The Sheraton Media is a fairly large hotel somewhat on the outskirts (west) of the downtown. The lobby is very spacious and attractive. I stayed on the Executive floor. Room was spacious, especially the bathroom, with nice marble touches. The staff were friendly and got to know my name on only a four day stay. Breakfast was excellent. There are several restaurants on the grounds, and the Thai restaurant is quite good. I was sad that there was no Indonesian restaurant at the hotel.
The hotel has the standard security perimeter with the car inspections when driving in and metal detectors. It's about a 10 minute cab ride to downtown. There is a mosque nearby, and the call to prayer can be heard late into the night, even on the high floors of the hotel.
Yes, it's in a run down part of Jakarta, as one reviewer indicated, but I have yet to see a part of Jakarta that isn't run down. It's not safe to walk anywhere from the hotel, but this is standard practice anywhere in Jakarta. You should take a cab anywhere. And for what it's worth, I was once given the same warning about not walking around outside at a Hyatt in Chicago (McCormick Place), so I guess it's all relative. Perhaps the rooms smell a bit musty, but buddy, you're in the tropics - everything does.
This isn't the fanciest hotel in Jakarta - try the Hyatt downtown for that. But it's a solid, reasonably priced hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Media Hotel & Towers is one of the major recognized international branded hotels in the North Jakarta area accommodating a mix of domestic and international business coming to Jakarta. Strategically located to the Mangga Dua World Trade Center (the largest retail shop in Southeast Asia), the hotel provides delegates easy access to the Jakarta International Expos (the largest exhibition hall in Indonesia) and direct access to International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Media Hotel
- Sheraton Jakarta
- Jakarta Sheraton