What kind of hotel is ideal for you when staying in Jakarta, Indonesia? Most of you would probably say a nice hotel in a strategic location, close to shops and cafes, which is inexpensive yet have decent facilities and services. This perfect combination is very difficult to find, isn’t it? Well, remarkably, there is a hotel in Jakarta’s central district named Artotel Hotel, where not only does it have those advantages, but the hotel also has an additional value of being notably artistic!
Easily noticeable from afar
This hotel is in the so-called golden triangle area where government offices, embassies, Jakarta’s landmark of National Monument (Monas), as well as top-notch shopping malls and restaurants are located. In fact, it’s so easy to find the hotel you can even walk to it from the popular Sarinah Plaza. You’ll be able to notice this hotel from afar by its purple colored graffiti.
All about graffiti
The Artotel has 6 floors where artistic, funky decorations can be found almost everywhere; from the lobby to the rooms on each of the 6 floors, as well as the bar and restaurant! The murals vary from unidentified humans and animal characters to thematic handwritings; just like the ones you can see somewhere on the street created by youngsters.
Funky high-tech rooms
Rates start from 60.50 USD (for a ‘studio 20’ room), and all rooms are air conditioned and have a plasma TV along with fast WiFi. It’s kind of small (about 20sqm, being 215 sq ft, or less) yet artistic and modern. Besides being decorated with cool wall art, it’s also equipped with 2 high-tech facilities: an iPod dock with alarm that allows you to watch YouTube from your android like you’re watching a mini TV with boosted sound, and a fancy coffee machine called Nescafe Dolce Gusto. With the Nescafe machine, you can make different kinds of coffee blends by putting the designated Nescafe plastic capsules that contain milk, coffee, or tea into the machine. You’ll easily find these capsules in the studio 25 and studio 40 hotel room mini bar. Toiletries include a comb, 2 toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, towels, slippers, and a hairdryer in the bathroom. You’ll find there is no need to bring/buy toiletries.
Sensational breakfast at Rocca restaurant
The included breakfast buffet is at the restaurant named Rocca, located in the lobby area, and they serve Asian foods like dimsum, fried noodles, and chicken porridge, as well as Continental foods such as beef, bacon, and sausages. It’s a 24-hour restaurant, and breakfast is open as early as 6 o'clock in the morning. Everything served in the restaurant is delicious, so instead of eating a certain type of food in a large amount, you can have a little bit of everything. They serve delicious fried rice where they put ‘kemangi’ (basil leaf) that enhances the flavors and makes it fragrant. Don’t miss the Indonesian specialties of the crispy 'krupuk’ (prawn crackers), the spicy, sweet and crispy’ dadar jagung’ (fried mashed corn), and the super spicy 'sambal bajak’ (chilli and fermented shrimp called 'terasi’). They also have a refreshing cold and sweet orange herbal drink (known as jamu) named 'sinom’ on the buffet; known for maintaining the body’s overall health.
Have your dinner at 'BART' rooftop bar
On the 7th floor, you’ll find BART, a bar where you can enjoy Western dinner like steak and chips, beer, and cocktails while listening to the live music (usually fast-paced R&B) that plays until 2am. I highly recommend having the Mojito cocktail, which is made mainly with rum, lime juice, and mint! From the bar, you’ll also enjoy a spectacular view of Jakarta’s city and skyscrapers. However, there is a rule that everyone must follow. No entry access will be given for anyone wearing slippers, so make sure you put your shoes on before coming here.
Lunch at Bakmi Gajah Mada
If having breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant and dinner at the hotel’s rooftop really makes your day, then what about lunch? For lunch, you can choose to have an ala carte menu in the hotel’s restaurant, or walk for 5 minutes to Sarinah Plaza for McDonald’s. However, for Chinese food lovers, be informed that one of Jakarta’s most popular Chinese restaurants, Bakmi Gajah Mada, is just a 1-minute walk from the hotel! Like its name, this restaurant is famous for its noodle soup, called bakmi, and most people come here just to eat this dish. The noodles always come with mushrooms along with Chinese mustard (芥菜), and you can order the one with bakso as a side dish if you like meatballs.
Book now before it's too late
This 3-star hotel is never lacking visitors; even on weekdays when hotel business is generally slower. One of the reasons may be due to its convenient location, but it’s mainly because of this hotel’s unusual but cool graffiti, as there are no other hotels in Jakarta that give such a heavy emphasis on art! Make sure to book this hotel now, before it’s too late!