Stayed here en route to Bali. The hotel is in the older part of Jakarta, so not the place for someone who wants the glitzy malls of Jakarta on their doorstep. Check in was smooth and fast and we were upgraded to the Premier room on the 7th floor with a city view. Lifts were fast, spacious and ample. Room was well appointed, clean and cozy. Bed was very comfortable, TV was big (although not LCD), comfortable lounging sofa, separate bath and shower. Security on the ground and floors and all around the hotel vicinity was fantastic. Staff all over was really helpful. Pool was huuuugeeeee!!!! Breakfast buffet was fantastic with umpteen choices. My room was close to the elevators so not much of a walk.
Some problems though: Safe in my room was not bolted, so anybody could walk out with it!!! Wooden flooring and bathroom fittings are showing wear and tear. Internet is charged (around 10USD for 24 hours) There was a water leak in the room above which was seeping into my room, so housekeeping kept a small towel underneath it...?!?!?!
However, for the rate I got online (around USD65), it was a fantastic bargain!! There are shopping centers (not malls) around the hotel and a 24 hour coffee shop Ooh La La with free wi fi and decent food right behind. A drive to the city center will take 30-40 minutes and cost around 40,000 Rupiah.
One advice to first time travelers...Jakarta does not favor the US $ very much and notes which are folded, creased, have stamps or pin marks or belong to the pre 2000 series are seldom accepted. So please be careful when selecting the currency you take to Indonesia, because even airport money changers and some hotels refuse to accept them. Other than that, Jakarta is a nice enough place and I feel bad that i was unable to give the city a proper chance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Jakarta Mangga Dua Square is strategically located in the prominent Mangga Dua area, close to the coast - Ancol Dreamland, historical Old Batavia area, as well as to Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran making it the One Stop Destination in North Jakarta. Novotel hotel is part of a large and modern shopping, entertainment, exhibition, wholesales as well as retail complex known as Mangga Dua Square. Novotel Jakarta Mangga Dua Square, located in the capital of Indonesia, near to Batavia Old Town, state-of-the-art leisure facilities. Close to local business and precisely near JIExpo Kemayoran, shopping and entertainment options, and only 30 minutes from the international airport. The highly anticipated interior facelift of our facilities have begun, allowing us to continue providing the best hotel experience to you, our valued clients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Jakarta Mangga Dua Square Hotel Jakarta
- Novotel Hotel Jakarta
- Novotel Hotel Mangga Dua
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