Best hotels and hostels in Java

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ambarawa

    Mesa Stila Resort

    Nestled in a 22-hectare coffee plantation, the Mesa Stila Resort is one of Indonesia’s most magical hotels. At an altitude of 900m, the forest gives way to inspiring vistas from the villa-style rooms and a classically conical volcano looms over the neatly trimmed lawns and red-tiled joglos. It's some 12km southwest of Ambarawa; a taxi from town (60,000Rp) passes beautiful rice terraces.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karimunjawa Islands

    Breve Azurine

    With a private beach, this gorgeous hillside resort offers a genuine island welcome. Rustic cottages with open-air bathrooms have magnificent sea views or there's a main lodge with a hardwood verandah that serves as the common area. The restaurant is nested above a tropical garden and candlelit suppers can be arranged under the rustling palms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Borobudur

    Rumah Boedi

    Set in a magnificent garden of mature hardwoods, abundant creepers and outrageous sprigs of orchids, this boutique hotel (3km east of the monument) offers a magical rural retreat and spa. Contemporary rooms with water features are set within their own secret gardens while the lounge occupies a giant open-sided pavilion. The restaurant offers authentic local dishes cooked by the village chef.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yogyakarta

    Phoenix Hotel

    Right in the heart of the city, this historic hotel is easily the best in its class and is a Yogya landmark. Dating back to 1918, it’s been sensitively converted to incorporate modern facilities. Rooms are gorgeous, and it's worth paying a little extra for those with balconies overlooking the pool. There's an excellent bar and restaurant with Indonesian-themed buffets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kaliurang & Kaliadem

    Vogels Hostel

    Housed in a faded but charming art deco structure built in 1926, Vogels is a backpacker institution that's barely changed since it opened in 1978 – even the prices have stayed pretty much the same! Rooms have retro furnishings and lots of character and this is undoubtedly the best address for hikers. There are cosy bungalows at the rear.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Java

    Lodges Ekologika on Portibi Farms

    Set on the terraced slopes of Gunung Salak (2211m), this organic farm and gourmet kitchen has developed a reputation for imaginative meals crafted from ingredients grown on its 14 hectares. Most guests stay in charming rooms and bungalows built from reclaimed teak, glass and polished concrete, and blessed with magnificent views (with cheap and simple bamboo huts available for backpackers).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malang

    Hotel Tugu Malang

    For a real flavour of what Java has to offer, this remarkable luxury hotel, loaded with local character and genuine hospitality, sets the standard. It manages to be both laid-back and elegant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Borobudur

    Omahe Nawung

    Atik, owner, tour guide and author, is on a mission to preserve traditional Javanese culture at this unique guesthouse, which offers a nostalgic trip back to her childhood memories of growing up in this kampung. Rooms are in a converted Javanese house and mix modern comforts with a traditional aesthetic. On Sunday local children pop by for a range of cultural workshops.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Banyuwangi

    Bangsring Breeze

    Quite simply one of the finest hotels in eastern Java. Each of the five rooms here have been individually and tastefully designed – think high ceilings, wood floors, throw rugs, stained driftwood furnishings, Buddhist and Hindu statues and fine art. There's a gorgeous pool overlooking the sea and Bali's Menjangan island beyond, and a spectacular volcano rising behind the property.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandung

    Buton Backpacker Lodge

    A brilliant central boutique hostel with well-designed eight-bed pod dorms, which provide more privacy than the traditional bunk-bed-style dorms (though you do feel a little like you're sleeping in a coffin…). There are also colourful, smart single and double rooms, some of which have shared bathrooms. Great communal spaces, a spread of traditional Sundanese food for breakfast and friendly staff round out the deal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kota & Glodok

    Packer Lodge

    This boutique hostel in Glodok offers hip, Ikea-chic environs and plenty of amenities close to Kota. Choose among the four- and eight-bed dorms where the bunks are curtained pods with electrical outlets, lights and USB charger. There are also very reasonably priced singles and doubles with and without bathrooms, decorated with inspirational travel motifs. There's a spacious common kitchen.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Surabaya

    Hotel Majapahit Surabaya

    This landmark colonial hotel exudes class and heritage, with colonnaded courtyards, fountains, verdant greenery and a gorgeous pool area (though it's located on a busy road, so some background traffic noise bleeds into the scene). Rooms, some with private terraces overlooking the gardens, are beautifully presented with paintings of old Indoneisa on the walls and lots of polished-wood furnishings.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Capsule Hotel Old Batavia

    Hidden in a quiet alley, adjacent to the Six Degrees hostel, the dorms here are capsule-style with personal reading lights and lockers for your belongings. Private rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms are windowless. There's a family atmosphere, and the lovely staff will shake your hand and remember your name when you check in; they're helpful with local info too.

  • Lodging in South Jakarta

    Dharmawangsa

    One of the city addresses, this fancy five-star hotel exudes style and class, with 100 huge rooms (all with balconies) surrounded by landscaped gardens and fountains. The hospitality is particularly good – each guest has access to 24-hour private butler service. The restaurants and leisure facilities – including two pools, a fine spa, and squash and tennis courts – are also outstanding.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Hotel Indonesia Kempinski

    Formerly the Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta's original luxury hotel will be forever linked to the Suharto era. Now renovated and reimagined, it still delivers the glamour. Rooms are a decent size with tasteful rugs, neutral tones, sumptuous baths, glass desks, ergonomic desk chairs, wood furnishings, quality linens and firm beds. Kids enjoy the Little VIP Playground.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yogyakarta

    Happy Buddha

    Hidden away in the network of back alleys branching off Prawirotaman is this vibrant, fun lovin' hostel with an urban beach-hut vibe and done out in original, arty touches. There's colour and murals everywhere, hammocks, a small banana grove and varying rooms to cater to all needs. It's run by a friendly, knowledgeable crew who can offer good local info.

  • Lodging in Borobudur

    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

    There are 21 villas comprising this elegant heritage resort, the centrepiece of which is a colonial-era pavilion with a wide verandah that functions as the excellent Patio restaurant. With panoramic views across the paddy fields to Borobudur, guests can enjoy a civilised sunrise with a cuppa in the lobby and pop back to bed before breakfast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Blitar

    Tugu Sri Lestari

    There's a real sense of history throughout this hotel, which is in a converted Dutch colonial building dating from the 1850s. The rooms in the principal building are incredibly atmospheric, with high ceilings and grand teak beds; those in the modern extension at the rear are neat and functional.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Batu Karas

    Ermaja's Pavilion

    Not your average backpackers' beach shack, Ermaja's Pavilion is a stunningly converted colonial building set in landscaped gardens, where the rooms feature delicate Indonesian artworks and antiques, freestanding semi-open-air bathtubs, iron beds and teak furnishings, and each room has a tiled terrace replete with embroidered cushions and elegant vases bulging with foliage. It's a short walk from the beach.

  • Lodging in Watu Karang

    Istana Ombak

    The original Watu Karang surf camp is a stunner, with comfortable thatched cottages and villas, wi-fi and satellite TV. Peer over the side of the cool, blue infinity pool and you can watch the waves explode down the reef. It offers solid local surf intel and spectacular family-style dinners, not to mention direct access to the beach.