Oakwoods in general are great places to stay. While not exactly a hotel (more short- to medium-term corporate housing), Oakwoods are happy to rent an apartment for a short stay, if one is available. The premier Cozmo in Jakarta, like another Oakwood we stayed in for a year in Bangkok, is run in an excellent manner. The manager, Michael Price, makes personally sure of that.
In terms of location, it is in an area called Mega Cunningham. The area is very modern, with recently built hotels, embassies, some shopping within walking distance, bars and restaurants. Watering holes include Cazbar (expat bar), Pepe Nero (an OK Italian restaurant), Loewy's (a Belgian/French restaurant and bar), great brunch buffet in the JW Marriott, fried noodles and sushi fast food, & the restaurant & room service in the Oakwood itself.
The Marriott and the Ritz across the street were bombed by Islamic terrorists in 2009. That may sound scary but I do not think it detracts from the attractiveness of the Oakwood in any way.
The staff at the Oakwood is incredible. Front desk, room service, maid - everybody. We were away for a year and when we returned to do some more work in Jakarta on March 1, the concierge brought my laundry left behind 12 months before, as if they did it every day!
My present office takes almost an hour to reach, and we could find housing in Kemang in a house with domestic staff for about the same price. Yet, I prefer to live here because of the quality of the service, elegance and ambiance.
A few practical tips:
1.- Traffic: The location is quite convenient if you work in Mega Kuningan or nearby, i.e. in the stock exchange area. Any other area of Jakarta can take 1-2 hours to reach when traffic is heavy. Keep in mind that Jakarta has generally poor public transportation: a few lines of decent buses, but no subway or skytrain, unlike Bangkok, Singapore or KL. If you do not have a car & driver, Blue Bird and Silver Bird taxis are you main means of transportation. A Blue Bird (usually a Toyota Corolla) will cost about US$ 7 halfway across Jakarta. A Silver Bird (black C-Class or E-Class Mercedes) will cost about US$11-12. The nearest upscale mall is Pacific Place next to the Stock Exchange building (10 minutes by taxi on a good day, 1 hour when traffic is bad).
2.- Noise: The Oakwood is generally very quiet and, if you are staying on one of the upper floors, there is no road noise. However, Indonesia is a Muslim country and the first prayer call from the surrounding mosques comes quite early. When reserving an apartment, ask for one where the bedroom window faces the Kuningan traffic circle. The other sides of the building have mosques in line of sight. Unless you want a 4:30 am wake-up call every morning, follow this advice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Serviced Apartment in the central business district. Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta is located strategically in the central business district of Mega Kuningan. The property is suitable for business or leisure travelers and within walking distance to shopping and entertainment areas such as Lotte Shopping Avenue, Kuningan City, Ambasador Mall and ITC Kuningan. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is a 45-minutes drive from the property and also within easy reach to high-end shopping malls around 15-minutes drive to Grand Indonesia Shopping Town as well as Plaza Indonesia. Oakwood boasts 197 lavishly fully furnished apartments ranging from one to three bedroom units. The property offers a fully equipped kitchen in each apartment, complete with washing machine and dryer, home entertainment system, DVD player, and wireless internet access. The property provides major facilities such as outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, Oakroom Restaurant & Bar, children's playroom and meeting room facilities. Located on the 3rd floor, Oakroom offers a comfortable, relaxed and friendly ambiance for guests to dine in or simple call for private dining. The restaurant features Asian and International cuisines and guest also can enjoy the al-fresco dining area. In addition to the property facilities, there are also on-site retail shops and restaurants where guests could have a variety of dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta Hotel Jakarta