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There are not many boutique hotels in Jakarta but these choice selections exude distinctive characteristics that combine modern and traditional elements. The Dharmawangsa Jakarta Only minutes away from Kemang, this property offers a new and contemporary interpretation of the residential area of Kebayoran Baru in the 1950's, which was — at that time — an interpretation of 1920's Jakarta. Rates start at US$390++ per night. "We want to be uniquely Indonesian in character. That's why we also offer Indonesian menu corner for breakfast in our Jakarta restaurant, Indonesian sweets as part of the afternoon tea at the Majapahit Lounge and traditional acoustic live music throughout the afternoon at Majapahit Hall," public relations officer Anindhita Indira told The Jakarta Post Travel last week. The hotel consists of a central square building flanked by two rectangular buildings, each forming two wings. The décor draws inspiration from five traditional decorating schemes: Java, Pasisiran, Bali, Sumatra and East Indonesia, along with appropriate artworks such as regional textiles, basket and weaving work, metal pieces, topographical pictures and lithographs. All of the rooms — 64 guest rooms and 36 suites — have a private terrace, a marble bathroom with two vanity basins, bath tubs, executive desk, three telephones with two lines and high speed internet access. Also included in its complementary services are daily fruit basket, 24-hour butler service, packing service and suit pressing upon arrival. The Dharmawangsa Jakarta Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26 Kebayoran Baru Kosenda Hotel Named after the hotel's owner, Tanah Abang native Ruben Kosenda, this 60-room property combines the Betawi culture with a splash of humor. Kosenda's highlights include a striking eight-story feature wall — made entirely from teak off-cuts, slap bang in the center of the hotel's lobby — art adorns the corridors — giving a glimpse into the rich history of the city — and a lighthearted mural by a local artist — viewable through towering windows on the lower levels — depicts life in present day Jakarta. "We wanted to highlight the local culture in our properties. This is our first hotel and we plan to build a series of Kosenda hotels in other cities such as Bali, Yogyakarta and Surakarta [Solo]," operations manager Rury Ilham told The Jakarta Post Travel on Monday. The hotel’s recent soft opened on June 22 and there are plans afoot for a grand launch on Sept. 28, so far Kosenda’s foreign guests — mostly businesspeople — account for 60 percent of their occupancy. The hotel’s most popular room is the Petita. Starting at Rp 1.1 million (US$102.30), the 16-square-meter room offers an iPod dock, four bottles of distilled water, Khiel-branded products, free in-room Wi-Fi, a hair dryer, hand-crafted kimonos and batik sandals. For women traveling alone, Kosenda provide a ladies floor with up to six rooms that offer more privacy as well as feminine products and amenities. Kosenda's lounges, dubbed “Tick Tock” and “Awan”, offer guests cozy spaces to refresh and relax. The Tick Tock Lounge is located on every second level, while Awan Lounge, which will open the same time as the grand launch, is situated on the hotel's rooftop on the 9th floor. Kosenda Hotel Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 127 Kemang Icon by Alila An open and visually connected architectural space, this hotel is resplendent with glass walls, art deco paintings and artefacts all set against a palette of cool tones and textures — granite, marble, onyx, metal and wood. Situated in the upscale area of Kemang in South Jakarta, Kemang Icon only provides 12 suites - consisting of eight courtyard and four edge suites. For upward of Rp 1.8 million, guests can immerse themselves in the opulent ambience of the suites, both types feature floor to ceiling windows, a living room, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary Wi-Fi, and bathroom scents and accessories. A kitchenette is available in selected suites and the edge suite also includes an additional butler pantry. For a different kind of dining experience, head to the Edge Bistro on the rooftop and enjoy Cabana's poolside menu, which includes a wide variety of casual dishes. More of a socialite? Well, it can accommodate up to 250 people at a standing cocktail party. The hotel provides a library, equipped with projection room, boardroom facilities, books and DVDs. It also includes an art gallery on the ground and first floors as well as services such as concierge, airport collection and transfer and airline ticket booking and confirmation. Kemang Icon by Alila Kemang Raya 1 Jakarta Keraton at The Plaza Situated in the downtown business district of Jl. MH Thamrin and connected with the luxurious shopping complex Plaza Indonesia, this hotel offers contemporary Indonesian-style design inspired by relics from the royal palaces of the past to live up to its name: keraton means palace in Javanese. With a starting price of US$550++ per night, all of the Keraton's 140 gorgeous rooms are equipped with sofas, desks and customized oval sit-down bathtubs. Also included are room Wi-Fi access, hotel butler — on hand 24 hours a day available for various services including packing, unpacking or pressing — and an around-the-clock service called luxury collection concierge. "The Concierge service caters for all guests and is contactable via BlackBerry Messaging or WhatsApp," marketing communication manager Sekar Hardjoprakoso told The Jakarta Post Travel on Tuesday. Most of the hotel's customers are foreign business travelers and, thus, the “something” includes airport transfer, pick-up and drop-off services and immigration fast track service. But the most valuable service for most guests is probably “your own time’, which is a flexible check-in and check-out time. "If the guest's flight landed at 6 a.m., they can check-in as soon as they arrive in Jakarta. If their flight home is at 9.30 p.m., they can choose to check out at 8 p.m. without additional charge, as long as they notify us three days prior so we can arrange the room," said Sekar. Keraton at The Plaza Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15 Jakarta
@dillonk well, all stuffs travel-related. including food/restaurants :)
@keshie I guess it would be a bias review, lol. What else do you write about?
@dillonk hahaha but then it can be a bias review, right? ;)) they are picked not only by me, but by other people who stayed there before as well :)
@keshie Did you write the reviews on the hotels? I would think they would at least let you stay there if you are writing about them! Lol
@dillonk yes, they are all recommended hotels to stay in if you ever visit Jakarta :) presently I'm working for
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