Favehotel is a good place to stay if you are looking for somewhere clean and well located in Jakarta, while on a budget.
Pros: Favehotel is in a good, and relatively well known location. The front desk staff are pleasant to deal with and mostly they do speak good English. The staff at the hotel were happy to help us get a cab and were easy to deal with when we had problems.
Cons: As others have mentioned, the wifi is slow, it was useable but expect to face times when it is very slow. The rooms are very basic, they are clean and have no frills (e.g. no hair dryer, multi-voltage shaver outlet in the bathroom, washcloths, etc.).
Massage: The hotel does offer in-room massage service at a reasonable rate (135,000 / hr), however the quality of the massage is terrible and organization is poor. We requested massages for the two of us, and found out only one was available only 5 minutes prior to the massage. The one that did come showed up 10 minutes late and then tried to convince us that 1 hour had passed when it had actually only been 30 minutes. During the massage she seemed very distracted and was checking her watch every 5 minutes.
- On Friday evening an Saturday afternoon, getting to the malls in Central Jakarta (e.g. Plaza Indonesia) will take up to 30-40 minutes in a cab, despite being right down the road. The ride back in the evening will be less than 5 minutes so plan time accordingly.
- Most cab drivers will know where this hotel is, but given it is a short fare from Plaza Indonesia we had an incident where a cab driver took us for a ride around the block. Always show the cab driver the hotel’s business card and print a map of the hotel location (before heading to Jakarta). That way the taxi driver will have no excuse to get ‘lost’
- The hotel didn't have a map of the city/area, so plan to bring one/print one or stop at the tourist office when you arrive
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