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We love visiting Yogyakarta for its rich culture, food, art, history, shopping and so much more. The surge in development of many beautiful areas and attractions in Yogyakarta is evident as it has successfully attracted 20% more tourists than this time last year. With a new flock of tourists comes a new (hotel) star in town: Marriott Yogyakarta


With its opening just five months ago in late October, it’s the first ever Marriott Branded hotel in Indonesia.  You’ll notice when you first step into the lobby how quite grand it is with vaulted ceilings, spacious lobby and waiting areas plus clean and chic decor. Speaking of the decor, the hotel incorporates a great amount of marble in its interior design (which I love!). Case in point: a grand marble staircase leading up to the city’s largest pillar-less ballroom. You’ll also discover Javanese inspired accents all throughout the hotel with batik cut-outs on the walls and ceilings. A beautiful merge of traditional and modern elements. 


I adore a spacious room and the Marriott provides just that. Standard rooms are very comfortable and cozy, includes a daybed/sofa bed, premium bedding, iPod dock, free Wifi, and an elegant open concept marble bathroom. A great bonus for me: so much counter space in the bathroom. You know what I mean girls with all our morning /night creams, makeup / hair products etc.! (Note: the photos of the bath tub were taken in the Presidential Suite). Other amenities of the hotel include a modern gym, day spa, gigantic outdoor pool, M Lounge, free parking, and three delicious restaurants to choose from. I especially enjoyed the breakfast spread. Try the steak and eggs, sausages and also tongseng, a beef stew found commonly in Central Java. 


Elizabeth and I spent four days/three nights here and it was perfect to spend a relaxing long weekend. In terms of location, it’s 8 kilometers from Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport and not too far from all the cultural and shopping attractions such as the lively Jalan Malioboro, Borobudur, Ratu Boko, Prambanan and many more. We would lounge poolside during the day and go out to Jalan Malioboro to meet up with friends or take a day trip to Borobudur / Prambanan. If you’re looking for instant retail therapy however, simply walk a minute to the newest and largest shopping mall in the region – Hartono Mall as it’s connected to the hotel.


Of course we need to give a special thank you to the wonderful staff for their top notch hospitality and Javanese warmth that was evident throughout our stay. Always greeting us with smiles on their faces, what can I say? Javanese hospitality is a trademark to be proud of. We would definitely come back again….. this time maybe even longer. :)