It’s situated at the edge of the Golden Triangle on a busy street. Its neighbours include some major financial and telecom business headquarters and some government buildings. Depending on traffic, it could be a 25- or 90-minute drive from the airport (CGK).
The first thing you'll notice at this hotel, and all others, is the airport-style security. Vehicles are searched on entry to the car park, including underneath the vehicle, and you'll also be asked to pass your bag through a scanner on entry to the hotel lobby. If you look Western, this will be a fairly cursory affair. In reality, I suspect that these highly visible measures are more for confidence-building than proportionate to the actual degree of risk at present.
Like many hotels, the lobby is quite a grand affair: pillars, marble, etc. Access to your room is by lift. You'll need to swipe your room access card to use them. Rooms are well equipped, spacious, and clean. Facilities include a mini-bar, tea/coffeemaking facilities, a TV with some international channels, and complimentary toiletries and bottled water.
Breakfast is self-serve, except for the excellent coffee. Choices include fruit salads, pancakes, eggs, cheeses, and Japanese options – it’s quite extensive and served on the first floor, just up from reception. Room rates at about $70 are quite high for Jakarta, but worth paying for the additional peace of mind you get, mainly on the hygiene front.
Other hotel facilities include a Japanese restaurant on the ground floor and a leisure club. I had time to sample neither, unfortunately, so I can't comment on them.
Here's the website.
Durham, United Kingdom
April 23, 2005
From journal You're going to Jakarta - My wife has a bunion