Jakarta

Travel Guide
Jakarta

The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

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Where to stay in Jakarta

Best Western Premier The Hive
Best Western Premier The Hive
4.5 out of 5
Jl. DI. Panjaitan Kav. 3 - 4, Jakarta, Jakarta
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The price is Rp413.223 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Situated in Jakarta, this luxury hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golden Triangle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and Taman Suropati. Jakarta ...
3.6/5 Good! (85 reviews)
Good hotel for over night stay
"Good hotel to stay for overnight or few nights. Close to Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport. They are good Indonesian restaurant nearby. Room is clean and spacious. Bathroom also clean."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Best Western Premier The Hive
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Karet Pasar Baru Barat V No.92, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
The price is Rp750.000 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Bundaran ...
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta
The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Jln. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rp972.000 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and within 3 miles (5 km) of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall ...
3.8/5 Good! (461 reviews)
"nice property but showing its age, could use a little update or facelift"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta
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Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Karet Pasar Baru Barat V No.92, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
The price is Rp750.000 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Bundaran ...
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rp1.100.000 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taman Suropati and Bundaran Hi. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (185 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is Rp850.000 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Bundaran Hi. Taman Suropati and National Monument ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (358 reviews)
Super stay in Ascott Jakarta
"The hotel was in a nice area. And our room cleaning was great. Mr. Andico with housekeeping did a great job at keeping our room tidy and clean. We always returned to clean cozy room. Thank you Mr. Andico. Wonderful hotel overall."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2021

Ascott Jakarta
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