The main area for backpacker accommodation is Jalan Jaksa, but it can feel dirty and grimy. A smattering of more expensive hotels are located right across the rest of the city and can be a good alternative to the digs on Jaksa.
The recently renovated spotless rooms at Memories come in three varieties: fan, air-con and air-con with hot water. All the rooms come with a private bathroom with Western toilet, with the cheapest rooms being brilliant value. Even moving up the range to the air-con and hot water rooms you receive great value compared to anything else in town with large rooms and big spring beds. Unfortunately,... Read our full review of Memories Hostel.
In a town full of dodgy budget options, Six Degrees stands head and shoulders above the rest. Opened in late 2011 by a foreign concern, this hostel has every aspect of a guest's needs covered. In the dorm rooms each bed comes with a personal light, power socket with accompanying basket for your phone as well as an individual locker. All guests receive towels and free breakfast and even the... Read our full review of Six Degrees Backpacker Hostel.
This is a recently-renovated traditional hotel with a pleasant lobby which has free WiFi and a bar. Rooms are bright and airy, which makes them pleasant to sit in during the day. The beds have spring mattresses, a mishmash of furniture adorns the rooms and the bathrooms are disappointingly slightly dirty. The bathrooms do however have hot water showers and Western toilets. Some rooms here have... Read our full review of Alinda Hotel.
The address of this place tells a tale of the labyrinth that one must navigate to find this place just off Jalan Jaksa. The location is actually one of the best things about the hotel because it gives a true kampung feel and shuns much of the sleaziness of nearby Jalan Jaksa. Each of the rooms is well-painted, comes with air-con, beds with spring mattresses and clean cold water squat toilet... Read our full review of Asri Homestay.
This is a classic cheapy located just off Jalan Jaksa. The clean rooms are quite stark and bare, but you can't expect much in this price range. All rooms share bathrooms with cold water showers and Western toilets, which are clean on the surface, but suffer from hard to remove grime. The single beds are only suitable for skinny people as they are extra narrow. For a bare bones cheapy, this... Read our full review of Bloem Steen Hostel.
All the rooms in this clean budget hotel are the same: big spring bed in a room with hardly any floor space, cable TV, hot water bathroom with shower and Western toilet as well as clean tiled floors throughout. This place feels like a proper hotel and would suit flashpackers to a tee. For these prices, there is nothing as good in the immediate area and choosing this place allows you to escape the... Read our full review of Hotel Le Margot.
This is another great place for flashpackers or those backpackers who have standards. It's a traditional multi-storey hotel that caters to the budget-minded. Rooms are bright and air-con, with large spring beds, TVs, a smattering of furniture and hot-water bathrooms with shower and Western toilet. Be warned that the cheapest rooms are on the first floor and get the noise from the bar below until... Read our full review of Istana Ratu Hotel.
It's a bit rough around the edges, this place. The rooms are stuffy shoeboxes that do the job for a night, but will have you wanting to flee if another night is in the offing. Foam mattresses and grotty private cold water bathrooms are all you've got to look forward to here. Even some of the Western toilets are missing their seats such is the lack of care paid to the place. Come here if you're... Read our full review of Kresna Hostel.
For 70,000 rupiah you can't really complain about the Spartan rooms, the lousy saggy mattresses, the dirty walls or the grotty shared bathrooms. For this money, you get the bare bones only although some may find comfort in the Western toilets. Because of the great price, the place is very popular and the staff are well used to meeting the needs of backpackers as they swing through town. This... Read our full review of Wisma Delima.
Borneo Hostel is a cheap place with free WiFi -- about the only luxury you'll get here. The stuffy rooms are spartan with old foam mattresses and scuffed white walls. Bathrooms are surprisingly clean when compared to some others in town and come equipped with Western toilet, although buckets are used for washing instead of a shower. In the scheme of things, it's not a bad choice just off Jalan... Read our full review of Borneo Hostel.
The Hilton this place is not. It's a dark and grimy joint that is the stereotype of Jalan Jaksa budget accommodation. The rooms here are some of the cheapest in Jakarta and those on a tight budget will probably have the fortitude to tough it out in this hotel for a night or two. The cheapest rooms are hot, stuffy things with a fan that agitates the stuffiness and simple cold water bathroom. The... Read our full review of Hotel Tator.
A slightly dingy place, Hostel 35 offers basic rooms just off Jalan Jaksa for prices we think are too expensive. But the Jaksa area is sometimes busy and this hotel may well be your backup. The rooms are clean and well-aired and the bathrooms are clean enough. The beds in the rooms are foam and the bathrooms in the cheaper rooms are cold water squat toilet types. Go for a room with air-con and... Read our full review of Hostel 35.
Nick's is about as grungy as they come. The poorly-lit rooms are devoid of any character whatsoever and utterly depressing. The share bathrooms are no better with missing toilet seats and dark tiles which mask the grime -- a totally disappointing scene. But make no mistake; Nick's is cheap and some with no money will choose one of the dorm rooms here, but be warned that you need to be brave and... Read our full review of Nick's Hostel.
While most backpackers tend to head straight to the Jalan Jaksa area, there are plenty of better, more mid-range options in central Jakarta.
If you can snag one of the regular discounts at this hotel, you will get a room which represents fantastic value for money. Each of the rooms is bright when the curtains are flung open giving a fresh feel. The beds are plush and tastefully accented with colourful runners, the bathrooms are spotlessly clean and the flat screen TVs have international channels. It doesn't feel as sterile as the Ibis... Read our full review of Cemara Hotel.
The first thing to note about this hotel is that it doesn't allow unmarried couples to enter rooms together no matter how innocent the intentions of the couple are. Although this prehistoric rule might turn some people off, the hotel is still worth a look. (We were told that a blind eye is generally turned toward foreign guests.) The air-con rooms are extremely modern, with bright white sheets... Read our full review of Hotel Gren Alia Cikini.
Strangely, to enter the lobby of this hotel you have to navigate your way through the masakan Padang restaurant at the front. Once through the restaurant and in the lobby, you're greeted by a fairly stock standard hotel scene which is carried right through this midrange offering. The carpets in some of the rooms in the Mega Cikini are old and in need of replacement with cigarette burns sometimes... Read our full review of Hotel Mega Cikini.
Ibis Arcadia is a cookie-cutter-style hotel, with each room in this multi-storey complex coming with air-con, cable TV, a minibar, big plush beds and hot water bathroom with shower and Western toilet. It all feels quite inoffensive and at the same time a bit boring â€“ at these prices you would expect a little more character. The location on Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim is quite central and only... Read our full review of Ibis Arcadia.
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.