Where to stay in Jakarta: Central and South Jakarta

By Nadia Sheng,

Start your weekend of pampering at one of the capital’s trendiest hotels in either South and Central Jakarta – the hippest of Jakarta’s five city districts. Our top 5 choices all have fantastic in-hotel restaurants, stylish designs, live entertainment, and are very well located.

Let’s start with the vibrant and cafe-occupied Kemang neighbourhood.

The Kemang Icon By Alila


Start your weekend getaway with live acoustic music at the infinity poolside rooftop bistro, on every Friday, and, after Sunday brunch, borrow a book from the hotel library and head next door to Ruang Seduh for an artisan coffee to complement your read!

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Kosenda Hotel Jakarta

The beautiful, retro-modern Kosenda Hotel Jakarta; a fusion of Scandinavian and Javanese designs, is the collaborative effort of local designers and architects. Of the hotel’s amenities, guests have applauded the powerful rain showers, the delicious Waha Kitchen restaurant, and the ambience and view from the rooftop bar.

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Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza

Great for family, this centrally located luxury hotel is packed with so many things to do that it’s like a mini ecosystem in itself – you definitely won’t get bored! Enjoy your complimentary brekkie at Rasa and, on Sundays, idle the day away by the poolside at brunch. For non-guests, included in the brunch fee is free access to the pool! So tell your local friends and relatives to bring their swimsuits!

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The Hermitage Jakarta

For the old-world romantic, this original Art Deco-style Tribute Portfolio hotel, once a Dutch telecommunications office, The Hermitage Jakarta is the ideal choice for those who want to break away from Jakarta’s chaos and instead experience the elegance the capital has to offer. Nostalgics will enjoy the colonial-era atmosphere at the hotel’s brasserie L’Avenue by having a drawn-out brunch or high-tea.

Keraton At The Plaza

A popular choice for business travellers and those who seek comfort at the heart of Jakarta, Keraton At The Plaza prides itself as a high-end hotel with “unrivalled luxury in Central Jakarta“. Inspired by the word “palace”, all 140 rooms provide modern interpretation of Indonesia’s rich culture in all their designs details. Not only that, your own butler service is available 24/7 – a true treatment for the King.

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