The Grand Rosela Hotel is located on Prawirotaman street, next to the well-known and loved Via Via café and a ten minute drive to the tourist area of Malioboro road.
The reception area is located at the front of the building, with a small seating area complete with complimentary newspapers and magazines (in various languages). Behind the reception area is a large internal courtyard with mature gardens and a large swimming pool with jacuzzi. The restaurant, where breakfast is served from 6.30am until 10am, is also on the ground floor, next to the swimming pool. The breakfast consisted of rice, noodles, fresh vegetables, chicken and fruit along with fresh white and brown bread and use of a toaster. Tea, coffee, juice and iced water were also provided as part of the buffet-style breakfast.
The 46 room hotel offers a selection of standard, moderate or deluxe rooms with a choice of either one double or two single beds. All have courtyard-facing ‘balconies’ (communal as these are also part of the corridors) – most of which face either the swimming pool or the courtyard gardens.
Our standard double room contained a double bed, two pillows and a bedside table with drawer. A wardrobe sat in the corner of the room complete with four clothes hangers, a small desk area, chair and telephone. The television, positioned on an old wooden table in the opposite corner of the bedroom, had some satellite channels, although the signal was not very good. There was a window next to the bedroom door, however one of the smaller upper panels was broken and had neither been replaced nor boarded up.
The damp en-suite bathroom consisted of a sink, shelf for toiletries, fixed mirror, a European toilet with fitted spray hose and a grotty tiled bath with small slatted window above. Complimentary toiletries including toothbrush and paste, shower cap, soap and shampoo were provided along with two large (and old) towels and one bath mat.
Getting to the Grand Rosela Hotel
We travelled to Yogyakarta by train from Jakarta and sought out a taxi upon arrival. This did take quite a while, as the prices can be hugely inflated when trying to get a cab from either the airport or railway station in Yogyakarta. After walking down Marlioboro road for some distance, we eventually hailed a meter Taxi, which cost a very reasonable 23,500 Rupiah.
It was only after our departure from Grand Rosela, that we found the hotel offers a complimentary collection and drop off service to either the Yogyakarta railway station or airport terminal. I would suggest getting in touch with the hotel at least a few days before your arrival to confirm the location and time of collection.
Whilst in Jakarta and also in Yogyakarta, we have tended to stick to using Bluebird taxi cab group as they are generally trustworthy and reliable. However, many people also follow this rule, so in airports for example, you can have a long wait for a Bluebird taxi cab (we waited for 90 minutes for a Bluebird cab from Jakarta Airport).
- The large swimming pool was a great addition to the hotel. It felt like a luxury, as few places we have stayed in SE Asia have had access to one this large.
- All of the bedrooms are built around the courtyard garden and pool area, this made our room very quiet but still gave us views of the pool.
- Each day between 4pm and 6pm, afternoon tea or coffee and a small snack is provided. On both occasions we were served at our seating area just outside of the room.
- Our room seemed very sparse and lacked general maintenance. The advertised room pictures were misleading as there was no headboard, part of our window was broken and the bedroom door was falling apart with a huge gap between it and the floor. It seemed a shame, as the rooms are large and cool and the views down to the swimming pool were wonderful. The swimming pool and garden seemed well-maintained, but the rooms were definitely not.
- Our en-suite bathroom was very damp and covered in mould. The sink tap and plug hole were very rusty, the wall was either missing paint or accommodating the overtaking mould. The tiled bath/shower area lacked a shower curtain – not usually an issue as most bathrooms we have encountered in SE Asia are wet rooms; this bathroom floor however just did not drain, leaving pools of water all over the toilet and floor for a long time afterwards.
- The gaps under the door and the hole in the window meant it was impossible to keep out mosquitoes, even though we used two plug-in devices to keep them at bay. Given the room was not furnished with a mosquito net, there was very little we could do.
The Grand Rosela Hotel offers reasonably-priced rooms, but doesn’t quite hit the standard that we expect for this price in South East Asia. Although the maintenance of the garden and swimming pool are apparent, the rooms are obviously neglected. We had only booked for two nights and moved just 3 doors down, to Agung Inn, costing less and although we were in a smaller room, we felt much more comfortable. Although Grand Rosela is located on Prawirotaman street (not as touristy as Marliboro steet, but with numerous cafés, restaurants, bars and local shops), there are countless other hotels, guest houses and homestays available on the same street, so I cannot recommend staying at The Grand Rosela Hotel, Yogyakarta.
The best thing for me; afternoon tea served outside your bedroom and the swimming pool.
For our video ‘un-boxing’ of the room at The Grand Rosela Hotel, please click here. (A video of our room upon check-in.)
Date of stay: 2nd – 4th June 2013
Room type: Standard Double Room with air-conditioning
Cost per night (IDR): 319,345 including breakfast
Bookings are taken via their website.
We booked and paid with Visa card using Agoda’s website.
Address and Contact Details
Hotel Grand Rosela,
JL Prawirotaman No 28,
Tel: (+62 ) 274 419191