Monday, July 18, 2016

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

If there is one thing I regret on our Indonesia trip, it is the limited time spent at Jakarta, Indonesia.  Warned of the fact that the city has the world’s worst traffic congestion, on the contrary we did not experience the same.  Why?  Because 90% of our time was spent on luxurious comfort and pampering – at the 5-star and world class Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta.

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

We arrived at almost 10 in the evening.  It is easy to locate the hotel as right in front is the “Welcome Statue”, intended to welcome guests who visited Jakarta on the occasion of the Fourth Asian Games in 1962.  It is indeed strategically located at the heart of the capital.

I honestly had no idea that our booked hotel is that grand.  The hotel imposes strict security measures on all ingress and egress of the hotel.  Upon arrival, the spacious and chic-decorated lobby and reception area already gave us a hint of the type of accommodations we are to experience.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

Checking-in was a breeze.  The usual presentation of IDs and passport follow and off we were ushered to our respective assigned rooms.  Assigned alone in one room, I can’t help but think of my family and other friends as it would have been merrier if I shared the same with them.  But with the whole week of exploring Indonesia, we had no energy to explore the city and do the usual drinking spree, and due to exhaustion, I immediately dozed off and continuously went in deep slumber.

EXECUTIVE GRAND DELUXE

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

My assigned room comes with a view – a not so ordinary view.  The roundabout (“Bundaran Hi”) landmark, featuring the iconic fountain and the welcome statue became a pleasant treat for my first morning in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Click for other room types and rates.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

The Executive Grand Deluxe room has state-of-the-art bathroom offering exquisite indulgence.  And that was the very first thing I noticed aside from the generous space that the room has. The oversized bathtub overlooking the city and a separate flat-screen TV placed in the bathroom can make me stay there for a number of hours.

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

Among the room features and amenities include: in-room coffee/tea facilities, laptop-size safe, flat-screen TV, and a working desk, which I had the chance to use for my work commitments.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

KEMPINSKI SPA

Open daily from 8AM to 11PM, the Kempinski Spa is part of the luxurious package one can get while at the hotel.  We had our scheduled spa treatment in the afternoon before we go back to Manila. 

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

The professional therapists uses the finest natural products and herbs.  It was truly rejuvenating and I had a short nap. The room itself likewise served as a sanctuary and a treat away from the fast paced corporate lives that we have.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE SANCTUARY

Roaming around the vicinity of the hotel, we have noted recreational facilities available to guests.  In what they collectively call as the sanctuary, among these facilities are the spa, fitness center, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool in their cozy rooftop garden.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

There’s a rooftop bar as well but we opted to skip the drill of drinking and relaxing at the area as we have scheduled dinner at their in-house restaurant before we leave for Manila at night.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

SIGNATURE RESTAURANT

The in-house restaurant of the hotel provides a warm and welcoming ambiance.  The Signature is situated at the hotel lobby between the Ganesha and Ramayana wings.  The wall is likewise decorated by picture frames of Indonesia’s first President.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

Our complimentary breakfast and dinner buffet were served at the said restaurant.  I particularly liked the kind of efficient service their personnel provided.  There are times the manager and even some waiting staff would visit one table to another and converse with guests to make them feel at home and relaxed.  Dining options include Western, Asian and the best European bakery products.  Their desserts are a must-try including traditional Indonesian cuisine.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

The restaurant is a recommended dining place for visitors not only of the hotel but of Jakarta.  Indeed, we are fortunate to have experienced the hospitality service of the revived first 5-star hotel of Southeast Asia.


THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. 1, Daerah Khusus Ibukota,
Jakarta, Indonesia
+62 21 23583800

THE FIRST 5-STAR HOTEL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: HOTEL INDONESIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA

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