"Great hotel, not great area"
My holiday was really last-minute and I didn't realise the kind of area Glodok is - it's very hot, packed with people, choking air, and in 10 days we couldn't find the Hypermart the building advertised (I think it's shut down), though there's one a 30 min walk down the Hayam Wuruk. BUT: the hotel was absolutely great. Airconditioned beautifully with a lobby which always smelt sweet and refreshing, staff open the door with a bow, the room was a great size, the ensuite was clean and comfortable, with wifi, dozens of TV channels (many in English), daily room service, an outdoor area overlooking Jakarta high above the smoke and activity. Buffet breakfast is available, and delicious, but it's very expensive - there is a food court on Level 2 with restaurants, bakeries, cafes etc, all reasonably priced, and a 7/11 just out the front door. For a tourist holiday, I think the area is not great, despite some museums within 30min walk - we caught a cab to meet a friend at the Grand Indonesia mall, and in the traffic it took 2 hours to get there! The national monument and park is similarly a bit far and through heavy traffic. I think the staff didn't understand us very well, but they were extremely polite and tried to help us with problems. I would return to the FaveHotel chain - especially if you're on a budget, and especially if you can get a sweet deal through Expedia!
Ash from Perth, Australia