I am asked daily by readers for tips about choosing a hotel in Jakarta
. This little guide should answer all the questions I've ever received such as:
- What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?
- Where can I find a cheap guesthouse for under 10$ per night? Is there a backpacker area in Jakarta?
- What are the best budget hotels in Jakarta? Which hotel chain offers the best value for money
- What is the best accommodation for less than 50$?
- Which 5-star hotel should I choose? Which 5-star hotel is the closest from action
? Which 5-star hotel has the best bars and restaurants?
- Can I bring girls to my hotel in Jakarta? What are the names of girl-friendly or guest-friendly hotels
- Can I actually sleep in Alexis Hotel
, Malioboro Hotel, Travel Hotel or Classic Hotel?
- Is there a spa or massage parlour near my hotel?
- Which hotel do you recommend near the airport
- Which hotels are connected to popular malls?
If you have other questions, please write them in the comment section below and I'll do my best to answer it.
To get the best prices, I usually book directly on the website of the hotel and check for promotions. If the prices are not different from other websites, then I encourage you to book through Agoda.
Why? Because I can get a (small) commission on every booking coming from this page. Jakarta100bars is free so it's a way for you to contribute to this site and to keep it independent. I am not receiving any money from any of the hotels listed below, only a commission on the bookings so my advice is still independent and honest.
What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?
Since Jakarta is so big, deciding on where to stay in Jakarta really depends on what you will do there.
Traffic should be your main consideration and you should choose the location that will minimize as much as possible the time spent going from one place to the other.
1) If you are in Jakarta for work and you need to go to a lot of meetings, choose a hotel close to your meeting points or close from your office, even if they are not in central locations. The traffic usually gets better starting 9pm so you can still go out quite easily after that.
Anyway, there are now malls almost everywhere in Jakarta so wherever you'll stay, you will be close from a fair number of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gyms, cinemas and hang out spots.
If you are having meetings all over the city, then choose a location near the major roads such as Gatot Subroto, Sudirman, Thamrin, Gajah Mada or the Jakarta Inner Ring Road.
2) If you are in Jakarta for fun or for party, then you must decide what is your style:
- You want to party in the expensive nightclubs in Central and South Jakarta?
It is best to stay anywhere near from Jalan Sudirman, Plaza Indonesia
, Mega Kuningan
, Jalan Rasuna Said
, Plaza Senayan
is too far in my opinion but it could be an option if you want to be close from the best Western food options.
- You want to party with locals in North and West Jakarta?
Choose a hotel in one of these neighborhood: Chinatown
(Glodok), Gajah Mada, Mangga Besar, Hayam Wuruk, Tamansari, Lokasari, Pecenongan. Hotels in these areas usually offer a much better value for money than in the South but the surroundings are more dirty and less safe. You also won't have nice malls, only Gajah Mada Plaza and Lokasari Square. Mangga Besar hotels are all girl-friendly and they are close from hundreds of great street food options.
Another good point with this location is that you can still reach Central Jakarta quite easily within 30 minutes. There is a very convenient busway line running from Kota Station
to Blok M
that you can use.
Alternatively, if you are mostly interested with karaokes and massage parlours instead of clubs, you can go to Kelapa Gading
, Mangga Dua, Grogol and Taman Anggrek
. These areas also have huge malls nearby and they are not too far from the airport with the toll road.
Read my guide: Bachelor Party in Jakarta
3) If you are in Jakarta as a tourist
, then I would recommend staying near Thamrin or Wahid Hasyim. Alternatively, you could also stay near Mangga Besar or Kota, but if you are not familiar with Jakarta you may feel uncomfortable as those areas are 100% local.
- Where can I find a cheap guesthouse under 10$ per night? Is there a backpacker area in Jakarta?
As you will read in any guidebooks about Jakarta, the backpacker district is located in Jalan Jaksa
. It is nothing compared to other popular traveler hubs in Southeast Asia like Khao San Road in Bangkok or Bui Vien in Saigon
. You will only find a handful of guesthouses, usually not well-maintained and not very clean. Nearby, Jalan Wahid Hasyim has more choice but the prices are higher (at least 30$).
To find a decent room in Jalan Jaksa, you need to go inside the gangs (small streets) and look for guesthouse signs. The prices are currently set at around Rp70,000 per night for a room with a fan. AC will cost you at least double.
In the past few years, there has been an increasing number of backpacker hotels that have opened elsewhere in the city, sometimes with higher standards. Teduh Hostel
in Kota Tua or Six Degrees
in Cikini are good examples. Their prices are quite high though, even for a bed in a dormitory.
I would still recommend Jalan Jaksa because of its very central location. It is next to Gambir
train station (from where you can go to Yogyakarta or Bandung). It is also near from several key things to do in Jakarta like the Monas
or the Istiqlal
Mosque. 500 meters from Jaksa, the Sabang
street is famous for its street food options.
- What are the best budget hotels in Jakarta?
There are several budget hotel chains in Jakarta: Ibis Budget, Neo, Fave Hotels, Amaris, Pop Hotel, Whiz, Hotel 88, D'Prima. The price vary between 25$ and 45$ per night.
Overall, I found that Fave Hotels usually have the best value for money
, especially if you book directly from their website
. If you enter the code "BOOKDIRECT", you get 15% off. There are also Fave Hotels almost everywhere in the city so it is convenient.
Based on my experience though, the standards can be quite different within the same chain depending on who is the owner. For instance, the Fave Hotel in LTC Glodok is fantastic, probably because it is owned by Agung Podomoro Land (one of Indonesia's largest developer). Another great one is Fave Hotel Gatot Subroto. On the contrary, I stayed in Fave Hotel Kemang and Pasar Baru, both disappointing.
Also, the price may vary a lot depending on the location: The Fave Hotel Thamrin costs double compared to the one in Kelapa Gading.
- What are the best 3-star hotels in Jakarta?
3-star hotel chains in Jakarta are Ibis, Harris, All Seasons, Santika and Holiday Inn. The price depends on the location and the day of the week (cheaper on weekends). In general, they will cost between 45$ and 60$ per night.
- What are the best 4-star hotel chains in Jakarta?
The prices of 4-star hotels in Jakarta vary greatly depending on the location. The cheapest ones, located outside the city center in Mangga Dua, Gajah Mada or Ancol can cost less than 60$ while those located near Sudirman or Thamrin cost up to 100$ per night.
The best chains are Novotel, Mercure, Santika Premiere, Aston, Swiss-Belhotel and Best Western
. Again, don't trust a chain blindly, make sure that the hotel was built recently.
The newest 4-star hotels in Jakarta are: Mercure Sabang
, Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk and Novotel Gajah Mada
- Which 5-star hotel should I choose? Which one is the closest from nightlife?
5-star hotels in Jakarta are almost all located within the Golden Triangle (Sudirman - Rasuna Said
- Gatot Subroto). For this reason, all are rather close from any happening places.
Still, it is even more convenient to choose a hotel attached to one of the big malls
. For this reason, you may want to choose:
, attached to Grand Indonesia
- Grand Hyatt
and Keraton at the Plaza
, attached to Plaza Indonesia (other options nearby include the Pullman Thamrin
and the Mandarin Oriental
). The Hyatt is a great option as it is close from Immigrant club, Cloud Lounge, Dreams Ego Lounge and Skye Rooftop.
- Ritz Carlton SCBD
, attached to Pacific Place
(there is also a Ritz-Carlton in Mega Kuningan)
, attached to Plaza Senayan (2 minutes walk)
- Pullman Grogol
, attached to Central Park
A JW Marriott was suppose to open in Lippo Mall Kemang Village in 2014 but the project seems to be late.
The Shangri La and the Mulia are also popular with male
because of their live music bars, BATS and CJs.
Can I bring girls to my hotel in Jakarta? Which hotel is guest-friendly or girl-friendly?