Where is the best place to stay in Jakarta?
The Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is a gateway to many tourist destinations around the whole of the country but is also a popular spot in its own right. Nicknamed ‘The Island with a Thousand and One Faces’, Jakarta is a very multicultural city and acts as the political and cultural hub for the country of Indonesia. You could easily spend an entire week in Jakarta, enjoying its many tourist attractions, restaurants and bars before heading off to explore the rest of Indonesia. A popular stop off point for backpackers, Jakarta welcomes tourists from all walks of life and has accommodation to suit all budgets.
The city of Jakarta is split into five main regions: South Jakarta, Central Jakarta, East Jakarta, West Jakarta and North Jakarta, all offering something different for visitors. The best area for tourists to stay is Menteng, located in central Jakarta. Major attractions, like the National Museum, Kunstrung Art Gallery and National Monument are within walking distance of most hotels in the Menteng area and Merdeka Square is just 10 minutes north. Medeng is home to the first luxurious hotel in Jakarta, the Hotel Indonesia, and now boasts hundreds of high quality hotels. The smaller neighbourhoods of Tanah Abang and the CBD are also becoming popular choices for foreign tourists and are especially popular with returning visitors looking for something different.