Who says hostels are for the young and roughing it? Six Degrees was a perfect place for us, and the three of us are long retired and like our creature comforts!
We stayed a few days in Jakarta before continuing on to a scuba/snorkel trip so we had more baggage than the average backpacker, yet our rooms (a single on the 3rd floor and a double on the 2nd) had plenty of space for us and our gear. The beds are comfy and the rooms are quiet, much quieter than I expected for a busy Jakarta street. It was an unexpected bonus to have lots of counter space to unpack necessaries for our stay. The air conditioning worked well. The shared toilet and shower facilities were clean and spacious. Bring your own shampoo and such for the shower.
Breakfast was great--juice, fresh fruit, tasty toast with marmalade and peanut butter. Coffee, tea, and drinking water are free 24/7; chilled soda and beer are available in the honor bar. Good restaurants of all nationalities are within an easy walk of the hostel; some of them deliver if the Jakarta traffic intimidates you. If you want to cook for yourself, there's a guest kitchen on the 4rd floor and a grocery store a few blocks away.
The four owners and their staff took great care of us. There was someone around 24/7 to chat or help with anything: finding a money changer, advising on what sights to see or where to shop for whatever you fancy, pointing you to the cuisine of your choice, calling you a taxi or telling you how to take public transport. Their web site had excellent info about the area and how to find the hostel, including instructions in Indonesian for your taxi driver when you arrive. The hostel itself has a small sign, but it's next door to the Texas Chicken fast food place, which has a huge sign. You seriously can't miss it.
The common area was outstanding! There are comfy sitting areas, tables for eating, a home theater with a great selection of movies and TV shows if you want to veg out. They provide free wireless access, with 2 computers if you don't bring your own. There's a good library of books, magazines, and local newspapers. The bulletin board has maps and local info. The rooftop garden has a shady bale (gazebo), lots of seating, fruiting and flowering potted plants, and an interesting view of the Cikini neighborhood. This would be a great place to stay if you're traveling by yourself because of the social opportunities.
Our favorite "creature comfort" at Six Degrees was Nemo, the resident tabby cat who hung out in the lounge and bar, frequently sleeping on the pool table. He was friendly and playful but not demanding. He did come to our room once to request a private audience, snoozed with my husband a while, then had fun chasing his tail among our luggage.
The Cikini neighborhood was a great place for our short stay. It's not a touristy area but within easy reach of major attractions by cheap taxi or public transport. You can find both Indonesian staples and Western comforts. There's a local market under the Cikini train station that sells baskets of all kinds from the village of Cirebon, near Bandung, plus flowers and all manner of floral arrangement paraphernalia. The market is in operation from July through New Year's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Award-winning- Six Degrees. Your home in t-he very heart of Jakarta - perfectly located to explore -the city, perfectly designed to escape f-rom it. Discover the food, entertainment and cultural destinations that make the area around the hostel ideal, with all the informat-ion you need to explore Jakarta and beyo-nd available from friendly Six Degrees staff and fellow travellers. Or stay in and make new frie-nds at the rooftop bar or over a gam-e of pool. Be entertained in the mini-cinema or in the lounge. Stay fit in the mini-gym and yoga are-a, and never get hungry -with the tasty free breakfast, Six Degrees Café and 24-hour g-uest kitchen. With clean, air-conditioned rooms and great 'pod' dorms to suit- all budgets, you'll discove-r unique people, natural character, and all the comfort -and security you need to make your stay- memorable. Stay at Six Degrees. Meet Ja-karta ... more less
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