It took me 2.5 hours by cab to reach this place. The cab driver had to ask twice. On hostelbookers, this place advertises itself as close to Blok M, where you can take the Transjakarta bus into the city centre. The truth is, it's an hour by car. Of course, the horrendous Jakarta traffic doesn't help.
I arrived late at night and when I walked into the complex, it looked really nice. Nice pool. Well kept garden. However, when I was taken to my room, it turned out that my room was in the back of the family's living room. I had to ask for a key. The room itself was spartan. Just a bed and a dresser, but the dresser was full of the family's stuff. I do admit that it was very clean.
The hot water in the bathroom didn't work. Also, there were little bottles of already opened shampoo and soap there. And a toothbrush. Not sure if that was for the guest, or if it was their personal stuff. I didn't touch any. No towel provided, either.
After I had taken a shower, I walked outside to ask someone if there was a restaurant somewhere (this is a very residential neighbourhood), but I couldn't find anybody. The web site advertised an internet connection, but it wasn't working. I decided to just go to bed and it was very quiet at night. The bed was good. I slept well.
The next morning I was provided with a pretty good breakfast. They did arrange for a cab for me.
However, for 25 USD a night, I don't think it's a good deal. This place is simply too far from the city centre and it's really hard to get to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- akarta Bed & Breakfast is a family-run B&B, located in South Jakarta, 20 minutes away from Kemang district, where many bars, restaurants, duty frees, are located. The B & B’s location is very central, but tucked away in an alley, so you can rest peacefully without the noise of taxis, motorbikes, cars and people. It has 7 guest rooms, and each has a queen bed (for 2 people), all with private bathrooms. 1 large meeting space available for rent for yoga retreats, dance classes, or meditation workshops. The relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff & the cleanliness of the place makes us Jakarta’s best value B&B accommodation. Free breakfast in the morning, tea & coffee 24 hours, swimming pool, pool table, 10-seat theater, and TVs. ... more less