Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by mumunmumun on 14 March 2018 • Destination
Every single person working in tourism is actually a key player in the industry including Anes, owner of Yez Yez Yez All Good Hostel in Yogyakarta. Placing a very low price for his ‘capsule’ rooms, he’s boosting tourism by making it possible for longer exploration of Yogyakarta. Backpackers can travel safely knowing there’s an affordable place in Yogyakarta with open arms. But having one of the cheapest hostel in Yogyakarta doesn’t mean he’s setting a low standard accommodation. On the contrary, he might have one of the most ‘expensive’ places I’ve ever seen.
His ‘pods’ are basically a single mattress walled by duplexes. Each pod is completed with a reading light and power sockets. Despite it looking like a pod, it’s more like a dorm-kinda room with little privacy, making it easy for occupants to interacting with each other. Lockers are available for valuables. Shared bathrooms are also clean, though tight, and showers are available (without the Indonesian tub with ladle-kinda-majig bathroom). Toilets are also equipped with toilet paper. So, international standards apply.
There are private rooms which I failed to peek in due to a full occupancy, but according to their Instagram account, the rooms look pretty pleasant, complete with en-suite bathrooms. There are two floors in the current private rooms, built like a mezzanine.
There is no AC in any of the rooms, just a simple fan. I think there’s just a shared fan in the dorm area, so expect a little sweat in some hot days. With prices as low as IDR 45,000/room/night, there’s practically no room for complaints. But honestly, the rooms are a lot cleaner and pleasant than I expected.
So what makes this accommodation expensive, despite prices showing it as the cheapest hostel in Yogyakarta? If you haven’t noticed, it’s a very artsy place. All hand made by Anes and his friends. Anes is one of those very creative artists who like to build things with his hands. Known to have helped build many eclectic accommodations around Yogyakarta, he finally decided to build his own. And I dig it.
There’s some pretty cool art spread around the spacious place. Just walking around the property and looking at each art up close, I figure, would take a minimum hour. It’s like an art gallery with something unique in every piece of the hostel, from the rooms, doors, kitchen, and lounging area. My particularly favorit art work is a face painted half inside of the hostel, half outside, on the wall just beside the pool. If seen from a certain spot near the tattoo parlour (yes, he does tattoos too) you can see the paintings (or murals) come together perfectly. It wasn’t finished when I visited, but it already looked pretty dope.
The kitchen area can serve food but the menu is still a bit limited. I haven’t tried the food as I would eat take out with Bulan and Anes during my visit. Anes himself is friendly. The hostel is very welcome to guests bringing friends and hang out. Ordering food and drinks are better. As long as they respect the other guest, I think their doors are always open. I might be bias since I came with Bulan, fellow travel blogger and friend of Anes, but some places just have that vibe.
The place is definitely something. There’s really no price for all the art work spread around the hostel, as there’s a little of him everywhere you see. What’s best of the whole place is Anes himself. He’s easy going, laid back, has a good sense of humor, at the same time very resourceful when it comes to helping you with tours, arranging itineraries, even to the next city one’s eyeing on. It’s just that sometimes he’s not home, but I’m assured that his staff is as helpful as he is.
Brontokusuman, Mergangsan, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55153
Phone: +62 817 9377 100