visit all the more meaningful.
The hotel is really IN the park, although to go into the temple grounds, there's another gate. But it's just a couple of minutes walk to the ancient historical building. The restaurant faces the temple and the view as we ate was just magnificent especially in the morning, right after the sunrise.
There's a hill on the western side of the temple which we hiked up to. The view of the Borobudur temple is just magnificent from there. Just go out through the western gate, walk towards one of the museums - I forgot the name - because this one you have to pay extra to go in. and you can't miss the steps up to the hill. It's a very short hike. When you reach the top, the view and the breeze are just too nice to miss. Bring some snacks - enjoy the view!
Manohara Hotel is very conveniently located within the temple complex. The rooms are cosy, facing the termple and aircon, with swimming pool, private bathroom, hot water and the room charge includes breakfast. You can visit the temple any number of times as long as you are staying in this hotel. I would recommend that you check in during the evening hours, after seeing Jogja/Permbanan and wake up early to see the sunrise at around 0600 hrs.
The view of the temple from the hotel rooms is great. The temples is located just next door. When I visited there, it was a full moon night and the temple views were mesmerizing in the moonlit night. I went for a stroll along the temple in the evening and the experience was much more then rewarding.
there are many hotels and guest houses surrounding borobudur temple. just choose by your own, refer to your budget. but if you want to stay in the most luxurious place, the answer is amanjiwo. this hotel kinda like duplicated miniature of borobudur, five plus plus plus [and i can only dreaming about :D] and another fave hotel among the visitors is manohara hotel. for info, manohara is the name of a princess who married to a prince as appears in relief of borobudur, jataka's section. she's half human and bird or said as kinnari [if a man said as kinnara].
We were delighted with our stay at the Sheraton in Yogya from the minute we got off our plane until we departed. The hotel van was there to pick us up when we landed. We got checked in very quickly and shown to our nice large room.
We had a king size bed, entertainment system in an armoire, comfortable sitting area.
There was a small balcony with a view out over the trees and the pool.
The pool was beautiful, the prettiest one I have ever seen.
From the hotel you could see views of fire mountain.
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