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Resorts, Guesthouses, and Western Chains
Indonesia is undeniably one of the most exotic destinations you can visit. It has stunning beaches, opulent resorts, and incredible food. The landscape, both by the beach and inland, is stunning, and filled with adventure and thrill seeking opportunities.
There are also an incredible range of hotel options throughout the country. It's as diverse as the travelers themselves. There are high end, luxury resorts that will cater to your every need. There are hostels and budget guesthouses that cost little more than a few dollars, and then there's everything in between. If you're interested in staying in a western chain hotel, that is an option as well. You can find many of the popular chains including the Hyatt, Ramada, and the Four Seasons. Most of these facilities are located on the island of Bali, which remains the most popular destination in Indonesia for travelers.
An Abundance of Affordability
It is really not difficult to find affordable accommodation in Indonesia. If you're flexible and willing to step outside of your comfort zone a little, you can really get by on a limited budget in Indonesia. If you decide to spend a little more, you can get great quality for your money.
One of the best ways to save money in Indonesia is to avoid western chain hotels. Your dollar will go a lot farther if you find a locally owned hotel. You'll also have a more "real" experience while you're in this incredible country. Accommodation is also cheaper if you stay further away from the beaches. It may prove to be a little less convenient, but it can also be enjoyable, particularly if you find a hotel in a more residential and local neighborhood. Also remember the general rule of thumb that you get what you pay for. If you're not willing to sacrifice a little on comfort, then perhaps it is better to pay a little more. Prices are quite cheap in Indonesia, but if you want a luxury resort, you still won't find it on a backpacker budget.
Indonesia has an incredible range of accommodation style, type, and budgets. There is no shortage of high end luxury hotels and resorts where you can pamper yourself and dine along the beautiful Indonesian coastline. Alternatively, you can find the most basic accommodation type for travelers on the tightest budgets. Don't be surprised by the squat toilets and lack of air conditioning (and in some cases, a fan), but you'll probably spend most of your time on the beach anyway.
When you're outside of the major tourist destinations you'll find your options much more limited. The most common option is the losmen, or guesthouse. These are basic facilities that are usually under ten dollars in price and give you little more than a squat toilet and a place to sleep. A step above losmen are the small hotels you often find in the smaller towns. They are generally Chinese run and usually come with air conditioning and hot water.
You'll easily find the greatest diversity of accommodation on the island of Bali. There's everything from cheap, backpacker hotels for little more than a few dollars to five star resorts that will set you back several thousand dollars. Most of the backpackers head straight to the Kuta area where you'll find the most affordable, but lowest quality accommodation. If you're looking for the fanciest resort options, these are generally concentrated around Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud. If you want something between these two extremes, then your best bet is probably to head to Sanur or Jimbaran. Ubud is the place to go if you're more interested in spas, cultural experiences and relaxation.
One interesting option in Bali is to rent a private villa. These are relatively easy to find and they come fully staffed. The low cost of living on the island means that several people can be hired to make sure your villa is clean and comfortable. There is also a large expat community on Bali. It's easy to find affordable, long term accommodation options. If you're planning to stay for awhile your best bet is to head to Bali first and find accommodation after you arrive. This lets you see the place before you make arrangements and ensures that you're getting everything that you were promised for your money.
You'll also find plenty of different types of places to stay in Yogyakarta. Most of the budget options are concentrated around Sosrowijayan Street or near the Prawirotaman Road area. Sosrowijayan is right next to Malioboro and Prawirotaman Road is about three kilometers away from the city center.
Mid-range options are plentiful as well. These are often available in the form of small hotels or home stays. Home stays are a unique and fun way to experience the area. If you're looking for something more luxurious you will find some great opportunities to splurge. Some of the more famous options include the Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta and the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa. Luxury options are very comfortable and well maintained. Shop around are make sure you're selecting the hotel that prioritizes those things that are important to you.