BHUMI, an employee-owned hostel. Listing for a private room with shared bathroom/toilet in BHUMI Hostel Kotagede, Yogyakarta. Away from mass-tourism, our quaint 1970s home located in 15th-century heritage neighbourhood of Kotagede. FREE home-cooked vegetarian breakfast. If you support/love small co-op business, animal welfare, vegetarianism, permaculture, cultural and conscious tourism, this is your home.
BHUMI Hostel Kotagede, your perfect home in Yogyakarta. At BHUMI, we believe that the very essence of traveling does not only lie in the sights you will see, but in how you will experience your journey. Your BHUMI experience begins with our home-brewed Kombucha made from seasonal herbs and leaves harvested from our garden, where our heart lies. Our staff are all seasoned travellers who will help you get the most out of Yogyakarta without leaving a hole in your wallet. Start your morning fresh with home cooked local vegan breakfast and organic tea before you set off on an adventure.
Come and experience one of the last remaining historical neighbourhoods of the old Mataram Sultanate where streets are filled with silversmiths, local eateries we call 'Warung', 'Jamu' herbal drink peddler and endless charm of the olden days.
BHUMI Hostel Kotagede's house is a 'jenky'-style home built in 1976, what once a lovely family home was converted into a beautiful and intimate hostel with 4 dormitories and 1 private room with excellent service at affordable prices, making your hostel stay into a pleasurable and fun experience.
Our hostel features a peaceful and spacious terrace area, a permaculture organic garden, 'Warung' style dining area, uniquely designed showers and bathrooms.
We are here to assist you with all your crazy activities, museum bookings, tour suggestions, restaurant reservations and the best information on the city, transport and events.
Towel(s) & linen Provided
Shared showers - separate
Weekly room service
Inclusive of tax and service
Free use of Dining, Terrace, Parking and Garden areas
Interaction with guests
Hosts live in the hostel and are able to give guidance and assistance. We are more than happy to show you around and give you fun and an unforgettable Yogyakarta experience.
Other things to note
Please inform us right away if you have allergies or require special assistance during your stay at BHUMI Hostel.
BHUMI is located in a heritage neighbourhood of Yogyakarta, we expect each guest to respect local culture.
Strictly non-smoking inside the house & rooms
Non-staying guests are not allowed inside the main house & rooms
To respect local culture and norms, we advise you to wear sleeved shirts/t-shirts with knee-length shorts or skirt when you go out exploring the city. Sarong for men or hijab for women are the everyday attire in Kotagede, Yogyakarta.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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We're three friends who started this crazy adventure of building our dream hipster hostel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. We love backpacking, adventure, art, culture, architecture, and basically anything that made of love. We are more than happy to share our knowledge about our wonderful country, Indonesia, and its lovely people.
Here's a little bit of our story, written by one of our dearest friends:
Starting the Bhumi Story
“The search for something deeper made me take the first big step which was getting out of the comfort zone by quitting my job,” says Sari. This led her down a path of reconnecting with herself, nature, places and people. And it was in one of these events that she would discover a kindred soul who shared her same values: Nino. “Back when we met, we believed we could be change agents. We knew we needed to create portals for people to be able reconnect; Bhumi is our pioneer portal.”
Nino on his side had already moved from Shanghai to Jakarta a few months before to pursue what was an earlier hotel project in Ubud (the project fell through after almost a year). “But I already found an awesome partner in Sari, and we decided to stick together and keep searching beyond Bali. And that led us to Yogyakarta,” he recounts of their first year.
Blessed with friends who patched them up with the right village contacts, they eventually found their way to Jalen Raden Ronggo. “We found our home,” he shares, “and we just kept trying to stay focused. There are good and bad days, and we learnt everything the hard way.” But with such a shared vision between the two (and ability to laugh through the hardest days of building Bhumi) there was no doubt that one day the hostel would be completed.
“This process of making our idea into reality, this amazing chance to see what you're capable of doing to change the world? It’s been a blessing all along,” replies Nino. Sari adds: “To be able to find people willing to start the adventure - this is the most rewarding part - and to know that we can show people new ways of connecting with nature and arts.”
Not many thirty-somethings can lay claim to living out dreams like this, and Nino and Sari both share their honest advice to fellow entrpreneurs: Remember that it is better to live your dream, the only regret is when you realise it’s already too late because you never tried. Starting a business will teach you more about yourself than you thought possible, and be grateful for all the good and bad experiences.
The Bhumi Experience
Protecting nature is a passion that both partners share, and it was inevitable that their hostel would be named after the ground on which they stand on. Bhumi is a Sanskrit and Javanese word for earth, an important element and force that shapes Javanese culture which has deep agrarian roots. “We want to reconnect with the elements in our location,” says Sari, “and pay homage to the earth that influences tradition in this area.” The influence is so strong that one only needs to see the colour tones of Java’s traditional fabric batik to know how deeply the people feel towards their connection to the earth.
Geographically, Jogjakarta is surrounded with rows of powerful volcanoes that make the land prone to catastrophes, and yet the other side of the island has blessed the soil with such fertility that almost anything can grow effortlessly on the land.
As the hostel opens, there are still many barriers to break in the hospitality industry in a small town. But the pair are ready to give back to the community, and pay it forward - no matter how small or big the changes they can make. “At the end of the day, we learn from each other's culture - we’re encouraging each other in pursuing a shared vision. It is possible to grow together - Bhumi and Jogjakarta,” Nino shares. “Bhumi is the space where people from different places and backgrounds can connect, express themselves and share,” says Sari. “It’s our hope that visitors will open their eyes to the diversity of Jogjakarta and the possibilities of sustainable growth in the community.”
“They are out there, and we’re ready to meet these hopeful romantics who are like me and Sari. People who share the same values that business is a shared adventure - a bond forged between customer and provider,” says Nino. In the same light, Sari echoes the idea of giving back to a community to whom they are committed to growing with together.
In a quiet road off Kotagede, two friends have taken the road leading to new adventures - the road less traveled.
And perhaps that is what will make all the difference.