We stayed at EDU Hostel in Yogyakarta for two nights during our trip to Indonesia last month. I picked EDU Hostel because they have a room big enough for three people (it’s so hard to find a triple room anywhere) and they’re not too expensive (we paid only IDR 400, 000. 00 per night for their 4-Bed Private Dorm room).
- Clean. It’s a fairly new establishment, and it shows.
- Huge, comfortable beds. Their mattresses are so thick and comfy, and the bottom one of our bunk bed was big enough to fit three people. No complaints there.
- Toilet was separate from bath. Our bathroom also had two separate shower stalls. A minor grumble: their towels were paper-thin.
However, these were eclipsed by three major bummers:
- Wi-Fi only at the lobby. Yes, they have free Wi-Fi, but only at the lobby. They said this was deliberate on their part, so that guests would be obliged to leave their rooms and make friends with other guests. Erm, not everyone has the energy to mingle after a long, dusty day of ascending Borobudur and Mt Merapi in the sweltering heat. Some of us just want to connect to the internet from the comforts of our own beds.
- Very few electric sockets. Our room was good for four people, but it had only two electric sockets, one of which was for the TV. Between the three of us, we had five gadgets to charge, with nary an extension cord in sight.
- Noisy. Young students from all over Indonesia often visit Yogya on field trips to see Borobudur, and it seems that EDU Hostel is very popular with them. The place was filled with their loud, incessant chattering until the wee hours of the morning. One of them even banged on our door in the middle of the night, thinking we were part of their group. They left on our second day there, only to be replaced with another group of equally noisy students. Needless to say, we didn’t get a good night’s sleep.
EDU Hostel is a decent place, but I love my sleep. I definitely would have picked another accommodation had I known about the noise beforehand.