If you've read The Year of Living Dangerously by the late Australian novelist Christopher Koch, you would probably agree that Hotel Indonesia is not just any other luxury hotels one can easily find everywhere nowadays.
Amongst many things, it symbolises President Soekarno's proud resistance to the 'Western powers' during a time when Indonesia was plagued by a multitude of problems.
Rather disappointingly, as Christopher Koch himself pointed out, after it came under the management of the Kempinski Group, Hotel Indonesia does not retain much of its history. The decor of the ground level bar was a modern luxurious blah.
If you were like me, who came here looking for the Wayang Bar immortalised in Koch's novel, you'd be mightily disappointed.
The place is opulently decorated, the service was excellent, and the coffee was the best one I had in Jakarta so far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta represents both a celebration of the glorious past and the bright future. Adjacent to Grand Indonesia Shopping Town - one of Asia's largest shopping mall, the hotel is definitely the ideal address for business, convention, wedding and extravagant shopping. Located at the strategic Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Roundabout), the hotel boasts 289 spacious luxury rooms and suites including the lavish 412 sqm Presidential Suite with its private spa. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski facilities include 6 meeting rooms, a SPA & fitness center as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel comprises a lounge bar, a rooftop cafe along with a chocolate confectionary and a delicatessen shop. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta also offers 3 restaurants from international buffet and traditional German food to Japanese premium restaurant. ... more less
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