Best hotels and hostels in Jakarta

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kota & Glodok

    Packer Lodge

    This boutique hostel in Glodok offers hip, Ikea-chic environs and plenty of amenities close to Kota. Choose among the four- and eight-bed dorms where the bunks are curtained pods with electrical outlets, lights and USB charger. There are also very reasonably priced singles and doubles with and without bathrooms, decorated with inspirational travel motifs. There's a spacious common kitchen.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Capsule Hotel Old Batavia

    Hidden in a quiet alley, adjacent to the Six Degrees hostel, the dorms here are capsule-style with personal reading lights and lockers for your belongings. Private rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms are windowless. There's a family atmosphere, and the lovely staff will shake your hand and remember your name when you check in; they're helpful with local info too.

  • Lodging in South Jakarta

    Dharmawangsa

    One of the city addresses, this fancy five-star hotel exudes style and class, with 100 huge rooms (all with balconies) surrounded by landscaped gardens and fountains. The hospitality is particularly good – each guest has access to 24-hour private butler service. The restaurants and leisure facilities – including two pools, a fine spa, and squash and tennis courts – are also outstanding.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Hotel Indonesia Kempinski

    Formerly the Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta's original luxury hotel will be forever linked to the Suharto era. Now renovated and reimagined, it still delivers the glamour. Rooms are a decent size with tasteful rugs, neutral tones, sumptuous baths, glass desks, ergonomic desk chairs, wood furnishings, quality linens and firm beds. Kids enjoy the Little VIP Playground.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Artotel Thamrin

    You can't miss this building – it's covered in an enormous pink, white and black illustration. Eight Indonesian artists were each given one floor of this hip hotel and told to go wild. The results are striking. As well as the decorative murals – ranging from cartoonish to graffiti to minimalist chic – rooms feature luxe furnishings, large comfy beds and oodles of amenities.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South Jakarta

    Shangri-La Jakarta

    This enormous posh hotel with a grand marbled-floor lobby and lavish grounds manages to feel like a park in the middle of Jakarta. There is a range of activities for children, including the Sunday Kids' Zone and the Aqua Playground. The hundreds of rooms have soothing grey decor; some have tubs with sweeping views of the city.

  • Lodging in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Konko Hostel

    With crisp sheets and fresh paint, Konko is the stylish new kid on the block. Near the city's main sights, it has dorms sleeping four, six and 12 people, plus privates with small desks and en suites. There are reading lights for every bed, plus communal areas including a cosy beanbag TV lounge, a gym and a yoga space.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kota & Glodok

    Wonderloft Hostel

    Well located for the sights and sounds around colonial Kota, this is a lively hostel with cheerful staff and a social set-up. In the evenings the lobby is abuzz with backpackers playing pool, beer in hand, to go with darts, foosball and a kitchen busy with guests cooking. Dorms have icy air-con and beds with curtains, power points and lamps.

  • Lodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Grand Hyatt Jakarta

    This huge prominent hotel dominates its landmark location. It's the upscale centre of commercial Jakarta, and glitzy malls are nearby. Rooms are decorated in light-coloured textiles, wood and marble. Bathrooms have separate tubs and showers. There's a plethora of public services (including a palm-tree-flanked swimming pool and a 575m running track), plus six eateries.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cikini & Menteng

    Six Degrees

    Run by a helpful and friendly team, with good info on the local Cikini area (just south of Merdeka Square), Six Degrees rightfully remains popular with travellers. There's a relaxed, sociable atmosphere, a pool table and TV room, kitchen, and roof garden complete with bar and outdoor gym. Clean dorms sleep between four and 10 people, and privates have small desks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Kosenda Hotel

    Hip but not overbearing, minimalist and modern but comfortable. The rooms aren't huge but they are very clean and tastefully designed with built-in desks, floating beds and glass-box baths. There's a great lounge with reading material of the Monocle ilk. The breakfast buffet is lovely, and there's a cool 24-hour restaurant in the lobby, a gym, and a superb bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jalan Jaksa Area

    Morrissey

    The antidote to the bland corporate apartment, the Morrissey has a striking modern design with an emphasis on white, glass and stark lines. The fully equipped rooms range from studios to two-bedroom suites. Lounge away your hours at the alluring rooftop terrace and pool. Other facilities include a cool business centre, self-service laundry, fitness centre and bike rental.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South Jakarta

    Amaris Hotel La Codefin Kemang

    Gaudy like a billboard, the bright primary colours splashed on the exterior continue on the inside of this jazzy chain. Around 100 rooms have small windows, TVs and wooden floors; some have city views. The hotel restaurant serves simple Indonesian meals. All the basics are here, but the hotel's best feature is its location in the heart of Kemang.

  • Lodging in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

    Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

    One of Jakarta's first grand hotels has many amenities rarely found any more: an Olympic-sized swimming pool, eight tennis courts, an 800m jogging track and a big playground await on the 23-acre grounds. The 695 rooms are large with classic decor. Many have sweeping views, others look out over the gardens and some come with large balconies.

  • Lodging in Jalan Jaksa Area

    7 Heavens

    For a taste of old-school Jakarta head to the backstreets of this lively downtown neighbourhood, clogged with food carts, worshippers and playing children. In this gritty travellers' enclave, there's no shortage of dives, but 7 Heavens offers a contemporary option run by local musician Denny, who's decorated the place in Papua carvings. It's only recommendable for the new rooms, however.

  • Lodging in Kota & Glodok

    Mel's Dorm

    Perfectly positioned among the action of Taman Fatahillah in Kota is this vibrant hostel set upstairs in a converted historic Dutch warehouse. Its interior design features boutique touches, and cutesy cartoon-like rooms and dorms bursting with colour, though they're pretty squashy with thin walls. The stylish lounge has large windows overlooking a water feature and the historical precinct.

  • Lodging in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

    Hotel Ibis Budget Tanah Abang

    Excellent-value chain that's clean, modern and run by friendly, professional staff. The contemporary lobby is decorated with colour and style, and rooms, though tight on space, have good air-con, cable TV and floating bathroom sinks. It's popular with Western travellers due to its proximity to the main sights, and has a small gym and a coffee shop.

  • Lodging in Cikini & Menteng

    DoubleTree by Hilton

    Ask for a room on one of the top floors of this modern high-rise hotel and you'll enjoy sweeping views (smog permitting). More than 250 rooms have a soothing cream and beige motif and huge windows. There's a large outdoor pool area, a gym, spa, two restaurants and a bar, plus a Kids' Club with special menus and activities.

  • Lodging in South Jakarta

    Fairmont Jakarta

    It's ultra luxury as ever from the Fairmont brand. The Jakarta outpost has 380 modern rooms and 108 suites with dark-wood cupboards and either marble or hardwood floors. Asian accents include Japanese-spa-inspired bathrooms with rain showers, plus artwork inspired by the region. The relaxing swimming area has poolside dining. Also houses live-music venue Motion Blue.

  • Lodging in South Jakarta

    Kemang Icon Hotel

    Terrific all-suite hip hotel with a mere 12 rooms, each sizeable and kitted out with cutting-edge design, mini bars, desks, TVs, coffee facilities and all the trimmings. It has a rooftop lap pool, a fine restaurant and the staff go the extra mile to help out guests. The cool art gallery on the 1st floor is fabulous.