This property is located in a residential area, and quite right inside, so that taxi drivers do not know its exact location. Had to mention “Permata Hijau” or “Carrefour Permata Hijau” for the cabdriver to bring me to this area, then direct him amidst the heavy traffic and across the road to the inside small lane.
The layout of the lobby was average, nothing opulent or having that luxurious feel. I booked a 2-bdrm apt, but upon check-in, was “upgraded” to a 3-bdrm apt. To say the least, and not to be too critical, “average” is what sums up this apt. The property is supposed to be about 4 yrs old according to reception but the corridors to my apt on 23rd floor were dark, warm and looking dated, and so was my apt – it’s already showing its age with paint peeling off the wall in the living room. The sofa set was covered in stained fabric. The kitchen knives were not sharpened. The washing machine was located in a separate backroom with the aircon unit condensers which made the whole room unbearably hot and stuffy, so using the washing machine was out of the question. There were no welcome kits unlike other serviced apts (eg tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits – some apts even provided creamers and fruits). The curtains in the living room and bedrooms had part of their hooks off the railings, and these looked unsightly, so I dutifully took time to hook them up again (a clear case of the cleaning maids failing in their duty). The bed? well as you’ve guessed it, just average, not luxurious. And the pillows – the worst I’ve seen. All of them including those in the other bdrms had microfibers coming out (yucks!!!), so I had to cover the pillow I slept with a bath towel each night. Broadband internet is complimentary – a plus – but the usb socket is located at the dressing table in the master bdrm – a minus point, considering that I do my surfing mainly in the living room. Somerset was kind enough though, to get a technician to install a wifi modem in the bdrm, so that I can have wireless internet access within the apt.
I was overwhelmed by the number of guests having breakfast each morning. Regardless of the time I visited the café for breakfast, it was always full – early morning (7:15am) with those in office attires, later (9am) with those in casual T-shirts and flip-flops. The problem is that the café is too small, and milling around the area picking your food in buffet style simply means having to wait your turn esp at the bread counter/toasting machine and the omelette station. My observation is that the guests are mainly from China, middle east and south asia – the latter two mainly comprising families with children running about.
The gym was on the smallish side, and considering the number of residents in the two towers, I did not venture to use it at all.
Given the location, apt/building condition and clientele, I’m sorry to say that I would not be able to recommend this serviced apt to my friends and colleagues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Somerset Berlian Jakarta is nestled within the exclusive Permata Hijau residential district, surrounded by lush greenery and landscaped gardens, it offers a private and stylish retreat from the city bustle while being only a 15 minute drive from the prime financial hub of Jakarta. The spacious residences offer comfort and security while the convenience of location makes it an ideal accommodation choice for international executives and families where a wide variety of shopping venues, entertainment and restaurants are a few minutes away. Live in the dynamic city of Jakarta and enjoy all the comforts and security of home with Somerset Berlian. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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