Stay | Manohara Hotel Borobudur

The Double Bed Room at Manohara
The Double Bed Room at Manohara

It’s not often I splurge on an accommodation, but when the need arises for the sake of photography, I would make a consideration every now and then. For my trip to the UNESCO Heritage site of Borobudur in Indonesia, I wanted to be within the vicinity of the temple for easy access for the sunrise and staying in Manohara Hotel Borobudur would be the best option to stay.

Large LCD TV with cable
Large LCD TV with cable

Within the Temple Grounds

Manohara Hotel have a superb and unrivaled location. Only a very short walk to the Borobudur temple and overlooking from their garden. Seeing Borobudur with dramatic lighting at night was definitely worth it.

Pleasant Sanctuary

The  Manohara Hotel is composed of 30 air conditioned rooms spaced out evenly inside the lovely garden overlooking Borobudur temple. Each room have their own porch. The styling may look old world but the environment and the rooms were well-kept and clean. I got a double bed room and it was cool and comfortable complete with amenities like TV, refrigerator, complimentary tea and coffee and access to wifi. I especially like that there’s a coffee table book about Borobudur I could pore through and make me excited about visiting the temple.

Manohara Hotel bathroom
Manohara Hotel bathroom

Cultural Surprises

I wasn’t aware there was a Ramayana and Wayang performance that evening after dinner. It was really entertaining to watch as the actors and musicians were very good and delivered a brilliant performance no matter how small the ensemble was. It was also perfect that we have the lit Borobudur as the backdrop.

A Borobudur Coffeetable book
A Borobudur Coffeetable book


At first, the Double Room price may be too much but considering the room rates includes the entrance to the park (IDR 190,000) with unlimited access to Borobudur, it wasn’t bad. The sunrise access is also cheaper than offered for non-guest. The cultural performance was a surprising add-on.

Price: IDR 745,000 (US$ 77) for the Double Room


By Ferdz

Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.


  1. How was the price of the food in their restaurant? Are there other food shops outside the hotel? We plan to stay here this december.

    1. Their food is really good but on the mid-range to upper price. If you wish to go outside, you’d have to walk a bit of a distance or hire a cart 🙂

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