Travel Indonesia; Griya Wijilan Guest House can be your base from which to explore the Palace or Keraton in Yogyakarta. No this is not in Bali, it is in Central Java and here we talk about a quaint little hotel tucked away in the neighborhood of the royal residence. You need to make reservations since there are only a few rooms available.
It looks and feels a bit like a local home when you pass through the gate. You wonder if you have entered the right house because of the Pendopo, a raised and roofed seating area and then you see the sign or part of the sign that is still readable. And no, the sign does not reflect the state of the rooms; as I immediately assumed.
The lobby is very small; of course, there is only one floor of rooms. We arrived right at midday, and we planned to immediately go to explore the Royal Keraton or Palace. Check-in is only from 14:00, understandable, they have limited staff for this small business. We deposited our luggage in a locked room and followed the explanations to the palace; it takes about 10 minutes to walk there.
We got the biggest of their rooms with a good sized double bed, a seating area next to the door and the only big window opening up to the courtyard and the breakfast nook. The air conditioner worked well; it was cool. The flat TV offered us entertainment with cable and Indonesian channels. There were a writing desk and chair. The bathroom was long, luxurious for this class of accommodation. The whole Guest House looked and felt new and somewhat modern.
Kathy came down with a cold and I walked to the main road to the many specialized restaurants that serve and pack to take home the typical Yogyakarta Gudeg. A dish based on young Nangka (Jack-fruit) with various side dishes.
The breakfast is self-service in the little restaurant in the inner court. Walk over a little bridge over the Koy fish pond to the few tables. The buffet is relatively big with juices, water, milk and corn flakes and some Indonesian basics like Mie (noodles), sausages, Bubur (porridge) and more.
After we had visited and studied the Keraton, we were very hungry. The Becak driver recommended the Ndalem Ngabean Restaurant that is a Prince House and now transformed into a royal Javanese dining experience with some traditional entertainment depending the time and day. it is not far from the Keraton, reachable by Becak.
All in all, we were happy with our travel Indonesia hotel Yogyakarta; here is my take on the Keraton.
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