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Sparks Life Jakarta
Ranked #266 of 468 Hotels in Jakarta
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Fate caused me to stay one night in a hotel I SWORE I would never step foot into again. However a cancelled booking, a long flight, and my phone failing to pull up the web (to search for another hotel) led me to tell the taxi driver 'Sparks'... (albeit with a LONG sigh)...

Have to admit the place was significantly improved this time. Not sure if it was luck of the draw, a better room, or a real overhaul... Wifi worked flawlessly in my room, I was averaging 1.75mb down, enough to watch Netflix and Skype if nothing else. The staff were VERY friendly and service was excellent for this price range. So seems as of Sept-2011 you can disregard my wifi warning from 2010...

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

if u have stayed in this hotel,the rooms are okay,but once i been to the ground floor u are supposed to enjoy the company of dancing gals dancing in front of you when u are made to pay redicolous price of the tequilla they drink.OMG the bill came to about rp4million for buying the gals 9 rounds of tequilla.and surprisingly you have to settle the bills ON THE SPOT

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled on business
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2  Thank mikeangel0
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

I went on a business trip to Jakarta and this hotel was the closest available 3 star hotel near the conference location. The hotel is in the middle of Jakarta's Chinatown, 40 minutes away from the city center, but 15-20 minutes away from other happening and shopping areas. I was surprised to see so many massage parlors and dancing bars in the area. The hotel itself had a bar downstairs which played very loud house and techno music with topless girls dancing on top of the bar tables! It was quite a shock! The first night I stayed on the 3rd floor and the music from the bar not only disturbed my sleep but literally increased my heart rate to a point that I requested to be shifted the next night to a higher floor. But this was after I had contemplated moving to another hotel. Once I got a room on the 5th floor it was fine and the room was actually cleaner and the bed sheets didn't have oil stains from massages! :-) I did end up moving to another hotel in two days.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

The Sparks Hotel in Jakarta is a funky designer Hotel in a racy part of Central Jakarta. Sparks Hotel young staff certainly go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Travelers with kids should definitely give the Sparks Hotel a miss. The Sparks Hotel is in the colourful Mangga Besar District with its girlie spas, discos and late night eateries.

The rooms are stylish with strong colours and comfortable beds. There is cable television and the rooms have all the modcons including coffee and tea making facilities. Bathrooms ala Philip Starck is standard. We were not enthusiastic about the bare concrete floors though.

The breakfast is the best I have seen in a hotel in this class.

The pool is a stylish glass cube and the breakfast was varied and well presented. The lobby is sparse but was in keeping with the style of the rest of Sparks. There is Wifi in the lobby but we were surprised that it was not free.

The bar downstairs is as raunchy as you would get anywhere in Jakarta. BTW, in addition to the usual nuts and crackers you find in hotel rooms mini bar, the Sparks offers a range of colored prophylactics and lube.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2010

Been told that this hotel is brand new in town. Stayed 2 days.
Room- ok, clean.
Breakfast- yummy.
Service- staff not so friendly and not helpful. there are misscommunication when we want to check-in. (must make a confirmation call if u make reservation via web)
Location- boring. shops close early.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank AwinManja
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Reviewed October 15, 2010

I work from my laptop, if you don't need internet at your hotel then skip this review.

I had stayed at Hotel Sparks previously several times over the last 6 years, and always had a good experience. This time around the place is really showing it's age. When it was first built it looked like a fantastic trendy hotel rising out of the Lokasari area. This time it just looked a bit run down and cheap.

As other reviewers surely mention; watch out for the noise, you will be thumping all night long with their disco (which is invariably almost empty) while I was there, and at $8 a beer - good luck to them.

My issue was the internet, you could get an okay signal (not good enough for VOIP) during the daytime - well specifically from around 5am - 6pm, but after 6pm it froze up consistently to the point that even trying to load a website (google, wikipedia, trip advisor) times out. Occasionally if I stood in the hall, right beneath the wifi router I could load an email from outlook (as long as there were no attachments).

I complained to management and they sent their internet boy off to restart the router a few times and it was just the same for the entire week I was there.

Only thing I can imagine is that all the guests were busy downloading movies and such at night and choked the bandwidth, but it REALLY sucked to have no internet from 6pm onwards. Also it was frustrating not to understand why for the first few days - management should just frankly tell you the situation and let you find new accommodations.

Their 'business center' is just a room on the first floor - with 3 computers - same connection. It's on the same floor as the disco - so it's LOUD... hardly business oriented.

As for the rest of the hotel;
- Below average western room service menu, nothing much I liked, I just fasted for a few days and lost some weight
- Good location and taxis always out front
- A nice faded star kind of place, however their prices are a bit high for what you get.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank blackrice
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

At 12.30am the thumping music from two disco/karaoke bars was keeping me awake (even though I was on the 6th floor!). I went to reception to complain, and the poor night manager, a nice man, but obviously unable to do anything, showed me the disco downstairs, where I asked the boss 'is this a hotel or a disco?' and the very sleazy upstairs girlie bar, where I did the same with the rather frightening looking boss up there. Neither boss was the slightest bit concerned that a businessman couldn't sleep. Loud music and sleaze. Clearly, this hotel is not where you go for a comfortable rest during a business trip to Jakarta.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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1  Thank NormBali
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Additional Information about Sparks Life Jakarta

Address: Jl. Mangga Besar Raya No. 42, Jakarta 11150, Indonesia (Formerly Sparks Hotel Jakarta)
Location: Indonesia > Java > Jakarta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#104 Spa Hotel in Jakarta
Price Range: $29 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sparks Life Jakarta 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sparks Life is the mid-scale segment in the Sparks brand collection designed to offer an ultimate comfort, modern and well-equipped room to stay with caring and efficient services both for business and leisure travelers. The Hotel is designed to offer an ultimate comfort, modern and well-equipped room to stay with caring and efficient services. Sparks Jakarta offers comfortable stay for both business and leisure travelers. Located in the heart of China Town area in Mangga Besar Jakarta within 40-minutes drive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport and just 10-minutes drive from Gambir Train Station. It is close to business and shopping area such Mangga Dua, Glodok, Pasar Baru and Tanah Abang. Sparks Jakarta offers comfort in its 114 rooms and suites. Each room is equipped with air conditioner, LED TV, international channels, IDD calls, coffee & tea maker, safe deposit and mini bar with 6 meeting rooms to meet various meetings you require. The meeting room offers an “all-inclusive” package. This package included hire of the room, internet access, coffee breaks and meals, all technical equipment and other amenities. ... more   less 
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