Luxurious Stay at Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia12 November, 2010
The Garuda Indonesia Jakarta VIP experience continues on from the exclusive JetQuay service to even our airport transfer. Upon arrival at Jakarta, we were greeted with a fleet of luxurious BMW limousine ready to pick us up to Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia. The BMW was very spacious and there were cold face towels to refresh ourselves after the flight from Singapore. The limousine was also well-equipped with bottles of Evian (Yes – Evian; not any other brands of mineral water) for our 1-hour journey from the airport to the hotel. We also kept ourselves updated of the news and interesting travel articles through the latest edition of Jakarta Post and CNNTraveler magazines. Apparently, if you want to use your laptops while on the go, you can also charge them in the BMW limousine – I didn’t check if there is Wi-Fi, though I won’t be surprised if the BMW limo is Wi-Fi ready.
Don’t be surprised if you are greeted with metal detectors and bag screeners when you check-in to Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia – this is a common feature among many 5-star hotels in Jakarta. There are at least 2 layers of security – before our BMW limousine enters into the hotel compound, there is a first level of screening of the car to ensure no bombs are planted below the vehicle and just before you enter the hotel, your bags will be screened and you checked for weapons through a metal detector. I won’t be surprised if there is another layer of security checks at the Presidential Suite floor considering that the suite itself is bullet-proof and ‘super secured’.
The Grand Deluxe room we stayed in was very spacious and luxurious. It was just so comfortable that we even considered skipping lunch and city tour to just chill out in the room – perhaps this is one of the reason why Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia has managed to be listed as one of the best newest hotel in the world 2010 by Conde Nast Traveler US. Don’t be fooled by the hotel’s minimalistic functional box-like exterior design – from the outside, this hotel looked like an aging school building but the hotel facilities and rooms are just so awesome – do note that this hotel has been around since 1960s and the hotel owners had managed to transform the interior without changing the hotel’s historic design so as to conform to government requirements to preserve the building’s heritage.
Back to our Grand Deluxe room, depending on your needs, you can choose to work at the business desk setup beside the window with a view of the Jakarta city or be a couch potato at the sofa area flipping through the 60+ cable channels on the large LCD TV. What’s most impressive has to be the vanity area combined with shower, toilet and even a spacious bathtub right by the window. You also get your own TV by the bathtub – so you can chill out after a long day with a bath while enjoying HBO movies. There are 2 separate sinks in the vanity area so the lady can take her time to apply all her makeup while I can wake up late and still brush my teeth without the need to interfere with her business! 🙂
The room is so spacious that I don’t think pictures can do justice to it – not even a panorama shot. Check out a quick video tour of the Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia Grand Deluxe Room:
Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia boasts a luxurious spa facility, well-equipped gym and spacious swimming pool all on one floor. Unlike other hotel gyms we have encountered which will have perhaps 1-2 treadmills with a handful of weight machines, there are about 10 treadmills and cycling machines and a range of free weights, complemented with about 10 weight machines which trains the muscles of different parts of your body. Perfect for the business traveller to cool himself off with a swim in the pool, sweat it all out in the gym and then relax with a massage in the spa.
The Jakarta Kempinski Hotel Indonesia is connected to the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, a mixed-used complex with premium facilities that provides one-stop solution for working, meeting, shopping, dining and entertainment – all these available just minutes from our room without even the need to step out into the streets of Jakarta. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is definitely the best option for visitors who look for first class service and facility.