Stylish and fun
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 when we popped in in early March 2018, but we were so impressed by the artfully designed fun spaces and the friendly owner that we reckon it’s a winner. A short 300 metre walk to Jalan Jaksa backpacker area or 700 metres to Gambir Station, Konko bags an ideal location for exploring the city and although this narrow multi-storey building sits among a row of shops, the bright yellow branding is certainly eye-catching and soundproofing keeps the traffic noise at bay.
From when you first step in, everything about Konko Hostel yells cute, clever and well considered (even the business card will give you a smile). The ground floor is occupied by their street-food inspired cafe, Nonky, where you can also grab a coffee or relax with a beer (Open Mo–Su: 07:00–22:00). Take off your shoes, pop them in the fun yellow shoe holders and head upstairs to reception (“but don’t take a better pair when you leave” reads the cheeky signage).
Dorms and private rooms are housed over three levels with a cosy hang-out space up top. Nooks and hallways offer seating and we spotted a kitchenette there too. Playful murals brighten the halls and depict characters you may meet on the streets of Jakarta. On offer is just about every combo you can think of from 4-bed to 6-bed and 12-bed mixed or female pod-style dorms, some with double pods, and some with ensuite or outside bathrooms as well as private single, twin and doubles with ensuite or shared facilities. Prices are room only, but breakfast can be added for 45,000 rupiah. All rooms offer air-con, keycard access and showers are hot.
Staff were a little reluctant for us to take too many photos in the yet unfinished hostel, but we hope they don’t go the way of several other hostels in Jakarta and prevent potential walk in guests from having a quick look before they decide to stay, a policy we think is stupid and detrimental (what have they got to hide?).
We were only able to view the dorms and though a bit of a squeeze, they are bright and comfortable. Sturdy purpose-built pod bunks are configured both lengthways and widthwise and sport quality spring mattresses (still wrapped in plastic when we visited), individual lighting and international power sockets. Ventilation holes allow airflow and roller blinds add privacy with built-in lockers that seemed big enough for all but the largest backpack.
Although we didn’t view them, private rooms add TVs, desks and seating. Share bathrooms are spacious and stylish with ample towel racks and bench space (and of course spotless, as they were new). The hang-out space enjoys a small balcony with views of the city, or just flop down in a beanbag and watch a movie on the TV, pick up a book from the library or strum a tune on the guitar.
Konko Hostel offer airport pick ups and can point you in the direction of all the fun stuff happening in the city. Although one of the pricier hostels in Jakarta, we think it’s an affordable luxury, but if the budget is tight, you may consider Wonderloft or if you’d prefer more privacy, OYO 101 Apple Platinum Hotel.
Address: 9J Jalan Kebon Sirih Raya, Jakarta
T: (0213) 911 127;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º49'56.51" E, 6º10'58.69" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
12-bed dorm 6-bed dorm 150,000 rupiah
|140,000 rupiah||140,000 rupiah|
|Sgl air-con share bathroom||280,000 rupiah||280,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||340,000 rupiah||340,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||450,000 rupiah||450,000 rupiah|
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