One of the main reasons we had picked this hotel for this trip was because it is one of the closest hotels to the Jakarta International Java Jazz Fest 2013 venue at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran. True enough, it wasn't quite close and despite the jam, we got to the venue and back in good time. It was also a good distance to all the other places we wanted to visit and to the airport too. And, as far as location goes, the bonus is that it is only like 10 seconds away from the Mangga Dua Square mall! Seriously, the entrance to the mall is right next to the hotel entrance - how convenient! This means that you can easily pop over to the mall, never worry about rain, transport or getting lost! Lots of shops, so, you can do a bit of shopping, have your meals (a variety of local food & international fast food brands) & there's a Carrefour too! Nice!
Having stayed at Amaris Cimanuk, this Amaris is considered huge! Alas, the rooms are still small.. but the space was well utilised and you get a small space (with hangers) to hang your clothes, a space beneath it that fits a cabin bag snugly, a small writing desk (of sorts) & bedside tables. The bathroom is of decent size with hot/cold water, good water pressure & there are soap & shampoo dispensers. The room also has a TV with numerous channels & a small safe. No tea/coffee making facilities but there's a hot/cold water dispenser on every floor. So, you can still make a hot beverage if you like as they do provide mugs in the rooms but.. NO spoons! You may want to bring one of those disposable spoons back after a visit to one of the fast food joints at the mall next door! Haha.. The room we stayed in was one in the middle row and although it had a window, it looked out to an empty space in the building. This wasn't not disappointing in the least, in fact, it turned out a blessing as it made the room really quiet and sleep very peaceful! Plus, the air conditioner worked well, the bed & pillows are comfy & the room was very clean.One minor snag though - the common area light shines in from the window & window shade is rather thin, so, don't expect darkness at night. Fortunately for us, we were quite tired and it didn't bother us!
Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate & the spead consists of mainly Indonesian fare, but there is also an egg station, bread for toasting, congee & fruits. Personally, I found the food to be fine, especially 'uncomplicated' dishes like congee, fried rice & fried noodles, but my friend didn't enjoy the food as much. There's also a cafe in the hotel, but then again, you have the mall next door.
I enjoyed my stay here and wouldn't mind staying here again.
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