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Apartment nearest to Pacific Plaza

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Apartment nearest to Pacific Plaza

Plan to bring my 2 kids to kidzania 15-17 Feb. Need 2 bedrooms so I think Ritz C is a bit steep, my budget is about $150USD. BTW should the kids spend 1 or 2 days in Kidzania, it seems like there is a lot to do. Also , planning to go Amcol and stay for 3 nights. 12-15. Any advice on Putri Duyung cottage or similar accommodation

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1. Re: Apartment nearest to Pacific Plaza

The close hotel to Pacific place Mall are

1/ The Ritz carlton Pacific place (above the mall). The best option for your purposes actually. As all rooms are suites and can easily fit your family all together. The big plus is a vista of eateries literally under your feet.

2/ The Sultan (almost across the road). It`s a former Hilton and has a VERY nice pool and territory - plenty of space for kids to walk around and cool after day activity. Rooms so-so. Yet they claim that at the moment they`ve ALREADY renovated some.

3/ Crowne Plaza. 3-5 min by car. Nice spacious rooms, very convenient to/ from airport. Fit your budget easily.

4/ I personally recommend only TO VISIT Ancol park as a visitor for a day. Staying there is a filthy experience. Rats in Putri Dayung are the size of a terrier/ bloodhound, all Jakarta sewage exit at the Dayung beach directly into the sea, it is not only UNSWIMMABLE but also VERY smelly. Stay away if you care for your kids health!

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2. Re: Apartment nearest to Pacific Plaza

KidZania does not offer 2-day pass, they only offer 1 time entrance with time-block for each session.

WEEKDAYS (Mon-Thu)

1. 7-hour session, from 09.00 to 16.00

2. 5-hour session, from 11.00 to 16.00

WEEKENDS & Public Holidays

1. Morning session, from 09.00 to 14.00

2. Afternoon session, from 15.00 to 20.00

Actually your kids can explore all the experience (according to their age group) in 1 day, to maximize their experience, you can accompany them in (adults can pay to go in, but cannot follow to play, just wandering around the theme park).

Now onto your hotel requirements. The direct-access is of course Ritz Carlton Pacific Place (not Pacific Plaza!). But since your budget is around USD150, you can try other hotels.

P.S. does it have to be a 2-bedroom apartment?

For apartments, you can try:

1. Hotel Aryaduta Semanggi - 2 bedroom suites Rp1,250,000 nett per night.

Location is just across major road from Pacific Place, 5mins by taxi.

www.aryaduta.com/minisite/web/home.php…

2. Ascott Jakarta - 2 bedroom deluxe USD170 per night (USD160 for KrisFlyer member) not inclusive tax

City center location, 20mins to Pacific Place, swanky shopping malls next door.

https:/…ascott_jakarta.html

3. Menara Batavia Apartment - 2 bedroom Rp840,000 per night

Also on the stretch of Jalan Sudirman business district, 20 mins to Pacific Place.

4. Kuningan Suites - 2 bedroom Rp704,000 per night (rates for 2010 not yet out)

Located in Kuningan business district, 30mins to Pacific Place, but road always busy almost everytime.

5. Aston Rasuna - 2 bedroom deluxe Rp780,000 (rates for 2010 not yet out)

In the same area as no.4, also the same traffic situation need serious consideration in getting around.

You can also consider these hotels:

1. Crowne Plaza Jakarta, Deluxe around USD75-80

At the back from Hotel Aryaduta Semanggi facing main road and Pacific Place, of course with service level above the former.

2. Intercontinental MidPlaza, Deluxe around Rp1,000,000 cheaper on weekends.

A better hotel alternative to Menara Batavia.

P.S. you can PM me to know the travel agent contact details for prices with no source mentioned.

Now onto your Ancol query. Imagine Ancol is just like Sentosa (almost the same pay-per-attraction system, only it's located on Jakarta Bay).

The advantage of staying in a hotel INSIDE Ancol complex is that you don't need to pay entrance fee each time you enter the complex.

But at Ancol, the hotels are not up to the standards of their ratings. Putri Duyung, as the only cottage accommodation despite its star rating is not that different from Costa Sands resort in Singapore. A better alternative, Mercure Ancol despite its 4 star rating still not on-par with Novotel Mangga Dua which is located around 1km away outside Ancol complex. If you're not fussy, I would recommend to go with Mercure rather than Putri Duyung (although accommodation type at Mercure is room, not a cottage).

Since you're travelling with the kids, of course you need to consider their comfort, you should choose the accommodation which is nearer to kids attractions. Your plan to stay inside Ancol and wants to be near KidZania is quite solid, my recommendation in the previous paragraph is just to make you aware not to put expectation that high when choosing accommodation at Ancol.

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