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Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Best hostels for solo travellers

By Istu Septania 31 October 2020

Header image courtesy of The Packer Lodge Yogyakarta (via Instagram)

Solo travel will allow you to explore the world at your own pace—set off on an adventure to visit local museums, shops, and restaurants. Yogyakarta, a small provincial city packed with many cultural and natural sites, is the perfect place to lose yourself in bustling traditional markets, look for Instagram-worthy spots, and go beach-hopping on the southern coastline of Java. But first, let’s find that cosy bed you’ll need to take a rest. Here are some of the coolest hostels in Yogyakarta to check into. 

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Photo credit: @wonderlofthostel_jog (via Instagram)

Wonderloft Hostel Jogja

Wanting to travel in style on a budget? Look no further than the simple boutique Wonderloft Hostel Jogja. To get the lowest rates, you can stay in the shared rooms. However, if you don’t mind paying more for a lavish stay, book the double king room with a garden view, where you can have a king-sized all to yourself. Don’t forget to unwind at the ofuro (風呂), Japanese-style soaking tub, in the garden.

Only a few kilometres away from the major shopping district of Malioboro Street and the Sultan’s Palace, this beautiful and clean hostel allow you to reach Yogyakarta’s vibrant cultural center in no time.

Wonderloft Hostel Jogja, Jl. Tirtodipuran No. 47, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta |
(+62) 81 287706217 & (+62) 74 4288879

Photo credit: @yezyezyezyogyakarta (via Instagram)

Yez Yez Yez All Good Hostel

Book your stay at the effortlessly laid-back hippie Yez Yez Yez All Good Hostel, where you can share a large room with other cost-conscious travellers and take a nap in a hammock all day. Enjoy fresh air from the balcony overlooking a swimming pool, and mingle with other travellers at the pub crawl.

You can get an authentic local experience during your trip as the friendly hostel staff offers a warm welcome and make you feel at home. If you’re in the mood, take a long walk and go downtown to explore countless food and souvenir stalls along Malioboro Street at night. Don’t hesitate to say yes to this great value hostel!

Yez Yez Yez All Good Hostel, Jl. Prawirotaman MG III/509, Mergangsan, Yogyakarta | (+62) 82 327737824

Photo credit: @mangotreedipudjo (via Instagram)

Mango Tree Dipudjo Homestay

If you like the homey feel during your solo trip, head up to the Mango Tree Dipudjo Homestay. The leafy garden in the front with its stone walkway is always a welcome sight at the end of a long day. The homestay offers a dormitory room or double-bed rooms where you can rest your head for the night.

Mango Tree Dipudjo Homestay can be a peaceful getaway during your holiday in Yogyakarta. The property is located only a few minutes drive away from the city’s cultural center and around 20 minutes away from the Tugu train station.

4Mango Tree Dipudjo Homestay, Jl Sidoluhur MG I No. 447, Pujokusuman, Mergangsan, Yogyakarta | (+62) 81 22744240

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Photo credit: The Packer Lodge Yogyakarta

The Packer Lodge Yogyakarta

Located just a stone's throw away from the bustling Malioboro Street, the Packer Lodge Yogyakarta offers rooms of bunk beds with a modern-minimalist vibe for low-budget travellers. The air-conditioned comfy rooms have high-speed Internet that you can always rely on for planning your adventure in the vibrant city.

Feeling hungry in the morning? The hostel has a shared kitchen, where you can make and enjoy your own breakfast. Feel free to enjoy your lazy morning by getting a dose of sunlight at the terrace overlooking the usually crowded narrow street.

The Packer Lodge Yogyakarta, Jl. Dagen No. 3, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Gedongtengen, Yogyakarta | (+62) 81 316916928

Photo credit: @snooze.yogyakarta (via Instagram)


Another laid-back hostel that stands out is Snooze, located near the Alun-Alun Utara and Fort Vredeburg Museum. The property doesn’t provide hot water or air conditioner for its budget rooms, but it more than makes up for it by being an intimate hideaway for its visitors. Chill on the terrace or the small garden inside.

Opt for the palatable continental or vegetarian breakfasts available at this chic leafy property. Make sure that you’ve got great shots from the hostel’s irresistibly Instagrammable nooks.

Snooze, Jl. Mangunnegaran Kulon No. 9, Kraton, Yogyakarta | (+62) 81 227854554

Photo credit: @griyajagadhaya (via Instagram)

Griya Jagadhaya

You might find many famous landmarks in the lively downtown Yogyakarta, but the quieter Bantul regency also offers a number of exciting activities, like watching the Ramayana dance at Mandira Baruga and enjoying the stunning environments at Tembi Village. Check out the homey Griya Jagadhaya situated right next to green paddy fields in Sewon. Here, you can get a good night's rest in the air-conditioned room and enjoy a slow morning at the terrace. The hostel offers free WiFi connections around the property, so you can rest assured while planning your next move.

Griya Jagadhaya, Jl. KH Ali Maksum 183, Palem Sewu, Panggungharjo, Sewon, Bantul, Yogyakarta | (+62) 274 4281304

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Istu Septania


Born and raised in Indonesia, Istu is a writer at heart and a weekend foodie. She likes sipping spiced coffee to help with beating deadlines and hunting for the best hot chocolate in town. In her free time, you'll likely find her binge-watching comedy series, rewatching beloved old Disney movies, reading up on the news, or simply taking a walk around the neighbourhood.