Reaching Jakarta is always a sparkling experience. You will immediately notice cinnamon flavor everywhere and you will be surrounded by a growing spirit, where modern and traditional style simply merge to create a unique ambience. When you imagine far east just think about this, but you will still be surprised at the first turn. After a ride in the incredible city traffic, you will be hit by the stunning architecture of Gran Meliá Jakarta, where I often stay during my frequent business trips over there.
In this luxury international five stars hotel, completely rejuvenated, in down town Jakarta, you will really feel home. All the staff is always pretty kind, and everybody is committed to give the best possible service, with facilities for the business second to none. And if you are travelling for leisure then guests can enjoy all the services of Yhi Spa, swimming pool, tranquil gardens. The location is in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the commercial and diplomatic district. I often chose it as no other 5 star hotel gives better access to Jakarta main commercial offices, as well as both Soekarno-Hatta International and Halim Airports.
Rooms are very large, renovated and perfectly fitting all the most severe luxury travelers’ expectations. Gran Meliá Jakarta offers some of the capital’s finest dining options. All restaurants and bars have been totally rejuvenated creating the most contemporary and exciting spaces which are only matched by the excellence in cuisine.
I always enjoy business lunches at the buffet bar, the Gran Via Café, where you can combine typical Asian food with traditional European specialties and the finest in Japanese cooking styles. I like to sit in a corner and discuss about business with my guests, while asking for “satu lagi” bier or just taking a few more sushi and sashimi from the tray. If you like Chinese Tien Chao Cantonese and Szechuan restaurant offers intimate and sophisticated tastes of China whilst the Lobby Lounge Bar is at the heart of this urban oasis that is Gran Meliá Jakarta.
But the real reason for which I love this hotel is the Red Level lounge. Jakarta, if you need to program a few meetings in a row, won’t be your dream town. A simple transfer of a few blocks may take a few hours, if you jump right into one of the famous traffic jams of the new Batavia. So the best option is to held meetings here, as long as you can.
The ambience is very stylish. You will be surrounded by luxury and cuddled by the incredibly kind staff. This lounge, located at the 14th floor, with a beautiful view from the top to the Kuningan Street is a boutique hotel within a hotel, offering the most exclusive services with a superior range of personalization. It is open daily at 6 am until 11pm, which makes of it also your refuge once you just want to relax a bit with a coffee and some newspapers, or just enjoying the view.
Andrea Bricchi – on twitter @andreabricchi77
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav X-0, Kuningan, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 12950, Indonésie
Phone :+62 21 5268080
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