Boutique hotels are a bit smaller but more than make up for their size in charm, character, and great customer service. The next time you have out-of-town visitors, book them in one of these properties for a unique Jakarta experience.
We love a fabulous 5-star hotel, but boutique hotels tend to have that home away from home charm that the bigger chains can’t always replicate. Whether you’re treating yourself to a staycation or looking into one-of-a-kind hotels for your friend from out of town, from the luxurious to the artsy here are some of our favourite boutique hotels in Jakarta.
The recently opened The Gunawarman is a luxury boutique stay that is situated in the trendy Senopati ‘hood and the perfect home away from home that is giving 5-star chains a run for their money. There are loads of talking points when it comes to this intimate design hotel, from its original Donald Robertson artworks adorning the walls, the three themed suites (our favourite is the top floor Mansard Suite), and buzzy lobby lounge serving excellent tipples.
The Gunawarman, Jl. Gunawarman No. 3, Senopati, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2277 0007.
Located in a grand Art Deco building, dating back to 1923, the new Hermitage hotel now holds court on a quiet, leafy corner of Menteng. Once inside, you’ll be in awe of gorgeous colonial architecture. In its previous lives, the building was formally a Dutch telecommunications office, then home to the Indonesian Ministry and Culture, and then the site of Bung Karno University. Now it has been given a plush makeover and is the first luxury heritage hotel in Jakarta. The Hermitage is home to 90 tastefully appointed rooms (all kitted out with modern amenities), La Vue rooftop bar, complete with infinity pool, and L’Avenue a chic ethno-brasserie filled with colonial-era artwork.
The Hermitage, Jl. Cilacap No. 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/3192-6888.
This artsy urban hotel is a treat for creative guests. The graffiti-covered exterior is a gutsy move, and we love it! Inside, Artotel’s unique look can be attributed to the works made by seven local contemporary artists. The boutique hotel’s four types of studio rooms are equally fun, regardless of their size. We recommend a meal at Artotel’s 24-hour restaurant, Roca, where you will be dining against a backdrop of stone walls and murals that run up the walls and onto the ceiling. Insider tip: if you are planning to go to Roca on a Friday, wear your most stunning high heels and you’ll get a hefty discount on F&B. Before your stay is done, drop by the hotel’s art gallery and shop to take home a piece of locally produced art.
Artotel, Jl. Sunda No. 3, Menteng, Central Jakarta, P: 62-21/3192-5888.
Now this is what we called fusion! The interior of the Kosenda is the perfect marriage of contemporary Scandinavian design and Javanese motifs. And the herringbone-pattern floor in the lobby? Absolutely stunning. Decked out in Mid-century-inspired furniture and touches, Kosenda’s interiors will transport you back to the stylish Mad Men era. If you want to set the perfect room ambiance, you can request an iPod with a special playlist to maximize the experience. At Kosenda, make sure to stop by the breathtaking rooftop Awan Lounge for a view of the bustling city center, and enjoy a chill late afternoon coffee break at 127 Cafe.
Kosenda, Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 127, CBD, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/3193-6565.
Ah, the busy streets of Kemang. The endless entertainment options will wear you out by the end of the night (or early morning on some cases!), and you’ll long for a nearby place to rest your head. Kemang Icon, an property by the well-known Alila Hotel & Resort chain, is a not only convenient, it’s also stylish and luxurious. Glass and water elements are used as their main aesthetic features and give visitors a serene and relaxing environment. The contemporary rooms are filled with Art Deco accent pieces that mix well with the Indonesian influences. On the rooftop, the poolside Edge Bistro is a perfect place to start or your Kemang bar-hopping adventure. If it’s a night in for you, there are plenty of novels and DVDs on hand to choose from. PS: for retail therapy, the hotel has a number of shops and boutiques on the ground floor.
Kemang Icon, Jl. Kemang Raya 1, Kemang, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/719-7989.
We appreciate the special amenities and perks at the other hotels in the city, but at Morrissey we feel like we’ve hit the jackpot. This boutique serviced-apartment has spacious rooms, stylish decor, outstanding hospitality, and great facilities for its guests. From the studio to the deluxe two-bedroom, each suite is designed to maximize comfort and functionality, and is also equipped with a kitchenette. Our favorite spot is the rooftop where the restaurant/lounge and covered pool have the perfect view of the city skyline. For dinner dates, head to Ocha & Bella, an innovative restaurant serving Italian-Japanese fusion dishes.
Morrissey, Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 70, Menteng, Central Jakarta, P: +62-21/2993-3333.