The Packer Lodge

The Packer Lodge

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Set in the heart of “Old Jakarta”, The Packer Lodge is a great option within the budget traveller accommodation scene in Jakarta.

Travelfish says:

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 floor cafe.

Unusual street frontage. : Stuart McDonald.
Unusual street frontage. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Originally a family home, the building was first converted into warehousing and then later into the hostel—you’ll see they’ve kept the freight lift out back, which is now used to store backpacks. There’s good attention to detail here—a hand-drawn map explains sights to see nearby and plenty of information pertaining to greater Indonesia is mounted on the walls.

We went for a private room with bathroom over one of the dorms and were happy with both the space and the cleanliness of it. Furnished in Ikea style, there is plenty of space for your pack, a small flatscreen TV and a clean hot-water bathroom area. Our room was windowless. If you’ve stayed in a pod-style hostel before, you’ll be well familiar with the pods here. They’re solid and quite spacious with privacy curtains and small fan units—the latter is important as pods with curtains can get pretty warm, even with air-con. Shared bathrooms are immaculate.

Put your feet up. : Stuart McDonald.
Put your feet up. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The real asset at Packer Lodge though is the common areas. There is a mini-theatre and internet area on one floor (the hostel has hi-speed WiFi throughout) and a cafe area on the top floor. There’s also a streetside area for those who’d like a couple of cold drinks but would prefer to sit outside. Luggage storage is available and staff are well informed about activities in Jakarta and can make travel arrangements as required. The one oddity is that the drinks fridge where beer and so on is sold is on the ground floor but the social area where most are drinking the beer is on the top floor.

While a simple backpacker breakfast is available on site, excellent eating beckons very nearby. Step out of the hostel, turn right and walk for 30 metres and you’ll reach a good spot, Warteg Gang Mangga, while another 50 metres (take the right alley) takes you to an outstanding noodle joint, Bakmi Gang Mangga, which has an English menu—delicious!

A pod cluster. : Sally Arnold.
A pod cluster. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rates for the standard a very reasonable, with a slight discount available if you book through The Packer Lodge’s website direct.

While we stayed here on a previous visit in 2016, on our most recent visit to Jakarta in 2018, staff would not allow us to look inside the hostel without a confirmed booking. So please note the above is based on a prior visit, not our most recent research trip in Jakarta.

Contact details for The Packer Lodge

Address: Jl Kemurnian IV 20-22
T: (021) 629 0162;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º48'53.89" E, 6º8'45.58" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm air-con
Upto 117,000 rupiah
108,000 rupiah 108,000 rupiah
Standard double room
Share bathroom
135,000 rupiah 135,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
Private bathroom
189,000 rupiah 189,000 rupiah

Reviewed by

Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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