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Where to stay in Jakarta

Central Jakarta

Jakarta’s main backpacker accommodation is traditionally around the Jalan Jaksa area, and plenty of basic guesthouses and homestays still exist in the area, but many haven’t upgraded (or cleaned the bathroom) for decades and the whole area can feel icky and grimy. However, the-times-they-are-a-changing and a smattering of modern backpacker hostels are popping up in or close to Jakarta’s tourist sights. Budget chain hotels have dominated most of the flashpacker to midrange market, while if you want to ease yourself in gently and splurge a little, some terrific mid-to high-end boutique style digs are on offer.

We have concentrated our listing on Central Jakarta (with just a couple of outliers in Kota Tua in the north), as this area is close to sights, restaurants, transport and other tourist needs, but if you are after a slightly leafier area, look around Kemang in the South or for shopping and action, Block M is another popular locale.


127 Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, Jakarta
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Kosenda Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
127 Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, Jakarta
T: (0213) 193 6868

The almost Darth Vader-like facade with glowing diamond-shaped eyes of Kosenda Hotel certainly makes a striking impression amid the chaotic streetscape of Central Jakarta, and while admittedly it probably isn’t some Star Wars reference, you can’t help but be intrigued by this innovative boutique hotel. Kosenda’s contemporary designed interior is no less intriguing, loaded with... Read our full review of Kosenda Hotel.

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3 Jalan Sunda, Menteng, Jakarta
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Artotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
3 Jalan Sunda, Menteng, Jakarta
T: (0816) 1610 555

Artotel: art and hotel, getit? Despite the somewhat cringy name, this artsy Indonesian chain does a good job of both promoting local artists and a providing a comfortable and stylish place to sleep and play. Jakarta’s Artotel scores well on the coordinates too, smack in Central Jakarta behind Sarinha Mall, walking distance to bars, restaurants and transport. You won’t miss the street-art... Read our full review of Artotel.

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Jalan Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Hotel Borobudur
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta
T: (0213) 805 555

Hotel Borobudur has been in operation since 1974 and if you can nab a deal at this classic five-star, you’ll have comfort sorted. The hotel has a place in Indonesia history along with Monas, the National Monument, and Istiqlal Mosque (which are both within walking distance of Hotel Borobudur) as they were all projects conceived in the 1960s by Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, yet... Read our full review of Hotel Borobudur.

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9J Jalan Kebon Sirih Raya, Jakarta
Under 150,000 Rp
Konko Hostel
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
9J Jalan Kebon Sirih Raya, Jakarta
T: (0213) 911 127

Konko Hostel is the sort of smart modern hostel you would expect to find in a busy 21st century capital city like Jakarta, but surprisingly Konko is the first of its kind, and a very welcome addition to the accommodation offerings in this part of town. The paint had not yet dried on Konko Hostel when we popped in in early March 2018, but we were so impressed by the artfully designed fun... Read our full review of Konko Hostel.

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70 Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, Menteng, Jakarta
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Morrissey
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
70 Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, Menteng, Jakarta
T: (0212) 993 3333

Funky Morrissey’s rooms are set up like mini serviced apartment and make a good option if you’re travelling with kids or are stuck in Jakarta for a while, as generous sized rooms are all decked out with a full kitchen and studio style lounge, plus the location couldn’t be more central. The modern glass-fronted hotel is located on the corner of busy Jalan Wahid Hasyim and Jalan Jaksa,... Read our full review of Morrissey.

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17A Jalan Kampung Bali X, Tanah Abang, Jakarta
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
OYO 101 Apple Platinum Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
17A Jalan Kampung Bali X, Tanah Abang, Jakarta
T: (0812) 8303 9896

Tucked away in a leafy local neighbourhood filled with friendly folk and some decent streetfood, OYO 101 Apple Platinum Hotel is only a few minutes walk from busy central Jakarta and around one kilometre from the Jalan Jaksa backpacker area, but you could almost believe you were staying in a village. A little out of place in the “hood”, this thin modern multi-storey building towers above... Read our full review of OYO 101 Apple Platinum Hotel.

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17–19 Jalan Johar, Menteng, Jakarta
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Dreamtel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
17–19 Jalan Johar, Menteng, Jakarta
T: (0213) 928 728

With an excellent central location 200 metres from Jalan Jaksa, Dreamtel’s spacious modern rooms, albeit a tad worn at the edges, offer some of the best value along this strip of midrangers. The 80’s style facade of the eight-storey building with glass lift shafts may look dated compared to some in the street, but the rooms are smart and comfortable. Dreamtel offers Standard and Deluxe... Read our full review of Dreamtel.

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Kota Tua

The appeal of staying in the “old city” is being relatively close to some of Jakarta’s historic sites and also for the back lane quirky vibe. The downside is getting to anything else will involve dealing with the city’s traffic.


Jl Kemurnian IV 20-22
Under 150,000 Rp
The Packer Lodge
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Kemurnian IV 20-22
T: (021) 629 0162

Set in the heart of “Old Jakarta”, The Packer Lodge is an excellent addition to the budget traveller accommodation scene in Indonesia’s capital. Rooms and the pod-style dorms are extremely clean and well looked after, while the hostel is loaded with open and social areas where travellers can meet one another or chat away to the friendly owner, whom you’ll most likely run into in the top... Read our full review of The Packer Lodge.

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6–8 Jalan Bank, Kota, Jakarta
Under 150,000 Rp
Wonderloft Hostel
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
6–8 Jalan Bank, Kota, Jakarta
T: (0212) 607 2218

Smack in the heart of Kota Tua, Jakarta’s colonial centre, Wonderloft Hostel is hard not to miss—the bright yellow painted, green shuttered, triple-storey (although it looks double-storey from the street) historic building is just a step from the action. This fun and friendly hostel boasts terrific social spaces on the ground floor along with a handy mini-market attached to the building... Read our full review of Wonderloft Hostel.

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