Retra’s Hostel, located a hop, skip and a jump away from the thriving center of Java’s most popular tourist city, Yogyakarta, is a clean, modern and fun place to meet a new friends and explore some of the very best sites and experiences that Indonesia has to offer…
What makes Retra’s unique?
- Spacious rooms with hotel-standard bathrooms
Retra’s only opened in mid-2013, and as such, the facilities are brand new, and the bathrooms in particular are of the standard of a far more pricy hotel, with hot running water, towel racks and a big mirror that leave the infamous mandis that are so prevalent in the rest of Indonesia in the dust. The rooms are clean, tiled, and have heaps of room for you to spread out, individual wall sockets, and enormous, modern lockers for you to store your valuables. As the owner Patricia says, her staff are ‘neat freaks’, and as such, all facilities are cleaned every single day.
- The staff are animal lovers
The staff of Retra’s advertise on their website that they are an animal-friendly hostel, with a cat, two dogs, a mouse. For religious reasons, many Indonesians are taught to be afraid of dogs, but by advertising the hostel’s love of animals, Patricia is hoping to teach local occupants that if you clean appropriately afterwards, that dogs are nothing to be afraid of – which certainly rings true with the international travelers, who are often just keen for a cuddle with Marco, Andrea, Chico or Jerry.
- The personal touches
Every element of Retra’s has been designed with careful consideration of what will make a traveler’s stay the most comfortable, from stocking reasonably priced water and juice in the downstairs fridge, to free tea and coffee in the mornings, to leaving a free postcard with beautiful images from around Yogyakarta in the personal lockers for travelers to find upon arrival.
- Excellent Javanese style common areas
Retra’s boasts a huge number of communal areas with traditional-style wicker chairs, recliners and couches that are excellent for chilling out, using the free wifi, and meeting other travelers. Whether you want to look out of the front garden from the upper balcony, sit near the check in desk to chat to staff about potential day trips, or under the traditional style pagoda, there is space for everyone. Also, on a side note, each dorm room is named after a different kind of batik, the traditional Yogyakarta art form, which can then be found as a bright and fun feature wall within each room.
- Exceptionally international traveler-friendly
Retra’s definitely caters to international travelers in a country that is renowned for being difficult for foreigners to get around. If you want to share your future travel plans on the board at the front desk to seek out a travel buddy, partake in one of the many organized tours recommended (and organized) by staff at the hostel, or send a postcard home from the packs of five sold at the front desk for a reasonable price (all the images taken by Patricia!), Retra’s has you covered.
- Address: Jalan Kaliurang Km. 5,5, Jalan Pandega Mandala No. 25c, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55218, Indonesia
- Phone: +62625 57201
- Website: www.retrashostel.com
- Prices: US$8.20/night for dorm rooms, US$14.67 for private rooms.