Good value in a city village
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 its neighbours. The hotel had only been opened a few months when we stayed in early March 2018 and had not yet come under the OYO 101 branding although the room style was much in the vein of budget chain hotel.
Simple, clean and bright tiled air-con rooms offer compact single, and more spacious twin and double options with extra comfy beds, small flatscreen TV (local channels) and hot-water ensuite. Most rooms harbour windows, but many are positioned at a high level with no outlook, however they do allow natural light to flood the rooms, shaded by blackout roman blinds for a good night of sleep. If you’d like a view, request a room at the front where the windows seem to be lower. Built-in pale coloured fake wood laminate furnishings include a small desk (although most rooms don’t provide a chair to sit at it—we had to borrow one from the restaurant below), hanging space, and somewhere to rest your book by (or behind) the bed. A painted geometric pastel coloured feature wall brightens without offence and moves the room up a notch from bland to welcoming.
Thick mattresses sport clean, white and cosy linen although the white towels were already starting to look a bit grey. Power points and switches are adequate and where you’d expect, operated by a keycard system. Ensuites are clean and modern, but don’t offer much bench space, which can be excused a little as the shower is hot and powerful.
A hot and cold water dispenser is available on the ground floor for a hot drink or to refill your water bottle (BYO supplies) and an attached cafe makes great juices, decent coffee and standard noodle and rice dishes at very local prices and though it is a separate business, can offer room service.
Staff are friendly, but some are a little vague and we were surprised that the room was not serviced unless requested, however that wasn’t mentioned at check in. When it was cleaned, little things like toilet paper were not refilled, but staff were quick to respond to our requests.
Apple Platinum Hotel is a tad difficult to find in the first instance within a labyrinth of one-way narrow lanes, but Green Apple Residence across the lane is well signposted, so look for the directions for that hotel. We found the neighbourhood safe to walk around at night, but to some folk it may seem a little intimidating and would be wise to get a taxi back.
Walk in rates quoted were higher than online which offered deals for the single room cheaper than most dorms in town—excellent value. We only hope they keep it maintained. If you’d prefer more of a backpacker vibe with your budget stay, check out Konko Hostel on Jalan Kebun Sirih Raya or Wonderloft at Kota.
Address: 17A Jalan Kampung Bali X, Tanah Abang, Jakarta
T: (0812) 8303 9896; (0213) 905 192; (0212) 123 1737;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º49'9.97" E, 6º11'6.78" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Standard double room||280,000 rupiah||280,000 rupiah|
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