After this trip, I will be missing the breakfast buffets.

The sentimental (?) persona emerged as I count the number of days left for me on this epic summer trip.  Jambuluwuk Marlioboro Hotel was our home for the remaining days in Indonesia.  And it was summed-up as a relaxing and sleep-conducive stay.

The daily routine would encompass a buffet breakfast, back to the room for a short nap, watch television shows, out for a short stroll then sleep again.  The rainy days at Yogyakarta summoned us to spend more time at the comforts of our room.

The lobby area of the hotel comes with a purpose.  Apart from relaxation and people-watching, an in-house entertainment serves as part of the welcoming committee.  Java’s traditional musical ensemble, gamelan, is set-up at one corner of the hotel adjacent to the entrance door.  The instrument is played live and impromptu by an Indonesian artist which adds charm to the fusion of traditional and modern interiors.

Booked in a deluxe room, all the basic facilities that we need are offered.  The room comes with a working area for travelers such as our type and a relaxed chair for additional comfort.  Amenities include: hairdryer, minibar, 32 inch LCD TV, IDD Telephone, air conditioning, in-room safe, mineral water, 24-hour room service, coffee or tea maker, a free wifi and a 24-hour concierge.  (click here to check more room types and rates)

The 24-hour room service is the best service for me. Hotel staff’ were courteous and I must say they did an excellent job.  Since we opted to just stay at the hotel for the first night after a misguided tour at the city center and as we were about to succumb to exhaustion, we decided to have our nightlife spent at our room.  We do have a lot of concerns and requests, and everything was delivered promptly.  Drinks for the night was prepared by Carla, our room bartender.  The concoction is made of rum bought all the way from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, milk and coffee.  The outcome? A good night sleep with the illusion of having consumed a cream-based Irish whiskey. 

The unassuming hallways and the imposing view provided by our room was a perfect treat.  Interior design on common areas of the hotel is plain and simple.  The view of Mt. Merapi, an active volcano and the unique landscape of the city as seen from the floor where we stay compensates and even comes at par for the simplicity of the common area.

Mornings at Jambuluwuk Hotel is a feast.  Authentic Indonesian and international cuisine is offered as part of the complimentary breakfast buffet.  The Jambuluwuk Coffee Shop at the lobby serves as the rendezvous for breakfast meals and I really enjoyed the everyday affair of gastronomic treat from the hotel.  And I can say that this is the hotel’s selling point.

Hotel guests were mostly in large groups as observed.  It appears that the hotel caters to company outings, trainees or participants of a seminar and varied business meetings aside from a travel with family and friends.

The hotel takes pride on the fact of being eco-friendly.  For instance, the wood materials used inside the hotel, such as the door panel and frame, the loose furniture and pool decks are all certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

With the basic amenities and facilities that this 4-star hotel provides, the stay gives me a feeling of being at home.  Being strategically located at the center of Marlioboro District, Jambuluwuk Marlioboro Boutique Hotel is a perfect barracks for discovering Yogyakarta.

JL Gajah Mada 67 Yogyakarta 55112 Central Java, Indonesia
Phone: +62 274 58 5655

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