Good value, good location
With an excellent central location 200 metres from Jalan Jaksa, Dreamtel’s spacious modern rooms, albeit a tad worn at the edges, offer some of the best value along this strip of midrangers.
The 80’s–style facade of the eight-storey building with glass lift shafts may look dated compared to some in the street, but the rooms are smart and comfortable. Dreamtel offers Standard and Deluxe twins and doubles, triples and Suites, and unless you really want extra space, the Standard rooms are a good size and offer much the same facilities as the Deluxe (and we prefer the styling in the Standards too).
Air-con rooms are bright with wall-sized picture windows, the higher floors with city views. Black out drapes will block the light, but not the call to prayer from the neighbouring mosque. Decor is smart and inoffensive with tones of grey and white, and Standard rooms are outfitted in two styles with either polished cement feature walls and black marble patterned tiles which we think have the edge over the rooms with wood laminate features and carpeted floors (some with cigarette burns). That said, it is all a matter of taste as other than that the rooms are similar with comfortable beds, white striped sateen linen, and a room long built-in that houses a desk, luggage storage, mini fridge and tea-making bits and bobs. Other facilities include a flatscreen cable TV, safe and hanging space. Rooms are clean, but minor chips and scuffs show its age.
Ensuite bathrooms follow a similar simple modern style with glass-screened hot-water showers and ample bench space. The corners could do with a good scrub, but they are generally of a decent standard of cleanliness. Smoking rooms are available on the first and fourth floor, so non-smokers should request other floors (and vice versa).
Breakfast is included in the rate, served buffet style with many Indonesian options (better than their Western offerings). The restaurant also offers 24-hour room service, although alcohol is not on the menu (beer is available next door). Staff are bend-over-backwards friendly, but not all have a good command of English.
Dreamtel is handy to the Gondangdia commuter train station (400 metres), and Gambir for intercity trains (1.3 kilometres) and is an easy walk to Monas and the National Museum. As with many hotels in Jakarta, Dreamtel offers discounted rates on weekends making this hotel great weekend value.
Nearby alternatives with a similar rate include Grand Cemara Hotel with classic styling and a small rooftop swimming pool or the older style Cipta Hotel and tucked away in the backstreets, Cordela Norwood or if your budget is flexible and contemporary is your taste, consider Artotel or the flasher Kosenda Hotel.
Address: 17–19 Jalan Johar, Menteng, Jakarta
T: (0213) 928 728; F: (0213) 161 713
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º49'50.94" E, 6º11'14.84" 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||455,000 rupiah||525,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||487,000 rupiah||562,500 rupiah|
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