Jakarta

Travel Guide
Jakarta

The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

Where to stay in Jakarta

Anara Airport Hotel
Anara Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl.Terminal 3 International Mezzanine Fl, Tangerang, Banten, 15126
The price is Rs4,574 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tangerang. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Pantai Pasir Putih ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (44 reviews)
"Breakfast for early morning box was not good. However we did order dinner and it was great. Service and price and location are awesome."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Anara Airport Hotel
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. MH Thamrin 1, Jakarta, Jakarta, 10310
The price is Rs10,824 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (303 reviews)
"Great location, friendly & helpful staffs, nice room. However, cleanliness in shower area needs improvement. Breakfast has lots of varieties. Overall our stay was pleasant."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Shangri-La Jakarta
Shangri-La Jakarta
5 out of 5
Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta, 10220
The price is Rs10,856 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (499 reviews)
Good for family
"My favourite hotel since 1995 since i was a teenager until now, i love everything about this hotel, the suite room, the mango pudding, caramel pudding and kue putu mayang (3 years ago they served delicious putu mayang at lunch), several years ago there was a horse in their garden my child love it, ..."

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2022

Shangri-La Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta, 10230
The price is Rs5,561 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (362 reviews)
"it was nice and clean helpful staff"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Ascott Jakarta
The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 76-78, Sudirman Plaza, Indofood Tower, Jakarta, 12910
The price is Rs7,150 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (191 reviews)
Fantastic for weekend escape in the City Center
"The property is amazing. Well done Maintenance with wood floor. The bed is very comfortable (i forgot to check the brand). The bathtub is big. The office manager take me to the Room after check in. The view is fantastic (Sudirman street view). The hotel approved all of my requests."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta, 12940
The price is Rs7,679 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (190 reviews)
Cold stay
"Checkin takes long. Room ice cold, even ac switched off takes long time until convenient temperature. No soap for laundry. Staff very friendly."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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