I stayed there for two nights before and another one night after my Krakatau 2D1N Camping Tour. Rates were very reasonable. Deluxe Double room cost me 475,000.00 Indonesian Rupee (IDR) (check-in: October 24, 2012) per night and Junior Double room – 375,000.00 IDR per night (check-in: October 27, 2012).
The Take's Mansion is located in Central Jakarta, near to major offices such as Ministry of Religion (Kementerian Agama) and Central Bank of Indonesia. Ten minutes drive to National Museum, Monas monument, Textile market Tanah Abang and Pasar Baru. This is a great place for shopping as very close to iconic shopping malls such as Sarinah, Plaza Indonesia, Thamrin City and Grand Indonesia Shopping Town.
No doubt the hotel location is great, apart from the smell that comes from the dirty channel (Saluran Cideng) between Jl. Taman Kebon Sirih and Jl. Kebon Sirih. Fortunately after you enter the hotel you don't feel anything. Other unpleasant feelings are beggars and homeless people who lie and roam everywhere along both streets. I would say it is “uncomfortable” place to walk especially at the evening time …
Take's Mansion is actually Service Apartments. Studio type Deluxe Double room is equipped with kitchen with a stove and kettle but no utensils and no tea making facilities. Junior Double room is without kitchen. Both rooms with or without kitchenette are featuring all necessary amenities including toilet & hot shower (a bit small), air-conditioning, LCD & Cable TV with different channels and safety box. The only drawback is tiny window that make you nearly being lost in time of day. Mosque is seems to be somewhere very close and the call to prayer is too loud so if you don't mind a 4 am wake up…
The staff is really nice and very helpful. House-keeping is very good. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in the entire hotel. They have laundry service and free parking.
The restaurant area is small so during peak hours, you may wait to be seated. Breakfast is Indonesian style buffet without many choices: fried potato, noodles, fried rice, pancake, coffee, tea, vegetables and fruits.
Swimming pool located at 6th floor with picturesque panoramic view of the city. It is really worth to spend an hour here at the evening.
For payment they accept Visa, MasterCard and do not accept Amex and bill is converted into IDR according to hotel rate if the booking made in another currency. Overall it is good hotel, deserves its “two stars” and definitely it is good value for money.
Hotel is 45 minutes drive from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and just 5 minutes drive to Gambir railway station. Taxi to/from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is about 100,000.00 IDR. Try not to be cheated when you take taxi. Make sure you deal the price first before you ride. Taxi to National Museum, Monas monument, Pasar Baru, Thamrin City and Grand Indonesia Shopping Town is around 20,000.00 IDR. Tricycle scooter “bajaj” for the same distance is around 10,000.00 IDR and for a short hop of a few city blocks shouldn't cost more than 5,000.00 IDR.
Nearest bus stop is “Bank Indonesia” – Line 1 (Kota route). There are 10 bus lines (“corridor”) which are connected one to another throughout the city. One ride fare for Trans-Jakarta City Bus is 3,500.00 IDR and travelers can hop on one lane, and transfer to another without extra charge. Although I do not recommend using public transport in Jakarta after 5:00 pm, as you can get stuck in traffic jam for hours.
On 28 October 2012 Jalan Mohammad Husni Thamrin was closed for the traffic as Indonesia was celebrating Youth Day and everybody could enjoy walking along usually heavily busy street and around Selamat Datang Monument.
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