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Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
Ranked #12 of 462 Hotels in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Love this hotel! Junior Suite has the best view!”
Reviewed 6 November 2009

I stayed for one night only in their Junior Suite. In overall, what a wonderful experience. It's quite new hotel so you expect all of them to be in excellent condition and yes, this hotel is indeed in excellent condition.

The design is retro-ish style but very well appointed. It's like back to the golden era of this historic hotel (the first 5-star hotel in Indonesia) in '60s but sure with very modern twist. The main building shape in form of letter "T" is still maintained and the Junior Suite is located in Ganesha Wing (with all the Suites & Executive Grand Deluxe Rooms) facing the pretty "Selamat Datang (=Welcome)" fountain in Jalan Thamrin. The other wing, Ramayana, houses the Deluxe & Grand Deluxe rooms, facing the inner yard of the hotels.

It's location is dubbed as the most central in Jakarta where The Mandarin, Nikko, Hyatt hotels are nearby and just stone throw distance from legendary Plaza Indonesia shopping centre (19 years old & still going strong. They are expanding the building with the first LV Global Store in South East Asia) and the relatively new and giant grandiose Grand Indonesia Shopping Town which has everything from luxurious brands boutique, Harvey Nichols, endless count of eateries & shops and indoor theme playground for kids. The hotel itslef has a connecting lane to Grand Indonesia, as both is owned by a super wealthy Indonesian tycoon.

Room:
Spacious, spotless and cozy. Wide flat screen TV, iPod dock with speaker, big round bath tub that looks like giant bowl with small TV attached to the wall. Bed is huge, kinda tall for 5'7'' Asian like me, but very comfortable. Everything work well, the toilets, big rainy shower, sophisticated toiled with touch panels & sensors and when you sit on it, it radiates a heat to warm the seat. Just marvellous. 4 bottles of mineral waters, newspaper, 60 TV channels and nice carpet.

Staff:
Helpful, corteous, friendly (especially the girls) and check-in was fast. Looks like they already expecting you and preparing all for you. No hassle at all. The staff in Executive Lounge were also very helpful and friendly.

Location:
The best in Jakarta in term of its central location. It's in the middle between old part of Jakarta to the north (Chinatown, National Museum, and Old Town where many colonial buildings still stands) and business area and expats environment to the south (Jakarta CBD, Indonesia Stock Exchange, Convention Centre in Senayan, etc).

Facilities:
For 5-star hotel, the swimming pool are surprisingly small and rather uninspiring. The old hotel used to have Olympic size square shape pool on the quite spacious gorund. What they have now is free form shape but kinda small for this hotel at the roof top and it is still shared with the luxurious apartment owned by Kempinski. They must do better than this!

Fitness Centre looks decent and the Spa (we didn't try) looks promising with spacious treatment room and located also at the roof top so you got the view.

Breakfast was very good with healthy number of choices but that's the only time we had meals in the hotel.

Executive Lounge is quite spacious with comfortable couches, but unfortunately smoking is allowed here!!! I knew they did their very best efforts to eliminate the cigarettes odor, but you will still get the slight of the smell when you enter the lounge.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

The hotel just opened, next to Grand Hyatt. Like Hyatt this hotel have their own mall they call it with Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall.

Smooth check-in and check-out, huge reception counter. Staff was so amazing !!!
Great breakfast choiced and variety. With paying USD 220 so worth with what u get.

For sure stay with this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

I am surprised to be the first to review this hotel, as it has been open for some months now. The Kempinski is the reincarnation of the old Hotel Indonesia, the first International hotel built in Indonesia after its independence (the original was made famous by the Mel Gibson movie "The year of living dangerously" although I'm not sure it was actually shot on location.)

Some aspects of the original hotel have been kept, such as the early '60s facade (not great architecture, but certainly reminiscent of the era and better than the impersonal glass/cement boxes that most new hotels seem to prefer.) The interiors of the hotel also remind you of the '60s in some way. Sitting in the wraparound chairs in the lobby makes you believe you are Ernst Stavro Bloefeld - all you are missing is a white Persian cat!

The lobby isn't huge, and it is quiet and understated, unlike the "Liberace" style of the Grand Hyatt next door. The corridors leading off to the coffee shop and lobby lounge areas have a bit of a maze feeling to them due to the square colonnades that line them.

The coffee shop is well appointed and the buffet (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is international and Indonesian. The food plates are exchanged often as they should to keep them fresh – a sign of a true 5 star hotel: even if the platter has hardly been touched it will be replaced if it has been on display under the warming lights for long enough. The food is quite good and the service fast. The decoration is what makes the place though. There are huge photos of Sukarno with JFK and Sukarno with Marilyn (and no, none with him and Jackie O!), leftovers from the old Hotel I suppose. It looks like JFK knew how to treat a VIP host at the White House!

On the ground floor, next to the ballrooms, you will find Casa D’Oro, Kempinski’s Italian offering. I always found Jakarta lacking in good Italian Restaurants, with the one exception that is Il Mare, at the Mulia Hotel. Now Il Mare has competition, and I say that with some worry, as I know the manager at Il Mare! Both restaurants are excellent and would still be by Italian standards (I work with many Italian colleagues who have told me the same thing). Casa D’Oro’s setting is cozy and modern and the kitchen is visible through the glass partitions. Francesco, the chef, prepares Italian fine dining, but the menu also includes staples such as pizza, so it is also possible to bring along people who are fussy and unadventurous. I like to be told by the chef what to eat, rather than looking at the menu, and while I was in residence he had the last of some summer truffles, which he combined in a tagliatelle with porcini that was excellent. The cold cuts and antipasti are delicious as well, and they alone would be enough for a whole meal.

I organized a corporate rate and stayed on the 7th floor, that is also the one with the club lounge. The lounge has a nice view over Plaza Indonesia and the big fountain, and looks across to the newly reopened Mandarin Oriental. The lounge is very well appointed and very comfortable, has high speed WiFi Internet access and a concierge desk with staff to help with guests’ requests. The food and drink offerings aren’t quite as good as what you get at the Marriott in Kuningan though. I have always thought that the Jakarta Marriott has the best executive lounge food of any I have visited: you don’t need to visit a hotel F&B outlet there as during meal times there is a chef who prepares hot food on request, there is plenty of variety and the quality is as good as it is in the main restaurants. (The problem for them is is, who wants to stay at the Marriott now? I am a Marriott Platinum card holder but the incompetence they displayed letting the latest bombing attack through means that they could be giving rooms away and there would be no takers!)

The room I had was a junior suite overlooking Plaza Indonesia. The room is quite large (I would think around 60 sqm, 600sqf). It is comparable in size with – if not actually slightly bigger than –the junior suites at the Mulia. It has a very comfortable sofa, another James Bond wraparound easy chair, a huge flat screen TV, a radio with an iPod adaptor, LED bedside reading lights and a huge oversized king bed with similar bedding as the new styles available in the Marriotts and Sheratons. The work desk is L-shaped and is made up of a U-shaped glass section. It provides three power adaptors and a LAN port for high speed Internet access, but this is not really necessary because the room also is equipped with a Cisco WiFi router. Internet access is free (actually free WiFi seem to be available throughout the hotel – I hope they keep it that way.)

The bathroom is also huge. There is a double-sized, ovoid shaped bathtub next to the window, a separate shower enclosure with a handheld showerhead as well as an overhead rain shower, two sinks, and a Japanese toilet with so many electronic gizmos that make you wonder how many hours the Japanese actually spend on the toilet!
Finally the spa, gym and pool complex are located on the 17th floor, on the roof. The pool is a reasonable size, and even though not rectangular in shape, it is still possible to swim laps. Even though the spa complex is shared with the Kempinski serviced apartments next door, it seems to be empty most of the time. The gym is not huge, but very well appointed with the latest equipment. The cardio machines are all iPod compatible (with larger screens). The spa area has a number of very plush treatment rooms, but since I did not arrange any treatments I cannot speak as to how good they may be.

The Kempinski is probably the best business offering in Jakarta right now. It is centrally located on Plaza Indonesia (that makes it awkward to reach during rush hour though). The rooms, F&B and service seem to be better than anything else that is available (although the Mulia comes very close). The rates are slightly higher than what you would get at the other 5 stars, but your expectations are certainly met, so they are not overcharging in any way. The only thing that is missing is a good nightspot (like BATS, Cheers or Tigga Pulu). But I am told that it should be operational within the next month or two (offering even better entertainment, I am also told!)

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
Address: Jln. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Java > Jakarta > Menteng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 462 Hotels in Jakarta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Indonesia Kempinski 5*
Number of rooms: 289
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta represents both a celebration of the glorious past and the bright future. Adjacent to Grand Indonesia Shopping Town - one of Asia's largest shopping mall, the hotel is definitely the ideal address for business, convention, wedding and extravagant shopping. Located at the strategic Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Roundabout), the hotel boasts 289 spacious luxury rooms and suites including the lavish 412 sqm Presidential Suite with its private spa. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski facilities include 6 meeting rooms, a SPA & fitness center as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel comprises a lounge bar, a rooftop cafe along with a chocolate confectionary and a delicatessen shop. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta also offers 3 restaurants from international buffet and traditional German food to Japanese premium restaurant. ... more   less 
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