Speaking from experience, it gets very hard to pick where to stay when visiting a new country. Fact is that every hotel and guest house has amazing reviews and photographs on the internet. But what is the truth? Without actually experiencing the country, it gets rather hard to have to pick a place to stay, and many a times it happens that once you reach there, you find a number of hotels that would probably have suited you better. With that kept in mind we are going to tell you all you should know about choosing a hotel in Jakarta.
Jakarta is a rather big place, and deciding where you stay in Jakarta should really depend on what you want to do there. Traffic is another factor that you should consider, because Indonesian traffic is rather notorious and heavy. So depending on what you want to do, you should choose a hotel that minimizes your travelling requirements as much as possible.**Travelling for work* If you are in Jakarta for work purposes and have a number of meetings to attend, we would recommend that you choose a hotel close to your meeting points or close from the office, even if they are not in central Jakarta locations.
With a number of malls, restaurants, bars, gyms, and other amenities available all over Jakarta, you will surely have easy accessibility from wherever you choose to stay.
If these meeting are bound to take you all over the city, then you would do best to choose a location near the major roads such as the Gatot Subroto, Sudirman, Thamrin, Gajah Mada or the Jakarta Inner Ring Road.
**To Party* If you are in Jakarta for fun or for party, then you must make another decision about what type of party you are looking for
Nightclubs and high end parties If it is the expensive nightclub scene that you are looking for, then it is best if you stay anywhere near Jalan Sudirman, Plaza Indonesia, Mega Kuningan, Jalan Said, Plaza Senayan. Kemang is a little farther than normal, but it could be an option if you want to be close to Jakarta’s best Western food options.
Party with the locals If it is local party that is more to your liking, then you can choose a hotel in Chinatown (Glodok), Gajah Mada, Mangga Besar, Hayam Wuruk, Tamansari, Lokasari, Pecenongan. Hotels in these areas will definitely give you more value for money compared to the high end hotels, but the surroundings too will be comparatively less safe.
There would not be many malls around these areas, but you will be able to find the most delectable street food options easily.
From this location, reaching Central Jakarta is also pretty convenient. A busway line running from Kota Station to Blok M, is something that will make that trip easy.
Alternatively, if it is karaoke’s and massage parlors instead of clubs and local parties that interest you more, you can go to Kelapa Gading, Mangga Dua, Grogol and Taman Anggrek. These areas also have huge malls nearby and they are not too far from the airport with the toll road.
**As a Tourist* If you are in Jakarta as a tourist, then staying near Thamrin or Wahid Hasyim would seem like a good idea. You could also stay near Mangga Besar or Kota, but these areas are 100% local, and best to be avoided if you are not familiar with Jakarta and might feel uncomfortable.
So your staying location must be based on the purpose of your visit, as we all know Jakarta is famous for its choking traffic jams, hence, to ensure that you make the most of your time in the J-Town, choose a hotel on the basis of the locations that you may want to visit.
You may want to check out hotels in Jakarta on the basis of the areas that are a part of your itinerary, during your visit to Jakarta.