I traveled to Jakarta in AUG13 in order to see the Pet Shop Boys at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC). I traveled with a friend and colleague.
Frankly if you are doing something at the JCC then the Sultan Hotel is an EXCELLENT option.
Jakarta does not lend itself in any way to casual strolls and getting from place to place can be a time consuming headache.
The Sultan Hotel which was clearly, at one time the centre piece for accommodation in Jakarta, is connected to the JCC by a dazzling system of underground walkways.
These underground walkways are an attraction in themselves. Glitzy, marbled and with photos of all the who's who from decades past.
The underground walkway brings you right to the entrance of the Plenary Hall at the JCC. Very handy.
Ok, to the hotel itself. To get the best out of the Sultan you need to accept that this place is a show-piece of the past. This can be fun. Like Bandung being a vestige of an art-deco past.
The Sultan is in actual fact three monumental sections.
One section has been gutted and will not be "finished" any time soon.
A second section appears to offer standard rooms.
A final section offers "better" rooms.
My colleague had a standard room, I had a "better" room.
The rooms are of the past but NOT uncomfortable. The bathrooms are huge, ornate and there are walk-in showers.
All in all I was comfortable and the work area was large, and had lots of access to natural light and looked out over the gardens and pool - quite pleasant.
The appearance and "comfortable" factor are big issues for me and the room passed these tests. The air-con worked well and I could exist well enough inside my usual "freeze".
Staff were all super helpful, friendly and courteous. No problems here at all.
Food in all venues is average. It's not bad, but it's not winning prizes anytime soon.However I did like the satays.
The lobby bar is comfortable and a pleasant enough place to hang out and have a drink.
However, the pool are gym are VERY good.
The pool is 33m so very well suited to lap swimming and the gym very very well equipped. Sports and keeping fit are VERY important on my agenda while traveling.
The Sultan Hotel is built in an extremely large compound which would have kept the city of the 70's and 80's at bay from its guests. The compound is in disrepair in some areas. But not uninteresting.
Top tip: There is an excellent Japanese Restaurant in the Sultan Hotel compound grounds. My colleague took me there for my birthday. The food was excellent.
Would I stay there again? Yes. The Sultan is quirky and if you "get" the place you will enjoy it.
The Pet Shop Boys were great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The largest hotel in Indonesia, and one of the largest in South East Asia, the 3 towers of The Sultan Hotel Jakarta rise distinctively over a vast garden, the most expansive in Jakarta (32 acres). The grounds house 694 rooms, 9 banquet rooms, and a ballroom, complemented with floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a 500-meters jogging track, 2 swimming pools, a fitness center, and a shopping arcade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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