Compact comfort and character
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, we can’t help but be intrigued by this innovative boutique hotel.
Kosenda’s contemporary designed interior is no less intriguing, loaded with comfortable character-filled spaces that are both inviting and edgy. The stylish design elements include the works of contemporary Indonesian artists and reference local culture—apparently the facade is based on the ornamentation of traditional Betawi houses (Jakarta’s ethnic group) and this aesthetic continues into the hotel rooms.
The eight-storey hotel offers 58 compact chic rooms in three flavours, a terrific street-level restaurant serving up Peranakan delights 24/7 and a stylish rooftop bar—all that is noticeably missing is a swimming pool. Room choices are tiny, cosy or a smidgen bigger, yes they are not terribly spacious, but thoughtfully designed in a way to maximise the space and feel comfortable, you just probably won’t be wanting to be swinging a cat or doing a downward dog (but there is a fitness centre for the latter).
The tiled air-con rooms feature modern teak built-ins and beautiful textiles that use traditional Indonesian materials and techniques with modern flair. Pops of mustard yellow complement the neutral palette of black, white and grey with wood accents. Beds are comfortable with quality linens and furnishings include bedside tables, open storage space and a good-sized desk. We love the caddy of stationery that contains scissors, staplers and paperclips as well as the usual pens and paper—so handy! Mod-cons include iPod docking stations, flat-screen cable TV, safe and tea-making facilities as standard and all but the entry level rooms add a minibar. Shuttered windows help minimise light and street noise although most offer little to no view.
Compact ensuite bathrooms are stylish and functional with hot-water rainfall showers, we are just not so fond of the glass walls looking directly into the room, nevertheless it does add a sense of space and offers sufficient privacy if you are sharing. The washbasin is placed inside the main room, which some people may find a little odd too. Delightfully fragrant lotions and potions are the hotel’s own blend and traditional batik robes and slippers add a nice local touch.
A carefully curated buffet breakfast that includes local specialities and gourmet coffee is included in the rate, served in the stylish Waha Restaurant, worth a visit even if you are not a guest. The Awan rooftop bar doesn’t open until late afternoon, but is the perfect spot of a sundowner and if it weren’t for the Jakarta skyline in the background, with the foliage and flickering candles you could almost believe you were in Bali. Another delightful spot for non-guests too, although the drinks are priced to keep you sober.
Charming staff couldn’t be more helpful and Kosenda Hotel’s thoughtful touches such as guidebooks to borrow and hand sanitiser by the door add to the appeal. If you are looking for comfort and style in the heart of Jakarta, Kosenda is a top pick, but if you really need to swing that cat, consider Morrissey Hotel or Artotel, both stylish and a tad roomier.
Address: 127 Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim, Jakarta
T: (0213) 193 6868; F: (0213) 193 6767
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º49'17.88" E, 6º11'12.79" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||850,000 rupiah||850,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||950,000 rupiah||950,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe Suite||1,550,000 rupiah||1,550,000 rupiah|
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