Jakarta is a rather huge city, full of bustling people and a very happening nightlife. Navigating the city can be slightly daunting, especially if you are a first time visitor. The major concern that one might have on planning a trip could be about how they would select a hotel in Jakarta. Online information can help you up to a certain point, but it is not always that the information provided on a hotel’s website answers all your questions. After all, a personal opinion on places to stay can help you much more than a curated content piece on the web. There is also the fact that many guesthouses are not even featured on the internet except for vague mentions like “that one place near that building when I backpacked to Jakarta”.

Backpacker areas As any guidebook about Jakarta can duly inform you, the backpacker district is located in the Jalan Jaksa area of the city. Around this area, however, you will find only a handful of guesthouses, usually not the best when it comes to maintenance and not exactly the cleanest either. You could say that these are mostly for the most hardcore of the backpacking community, and not everyone’s cup of tea. There are more choices available nearby in Jalan Wahid Hasyim, but with the extra choice comes some extra expense, with rooms starting at around 30$ per night.

In order to find a decent room in Jalan Jaksa, you must traverse inside the gangs (small streets) and keep a lookout for guesthouse signs. You can find pretty decent prices for rooms with a fan, while AC rooms will call you almost double.

With the increase in the backpacking culture however, there has been a definite increase in the number of backpacker hotels all over the world. It is no different in Jakarta as a number of backpacker hotels have opened in many parts of the city, even with higher standards. Teduh Hostel in Kota Tua or Six Degrees in Cikini are good examples of this, although their prices are rather higher, even for a bed in a dormitory.

Jalan Jaksa is still a good choice, even if it requires a little exploring before you find a room, as Jalan Jaksa is located at a very central position. It is right next to Gambir train station (from where you can go to Yogyakarta or Bandung), it is also near several key places to visit in Jakarta like the Monas or the Istiqlal Mosque. Jalan Jaksa is also hardly 500 meters from the Sabang Street, which is famous for its street food options.

Best budget hotels in Jakarta Ibis Budget, Neo, Fave Hotels, Amaris, Pop Hotel, Whiz, Hotel 88, D'Prima are all good budget hotels in Jakarta where the price can vary between 20$ and 45$ per night.

Best 3- star hotel chains in Jakarta The prices for each hotel generally vary even within the same chain, depending on its owner, on how old it is, and on the location. However, good 3-star hotel chains in Jakarta include Ibis, Harris, All Seasons, Santika and Holiday Inn. The prices are also usually cheaper on weekends. In general, they will cost something between 45$ and 60$ per night.

Best 4- star hotel chains in Jakarta Again, the prices would vary with the location, with the cheapest ones (located outside the city center in Mangga Dua, Gajah Mada or Ancol) costing less than 60$ while those that are located near Sudirman or Thamrin cost up to 100$ per night.

Jakarta’s best 4 star chains would include Novotel, Mercure, Santika Premiere, Aston, Swiss-Belhotel and Best Western. Don’t just trust the chain blindly, make sure that the hotel was built recently.

The best 5- star hotels in Jakarta When it comes to 5 star hotels, there isn’t much that you can discriminate against. They are pretty expensive and almost always have impeccable services. So we are instead going to tell you about the hotels that are more ‘happening’.

Almost all the 5-star hotels in Jakarta are located within the Golden Triangle (Sudirman - Rasuna Said - Gatot Subroto) and are rather close to the party places. Still, more convenient would be to choose a hotel that is attached to one of the big malls. These are:*Kempinski, attached to Grand Indonesia

*Grand Hyatt and Keraton at the Plaza, attached to Plaza Indonesia

*Ritz Carlton SCBD, attached to Pacific Place

*Fairmont, attached to Plaza Senayan

*Pullman Grogol, attached to Central Park The Shangri La and the Mulia are also popular options because of their live music bars, BATS and CJs.

If at all you had concerns about where you would stay in Jakarta, as they say – Well now you know!

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