Hi forumites, and a special hello to the DE's!
Firstly I just wanted to say thanks to the DE's for their amazing advice and guidance for myself & others on TA - Schonefeld, Cirque and Stefzzz, you're amazing! I've been reading recent posts to update myself and it never ceases to amaze me how much you know, how quickly you answer and how freely you give of your time!
As for us, we've just decided to come to Jakarta at the end of this month for a bit of shopping and relaxing. This will be our 4th trip to Jakarta as a family, so I have some idea of what we'll do & see, but I just need some help, please. As we have 3 kids and our oldest is now 17, we're thinking that we might get 3 hotel rooms, and stay at less expensive hotels this time - but we MUST have a pool for the kids. Just so that you understand why we're not moving around much, one of our daughters can't spend very long in a taxi/car without getting very ill, so we're changing hotels a couple of times to mix things up, but not venturing beyond Jakarta. We have already been to Bogor, and although I'd like to see Bandung, it won't be on this trip.
Here's my plan so far (note that at each stop we also plan to swim, dine out and relax):
10 nights in Mangga Dua (Best Western) - to shop the Mangga Dua & Pluit malls, visit Waterbom & Ancol, visit Sunda Kelapa
7 nights in Kemayoran (Ibis Kemayoran) - to visit Monas, Atrium Mall, Pasar Senen, shop at Pasar Baru, Sarinah, don't know what else?
2 nights at Taman Mini (Santika TMII) - just to visit Taman Min, the reptile farm etc & their waterpark
5 nights in South Jakarta - our purpose here will be to visit local malls (Pacific Place, FX, Plaza Senayan, Blok M etc), look at the Textile Museum and to eat at the Mulia buffet multiple times!
I think I have the hotels sorted for the first 3 areas (do you think they sound ok?), but I'm struggling to find a safe, clean budget hotel with a pool for the last 5 nights. Taking into consideration our plans for visiting the above mentioned places, I am wondering if anyone could please suggest a budget hotel for about US$50-70/night in this area, please? Perhaps I'm wanting too much and there's nothing suitable in this area?
Thanks in advance for any and all help!