Jakarta Capital Indonesia Travel Review - The Ultimate in Luxury Bleisure Travel
Contrary to popular belief, Jakarta is a cosmopolitan city with some incredible restaurants, bars, shopping and cultural activities.
So it was only a matter of time before Raffles Hotels and Resorts – renowned across the globe for their discrete, personalised service – opened in Jakarta, the capital of one the biggest emerging countries not only in Asia Pacific, but the world.
FCM's National Product Leader for Land, Kal Ruediger recently visited Jakarta, staying at Raffles for the duration of his visit. He's shared his review of the property with us.
Opened in mid-2015, Raffles Jakarta sports 173 rooms (which are really more like suites). Located in Kuningan, the core of Jakarta’s gold triangle, there is the added convenience of being directly connected to Ciputra World, one of the many mega-malls that Jakarta is well known for.
Tell us about the property
I planned in advance and had arranged transfers with Carey Worldwide who had alerted the hotel of my updated arrival time from a delayed arrival.
Upon arrival, every whim was taken care of. The concierge who assisted with my luggage went to the point of calling through to the front desk, so by the time I arrived at the check-in desk, I was greeted with a personal greeting as if I had been staying at this hotel for years.
Service is what you expect from a true five-star brand; discrete, efficient and friendly but not over the top and calming which is just what you need when you've spent a busy day between meetings and manoeuvring the traffic of a city that is home to nearly 10 million.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the incredible artwork of Hendra Gunawan, an Indonesian painter and sculptor whose artworks on display in the hotel must be worth millions.
What were the rooms like?
In true Raffles style (think Singapore’s iconic colonial palace), each room has an allocated butler service to cater to any request. Any request and it is yours!
At a minimum of 60sqm, the rooms are some of the largest in Jakarta. In fact, at 60sqm, these rooms are bigger than most apartments you would find in Australia’s capital cities. Much like in the public spaces, the rooms are filled with Hendra Gunawan artwork and all feature an Illy coffee machine, a refreshment centre with complimentary water, high speed internet and two interactive ZVOX LED TVs, because of course one isn’t nearly enough in a 60sqm room.
After enjoying a welcome mock-tail courtesy of the Raffles Ambassador loyalty program (you can sign up free via your FCM Travel Manager), I thought it was time to explore this junior-suite inspired Raffles Room that was almost twice the size of my Sydney apartment. Each room is divided into three spaces. First is a living room off the entry hall with a full size sofa, armchair and working desk (complete with ergonomic office chair for long evening hours on the laptop). From the living room and through the sliding panels you are lead into the master bedroom complete with a king size bed, floor to ceiling windows featuring a vista over the city and automated features like electronic curtains and a high-tech surround sound system.