Intercontinental Jakarta MidPlaza Review
The Intercontinental Jakarta MidPlaza (Review) is located between Central Jakarta and South Jakarta. Finding the lobby entrance is quite a task and my taxi driver duly missed it several times - it's hard though. The development is also called MidPlaza and when you have been driving between Central and South Jakarta you likely passed through this area. There is a tiny, congested road right in front the hotel - little did I know that this is one of the main connectors between these two busy areas of Jakarta. Check-In was friendly and fast - no 20 minute wait for nothing - after 2 minutes I was on my way to my room. The hotel and the lobby give off a very stuffy attitude when you first enter. It's like you just walked into a big office tower. I was a bit disappointed. However this feeling would pass. The rooms are 'old school' but everything works in just a lovely fashion. The AC was effective and cold, The shower pressure awesome, the whole bathroom finishing in a perfect shape. The room was rather big too but overlooked the busy 24 hour construction site next door. Not much of a view. I loved how easy it was to connect to the Internet and how fast it worked. The room was also quiet and just a cool oasis from the chaos outside. I went down to the pool, which shares the same floor with the gym and main dining/ breakfast area. I was surprised how 'Balinese' it looked and how well this area was done. It felt indeed more like Bali and less like Jakarta if it weren't for the construction noise. My reservation did not include breakfast - the front desk offered to add this to my bill for just $15. That's a great offer but I just felt I did not like any of the items much. I'd rather spend $10 in a coffee shop and get just the items I really like. Speaking of which - the CityWalk Sudirman mini mall is just next door and contains a number decent food and drink options. I liked the coffee from Common Ground quite a bit. After the initial disappointment the Intercontinental Jakarta MidPlaza grew very much on me - it's a great option if you need to go to Central (it's walkable in about 20 minutes) or South Jakarta (it's about 15 minutes drive). Rates during the time of my stay were just about $200 per night. I'd happily come back. You can book the Intercontinental Jakarta MidPlaza here.