Whether you’re visiting the Big Durian or just want a weekend away from it all, Jakarta’s boutique hotels provide a charmingly different experience to large chain hotels. Here are our picks for Jakarta’s best boutique hotels.
With hundreds of hotels across Jakarta’s many, many neighbourhoods, it can be difficult to decide on a place to stay when visiting town or booking a staycation during the holidays (pssttt…if you want to nab 15% off your end-of-year stay, make sure you play this mobile game before you book). Here, we’ve picked out the top boutique stays in South Jakarta.
Hotel Gran Mahakam
Perfect for couples or honeymooners, Hotel Gran Mahakam has all the goods of a five-star hotel. Its distinctively European architecture makes it stand out in the Big Durian. Located near Jakarta’s business district, 18-hole Senayan Golf Course, as well as close proximity to malls and eateries, you won’t be short of things to do. The hotel also has an array of food to choose from including traditional Indonesian specialties, western, Asian, and authentic Japanese cuisine. Relax by their pool after a workout at their well-equipped gym and end your day with a spa sesh.
Hotel Gran Mahakam, Jalan Mahakam I No.6, Blok M, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 720 9966.
Inspired by Indonesian art and culture, The Dharmawangsa is a hidden gem located in the leafy neighbourhood of Kebayoran Baru. Take a breather in their lush gardens, lounge by the pool or take on their famous spa treatments. Absolute bliss!
The Dharmawangsa, Jl Brawijaya Raya No. 26, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 7258181.
Grand Kemang Hotel
Shopping. Check. Nightlife. Check. Coffee and plenty of chow. Check and check. You’ll find everything you need in bustling Kemang just walking distance from Grand Kemang Hotel. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to pay top Rupiahs for a bed. The hotel has an exciting range of dining experiences from Indonesian and Asian fare to modern European delights. Sip cocktails by the poolside chillout lounge or in the comfort of Sparca lounge. Longer stay guests or families have a choice of one, two, or three bedroom type apartments.
Grand Kemang Hotel, Jl. Kemang Raya 2H Kebayoran Baru Jakarta Selatan, p. +62 21 719 4121.
The Kemang Icon By Alila
For a hip and all out retreat book into The Kemang Icon, an all-suite boutique hotel minus the flashy exterior. With just 12 rooms, choose between the inner courtyard suite or the larger edge suite, which come equipped with a kitchenette and offer panoramic views of the neighbourhood. They’ve raised the bar high when it comes to service; they even have a list of bathroom scents and accessories for you to choose from – no joke! You’re bound to get a good night’s sleep on their pure, crisp, white bedding with goose down, and feather duvets and pillows. Take a dip in their overflow rooftop pool or grab some home-cooked favourites at Edge Bistro. Let the staff know of any personal dietary needs and they’ll be more than happy to oblige.
The Kemang Icon, No 1 Jalan Kemang Raya, Jakarta Selatan, p. +62 21 719 7989.
The Hang Tuah
The Hang Tuah is your best bet if you want to savour what Indonesian hospitality is all about. It’s your home away from home and we mean that in every sense of the word; located in a large house with just 17 deluxe, standard double and twin rooms, the hotel feels like home. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, and a chef who’s more than happy to prepare your fave dish whenever you’re feeling hungry.
The Hang Tuah, Jl. Hang Tuah I No. 2, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 723 7323.