Located in South Jakarta’s Kuningan Business District, just 40 minutes away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the Westin Jakarta boasts fantastic and unparalleled views of the Indonesian capital. In fact, the hotel is housed in the top 20 floors of Gama Tower, currently the tallest building in Indonesia.
Expect to arrive at the spacious driveway where staff will direct you towards lifts that will shuttle you up to the hotel lobby reception area.
Typical for a steel and glass building like this, the lobby appeared expansive with large glass panels surrounding the entire space, with the effect being more pronounced with the hotel floors situated high above ground level.
Thankfully the check-in desks were empty when I arrived, so the entire process was swift. I was welcomed back as a Gold Elite Bonvoy member, and was once again reminded of my member benefits during my stay.
Even the short stroll to the lift lobby was pleasant, with decorative ornaments suspended from the ceiling while being framed by vertical green and marble walls, against the backdrop of the Jakarta city below.
I should also say that the lobby has a huge seating area, plus some computer workstations available for use.
By now, I was of course looking forward to the huge room that I was promised. Stepping into my room, I was truly impressed. I guess it helped that the hotel was housed in Indonesia’s tallest building. All rooms offer panoramic views of the city, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows lining a considerable length of the each room.
Furnishings wise, you’ll find the typical soft hues and colour palettes that most will find comfortable with. The room was large enough to have a distinct seating area like a living room, and a full-sized ottoman at the foot of the king-sized bed.
Plus, there was a generous work desk tucked at one side of the room, a smart move so that it didn’t get in the way of things.
Even the bathroom was spectacular. Do shower with care, as the rooms may be quite visible to outsiders especially at night. Blinds are available for privacy, of course.
Should you feel hungry for a snack, feel free to raid the minibar which offers a rather limited stash of snacks and drinks.
The usual in-room safe and ironing board were concealed in the wardrobe as well.
I was offered access to the executive lounge during my stay, and I made sure to drop by at various points during the day.
Afternoon tea was a pleasant experience, with light bites such as scones, cakes, tarts, and some sweets.
The executive lounge was also very spacious, and if possible, pick a table along the windows so that you can enjoy the views, like the beautiful sunset!
For evening cocktails, the selection was more substantial, with salads and hot soups and dishes such as meats, fish and tofu.
Guests have full access to the fitness centre, which comes fully equipped with a full suite of exercise and training equipment, such as free weights and cable machines.
Guests can also access the swimming pool, which gives off some infinity pool vibes, albeit being indoors. A large sauna is also accessible to guests.
If you’ve got the time, do make sure to check out their Heavenly Spa. They run frequent promotions so it might be worthwhile to pamper yourself with a full body massage while you’re there.
Breakfast is served full buffet style at Seasonal Tastes right next to the hotel lobby. It offers a wide selection of food from international cuisines, so you will definitely be spoilt for choice.
But of course, given that I had access to the executive lounge during my stay, I proceed there for a more intimate breakfast affair. Main food items can be ordered through the staff, who will serve them to your table directly.
However, feel free to help yourselves to the other food items such as cold meats, bread rolls, fruit and yoghurt, located at the buffet table.
The highlight of my stay was the awesome dining experience at Henshin, the tallest restaurant in Indonesia! Perched at the top three floors of the tower, the restaurant serves a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavours.
The dishes I sampled all tasted exquisite, yet familiar on the palate, probably making it a very likeable dining venue to most diners.
Dinner at Henshin on my first visit was so good that I headed back for another dinner!
Once done, do make it a point to head to the rooftop bar for some drinks while taking in the city lights below.
I absolutely loved my stay at The Westin Jakarta! I guess being housed in the tallest building in Indonesia added to the overall experience. Expect panoramic views from the rooms, to the fitness centre, and also at the executive lounge. Your stay should culminate in a spectacular dining experience at Henshin and the rooftop bar. Location wise, the hotel is perfect for those who wish to take in the full Jakarta city experience, given its close proximity to key attractions and shopping malls. Be sure to make this your hotel of choice during your next visit to the Indonesian capital!