In a dynamic city like Jakarta, staying in a hostel is a great way not only to save money for more adventures, but also to meet fellow backpackers and get the best out of the city with arranged tours and activities. From luxury boutique hostels to humble family-run lodging, discover the best backpacker hostels in Jakarta.
This award-winning establishment has been attracting international backpackers not to only spend the night, but also chill, play, and party. The hostel’s rooftop garden is occupied by the bar and a simple gym —it’s really your choice to chill or drill while basking in the tropical sunshine and stunning city view. Located in Cikini, this hostel shares the neighborhood with some of the best restaurant and coffee shops in the city, along with cinemas, shopping malls, and more. Room options are available for every budget and preference (or need for privacy), from private double en suite to dorms with different capacity
At Wonderloft, guests will not just get the bed and breakfast they need, but also a community they’ll love. The hostel arranges lots of fun activities, such as a free walking tour, BBQ night, and pub crawls. There are also facilities like Wifi, a ping pong table and a computer station. Located in Jakarta Old Town near a major train station and busway, guests can easily base their city exploration at this hostel.
Staying true to its name, teduh (calmness, sanctuary), this hostel offers a relaxing atmosphere in the middle of the hectic and fast-paced capital. Located in the city’s most charming and historic neighborhood, Jakarta Old Town, guests will find themselves in the middle of stunning heritage buildings that serve as cafés, museums, and restaurants. The hostel also has fun on-site activities that bring guests together, such as movie nights and video games.
The Packer Lodge
The Packer Lodge is located in the heart of Jakarta’s Chinatown, a strategic starting point to explore the best of the city’s experiences—shopping, dining, sightseeing, museums, and more. The boutique hostel offers both private and dorm rooms, equipped with individual reading lights, air conditioners, hot showers, and vanity desks. Even the dorm rooms give guests ample space and privacy, but there’s also a cozy lounge with DVDs and board games for social time.
Capsule Hotel Old Batavia
Now this is a luxury even backpackers can afford. Carrying the concept of boutique hostel, backpackers can get a good night’s sleep in style without breaking the bank. Here, you will be sharing a room with friendly people from across the globe, so try your best to uphold the “mingle please” rule (preferably at the rooftop bar or on an organized walking tour). The rooms are neatly furnished with modern designs and furnishings, including code-operated lockers and key card locks.
Located within walking distance from many of the city’s landmarks such as the National Monument, National Museum, and Jakarta Old Town, CitiResidence boasts not only a prime location but also coziness that will make anyone feel at home. The homey building has an airy and earthy feel to it, with simple but delightful décor. Guests can also use the neat open kitchen to do simple cooking.
Located at the famed Jalan Jaksa, Wisma Delima is the original Jakarta backpacker hostel, welcoming budget international travelers to its simple accommodation since 1969. Even in Jalan Jaksa, which is lined with humble lodgings for tourists, Wisma Delima is still acknowledged as one of the best, with experienced and knowledgeable staff and outstanding service. This hostel is suitable for backpackers who don’t mind skipping luxuries for the very basics.