Indonesia Handbook by Bill Dalton(Yogyakarta)


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Jalan Prawirotaman

A European yuppie enclave in a peacefull neioghbourhood just 10 minute by becak south oh kraton area ;ask direction. Small guesthouses and private homes on this street rent out the majority of their rooms to European package tourists.

SARTIKA HOMESTAY , no 44 ,gets rave reviews from travelers who made their home in Jogja. Afianto , the Friendly englih speaking manager ,is always ready to answer questions and provide any services for a pleasent stay.

PRICE IDR 70.000 – 150.000

Guest Houses


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The cheapest and most basic form of accommodation in Yogyakarta is the guesthouse. These are alternatively known as home-stays (if they are in the compound of a localJavanese  family) or losmen, a term rarely used these days. Guest houses tend to be tightly packed, cheaply built, offering a roof over your head, cold-water shower, ceiling fan, small porch and maybe a banana pancake for breakfast.

Anyone who has traveled around in Yogya on a low budget has their fair share of stories about the odd aspects and pleasure of staying in the island’s many guesthouses, but these places aren’t for everyone. The price is low and in one sense you get what you pay for. When people say they stayed in a Yogya guesthouse that cost around US$5 per night but it’s negotiable depend on how long you stay, you shouldn’t assume that the accommodations are similar to a cheap hotel, because they are not.


All the major tourist areas have an abundance of guesthouses with prices starting around US$5 per night, and negotiable depend how long you stay ,but some of the more luxurious ones can be as high as US$15-30 per night. Above that and you are now talking about a hotel or even some place that calls itself a resort. It can be tempting to find the cheapest room possible, partly out of the novelty of it all, but you shouldn’t automatically try to trim your budget on where you sleep.

Generally speaking, you get what you pay for among guesthouses in the same area. In other words, if one place is US$5 per night and the place nextdoor charges US$10 per night, chances are the more expensive one is going to be quite a bit nicer. If you want to spend $1,000 or more on a holiday and then try to save $5 on your bed, that’s fine, but it’s good to put it into perspective and then perhaps treat yourself to a nicer place now and again.


Guesthouses in Yogya tend to be charming-but-barebones lodging. The hard and uneven bed might not bother you, especially after a few drinks, but combine that with thin walls, poor or nonexistent security, a scary bathroom, and a fan that has seen better years, and the frustration can mount. Maybe most important of all, Yogya is almost always hot and it can be extremely humid during the wet season, even late at night. If you aren’t used to it you might struggle trying to sleep with just a ceiling fan, even assuming it’s working well.

This isn’t meant to put you off the idea of staying in a guesthouse, just prepare you for what it’s like if this is your plan for sleeping. Having a look at the room and testing the fan and bed is always a good idea.

Advantages of staying in a guest house :
• Affordable price.
• No booking needed.
• Extremely informal.
• Good chance to meet Balinese family / Balinese staff / other tourists.
• Often located in the center of town.
• If the place isn’t to your liking you only wasted a few dollars.

Disadvantages of staying in a guest house:
• They do not have a reliable system for making a booking should you want to.
• The level of luxury can be very low.
• Not everyone enjoys a cold water shower, especially in the mountain areas.
• Tightly packed rooms with bamboo walls can mean unwanted noise.
• Rooms may not be very secure.
• A fan might not be up to the task during the steamy wet season.
• Bathrooms can be nasty.
• You may not enjoy staying downtown.

Booking a guesthouse in Yogya

Locking in a reservation at a guesthouse usually means going there in person on the day and asking if the place has rooms available.Yogya is filled with these lower budget accommodations, but almost none of them are on computerized reservation systems at this point. It’s very rare for everything to be sold out in a town and there are plenty of beds to go around on most nights, but starting your guesthouse hunting soon after arrival is still the best strategy and it will give you the most options.

Sartika Homestay Room Rate

Between Rp 45.000 to Rp75.000

Story of Prawirotaman: Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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Jalan Prawirotoman in Yogyakarta, Central Java, is one of the many streets backpackers head to upon their arrival in the city. The Kampong of Prawirotoman is steeped in history and many of the old buildings can still be seen today.

The story of the kampong began in the 19th century after the then Yogyakarta sultan granted a palace official a vast tract of land which was later named Kampong Prawirotaman. The kampung was named after Prawirotomo, a unit of soldiers led by the palace official.

The official had three sons – the late Werdoyoprawiro, Suroprawiro, and Mangunprawiro – who all pursued the batik business. As the tourist industry grew quickly in the late 1960s the brothers abandoned the batik business and put their money into hotels.

Since then the sons of the three brothers have run over 60 percent of the total hotels in the Prawirotaman tourist complex. At least 17 of some 30 hotels in Prawirotaman belong to children of the three brothers. The oldest hotel in the complex, Airlangga Guest House, is owned by Werdoyoprawiro’s son, Sugiyanto. Six other hotels in the area belong to Werdoyoprawiro’s other sons and daughters namely Wisma Gajah, Rose Guest House, Kirana Guest House, Galunggung Guest House and Agung Guest House.

The sons and daughters of Suroprawiro meanwhile own seven other hotels. They are Prambanan Guest House, Sumaryo Guest House, Duta Guest House, Didi Hotel, Metro Guest House, and Palupi Guest House.

Four hotels – Sartika homestay,Prayogo Guest House, Parikesit Guest House and Perwitasari Guest House – are owned by Mangunprawiro’s children although they also run several other hotels outside the complex. “My father was the first to build a hotel in Prawirotaman. He worked for a travel agency and then built the hotel in the kampong. He was in the tourist industry even when my grandfather was still running a batik factory” said Sugiyanto’s son, Wisnu Santoso who has helped his mother run Airlangga Guest House since the death of his father in 1997.

In the 1960s Prawirotaman was one of few batik producing centers in Yogyakarta as well as its neighbouring kampong, Tirtodipuran. Until the 1970s business was good for many batik producers in Prawirotaman.

The 1980s and 1990s was a glorious era for the former batik producers who had sifted their business interests to the tourist industry. The economic crisis which hit the country in 1997 was the beginning of the decline in the country’s tourist industry which has also affected Prawirotaman.

After almost 10 years of a slump in the business, will those former batik producers shift back to batik just as their fathers shifted from batik to the hotel business?

“In the last few years my mother has run an antique furniture shop” said Wisnu, adding that the family will decide in July whether they will continue with the hotel business.

Selamat Datang di SARTIKA….


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Selamat Datang di SARTIKA….

Hotel kecil yang dibangun di atas tanah seluas 1300 m2 ini memiliki konsep paduan Eropa dan Asia yang kental baik dalam hal makanan, pelayanan.

Sebuah boutique hotel dengan 20 kamar tidur yang nyaman. Semua kamar dilengkapi dengan, kamar mandi dalam . Kamar Deluxe didesain dengan teras yang menghadap ke taman.

Hotel terletak di kawasan wisata perhotelan Prawirotaman . Berada di pusat keramaian Kota Yogyakarta. Hal ini menjadikan SARTIKA sebagai tempat yang nyaman untuk beristirahat. dan mudah untuk di akses

Sartika dapat dijangkau dengan mudah dari berbagai penjuru kota Yogyakarta dan sekitarnya, karena terletak di dekat jalan-jalan besar yang menghubungkan berbagai kota, seperti Solo, Klaten, Semarang, dan Magelang.

Jl. Prawirotaman 44, Yogyakarta 55153
Phone: +62 274 372669 / 6676321
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