We arrived at the hotel in a taxi where the driver got lost 3 times from Gambir station (only 1km away) and still tried to ripped us off. The meter reads 43,000 IDR and we refused to pay this fare due to his fault. The driver didn't speak much English and the security guard intervened when we asked him how much the normal fare should be. Then to our shocking disbelieve, the security guide whispered to the driver and turned around and told us we should pay 60,000. Outraged, we told him we are not blind and the meter only reads 43,000. Then the security said pay 50,000 then. We went into reception and were told the normal fare should be around 30,000. Felt cheated, we went out and paid the driver 40,000 and told him to leave us alone. When we complained to the hotel manager about the security, the excuse is he doesn't speak English (a big lie) and he's employed by security company rather than the hotel. We were very disappointed with the security service which should make hotel guests feel safe rather than side the local taxi driver and try to rip off the guests.
But to be fair, other than the initial bad security experience, the hotel itself is nice, clean and mosquito proof. The room is small but has everything you need for a short stay (AC, TV, great shower and free bottled water everyday). And internet connection is the best we had in Indonesia.
Superb location - 10 minutes walk to Monas, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia (opposite direction). Walk to the busway on the main road and get no. 1 bus to Kota Tua for 3,500 each way. The area is safe and you can walk on the street anytime. Would stay there again if going back to Jakarta but suggest hotel sort out their security service. Don't go to Jalan Jaksa (next street parallel to Augus Salim), seedy and nothing to offer.
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- Maxonehotels Sabang is designed to provide a stylish yet value - oriented accommodation in all city centers, with particular attention to the needs of professionals on the move. Bedrooms are sold on basis of the early you book, the less you pay and periods of high demand cost more than less popular periods. We offers 87 rooms; consisting of our Happiness Room (Standard 15m2) 78 rooms, our Warmth Room (Deluxe 25m2) 07 rooms and our Love Room (Suite 28m2)02 rooms. ... more less
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