Flying in from Bali we landed in Yogyakarta mid-afternoon. As a family who travels with teens and tweens, we stay in all types of accommodation from budget to midrange, from independent to chain hotels. We need to have rooms that can provide for us all and where we can be close together if we have to have separate bedrooms.
This is something that always worries Rebecca when we travel. During our current trip, we had the chance to stay at the Zest Hotel In Yogyakarta which caters for larger families. Yogyakarta is the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region.
Where is the Zest Hotel in Yogyakarta?
The Hotel is located at. Jl. Gajah Mada No.28, Purwokinanti, Pakualaman, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55112.
In a real sense, Zest Yogyakarta is just on the edge of the city centre being 1 kilometre away from Malioboro Street. Malioboro Street Yogyakarta is the main shopping street featuring malls and markets. It is definitely a place you must visit when you are in Yogyakarta.
Is Zest the best budget hotel Yogyakarta?
The city’s population was 422,732 people and is located in Central Java. When looking for hotels in Yogyakarta we came across Zest. Zest Hotels are positioning themselves to become a renowned budget hotel brand in Asia, and they are doing a magnificent job at it too.
They offer a fresh and crisp experience for budget travellers but budget doesn’t have to mean you are not provided with a brilliant place to stay with all the mod-cons you would expect. We decided to give Zest a go and see what they offer budget travellers of all types.
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What are the rooms like at Zest Yogyakarta?
You will find 106 rooms at Zest Yogyakarta all comfortable and welcoming for singles, couples and families. I loved the fresh bright colours that greeted us and that were all through the hotel. Our rooms were all bright and welcoming from the fresh yellows, greens and orange colour scheme so even with the blinds down the rooms were still bright and cheerful. The rooms at Zest are 18 square meters and pack in everything you need.
What does Zest Yogyakarta offer guests?
- Queen/Twin beds and sofa bed
- 32″ LCD TV with cable/satellite channels
- Free Wi-Fi Internet access
- In-room universal adapter
- Swimming Pool
- Blackout curtains
- Writing desk (as bloggers we appreciate this) with plenty of power plugs for all of your equipment.
- Individual air conditioning for each room
- Interconnecting rooms available for families
Zest has an airport transfer service at an additional price. It provided us with a great piece of mind when a smiling face from Zest was waiting for us just outside the arrival doors. Tommy led us straight to the Zest car, helped us load our luggage and we were off delivered safely and easily right to the front door!
We all know fresh water is a must in Indonesia. If you drink the local water there is a high chance you will get seriously ill. In the corridors at Zest, they have a large water dispensing bottle that you can refill your plastic water bottle or your reusable water bottle up with fresh water. Great idea Zest!
Being a budget-conscious choice, you may have to pay for some extras if you require anything. There was a price list that included towels, pillows, tea and coffee set. The prices were very reasonable starting at just Rp.15,000 for items like extra bottled water, extra blankets, and pillows up to Rp.50,000 for hairdryers, ironing boards
*These prices are per day and they include the 21% government and service charge.
Zest family hotel Yogyakarta facilities
No family-friendly hotel in Yogyakarta is complete without a pool. The pool at the hotel is undercover, which provides great protection from the hot sun
The pool is split into 2 parts a shallow section for the little kids and a deeper section for all the rest. Another great feature is the pool towels. They are one thing that plenty of travellers just can’t fit in. You can get free pool towels to use while you are at Zest Yogyakarta.
The interconnecting rooms for us were the best. It can be hard as a family to find a hotel with these and it can become stressful when your family is separated all over the hotel.
If you have little ones and are unable to leave the room you are able to order coffee, drinks and light snacks to be delivered for room service at any time. Room service for dinner included Indonesian food such as rice and noodle dishes and western foods including hamburgers.
What essential services are near the Zest hotel?
If you are on a very tight budget the Zest Cafe called
On the same street
On the same street as the Zest Yogyakarta you will find a couple of little convenience stores and some local restaurants. Being a popular hotel in Yogyakarta you will find there will be tuk-tuk drivers out the front to take you to the main streets
A bit of walking (under a kilometer)
You will find a couple of great restaurants a little further walk down the same street Zest Hotel Yogyakarta is on. We chose to eat at a Japanese place called Nagoya Fusion
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Our favourite things at the Zest Yogyakarta
We had a really good experience at the Zest Yogyakarta and we found that the facilites were fantastic for our needs. These are our favourite things at the Zest Hotel Yogyakarta.
Breakfast at Zest
Being a budget tourist class hotel you get breakfast included in your tariff which for budget savvy travellers is a must! Breakfast is served in the Citruz Cafe. It is the usual fare of cereal, toast, fresh fruits along with some Asian dishes thrown in as well and they are all delicious. You will find noodles, rice, porridge and fish or chicken waiting for you. If you have any dietary needs please let the staff know and they will help you find something suitable to eat.
The Zest Staff
The staff were first rate very welcoming, helpful and friendly. The staff could not do enough for you. We loved the huge smiles and the beautiful greetings we got every time we entered the lobby. Both Mark and Marley were ill when we first arrived and the help we got was amazing. It is so good to know you have help when in a foreign place and a member of your family is sick.
The interconnecting room and single beds for the kids
After a while the girls get upset with having to share a bed so not only being right next door wit our interconnecting room they also had a bed to themselves. This is fantastic for families travelling with older kids.
Things to see in Yogyakarta while staying at Zest
There are so many things to see in Yogyakarta and the Zesty Hotel is a great base for you to do that. Some places to visit in Yogyakarta are
- The Sultans Water Castle
- The Keraton – Palace complex
- Prambanan – 9th-century Hindu temple compound
- Borobudur – It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple
- Malioboro St – for shopping and markets
To get to the two temple sites of Borobudur and Prambanan which lie just out of town we used Discover Your Indonesia, who can supply you with a driver and car or you can take one of their pre-organised tours. We highly recommend you go to these temples they are absolutely not to be missed during your trip to Yogyakarta.
Do we reccommend Zest Hotel Yogyakarta?
If the chance arises again we would have no hesitation in staying at Zest once again. The rooms were comfortable, we felt safe and secure, the staff were first rate and prices very affordable for families with connecting rooms being the biggest drawcard for us. We think Zest would be one of the best budget hotels in Yogyakarta for foreign visitors.
What did Mark think of Zest
I liked the room at Zest, they were compact but yet still spacy enough to have room for a small work station beside the bed. The shower had great water pressure and the water is hot.
What did Marley think of Zest
I thought it was really nice, it was clean, the breakfast was ok. Happy the hotel had kids channels on the tv. I slept really well in the comfy beds with the airconditioning.
What did Willow think of Zest
It was good, very very nice, it was great that Marley and I had a separate bed each. I liked the fact that our room joined our parents room.
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How to get around Yogyakarta
We used Grab (the Asian version of Uber) the whole time we were in Yogyakarta. It was easy and convenient to get around the city and we always knew the price before we got into the car which is good to know. Unfortunately as foreigners if you don’t know your stuff, especially with using taxis you are seen as fair game and easily ripped off with meters not working and drivers getting ‘lost’. Grab, while not popular in some parts, saves you the hassle of a bad ride. From Zest Hotel to the Palace and Malioboro street you would pay no more than Rp.24,000 (about $2.50AUD, $2,00USD).
The Zest Hotel in Yogyakarta was nice enough to host our stay with them. This does not in any way influence what we write about our stay in their hotel.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to stay at the Zest Hotel when you visit Yogyakarta. There are so many things to do in Yogyakarta that will have you entertained for your families whole stay. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Indonesia click through to our Indonesia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.