Favourite Hotels in Indonesia

I am something of a hotel fanatic and I like to bring the family to stay in hotels for the weekend or for a few days holiday here and there. Usually I like comfortable hotels but I have stayed in some less than nice hotels too as well as a couple of real dives. I think that a good hotel should be attractive, clean, well located and have a good and friendly service, and the restaurant should also have decent food or access to some good restaurants nearby.

These are some of my favourite hotels and I've thrown in a few less than good ones too.

Athlete Century Hotel

This hotel in Jakarta is really well located being right in front of the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium or GBK, and walking distance to Plaza Senayan, FX Sudirman and Senayan City. We actually stayed here because it was just across the road from the stadium and we had tickets for the Bon Jovi concert last year, which incidentally was a brilliant concert except for the fact that Ritchie Sambora didn't perform.

The hotel has been renovated to a pretty good standard and surprisingly was not that expensive. Breakfast was delicious with a big selection of food and the room was spacious and quite nicely decorated. We have some friends living in Apartemen Plaza Senayan which is just a few minutes walk from the hotel and who came to the concert with us, so when taking into account the stadium and the shopping malls then this hotel really is pretty good and very well located.

View from my room

Shouldn't this post just be added to the exisitng thread about hotels in Indonesia?

I don't see a need for 2 threads covering the same ideas.

Padma Hotel in Bandung

A really nice place to stay when visiting Banding is the Padma Hotel. The hotel is actually located on a huge piece of land in a place called Ciumbuleuit, up in the hills and surrounded by forest.

The standard of the hotel is pretty high, with nicely furnished rooms and great amenities that include a restaurant area with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, a large heated Jacuzzi beside the main swimming pool, and a large and fully equipped gym. There are also flying fox rides, which will take you from the hotel down to the extensive gardens where there is a small playground for kids, a chicken coop that supplies fresh eggs and several pigeon houses. The grounds are interesting for wandering around although be prepared for a steep climb on the way back to the hotel.

We really enjoy the restaurant, as the food is of a high standard. There was also high tea in the afternoon with lots of local delicacies as well as cakes and snacks.

Whether you are visiting Bandung for a holiday or live here and just want a quick getaway, then the Padma Hotel is a really nice place to stay. We often come here for lunch with friends and family and always enjoy the wonderful views and great food.

View from the Restaurant

Restaurant View

A very comfortable bed

There was a DVD player which we made use of

Nice greenery view from our room

We really appreciated the large bath tub

Flying Fox Ride

View from the Flying Fox ride

The chicken coop

The Fitness Center

Nice view on the Treadmill

Harris Suites FX Sudirman, Jakarta

The Harris Suite FX Sudirman is a really well positioned hotel above a shopping mall in downtown Jakarta. As a Harris hotel, it is reasonably priced compared to many other hotels in the area and it has a standard. The rooms are pretty large and you can get some amazing views of Jakarta if you request a high floor. The hotel is also close to several of the big malls in the area. We did have a problem with the aircon once, but the Front Desk Manager offered us vouchers for Coffee Bean as compensation which is just beside the hotel reception. Apart from that everything there is great; the staff are friendly and helpful and I really like the strategic location.

The Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Built in 1910, the Majapahit reminds me of some of the great hotels in Asia like the Raffles in Singapore, the Peninsula in Hong Kong and the Eastern & Oriental in Penang. With it's colonial style architecture, this beautiful and grand hotel has experienced much history. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, the hotel was used as a prison camp for Dutch women and children, and it was at this hotel that in 1945 young Indonesian revolutionaries ripped off the blue portion from the Dutch flag changing it to the red and white of the Indonesian flag. After this, the hotel became known as Hotel Merdeka and later in 1969 the name was finally changed to the Majapahit hotel.

As for staying here, this is one of my favourite hotels in Indonesia. The rooms are very large and beautifully decorated, the food is excellent, and we just love wandering around the corridors and gardens of the hotel. It is centrally located within the city and there is a mall quite nearby too.

The Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel, Yogyakarta

Now I wouldn't call this a favourite hotel by a long shot, but I did stay here a couple of weeks ago so here goes. The hotel is located on Jln. Prawiritaman which is not a bad location for a hotel. The room was decent sized with twin beds (as requested) which we pushed together. The view was looking over the pool area and it had lifts and a decent restaurant overlooking the pool where we enjoyed a fair breakfast. The cost was around Rp680k per night inclusive of breakfast and the TV, internet and aircon all worked well. It had a new and very clean bathroom that was great. Some pics:

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