After reading all the reviews on apartments in Jakarta, we settled for Aston Marina as it had the best reviews and mainly because it was next to the Ancol Theme Park.
We had arranged to be met by the Hotel van at the airport as we had 5 children with us. The journey to the hotel took about 90 minutes. Check-in was painless as they had a room ready for us while waiting for the second apartment to be ready. The single room was pretty nice and spacious. Only problem was it was on a smoking floor so the smell was horrendous. My fault for not asking for a non smoking room. Julia at the front desk was fantastic. She immediately changed my entire family to a non-smoking floor. Throughout our holiday she was always there being helpful and fantastic!
(I would have to say that the hotel staff generally are very helpful and accommodating. Where they can help you, they will. Ask them for places to shop, visit and eat. They are the best source of information.)
The 2 room apartment was equally spacious and the kids enjoyed themselves. However, you could see that the cleaning for both apartments were not done very well as you could spot serious mould around the shower stalls. The stains on the marble flooring could easily be removed with some extra effort on the mops. Apart from that, it was livable.
The pool was a decent sized although it looked as if it had not been cleaned for sometime. Thewater in the "jacuzzi" pool was slightly yellowish. The other pools on the apartment blocks were more regularly cleaned andmore fun for the kids.
Because of the jam in front of the hotel, it can be noisy but quite bearible but I guess this depends on the individual.
The breakfast spread was quite good but becuase they were short handed it took ages to get a cup of tea. Despite it being buffet,tea and coffee was controlled by the staff. They should just leave it at a counter for guests to help themselves.
If you want fast and decent food, head for the small restaurant next to the pool called Bakso Super. After swimming, the kids wanted something immediate and fast. The fried rice was simply delicious.
Everyone recommended Nelayan for dinner but it was actually a Chinese Seafood restaurant. We didn't eat there! Instead we walked back to the hotel after taking a taxi there (Don'twaste your money taxing to Nelayan as it is actually within walking distance-right behind the hotel. My 3 year old made it with ease!) We ended upwalking and having dinner at Lalapan Masakan Sunda which is right behind our hotel at the sports complex. Head out to the main road in front of the hotel and turn right. Just walk on the foot path until you see the Sports Complex. Fantastic Sundanese food.
When visiting places, make sure youask for the opening times as they all open at different times. Dufan opens at 11.00 am while the rest of the parks open earlier (give or take) We only managed to do the Gelanggang Samudrawhich has thedolphins. We were even lucky to be able to have a kiss and hug session with the dolphins. Tip-stay after the show and you may get as lucky as us.
WTC which is near our hotel has many small shops inside but you cannot bargain for the goods as they are mostly fixed prices. ITC is a big mall which many small shops as well where you must bargain. I had looked at a blouse which opened at IDR350,000. I walked away without bargaining and they dropped to IDR150,000-00. Then the games begin!
If you are in Jakarta before the end of July 2011 (not sure of final date) go visit the Jakarta Fair. Pretty cool but it only opens to public from 3.30 pm. Try taking the BBG which is a small motorised 3 wheel cab. Quite an experice.
We didn't travel very far as the traffic was a killer. If you want shopping then maybe this is not the right hotel. It took almost 2 hours from Plaza Indonesia to the hotel. Be ready to leave early and come back late.
Just a note for those who get the boarding pass through the internet. Make sure you pay the airport tax of IDR150,000 or else you will get turned away at the immigration where the queues can be long.
- Also Known As:
- Aston Marina Hotel And Residence
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each impeccably clean room offers modern hotel styling with the luxury and added space of a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suite. Bathrooms are welcoming and capacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function. Each room features 29 inch flat screen televisions, safe deposit box, working table, living area, bathtub and shower and wireless internet.This stylish hotel reflects traditional values and offers spacious rooms and suites, that are perfect for families and business travelers alike. ... more less
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