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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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RedDoorz Plus near Plaza Blok M
RedDoorz Plus near Plaza Blok M
2.5 out of 5
Jl. Iskandarsyah I No.26, Jakarta
The price is £10 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in Melawai, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Blok M Square, Gandaria City Mall and Plaza Senayan. Kidzania and fX Sudirman Mall are also within ...
2/5 (1 review)
"I booked two weeks because it was a convenient location for me. During my stay they clean the room just once and had to take out the garbage of my room myself. It is okay if you want just to stay one night, for more than one night there are plenty of options around for a similar price or the same ..."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

RedDoorz Plus near Plaza Blok M
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Kav. 28-30, Jakarta, Jakarta
Free cancellation
The price is £101 per night from 10 Jul to 10 Jul
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is steps from Bundaran Hi and Plaza Indonesia. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Sarinah Mall are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (285 reviews)
Our stay during pandemic 2021
"Because of this pandemic, i chose grandhyatt because of the heAlth protocole and close to plaza indonesia, mall with best health protocole. Everything was perfect even the hotel staff all perfect for health protocole . But, our room, the cleaning staff only tidy up the bed. They even forgot to give ..."

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2021

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel
Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is £65 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
This family-friendly Jakarta hotel is located in a regional park, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Gandaria City Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (189 reviews)
"Awesome"

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Indah Barat, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta
The price is £24 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated on the Strip, this apartment building is 11 mi (17.7 km) from Pasar Baru.
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"It was very comfortable, clean, and friendly services. Good location. Very recommended. Thumbs up"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2020

Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
Best Deal Studio at Alesha Vanya Park Guest House (Sharing Bathroom)
Best Deal Studio at Alesha Vanya Park Guest House (Sharing Bathroom)
3 out of 5
Jl. Blvd. Barat BSD, Blok Yellow 9 3FL, #3A, Pagedangan, Banten
Situated in Pagedangan, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from QBig BSD City and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Aeon Mall BSD City. Indonesia Convention Exhibition ...
Best Deal Studio at Alesha Vanya Park Guest House (Sharing Bathroom)
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Menteng Raya No. 60, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is £56 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Farmer Statue and National Monument. Plaza Indonesia and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)
"The hotel its really nice, clean and the staff are humble, I was styes 2 nights."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2021

Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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