That’s right, I’ve been living out of the same hostel for nearly four months. But in my defense if you saw this place then you would understand why. Located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, EDU Hostel is the premier hostel of Jogja. Not only is it the biggest and cleanest but it is also located in one of the best parts of the city. Top that off with a staff of 45 that treat you like family and cater to your every whim — including a chef that makes the best breakfasts I’ve seen at any hostel anywhere in the world (I’ll get to that in a minute) — and it quickly becomes apparent that you are staying at the best place in all of Indonesia.
But It Gets Even Better!
EDU Hostel is also the least expensive hostel in Jogja at only 70,000IDR ($7USD) a night!
Walking into EDU feels like you are entering a fancy hotel. In fact during construction it was originally intended to be a luxury hotel. However the owners changed their mind and instead decided to create the first truly modern hostel in Indonesia. Not only did they succeed but they also created a place so impressive that the Sultan of Yogyakarta gave the place his personal blessing. Ever since other new hotels and resorts in Jogja have asked the sultan to do the same for their establishment but he continues to decline their requests.
The hostel has a total of 324 beds and is five stories tall, with the fifth being the kitchen and dining area. This is where breakfast is served every morning.
Breakfast At EDU Hostel
Breakfast here is unlike any other hostel I have ever stayed at. Since there are two professional chefs on staff breakfast changes every day of the week but is always a full-course meal. It far surpasses the ordinary hostel “breakfast” of toast and coffee or maybe fruit. Eggs and rice are the staples but there are always extras like veggies, noodles, and Indonesian favorites such as kering tempe (tempeh), serundeng (sauteed grated coconut), and krupuk (prawn crackers). Drinks include teh (tea), kopi (coffee), and of course ice cold water.
Topping It All Off Is An Outdoor Pool With A Rooftop View
Half of the fifth floor at EDU is the kitchen and dining area but the other half is an open-air rooftop with a spectacular view of Jogja and an L-shaped pool that wraps around two sides of the hostel, overlooking the street below.
The rooftop is also a great place for parties and evening gatherings. One weekend a wedding was even held here.
And Of Course The Bedrooms
Rooms at EDU comprise of six beds, private bathroom, two showers, and of course adjustable air conditioning. Each room also features unique artwork on the walls and a huge private locker for each guest. Plus the lockers contain an electrical outlet that allows you to charge your devices while also keeping them safe and secure.
There are also private rooms available; those sleep four and are perfect for families.
The EDU Hostel Story
After staying at the hostel for several days I finally learned the story behind it. EDU is short for ‘Educational.’ Frequently large groups of students from all different parts of Indonesia will choose the hostel because it is the only place in town that can handle such large groups without costing a small fortune. It is also a popular choice for Indonesian families traveling to Jogja for religious holidays, such as Eid Al-Fitr.
Andre’s parents financed construction and then handed it over to him with the instructions: “Now you have one…let’s see at least five more around Indonesia.” Future EDU locations including Bali, Jakarta, and Bandung. That is also why the EDU website is EDUhostels.com and not ‘hostel.’
Yes, EDU Hostel is truly a magnificent place. During the course of my stay I noticed that quite a few visitors to Jogja end up extending their stay with EDU — not just because of the majesty of the hostel but also because of the wealth of things to do in and around Jogja. In fact it is my second favorite hostel in the entire world — and I’ve stayed in hundreds of them.
What’s my favorite, you ask? Well that is a private mansion turned two-bedroom illegal hostel in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Illegal…what?!? It is an illegal hostel because it is not registered with the government and pays no taxes. In fact the hostel has since been removed from all the popular hostel booking sites and now survives solely on word-of-mouth. (And traffic from my article.)
If your travels should ever take you to Yogyakarta there is only one place you should consider staying — EDU Hostel! Plus if you tell them Derek sent ya then you’ll get some extra lovin’ from the staff 😉
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