Indonesia’s capital is more than a gateway to the archipelago’s best islands like Bali or Lombok, thanks to these boutique beds and sky-scraping stays – some with private butlers, swimming pools and spas.
The capital of Indonesia is often used by travellers as a brief stop-off – an overnight en route to celebrated beachy islands like Raja Ampat. But Jakarta has more to give than its international airport. Tour the former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, chow down on moreish nasi goreng or visit bustling Pasar Baru market for its labyrinth of textile and craft shops. Whether you only stay for a night, or decide to hang out a little longer, you’ll need somewhere great to stay. These are the best hotels in Jakarta, bookable on Culture Trip.
Scraping the skies of Kuningan – Jakarta’s business, shopping and nightlife district – Raffles pulls out all the stops: think luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, a decadent pâtisserie and an outdoor pool with bar. The spa is one of the highlights of an indulgent stay here, thanks to hydrotherapy facilities galore (steam rooms, vitality pools, ice fountains) as well as techy facials to magic away real-life stresses. Make for the Writers Bar and order a Singapore Sling, invented in the original Raffles in Singapore.
The lobby ceiling of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta – a geometric jumble of white swirling above a central mirrored column – impresses as soon as you walk through the door. From there on in, this glam stay in the central business area continues to deliver the wow factor. City views spread from suites, dressed in dark woods and sophisticated accents of colour, and a top-notch fitness centre has a Kinesis Studio and the latest tech. As for dining? There are half a dozen options, from a Cantonese restaurant, Li Feng, to Saturday brunch at the Gallic-inspired Lyon.
A quick hop from the MoJa Museum, a quirky gallery space that combines roller skating and art, Hotel Mulia Senayan goes above and beyond when it comes to service: a private butler comes with every room. Opulent suites ooze French regality (and high-thread-count sheets) with a hint of Indonesian flavour, such as tropical plants in some rooms. Laundry and pressing services are included with every room, as is buffet breakfast and evening cocktails for a few happy hours each night.
There’s plenty to entice shoppers within a five-minute drive of the Grove Suites: Epicentrum Mall and Kota Kasablanka Mall included. But these hotel rooms, equipped with kitchenettes, also suit business travellers thanks to in-room writing desks and a clutch of meeting rooms. On-tap wellness facilities provide a way to unwind after a hard day, with a dip in the swimming pool or a workout in the compact gym.
Polished floors and soaring ceilings, decked out with a wave-like chandelier, add a glam atmosphere to the Luminor from the moment you arrive. Perfect for couples or business travellers, bedrooms star feature walls of geometric-print wallpaper, white sheets and floor-to-ceiling windows in a distinctly modern lilt. A 24-hour restaurant means you’ll never go hungry, and a free co-working space lets you catch up on emails over a coffee or kick back with a book.
Friendly service, views over the city, a cute breakfast space and vending machines in the lobby in case you need a pick-me-up treat – Juno Hotel Jakarta has all the essentials to make a boutiquey stay in Jakarta great. Minimalist rooms with blonde-wood floors, grey bathrooms and bedframes are crowd-pleasing for couples who want to be within striking distance of Jakarta’s main sights – as well as a quick walk away from restaurants, shopping and a cinema.
Design fiends will love Kosenda Hostel – from the open-plan bar and restaurant space, flecked with mid-century modern furniture, to the banana-yellow bedspreads in rooms, everything looks like it’s been perfectly styled for a glossy interiors’ magazine. The al fresco rooftop bar, ringed in greenery, overlooks the city and dishes up crispy fried eggplant, diablo chicken wings and frosty beers. The National Museum of Indonesia and landmark National Monument are both walking distance to the north.
A pool table for evening games, a quaint coffee corner, a free kitchen for making your own thrifty meals – Six Degrees has everything you’d look for in a hostel. But it doesn’t stop there: with an on-site gym, plus a rooftop garden with a barbecue, it goes above and beyond your typical cost-conscious crashpad. Ascend with a chilled beer and watch the sun set over the city, then bed down in shared dorms, sleeping between four and 10 in a bunk-style beds.
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This capsule-style hotel is a perfect pick for groups of friends travelling on a budget, since you can all share a space, but get a bit of privacy with your enclosed bunks, too. While sleeping quarters might be minimalist, this hostel doesn’t shy away on the amenity front: a barber shop, nightclub, sunbathing terrace and a restaurant serving fragrant Indonesian cuisine all come as part of the package. There are barbecues if you fancy grilling up your own feast, and darts and billiards for late-night games.