I am asked daily by readers for tips about choosing a hotel in Jakarta. This little guide should answer all the questions I've ever received such as:

- What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?
- Where can I find a cheap guesthouse for under 10$ per night? Is there a backpacker area in Jakarta?
- What are the best budget hotels in Jakarta? Which hotel chain offers the best value for money?
- What is the best accommodation for less than 50$?
- Which 5-star hotel should I choose? Which 5-star hotel is the closest from action? Which 5-star hotel has the best bars and restaurants?
- Can I bring girls to my hotel in Jakarta? What are the names of girl-friendly or guest-friendly hotels in Jakarta?
- Can I actually sleep in Alexis Hotel, Malioboro Hotel, Travel Hotel or Classic Hotel?
- Is there a spa or massage parlour near my hotel?
- Which hotel do you recommend near the airport?
- Which hotels are connected to popular malls?

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If you have other questions, please write them in the comment section below and I'll do my best to answer it.

What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?
Since Jakarta is so big, deciding on where to stay in Jakarta really depends on what you will do there.

Traffic should be your main consideration and you should choose the location that will minimize as much as possible the time spent going from one place to the other.

1) If you are in Jakarta for work and you need to go to a lot of meetings, choose a hotel close to your meeting points or close from your office, even if they are not in central locations. The traffic usually gets better starting 9pm so you can still go out quite easily after that.

Anyway, there are now malls almost everywhere in Jakarta so wherever you'll stay, you will be close from a fair number of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gyms, cinemas and hang out spots.

If you are having meetings all over the city, then choose a location near the major roads such as Gatot Subroto, Sudirman, Thamrin, Gajah Mada or the Jakarta Inner Ring Road.

2) If you are in Jakarta for fun or for party, then you must decide what is your style:

- You want to party in the expensive nightclubs in Central and South Jakarta?
It is best to stay anywhere near from Jalan Sudirman, Plaza Indonesia, Mega Kuningan, Jalan Rasuna Said, Plaza Senayan. Kemang is too far in my opinion but it could be an option if you want to be close from the best Western food options.

If you are with a group, you can consider renting an entire apartment:  Check for apartments in Jakarta.

- You want to party with locals in North and West Jakarta?
Choose a hotel in one of these neighborhood: Chinatown (Glodok), Gajah Mada, Mangga Besar, Hayam Wuruk, Tamansari, Lokasari, Pecenongan. Hotels in these areas usually offer a much better value for money than in the South but the surroundings are more dirty and less safe. You also won't have nice malls, only Gajah Mada Plaza and Lokasari Square. Mangga Besar hotels are all girl-friendly and they are close from hundreds of great street food options.

Another good point with this location is that you can still reach Central Jakarta quite easily within 30 minutes. There is a very convenient busway line running from Kota Station to Blok M that you can use.

Alternatively, if you are mostly interested with karaokes and massage parlours instead of clubs, you can go to Kelapa Gading, Mangga Dua, Grogol and Taman Anggrek. These areas also have huge malls nearby and they are not too far from the airport with the toll road.

Read my guide: Bachelor Party in Jakarta

3) If you are in Jakarta as a tourist, then I would recommend staying near Thamrin or Wahid Hasyim. Alternatively, you could also stay near Mangga Besar or Kota, but if you are not familiar with Jakarta you may feel uncomfortable as those areas are 100% local.

Where can I find a cheap guesthouse under 10$ per night? Is there a backpacker area in Jakarta?
As you will read in any guidebooks about Jakarta, the backpacker district is located in Jalan Jaksa. It is nothing compared to other popular traveler hubs in Southeast Asia like Khao San Road in Bangkok or Bui Vien in Saigon. You will only find a handful of guesthouses, usually not well-maintained and not very clean. Nearby, Jalan Wahid Hasyim has more choice but the prices are higher (at least 30$).

To find a decent room in Jalan Jaksa, you need to go inside the gangs (small streets) and look for guesthouse signs.  The prices are currently set at around Rp70,000 per night for a room with a fan. AC will cost you at least double.

In the past few years, there has been an increasing number of backpacker hotels that have opened elsewhere in the city, sometimes with higher standards. Teduh Hostel in Kota Tua or Six Degrees in Cikini are good examples. Their prices are quite high though, even for a bed in a dormitory.

I would still recommend Jalan Jaksa because of its very central location. It is next to Gambir train station (from where you can go to Yogyakarta or Bandung). It is also near from several key things to do in Jakarta like the Monas or the Istiqlal Mosque. 500 meters from Jaksa, the Sabang street is famous for its street food options.

What are the best budget hotels in Jakarta?
There are several budget hotel chains in Jakarta: Ibis Budget, Neo, Fave Hotels, Amaris, Pop Hotel, Whiz, Hotel 88, D'Prima. The price vary between 20$ and 45$ per night.

One of the cheapest budget hotel chain in Jakarta is RedDoorz. They have dozens of locations in the city which are in fact independent small residences. The level of comfort is good considering the price, usually less than 20$ for a double bed room. In particular, they have some very-centrally located property that I've review here: 5 Best Budget Hotels in Central Jakarta.

I also recommend to check the properties of ZenRooms. They are cheaper than traditional budget hotel chains yet they offer the same value for money. They have quality linens, flat screen TVs, free WIFI, individual AC and clean bathrooms.

They are currently available in several locations in Jakarta and in the rest of Indonesia.

Fave Hotels also have a great value for money, though they are a bit more expensive than RedDoorz.

Based on my experience though, the standards can be quite different within the same chain depending on who is the owner. For instance, the Fave Hotel in LTC Glodok is fantastic, probably because it is owned by Agung Podomoro Land (one of Indonesia's largest developer). Another great one is Fave Hotel Gatot Subroto. On the contrary, I stayed in Fave Hotel Kemang and Pasar Baru, both disappointing.

Also, the price may vary a lot depending on the location: The Fave Hotel Thamrin costs double compared to the one in Kelapa Gading.

If you plan on going bar-hopping in Blok M, you may want to stay in Fave Hotel Melawai which is walking distance from the infamous hostess bars. It is guest-friendly/girl-friendly.

Finally, there is also a Red Planet Hotel in Pasar Baru. If you have been to the Philippines, you will know it's one of the best budget hotel chains there.

What are the best 3-star hotels in Jakarta?
3-star hotel chains in Jakarta are Ibis, Harris, All Seasons, Santika and Holiday Inn. The price depends on the location and the day of the week (cheaper on weekends). In general, they will cost between 45$ and 60$ per night.

Again, within a chain there can be big differences. Ibis Tamarin and Ibis Arcadia on Jalan Thamrin are getting old but Ibis Harmoni is brand-new. 

I think it is best to find out when the hotel was open and to choose the more recent ones. All Seasons Gajah MadaAll Seasons ThamrinFour Points by Sheraton and Holiday Inn Thamrin were all opened less than 3 years ago.

What are the best 4-star hotel chains in Jakarta?
The prices of 4-star hotels in Jakarta vary greatly depending on the location. The cheapest ones, located outside the city center in Mangga Dua, Gajah Mada or Ancol can cost less than 60$ while those located near Sudirman or Thamrin cost up to 100$ per night.

The best chains are Novotel, Mercure, Santika Premiere, Aston, Swiss-Belhotel and Best Western. Again, don't trust a chain blindly, make sure that the hotel was built recently.

The newest 4-star hotels in Jakarta are: Mercure SabangHotel Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk and Novotel Gajah Mada

Which 5-star hotel should I choose? Which one is the closest from nightlife?
5-star hotels in Jakarta are almost all located within the Golden Triangle (Sudirman - Rasuna Said - Gatot Subroto). For this reason, all are rather close from any happening places.

Still, it is even more convenient to choose a hotel attached to one of the big malls. For this reason, you may want to choose:

- Kempinski, attached to Grand Indonesia
- Grand Hyatt and Keraton at the Plaza, attached to Plaza Indonesia (other options nearby include the Pullman Thamrin and the Mandarin Oriental). The Hyatt is a great option as it is close from Immigrant club, Cloud Lounge, Dreams Ego Lounge and Skye Rooftop.
- Ritz Carlton SCBD, attached to Pacific Place (there is also a Ritz-Carlton in Mega Kuningan)
- Fairmont, attached to Plaza Senayan (2 minutes walk)
- Pullman Grogol, attached to Central Park
Sheraton in Gandaria City
Raffles Hotel in Lotte Shopping Avenue - Ciputra World

A JW Marriott was suppose to open in Lippo Mall Kemang Village in 2014 but the project seems to be late.

The Shangri La and the Mulia are also popular with male because of their live music bars, BATS and CJs.

Can I bring girls to my hotel in Jakarta? Which hotel is guest-friendly or girl-friendly in Jakarta?
People are always wondering if they are allowed to bring a girl to their room in Jakarta. The answer is: 90% of Jakarta hotels are girl-friendly.

The only places where you may have problems are family guest-houses or small family hotels located in conservative areas. Outside Jakarta, there have been a few cases of over-zealous mayors raiding hotels to hunt unmarried couples sleeping together. These raids are actually against the law since it is not unlawful to sleep with someone you are not married to. The rule of law does not always apply in Indonesia, but hypocrisy does.

If you stay in any hotel with 3 stars or more, you will be most certainly allowed to bring guests overnight.

An ID is generally required so make sure your girl has her papers.

Hotels located in red-light districts are used to receive night visitors. If you are planning to go wild, then you may want to choose a room in Chinatown, Mangga Besar, Gajah Mada, Kelapa Gading, Mangga Dua, Blok M or Taman Anggrek.

Some naughty hotels also offer plus plus massage services in the room or in their spas. For example: Orchardz Industri, Orchardz Jayakarta, Orchardz Hotel Airport, Sparks LifeB'Fashion, Fashion Hotel (Gunung Sahari), Prinsen Park, Olympic Hotel.

At last, you also have some famous transit hotels such as Hotel BI Executive in Ancol. In this hotel, rooms have mirrors and porn movies are available at reception. You can also park you car just under your room if you want to be discreet.

Can I actually sleep in Alexis Hotel, Malioboro Hotel, Classic Hotel, etc?
Brothels in Jakarta often have a hotel license because it gives them more flexibility with the law. In particular, it allows them to open during ramadan.

Even though they are not listed on the traditional online booking engines like Agoda or Booking.com, they do accept guests.

Update August 2016: You can now book a night in Classic Hotel on Agoda.

Is there a spa or massage parlour near my hotel?
I wrote a long review that I update regularly about the location of all spas in Jakarta. Please read it: Where are the massage parlours in Jakarta?

Where can I sleep near the airport?
There is a growing number of budget hotels that have opened near the airport. You even have one, Orchardz Bandara, which is a hidden bordello.

The Airport hotels are located on both sides of the highway. If you have a flight early morning, it is best to choose a hotel on the left side of the road so it will save you 10 minutes.

A very good choice is the Swiss Bellinn or the Ibis Styles Airport.

Which hotels are connected to popular malls?
Choosing a hotel located inside a mall is a great idea as it will save you a lot of time. I already listed above the 5-star hotels located inside luxury malls:

Grand Hyatt and Keraton at the Plaza, in Plaza Indonesia
Fairmont in Plaza Senayan
Sheraton in Gandaria City
Raffles Hotel in Lotte Shopping Avenue - Ciputra World

You also have the following:

Mangga Dua Square: Amaris and Novotel
Pluit Junction: Fave Hotel (also not far from Emporium Pluit)
FX Mall: Harris Suites FX
ITC Mangga Dua: Le Grandeur
Seasons City: Amaris
Mahaka Square: Hotel Santika Gading
Mall Kelapa Gading: Pop Hotel, Harris Hotel and Conventions (and there is a Fave Hotel accross the road as well)

Some hotels are not connected to malls, but they are just located within walking distance. For instance:
Mall Of Indonesia: Whiz Prime
WTC Mangga Dua: Hotel Neo Mangga Dua
Emporium Pluit: Holiday Inn Express CityGate
Mal Ciputra: Hotel Ciputra
Plaza Semanggi: Crowne Plaza
Plaza Senayan: Century Park
CityWalk Sudirman: Intercontinental MidPlaza
Sarinah: Sari Pan Pacific, Artotel, KosendaFour Points by Sheraton
Rasuna Epicentrum and Pasar Festival: Aston Rasuna and JS Luwansa
Kuningan City: Manhattan Hotel
Kota Casablanca: Park Lane
Ciputra World One: Somerset Grand Citra
Bellagio Mall: Oakwood Premier Cozmo
Blok M Plaza: Oak Tree Urban, Hotel Melawai, Amaris Panglima Polim

Which Hotels are Gay-Friendly in Jakarta?
Only one hotel is openly gay-friendly in Jakarta to my knowledge. It is "House of Bare", a small guest house located in West Jakarta, not far from Taman Anggrek and Central Park.

Conclusion
I hope this Jakarta hotel guide will cover all your questions about where to stay in Jakarta. Again, if you have any questions, just type them below and I'll answer them.

47 comments to '' Guide to Choosing Your Hotel in Jakarta "

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  1. First of all I can't thank u enough for the info that u have for a new visitor like me to Jakarta.

    I will visit Jakarta in September or October this year I read a lot but can't decide were to stay.

    I need a place to be near malls for daylight and clubs Spa and bars for night .

    I don't want to navigate using taxi since the traffic always pain

    Thanks a lot

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    1. Are you coming for fun only or you have to go to office/meetings? If yes in which area?

      Do you prefer western kind of nightlife or chinese kind?

      What is your budget?

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    2. I'm coming for fun only no meeting or business but I like to walk in malls and also loved China town in Thailand

      I like to attend both but western more than Chinese

      And my budget is $200 a day.

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    3. The best location is probably around Grand Indonesia or Plaza Indonesia (see above in the review for the list of hotels). In Plaza Indonesia, you have Cloud, Dreams and Immigrant club. In Grand Indonesia you have Skye and Social House. Both are just 5 minutes away by foot.

      You cannot really escape traffic completely but at least these malls are located on the South/North axis, making it faster to navigate. From there it takes about 15-20 minutes to go to North Jakarta where Chinese clubs are (after rush hour at 8-9pm) and 15 minutes to go to Mega Kuningan/Senayan/SCBD.

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  2. Hello and thank you for the details - it has been a most informative read.

    Do you have any knowledge of the scene outside Jakarta? I need to stay in an area called Lippo Village (my recommended hotel is Hotel Aryaduta - unless I find something better in the area). This village community is in Tangerang. Is there any action there? Any advice will be most appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. I'm not so familiar with this area... It is near from BSD, Serpong and Alam Sutera.. If you make a search on jakarta100bars, you will find several massage parlours, especially in BSD. In Alam Sutera, I just know there is a new Mercure which might be worth checking out... It is just across from Alam Sutera mall...

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  3. Thanx for the info. Is this Mercure a new hotel in the area?

    Any chance you can call girls for "massage" in the room? Bangkok is great that way - you can order in if you don't want to bother hunting one night. Is Jakarta the same way?

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    1. Yes it is new, next to Alam Sutera Living World... The call-girl to your hotel system is not as organized as in Thailand, but you can find what you want if you connect to online dating apps like badoo, wechat, tinder, etc... many prostitutes are there...

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  4. Is it safe to get Internet girls to your room? Again, my experience is BKK where getting a lady off the street/Internet can turn out quite badly if you're not careful.

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    1. It's safe don't worry.. Just be smart

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  5. hi friends do you know any casino in jakarta?

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    1. Gambling is illegal in Indonesia so you won't find any... there are probably some illegal underground casinos, but I have not idea how to find them...

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  6. hi, I am visiting Jakarta in November to meet few of my friends from past trips and some new ones. All women of course. And these are real friends not paid. In my past trips I faced no trouble at all having different girls with me overnight and even joining me for the hotel breakfast. Last was 3 years ago. I hope things haven't changed much. I plan to stay at a reasonable hotel in sudirman area. Pls tell me if there is any update to this info as of now in 2015.. many thanks

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    1. Hi don't worry there won't be any issues with it... it's better to stay in large hotels probably so you won't have always the same staff looking at your over and over...

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    2. HI luke, I have to come back to you. I plan to stay in a apartment hotel having a kitchenette. You recommend a large hotel. Does arayaduta semanggi and Batavia apartment qualify as large hotels in your opinion. Your input will be very much appreciated....

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  7. Hi, I will be visiting Jakarta for about 6 days before flying to Bali for 5 days. I am from the USA but do not care much for western themed bars or night club dancing. I am past getting drunk and making a fool of myself. Though do not mind visiting any place where there are nice women. I am there for the girls. Can I just stay in South Jakarta near Block M for the whole trip or do I need to stay half the days in North Jakarta?

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    1. Hi there, Blok M has a few pick up bars similar to those you can find in Thailand. Girls can normally speak English there and they are freelancers. They won't be shy to speak to foreigners and they can be fun to hang out with. You don't have a lot of very pretty girls but you can always find one if you are lucky.

      North Jakarta will be more local with few foreigners and less girls who can speak english well. Prostitution is rarely freelance. You pay for 1 hour and that's it. Girls are generally more pretty and you have more bars, clubs and spas to choose from.

      You can stay in Blok M and make the trip up north a couple times, for instance to Classic or Malioboro. If you go after 9pm, it is a 45 minutes trip. You can also try shangri la or mulia.

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  8. Does anybody know a good Value 3 BR Hotel suite in Central or North Jakarta? Under $200/night?

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    1. Aston Rasuna is a bit south but it is nice. You have Allson near Monas but I would not recommend it. You can also try to rent from someone directly on Airbnb.

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  9. Hi thanx a ton for details I'm looking for a villa with swimming pool and I'm there totally for fun and after parties at my place please suggest me some good place.

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    1. Hi for renting a villa for a short time, I think you should check airbnb... it might be hard to find though as there are not many resort hotels in jakarta...

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  10. What's the best place to get sex near Intercontinental hotel?

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  11. Hi, I will be staying in JW Marriott in Jakarta in next few days. I am coming as a tourist and for about 5 days. Did I make the right choice as I would like to sight see, shop, and have a great night life.

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  12. Hi we are 4 friends want to visit Indonesia first time our first destination is Jakarta and then to Bali we are for on look out to enjoy can you please recommend where at Jakarta we can stay which area and Hotel we like to have pick up bars and nice massage centres next to us also do recommend if any hotel has all these together

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  13. Dear sir,
    Coming to Jakarta this month.
    Have few questions:
    Best place to exchange money?
    Best mobile service provider for internet more than call's?
    Without u site I wouldn't consider visiting Jakarta alone but u sure make it easy for Solo travel

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your message.... for changing money, it depends... where will you stay in Jakarta? For mobile internet, I used Simpati... it's quite fast with a good network.. XL is good also...

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  14. Dear Sir,

    Regarding exchange and mobile service !
    Should I get both at the airport ?
    I did that in Manila .
    I will stay in Goldok for 3 days then I will go to other part of Jakarta.
    I want to go to the fancy clubs the local clubs and the spa .

    Do u have any suggestions for 20 day trip mostly for nightlife ? and spa before the night begins?

    Thanks in advance

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  15. Dear Sir,
    Do u have any info of Puncak nightlife or places to visit.
    Thanks

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  16. Hi, can you recommend some studio apartment for short stay. There are many on Airbnb but it would be better if I select one that comes recommended. I prefer Jakarta Barat locations.
    Secondly, I would like to get in touch with mature women for friendship and dating . Is there any particular forum to check out or any café etc frequented by professional middle aged career women.
    Thank you so much for your advise.

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    1. Check Mediterranea apartment in Gaja Madah... for mature women to date, just open tinder or badoo... plenty there...

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  17. which is the best period to visit jakarta, is the end of september good? how is the weather in that period?

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    1. For the best time to visit Jakarta, you can read my review: http://www.jakarta100bars.com/2016/07/best-time-to-visit-jakarta.html

      The end of September is a good period.

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  18. Hi I m coming to jakarta... will u please let me know whether its safe and allowed for a married Indonesian women to stay with a foreigner.... I love a women who is married and she lives in jakarta. I want to meet her and stay with her in jakarta for some days in hotel...

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    1. Yes it's safe but you must avoid shariah hotels and family guesthouses

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  19. I will stay in Jakarta at the Hotel Grand Mercure Kemayoran in November/ December for work. My agent booked this hotel because it is near to the Expo. My question is:
    - I read they have a spa with massage. It is a normal one or with a + service?
    - they have a karaoke area. It is a normal one or also with girls ?
    - it is far away from the hotspots to go out?

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    1. I'm not familiar with this hotel sorry... i would tend to think the karaoke has girls and that the spa, though not officially, has options for plus plus...

      if im wrong, you can go to orchardz jalan industri nearby or fashion club... it's not a great area to party but not too bad... at night the traffic should be ok for you to go around

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    2. Just to add....Good service at Orchardz Industri, very close to Mercure (no idea about the spa there).
      Great action nearby - Mangga Besar has places like Classic, Travel Hotel etc. You can visit Millies if you want a taste of dark Kota vibe. Kelapa Gading is also close by with places like King Cross.
      For upmarket wares, there's Alexis and Malio (never been there myself as I prefer eco-pussy)
      Enjoy!

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    3. Thanks King Crimson... I heared that Milles is closed. The rest I have to see and check...

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  20. hi Mr. Actually I got married of an Indonesian woman 3 years ago, and her family recognize and love me because the good treatment I do with their daughter. I used to stay in their village but now we will visit Jakarta. So what is the safest and best hotel to stay in because I don't have documents for our marriage. I want to it to be safe from Police. I don't want to get in trouble.

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    1. Hi, what is your budget and where do you want to stay? Central Jakarta?

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    2. The budget will be 1.500.000 to 2.500.000 including everything

      I may stay in Jakarta or in Bali

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    3. Honestly, in this price range you won't have any problem even though you don't have a marriage certificate. I would recommend to stay in the center near Plaza Indonesia. Hotel Kempinski is the best but a bit expensive (Rp2,500,000/night). Otherwise, Pullman Thamrin is also good and less expensive (Rp1,500,000)

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  21. thanks a lot my dear

    Actually I have been in kempinski but alone.

    I prefer to go to Pullman but will they ask me to show my passport and her identity

    What if I book two rooms in front of the reception but we stay in one room??

    do you see it a good idea?

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    1. I think they will ask your passport and maybe her KTP (id card), but they won't care if you are not married.

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  22. guys I would like to ask you about "Foxy Spa"

    Do you know anything about it ?
    how many branch do they have?
    are they in Jakarta only?
    do you have any mobile number for them?

    How is the massage there, is it worthy?

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  23. guys who know which branch of Orchards is the best in general and specially in spa and massage :
    1. Orchardz Hotel Bandara near airport
    2. Orchardz Industri in Mangga Dua
    3. Orchardz Pangeran Jayakarta in Glodok

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