My stay in Yogyakarta didn’t get off to a great start.
I arrived in Yogya in the dead of night, not an ideal time to arrive anywhere really, and I was tired and stiff from an uncomfortable train ride from Surabaya that lasted an eternity and was the sole cause of me arriving in the dark instead of a more reasonable early afternoon. I needed somewhere to crash, and quickly.
I found a place easily enough by heading straight down to Jalan Prawirotaman where there are a string of cheap backpacker hostels and guesthouses. After viewing a few, I chose what was the best of some pretty poor choices and got my head down. The place was fine, my sleep was fine, but the next morning when I woke up I just needed a better rest in a little bit of comfort. The previous weeks hiking and trekking had started to catch up on me. So I got a private room in another guesthouse for a few days in a room that was fine, but very dated and a little overpriced for what it was.
That is when I found the Ministry of Coffee.
I had walked past it at first not realising it was an actual guesthouse, but on second viewing it revealed itself like a sweet oasis amongst a desert of mediocrity. Hidden behind what is an average coffee shop is one of the best places to stay in the city.
I moved immediately.
The Ministry of coffee is not the cheapest place to stay in this part of Yogyakarta, but it isn’t the most expensive either and is by far the best value for money. For around the same price as the average price of other private rooms on the same street the jump in quality is outstanding. Seriously outstanding.
I stayed in one of the cheaper basic rooms downstairs, and I felt very secluded tucked away behind the coffee shop. The peace and quiet was an absolute tonic – if you discount the 4 AM call to prayer that will affect you in most places across Yogyakarta – and I even enjoyed the tiny little patio area with a nice water feature to sit and have a relaxing drink and catch up with some writing.
The en suite room was small, but was not cramped and had more than enough room for my ambling 6”2 frame and my pack. They were both absolutely spotless too, with the cleaning staff doing an amazing and unobtrusive job, and it was full to the brim with mod cons like strong air con, inclusive breakfast in the coffee shop, a comfy double bed and oversized pillows. They may seem like standard fare in most hotels around the world, but for backpackers who only occasionally make the jump to flashpacker status they will feel like heaven!
It was the unexpected touches that really made this guesthouse stand out though. All the rooms being named after types of coffee, free complimentary coffee from the attached coffee shop, access to a free library and free DVD rental to watch on your own in room DVD player. Add to that the amazingly friendly and helpful staff and it all adds up to an amazing mid range place to stay for a while.
The staff were all friendly and efficient, and always willing to offer advice on where to go and what to do. They could sometimes be a little invisible if they all disappeared into the back room at the same time but this was hardly a big deal and is more down to the fact that I am literally searching for bad points to balance the review out!
They could improve things by introducing 24 hour staff instead of only having a security guard man the front desk until 8.00 AM. Most tours start much earlier than that, and if you want to head out early to get a full day of trekking or sightseeing in then you are left with a relatively disappointing pre packaged breakfast and microwaved coffee. If they just opened up a little earlier, it would be ideal.
These criticisms really are clutching at petty straws though.
If you are in Yogyakarta and want to upgrade a little to a mid range budget, then you will really do yourself a favour by staying here.
The Ministry of Coffee can be found at Jalan Prawirotoman 1/15a, Yogyakarta 55153 Indonesia.
Ready to book? The Ministry Of Cofee’s website can be found here.
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