- Reviews: 312
Kamar Kamar Backpackers: If u are LOST, please contact us
If you’re a budget, Kamar Kamar Backpackers is the best for you. The place is about 10 minutes away from the malls in the city proper, restaurants, food eateries, street foods, convenience stores are also nearby.
The lobby is very lively and inviting, almost all of the stuffs are orange in color which I like very much! The place is very clean just like a house with the living room and extends with the kitchen. The rooms are more of a dorm type and air conditioned. The common bathroom is always clean and well maintained. The kitchen is open for everybody. You can even cook but make it sure to clean as you go. There are also free instant coffees and teas which are only placed in the table beside the water dispenser. Maps and some articles about tourist places are posted in one of the walls near the kitchen that can serve as a guide for tourists. The staffs speak little English but they are very patient to comprehend with what we are trying to say. If you wish to check out early but still have to go out, you can ask the staffs to where you can leave your bags then get back later to pick it up.
The only problem is that, this place is quite hard to find. The booking details were not that specific of its exact location and no landmarks provided and funny thing that I just lately realized was that the hostel directions had this statement: "IF YOU ARE LOST, PLEASE CONTACT US!".
It was 2am when we were looking for it, just imagine the streets to be dark though a few post lamps were lit and it was even raining! Good thing was that the taxi driver knew how to speak English who was also getting frustrated to bring us to our destination. He initiated to call Kamar Kamar… funny thing was… he said he ran out of call credits. He asked us if we can give him IDR10,000 (which we thought it’s too much) so he can buy a prepaid card to place the call. We were so tired and all we want was to take a rest and get some sleep… there were no useful pay phones along the street so we gave him the money. Fortunately, a staff was able to pick up the phone, they started to speak in their language and after a few minutes… we saw the orange sign board of Kamar Kamar Backpackers and we were sooooo happy!
It was Sunday when we have to go back home, we were able to meet the female owner (I just can’t remember her name!!! arghh!). She’s very friendly and speaks English well. She bid us farewell and hoped that we were able to enjoy our stay in their country and we did! She even called a cab for us to take us into the airport and I find that sweet:)
- Reviews: 8
Traveller's Hotel: Reasonably Good Choice
The staff were courteous and helpful. They provided me with not only information about the transport but gave me a free map of the city. They understood and spoke English very well.
The room was spacious and had all that the guests might need. There was a safe in the room and the bathroom was well stocked with toiletries. There was a bathtub with a shower. The large window looked out on the street below which was lined with trees, though the garbage dumping area was a bit messy.
The dinner in the hotel was average and a bit too expensive, which is to be expected in most hotels of that standard. The buffet breakfast was very good. There were traditional Javanese items as well as the usual buffet stuff like corn flakes with milk, eggs, sausages, bacon, bread and other baked stuff, vegetable and fruit salad, with tea or coffee, of course.
The taxes were included in the price and there was no charge added for the use of a credit card.
For the price of about $59 a night with buffet breakfast it was a reasonably good option. I would recommend it for those who are looking for a good 3-star hotel.
Spa, massage parlour and a gym for those who had time for these amenities. There was a small boutique next to the reception selling souvenirs and other convenience stuff. The wi-fi worked well, which was not the case with some other hotels that I stayed at. There were also spacious meeting rooms named after Arjuna and Yudistra, characters from Mahabharata. The hotel seemed to be equipped for the local business people.
- Reviews: 21
Less than US$50 per night in Jakarta
I'm loathe to recommend Jalan ("street") Jaksa (a street close to the national monument MONAS as well as Jalan Thamrin, one of the Jakarta's main thoroughfares/shopping areas), but if you wouldn't mind paying less than US$50 per night, I always found the hotels near Mangga Dua/series of Jalan Mangga Dua Besar adequate, if a bit sleazy.
Also, there are a couple of hotels by Jalan Blora (rather, directly opposite Jalan Thamrin) that are less than $40 per night.
- Reviews: 1
Maritim Guest House: A Jewel in the heart of Jakarta
My stay was amazing. Such peace and calm in the middle of a very busy, exciting city. The food was great. Staff very sweet. And my room was spotless and cozy. Great place for a home base.....to work or play in a wonderful country!
The garden was amazing. Beautiful trees and calm. Kind of shocking to find such a treasure in the middle of a very fun city that never sleeps!
- Reviews: 1
The Maritim Guest House: Good Guest House in South Jakarta
American guy, Don, and his Indonesian wife, Ita, run this guest house, nice rooms, he said he ran hotels, I guess he did, as it seems they thought of everything. Rooms are very clean, complete with private bath, shower only, linens, towels, soap, TV....with a lot of different channels, TV addicts will like this place, its really got more channels than most places I have ever stayed in, it has individual air cons, fans, refrigerator...but empty, I guess they figured we might bring back stuff that needed to be refrigerated, this place even has safes in rooms, and the best part, the rate is really not bad because they include breakfast plus one other meal, dinner or lunch, just tell them, there is always something made for me, usually Indonesian food, the cook is good there, or western if you want that too. The place has treadmill, in one room. They have two kinds of rooms, smaller ones have twin beds only, only good for one person, and the larger rooms, can take max two people, but note, they do not allow people in the house unless you are registered guest. It was not a problem for me as I was there for business in that area. I liked the idea as the place was quiet, altho I could hear some road traffic sometimes. Garden is nice there and they have plans to open up the garden next door, which is really cool, nice. But but they have no phones in the rooms, the small rooms are smallish but complete.....I always spend the extra for the larger room but all the rooms look good.
If you need to be in South Jakarta toward Pondok Indah, or TB Simatupang or like the easy access to the ring road for day trips toward Bogor or points south, this place is nice. Food is good, most rooms, maybe all, dont really know, have pretty nice garden views. Oh, the rooms all have FREE WIFI and even a computer station if you did not bring your own equipment. They also give unlimited water, from a big dispenser, and coffee and tea as much as you want too. Its easy to get taxis since its really close to the big road, Jalan Fatmawati. Its close to Subud too. I have stayed here a few times, I like it there. Would be safe place for women, as its secure and rules about registered guests only in house makes it quiet and safe. I will take photos next time I am there, I did not think to take any...oh well, can look at their website or blog, they have some there.
- Reviews: 4
Hotels and Guest Houses: Hotel costs in Jakarta
In recent years Hotel and Guest house costs have risen sharply in Jakarta, as local demand has surpassed International demand. Many Indonesians prefer staying in mid to high range Hotels for a few nights, rather than low to mid-range Hostels for a longer period of time- so the hospitality market has changed considerably.
To visitors who come directly from Australia, Europe or the USA, the cost of Hotels is very reasonable, however if you are accustomed to visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam-you may Hotels very expensive.
One golden rule is that you have to factor in travel costs. Jakarta is a huge city, and if you stay in the wrong location, you could spend more on taxi fares then on actual accommodation. One reason I strongly recommend staying in the area near the N Hotel or the Menteng/Cikini area. - being close to a busway, the City center, and Gambia Station.
As a long-term resident of Indonesia, I have stayed in a wide range of Hostels and Hotels, all around Jakarta, and would strongly recommend you ignore the prices quoted on websites.
Most hotels, except a few high end ones charge in rupiah, and not dollars. They tend to offer "business" or "transit" rates from 100.000 rp(2-3 hours) to overnight stays from 200.000 to 450.000 rupiah.
The best and most central area to stay is the Cikini or Kota area. The N Hotel opposite the Presidential palace, has good clean rooms with breakfast for a fixed rate of 290.000. This is a short walk away to a nearby busway connection to Blok M, and West Jakarta.
Cikini is more central, the Hotel Menteng have good clean rooms for around 195.000 rp to 250.000 rp per night. THe location is great as you save on any excessive taxi fares to Jl.Thamrin, Sudirman, Kuningnan, Blok M and Kota.
On a lower scale, Hotels tend to be slightly dilapidated, but friendly. In downtown Kota, near the Glodok electronics center, and a short distance to Mangga Dua- There are several older hotels which charge around 90.000 rp to 150.000 rp a night. This is great if you also need to be within walking distance to Old Kota, Kota Station, and a Busway.
In the Menteng area, the Gondangdia, is the cheapest option. Almost next to the Hotel Menteng, the Gondangdia has run down rooms, with a 24 hour Padang Restaurant. Rooms are around 150.000 a night. Cikini is the area, the current US President, was raised in, during his early years in Indonesia.
Rooms in the Jl.Jaksa area tend to be rough and inflated in price. One exception is a small, relatively clean guest-friendly Hostel called the Asri. Room rates start from 110.000, with ac, and your own Indonesian style bathroom. You find it a short distance down an alley opposite the Borneo.
There is an oversupply of Hotel accommodation in Jakarta. However some of these hotels do not advertise on the web, as they usually have a regular supply of customers. Any Taxi driver knows where the N Hotel is, as it is opposite the side entrance to the Presidential Palace, and five minutes from Gambia Station.
The Hotel Menteng is an established Hotel, which all Taxi should drivers know. Ask for Hotel Menteng II, in Cikini.
From these areas, a Taxi to Gambia Station (10.000 t0 20.000 rp), could connect you to the Damri buses running to the airport or a train leaving to Bandung, Central Java or Surabaya.
- Reviews: 38
Memories Hostel: Jalan Jaksa
The rooms are located on the second floor behind Memories Cafe. You can inquire from the waiters at the cafe where the rooms are.
There are 5 fan rooms with toilet inside. The rate is Rp50,00. The room looks acceptable to me and I think it's good value for the price, but my friend didn't like that you have to pass the cafe's toilets and climb the spiral metal staircase to get to the rooms. Since the rooms are located inside the cafe, it might be noisy when the band is playing at night.
- Reviews: 38
Kresna Hostel: Jalan Jaksa
Kresna Hostel is right next door to Bloomsteen Hostel. The place is a bit old and dark inside and their electric fans have seen better days.
There are 8 non-air conditioned rooms (2 rooms at the first floor – twin bed with shared bathroom outside for Rp40,000); 4 rooms at the 2nd floor (double bed with bathroom inside for Rp50,000) and 2 rooms at the 3rd floor (twin bed with shared bathroom outside for Rp40,000).
The owner, Mr. H. Iersyal, is very amiable to potential guests like me when I inquired and he even gave me his mobile number (but I learned he refused to accept my cyclist friend from Iran saying the place is full upon learning of my friend’s country of origin, although he previously told him that they have vacant rooms before he asked where he was from).
The Rp 50,000 room has a bathroom inside.
- Reviews: 38
Bloemsteen Hostel: Jalan Jaksa
Bloomsteen Hostel has 18 single-bed, non-aircon rooms (9 upstairs and 9 downstairs) and 4 shared toilets (2 on each floor). The rooms and toilets are relatively clean. They also have a nice foyer and a small balcony where you can sit at night to cool down the humid weather (for this reason, Room No. 11 upstairs would be the best room choice as it is located right next to the balcony).
The place is quieter than the other hostels in Jalan Jaksa because it is located farther inside the small street of Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur.
They used to provide Internet connection for the guests but not anymore.
The room rate is Rp50,000 (approx US$5.50) per night. This would be my second choice of place to stay in Jalan Jaksa in the below US$10 range.
One of the cheapest, quiet location compared to other hostels in the area, relatively clean rooms/sheets and toilets.
- Reviews: 171
bloem steen homestay: appears in lonely planet
friendly ambience, neat sparkling tiles, living room with tv, decent bathroom and toilet. we got a room with 2 beds for 40,000 rupiah (213PhP). jalan jaksa (15 minutes walk from gambir station) is jakarta's backpacker ghetto. nowhere near khao san in terms of variety and general vibe but i'm confident you will find your own place here that suits your budget.
- Reviews: 1406
Cemara Hotel: Nice Hotel
This hotel not far from Ibis hotel in Wahid Hasyim, near sarinah building... just walk about 10 mins...
- Reviews: 38
Yusran Hostel: Jalan Jaksa
Yusran Hostel has 20 rooms (5 downstairs and 15 upstairs). There is only one aircon room (Rm#1) located downstairs, the rest are fan rooms. The rooms, bathroom and the place in general look clean. However, from Jalan Jaksa, you have to enter a small, rather busy alley (Gang 6) and walk about 200m to get to the hostel. There is a small travel agency next door.
Here are the rates:
Rp 140,000 - aircon, 2 single beds, toilet inside (Room No. 1)
Rp 100,000 - fan, bathroom inside
Rp 70,000 - fan, bathroom outside
- Reviews: 38
Wisma Delima: Jalan Jaksa Hostel
Wisma Delima is the first hostel you will see (to the left side) when you enter Jalan Jaksa from
Jl Sabang. It is the oldest hostel in that area being established in 1969. There is a canteen downstairs.
The rate is Rp50,000 per room.
- Reviews: 38
Nick's Hostel: Jalan Jaksa
Nick's Hostel has 9 rooms. The rooms have high ceiling which I like cos it makes the windowless rooms downstairs appear airy but in general the place does not look very clean. The bathroom in the dorm-type room looks grimy. Also when I went there the guys at the reception area were heavily smoking.
Rp 100,000 - Room #9 - upstairs, with aircon & bathroom inside (see photos)
Rp 90,000 - Room # 8 - upstairs, with aircon & bathroom inside
Rp 70,000 - Rooms #14, 5, 3, 6 and 7 - with fan & bathroom outside
Rp 30,000 - 5 or 6 beds in a room, mixed-sex dormitory type with fan & bathroom inside
- Reviews: 38
Hostel 35 (Tiga Lima): Jalan Jaksa
Hostel 35 used to be part of the next-door Borneo hostel but 3 years ago they separated and renovated the place. I did not stay here but this will be my first choice in that price range at Jalan Jaksa because they have the cleanest bedsheets and toilets from among the cheap accommodations in the Jalan Jaksa area that I have checked.
Hostel 35 has 16 rooms, the price of which range from Rp 65,000 (for the big single bed bathroom outside fan room) up to Rp 135,000 for the aircon with cable tv room.
The reception area and the rooms are also nicely decorated with paintings and wall paper. I like the small fish pond with koi fishes and fountain inside.
If you want to see how Hostel 35 (reception area, rooms & toilets) look like, please click on these links:
Hostel35 and Hostel35 Bathroom.
Here are the room rates:
Rp 65,000 - Room Nos. 33, 34, 35 & 39 – Big, single bed, fan, bathroom outside
Rp 65,000 - Room No. 36 – Big, two beds, fan, bathroom outside
Rp 70,000 - Room Nos. 26, 27, 28 – Small, single bed, fan, bathroom inside
Rp 85,000 - Room Nos. 22, 23, 24 – Big, single bed, fan, bathroom inside
Rp 85,000 - Room No. 25 – Big, two beds, fan, bathroom inside
Rp 135,000 - Room Nos. 29, 30, 41 & 42 – Big, single bed, bathroom inside, aircon
NOTE: Below is a comment on Hostel 35 from VT member diegosanelli who have stayed there:
"diegosanelli Sat Jan 31, 2009 09:58 WIT
very bad staff,not safe in the night because no have people at the hall,,very nice hall,but the rooms very small and loud and workers not serious in the hostel 35 jalan jaksa next borneo diego italy....."
They have clean rooms, clean bedsheets and clean, newly renovated toilets, nicely decorated rooms and reception area. They also provide small bottled mineral water and soap & towel for the aircon rooms.
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