I love staying at the Dharmawangsa, it is a beautiful hotel which blends quietly into the residential streets and reminds you that you are actually in Indonesia with tasteful local architecture and artworks. I get fed up with staying in bland hotel rooms where you could be anywhere in the world as soon as you step through the doors. There isnt anything really flash or overly opulent here, no massive TVs or designer labels but then, thats not really the point. A copy of the Jakarta Post hanging in a little cloth bag on your door every morning is a great touch too.
I have been here nearly 3 weeks now, due to volcanic ash, and have been in 3 different rooms. The standard rooms are fine, some are a bit noisier than others, especially those overlooking the building site next door, the next price band up is essentially the same room but with a better view (over the pool) and on the upper floors there are less rooms per floor making it quieter too.
The staff here are fantastic and have made my stay so much better by dealing with all those niggly little things politely and efficiently. One of the rooms I was in developed a really nasty smell coming from the bathroom drains overnight and they spent most of the day trying to sort it out (while I was out) so they moved me to another room, within 20 minutes of me coming back. they packed my things, gave me a free drink and moved everything while I enjoyed my drink! Nasty smells and damp humidity are a fact of life in Jakarta and they do pretty well at keeping on top of it here most of the time, even though it does mean the aircon is a bit chilly for my liking. I probably dont help the dampness either by turning off the room aircon and opening the doors to my balcony, which you can do quite happily here as they overlook the garden rather than a busy road and most are not overlooked either. Sitting on the balcony after a big storm watching the sun set as the call to prayer rang out is a real treat after a day in the office.
The butler service is something I never really thought i would use but actually came in really handy for sorting out stuff like storing my bags while I went to Bali for the weekend, dealing with my laundry, translating things for me and reminding me what day of the week it is!
The gardens and pool are very relaxing with very few people around generally. The spa is good too, a bit on the pricey side for Indonesia but still very reasonable compared to UK and US prices. I had a couple of lovely massages and treated myself to a facial to cheer myself up after the first flight cancellation.
The resturants are pretty good and offer a varied menu, the indonesian and other asian options are better than the american and european options though, which makes sense really. The Japanese resturant in the club across the garden is lovely although it did feel a little odd being the only person in there! The lounges are a great place to chill out with a book and a drink and listen to the musicians in the evening.
To be honest being stranded in Jakarta in any other hotel would have driven me crazy after 3 weeks but here I feel like I am hidden in a calm little oasis within this big noisy city and i have been welcomed in as though it were a private home. I think I may actually miss the staff when i go home.
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