Jakarta 4 Star Hotels & Holiday TipsJody Houton
The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is a modern Asian metropolis that attracts many of those in search of bustling nightlife and excellent shopping facilities. Depending on what you’re looking for and the area you want to be in, there is a variety of luxury 4 star Jakarta hotels, the best of which can be found on HotelTravel.com.
Alila Jakarta is a great choice with international facilities in the historical area of Old Batavia, where you can soak up the city’s colonial atmosphere and enjoy its numerous attractions. A walk around the area, also known as ‘Kota’, is likely to unearth many early 1900s historical architecture in various degrees of dilapidation, but there are also many areas that have benefitted from a strong rejuvenation and renovation push in recent years. One old building that has managed to maintain the splendour of yesteryear is the nearby Presidential Palace – perhaps Jakarta’s most eye-catching and recognisable building.
The 4 star Swiss Belhotel Mangga Besar, situated in the business and commercial areas of Mangga Besar and Mangga Dua, is perfect for business and leisure travellers alike. Although the city does not yet have a metro or rapid transport system, it is relatively easy to get around, owing to a decent bus system and inexpensive taxis. A fun attraction for families is the Ancol Amusement Park, which is just 10 minutes from the hotel. Ancol Amusement Park is much more than just Southeast Asia’s answer to Disneyland as the theme park includes traditional rides, alongside a golf course and huge water park.
Also in Northern Jakarta is Hotel Novotel Jakarta Mangga Dua Square – well-placed for exploring other gems in the city centre. Close by is the Art Market, where visitors can test their artistic abilities by creating local handcrafts and also Fantasy Sea World. This is an aquarium where visitors can explore all of the region’s exotic marine life as well as learn about Indonesia’s underwater ecosystem. The area of Sunda Kelapa is also just a few kilometres from the hotel, which is a great place to see how ancient and contemporary lifestyles coexist in the city. Worthy attractions include the Sunda Kelapa harbour and the Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari).