Where to stay in Jakarta: Central and South Jakarta

By Nadia Sheng,

Stretch that dollar of yours to the fullest on a wide range of luxury experiences that are much more affordable than back home. 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 10 choices for where to stay in Jakarta all have fantastic in-hotel restaurants, stylish designs, live entertainment, and are very well located.

South Jakarta

The Kemang Icon By Alila

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“What, you want me to stay in a suite? Well, I suppose I can manage…” Don’t you secretly love it when you have no choice but to stay in a suite? With rooms from just S$164, you’ll find it hard to find fault with this all-suite hotel, located in Jakarta’s trendiest district. All guests are VIPs and are offered a selection of bathroom scents and accessories as well as a free breakfast.

With unbeatable prices and large rooms, Kemang Icon by Alila is the perfect choice for couples or groups, who, with their savings on the room, will be able to enjoy a wider range of luxury experiences. 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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CBD

Kosenda Hotel Jakarta

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The beautiful, retro-modern Kosenda Hotel Jakarta; a fusion of Scandinavian and Javanese designs, is the collaborative effort of local designers and architects. If you think the funky textiles, warm wooden furniture, Kiehl’s toiletries and friendly plants were specially requested for your arrival, you wouldn’t be wrong as the hotel understands how to make a guest feel at home through its excellent spatial design.

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 barFrom just S$98 onward, you can stay in the heart of The Big Durian and enjoy complimentary breakfast (you’ll have to smell see for yourself if there’s durian on the menu).

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Le Méridien Jakarta

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Are you a classic crisp white, pressed linen sheets, earthy tones sort of hotel guest? Le Méridien Jakarta has those comforts and more, including complimentary breakfast at prices starting from S$144, and live belly dancing nightly at the hotel’s Lebanese restaurant Al Nafoura.

Those familiar with the design-oriented, luxury hotel brand will know that staying at a Le Méridien hotel is a culturally-immersive experience. Al Nafoura also has shisha on the menu which, given our recent ban, is a welcome novelty.

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Pullman Jakarta Indonesia Thamrin CBD

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For rooms a little more Indonesian-inspired, stay at the Pullman Jakarta Indonesia Thamrin CBD. With rooms starting at S$148 (including breakfast), this full-serviced, centrally located hotel is ideal for getting the most out of weekend trips. Of the rooms, guests say they’re modern and spacious. In town over Valentine’s Day? The hotel’s fine-dining Japanese restaurant Kahyangan offers great views of the city as well as premium Kobe beef.

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Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

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Of the rooms (starting at S$239), guests have said they were positively surprised how large they are. For even more space, head up to Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta’s Sky Pool Bar and Cafe, an oasis of lush gardens and a lagoon like rooftop pool surrounded by soft outdoor lights.

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The Hermitage Jakarta

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L’Avenue

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. While they essentially mean the same thing, the terms hideout and retreat are associated more with hotels proximate to the beach while a “hermitage” sounds like it’d be carved out of the side of a mountain.

Given that the Hermitage Jakarta is surrounded by trees, it might as well be! Nostalgics will enjoy the colonial-era atmosphere at the hotel’s brasserie L’Avenue by having a drawn-out brunch or high-tea.

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Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

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Financiers who love financiers, if you’re out there, Mandarin Oriental Jakarta is absolutely for you! Located in the financial district, the city’s top rated five-star is also home to one of its best pâtisseries. Now there’s every reason to have your meetings come to you. While technically informal, the Mandarin Cake Shop has an elegance meeting rooms will never have. And we’re sure a beautiful cake makes negotiating all the more effective (at least it makes it more pleasurable). You can check out the Cake Shop’s selection here.

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Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta

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Try the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch at Rosso, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta’s Italian restaurant. The next calendar day of the week, Monday, offers up a culinary treat that’s equally exciting. Have your pick of a signature dish from almost anywhere in the world as, at Chef’s Monday Madness at SATOO, the hotel’s chefs gather together to cook up a storm to put a smile on that mournday frown. If you’re satisfied with your order, then flip open the hotel’s pillow menu and select your choice of headrest for your stay.

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Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza

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Rasa

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!

Had a rejuvenating spa treatment and feeling fantastic? Show off your outer glow over cocktails with the mates at Bacchus Bar. Foodies, you have to try Cassis Kitchen – known for their gastronomic desserts – a cafe with a complete menu including mains that’s less than 10 minutes on foot from the Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza.

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Artotel Jakarta – Thamrin

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Great for solo travellers in town to discover what art awaits them in the urban sphere. There’s no better point of embarkation than the Artotel Jakarta – Thamrin, located right by Monumen Nasional, the most strategic point to be when it comes to exploring Jakarta’s art galleries that are scattered around the hotel. The hotel even has its own art gallery!

We can’t get enough of the awesome accent walls, all one-of-a-kind, in each of the 107 rooms. Once you’ve finished snapping selfies on your bed, backdrop in sight, take your wonderment upstairs to the rooftop bar where, with a panoramic view of the city, plenty more photo-worthy moments await. Rooms start as low as S$73!

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