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by gonnabeatravelbug Online Now Apr 25, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Dear fellow VTers,

I'm going to Jakarta for 5 nights at of May. I have started researching and am thinking of staying at Sari Pan Pacific. A friend of mine suggested Novotel Mangga Dua.

It looks like Sari Pan is more central than Novotel but I am not sure whether I am in the right part. What do you guys think?

It is a short break for us so we are thinking of a hotel where is close to shopping centres, so at any time we can always pop back to the hotel. A hotel with nice pool would be good too as we probably would enjoy doing nothing but hang out at the pool one or two days.

Is the traffic jams really bad in Jakarta? We do not want to spend hours stuck in traffic so we prefer walking distance to several shopping centres from the hotel.

This trip is solely for shopping, relaxing, eating, massages and perhaps clubbing and maybe one day for sightseeing.

Thanks to all in advance!!

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    Re: Hotel Location

    by stamporama Online Now Apr 25, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Your friend made a good suggestion. We stayed at the Novotel last Oct. and it was great...nice room, pool and buffet breakfast. I also recommend it. We even got a free room upgrade when we arrived. It is located right beside the Mangga Dua mall and another one across the street.

    Jakarta's traffic is really terrible and chaotic, it makes the ones in Bangkok and Manila look like a walk in the park. Imagine, from the hotel we took a cab to take us to the Cafe Batavia it took almost 40 mins. to cover a distance of maybe 5 kms. And to think it was a Sunday.

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    by mansionion Online Now Apr 26, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    Hi!

    I stayed in Sari Pacific before and highly recommend it. The hotel's service and pool is just fine with me. Location wise, the hotel is right in Jakarta's main thoroughfare (Jalan MH Tamrin) within walking distance to the Sarinah busway station - taking the busway is a great way to beat the traffic since it has its dedicated bus lanes on the road. Other shopping complexes (Plaza Indonesia, EX (Hard Rock Cafe) etc) is also accessible by the busway frm the hotel. You can also hop on the busway for sightseeing to Monas (National Monument) and Kota.

    Hope this help.
    -m-

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    by kokoryko Online Now Apr 28, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Strange idea to go shopping for several days. . . . ! ;))
    The traffic jams are still very bad in Jakarta and If you want to stay not far from shopping malls or markets:
    Dharmawangsa one of the most beautiful (and expensive) hotels of JKT, close to Blok M and the famous Pasar Raya dpt store specialised in Indonesian items on several floors. From There, Sarina and Plaza Indonesia mall can be reached easily.
    Le Meridien is best located half way between Plaza Indonesia and Pasar Raya. . .
    And then, you need a bit patience to reach the shopping centres of North Jakarta (electronics, . . . . ).
    There are plenty of cheaper hotels, but it is apparently not what you are looking for.
    Google Earth is very useful to locate hotels and shopping centres in Jakarta (and elsewhere?).

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  • gonnabeatravelbug's Profile Photo

    Re: Hotel Location

    by gonnabeatravelbug Online Now Apr 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Thanks all for your input.

    I'm going with friends and we score some really cheap airfares to Jakarta. I have never been there and it's not a place where tourist usually go.

    We had booked Sari Pan due to the dateline for the rate they quoted.

    Thank you all!

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    by shoestringbudget Online Now May 1, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Hi there,

    find I was in a similar situation just a few wks ago...
    got reallly chepa airfares to Jakarta so yup was there to shop.

    In Jakarta... e.g. ITC Mangga Dua (pronounced as E TEH SEI Mangga Dua... have to haggle... maybe start 50% off...) ... that big place is probably for thrift-of-sorts shopping.

    Otherwise all the other malls are mostly high end I guess.

    Rules:
    (1) Blue Bird Taxis only. Pls ensure u c the stickers "BLUE BIRD GROUP" pasted on their windscreen.
    (2) Take their thuks thuks only if u dare... must haggle, shld cost less than 10000 rupiah for a 10min ride.
    (3) Roads are quite polluted... u might want to avoid walking on the open streets (and highly NOT recommended by locals for safety reasons).

    Suggestions:
    (1) go to Bandung for a day trip. take a 3hr (quite scenic) train ride from Gambir train station in Jakarta early in the morning... and back on the evening train. Buy in advance pls.
    At Bandung there are many fashion Factory Outlets... I would suggest u go to say 2 of the following 3 streets:

    Jalan Dago (where u can find Katikasari Kueh Lapis and more factory outlets)
    Jalan Riau (The Secret's good)
    and Jalan Setiabudi (shld b correct; for Rumah Mode (mo-dah), and Natural (produce passport for 10%))

    can move around Bandung by Blue Bird cab (apparently cabs here do not use argo... so probably have to set on a price first... or board a mini bus... angkot. ... about 3000rupiah per ride... ask which ones to take before boarding, e.g. the angkot heading to Ledang goes to Rumah Mode etc.)

    If u have time head to see the volcano in Bandung (once again NOT recommended to go alone/pairs by locals!)


    Remember to give urself ample time to catch your plan/train.

    stay safe.

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    Re: Hotel Location

    by gonnabeatravelbug Online Now May 2, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    Thank you! So, did you do a day trip to Bandung? I was thinking of doing so, but the train website confused me.

    Would love to go to Bandung for a day trip with train.

    Thanks for all your tips!

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