Our stay at the Greenhost Boutique Hotel has been one of our favourite stays during our travels. Modern and eco-friendly – perfect. Located in Yogyakarta, close to popular Malioboro Street but tucked away in a quiet area makes it a convenient stay in the busy city.
When you first arrive at Greenhost Hotel, you notice how ‘green’ the place is with it’s long, green vines above the entrance. During the usual check-in routine of sorting details, we were handed mint-infused water (mint courtesy of their rooftop hydroponic garden) and a cold towel. We took full advantage of their warm welcome and asked for another glass. Top notch hospitality.
We were given a tour around the hotel – beautiful pool surroundings, art gallery (with artwork from local Yogyakarta artists), spa and most importantly their hydroponic farm.
On the rooftop of Greenhost, they have created an impressive hydroponic farming system open for all guests. Guest can even pluck a herb or vegetable and take it to the art kitchen to be cooked for them.
They grow cabbage, spinach, mint, basil, chillies, aubergines and probably a few more that’s beyond our limited herb knowledge; so order a meal from Greenhost’s restaurant and you’ll have a taste of their own supply.
Why the farm? Greenhost’s idea is to educate the locals in Yogyakarta on farming with limited land. Yogyakarta is a very large, but compact city that does not grant a lot of space for farming.
So, by creating a hydroponic farm (with plans to expand to vertical farming), Greenhost provide an example of how to grow vegetables within the borders of the city. Therefore they welcome any groups that would like to visit for study purposes.
Oh the room! The huge bed with crisp, white linen was heavenly; gotta be one of the cosiest beds we’ve stayed in during our travels.
The room combined handcrafted wood scraps, packing materials and industrial metal, staying consistent with their ‘eco-friendly’ theme. A small detail we loved were the loose stones under the window – so simple but it added a lil’ something.
The bathroom was pristine and included shampoo and soap that genuinely smelt divine. The room also includes a good size desk for working on and a TV with cable channels.
The pool was definitely the highlight for us. The whole pool area is so picturesque, with the light coming in from the glass roof directly above and the surrounding plants. I mean I wouldn’t say the pool is warm but rather refreshingly cold and with the sun beaming down from above, we really couldn’t complain.
During our travels in Asia, we’ve had breakfast included which is usually the standard jam on toast so you can imagine how buzzing we were for a breakfast buffet and it did not disappoint.
Once you tick off your room number, you can start to enjoy indulging on the pool-side tables. If you would like anything that is not laid out as part of the buffet, the staff will bring it to your table.
- Indonesian dishes e.g. rice, fish/chicken, vegetable, tofu
- Porridge and cereal
- Pancakes and waffles
- Toast w/ jam and butter
- Tea and coffee
We really enjoyed our stay at Greenhost and appreciate the fact that we were able to learn something from our stay. We definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Yogyakarta who wants to stay in luxury and also support a good cause at the same time.