Review: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta (Salon Suite)

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Nightly rateIDR 2.2m (US$152) nett
(paid entirely with D$)
Length of stay1 night
Date of stayJune 2022
Membership levelTitanium
(GHA Discovery)

What benefits to expect when you stay at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta as a GHA Discovery Titanium member?

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta opened in 1962 as Hotel Indonesia and adopted the Kempinski branding in 2009, after major renovation works.

It has a total of 289 rooms.

Location

Like Grand Hyatt Jakarta, this hotel is located in central Jakarta, next to the iconic Bundaran roundabout on Jalan M.H. Thamrin. It is also directly connected to Grand Indonesia mall.

  • 40 mins drive to Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP)
  • 45 mins drive to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Walkway between the hotel and Grand Indonesia mall
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Arrival

Upon arrival, we were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

Drop-off area
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Lobby

About a week prior to the stay, I got in touch with the Lady in Red to inform them that I am making the payment using D$ (that I earned from Local Experiences in the previous program).

Titanium members receive 2-category room upgrades upon availability. However, I tried my luck by requesting for a 3-category upgrade to the Salon Suite and my wish was kindly granted by the Lady in Red!

I was especially thankful for the upgrade as I later found out that the hotel was fully booked on that day (Friday).

Pro tip: You can get GHA Discovery Titanium status from as little as 3 nights!

What/Who is Lady in Red?

The Lady in Red® is the embodiment of everything Kempinski stands for: a remarkable host and an enduring symbol of the finest European luxury hospitality.

Dedicated to please and educated to entertain, these brand ambassadors are alert to any opportunity to go one step beyond to craft unforgettable experiences for our well-travelled guests, acting as both the perfect host and a trusted companion during their stay with Kempinski.

And yes, they are always dressed in Red.

Ladies in Red (Photo: kempinski.com)
Corridor to the rooms

Salon Suite

Room 646 is 85sqm / 915sqft in size.

Old hotels tend to have a certain yucky smell in the rooms but thankfully, this room did not have it! Furnitures looked to be very well-maintained.

Check out the video tour of this room on our Instagram page.

Living room
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Living room (reversed angle)

As the hotel is located right next to the busy Bundaran HI, occasional sirens and honks could be heard all day and night. The noise was suppressed by the thick windows of the hotel but it can be bothersome for some guests.

View from the suite
Work desk
Washroom in the living room
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Welcome amenity
Welcome amenity
Welcome amenity
Beverage area
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Mini bar
Bedroom
Bedroom (reversed angle)
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Night stand
Light switches and power port in the night stand
Bathroom
Bathtub
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Shower and toilet
Bathroom amenities
Bathrobe
Bath products
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Toilet bidet controls
Closet
Locker in the closet
Floor plan of level 6

Internet speed

WiFi speed was great throughout my stay.

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WiFi speed at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

Breakfast

Breakfast was held as a buffet at Signatures restaurant. Food quality and variety was very good for a hotel at this price point.

Unlike some hotel loyalty programs, GHA Discovery‘s top-tier members (Titanium) are not entitled to complimentary breakfast at member hotels. Be sure to book a rate that includes breakfast or access to the executive lounge, if you want to have it in the hotel.

Entrance to Signatures restaurant
Signatures restaurant
Signatures restaurant
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Pastries
Pastries
Hot food
Hot food
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Hot food
Fruits
Salad area
Bubur (porridge) area
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Live egg station
Beverage area
Sushi station
Ice cream station
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Paulaner beer on tap (chargeable)
Our picks

Executive lounge

Like breakfast, GHA Discovery‘s top-tier members (Titanium) are not entitled to complimentary lounge access at member hotels. Only guests who stay in Executive rooms or Suites have access to the executive lounge.

Executive lounge
Executive lounge seats
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View from the Executive lounge

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

Evening cocktail

Buffet area
Cheeses
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Our picks
Desserts
Canapes
Hot food
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Other facilities

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Spa lobby
Walkway to the gym and swimming pool area
Gym
Swimming pool
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Pool chairs
Jacuzzi
View from the swimming pool area
Photo spot near the gym

My ratings

This is how I am rating my stay, after considering the hotel’s usual nightly rate:

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Breakfast10/10
Service10/10
Location10/10
Room furnishing9/10
View
(from the room)
9/10
Executive Lounge10/10
Peace & quiet8/10
Facilities10/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value10/10

Bottom line

Other than the slight noise issue, I enjoyed my stay in this legendary hotel built in the 1960s. Although the hotel was fully-occupied, my GHA Titanium benefits were well-recognised and I was even granted a 4pm late checkout.

If you are still wondering where you should spend your Discovery Dollars earned from the previous program, this hotel should be strongly considered, if rates remain around US$150/night.

6 thoughts on “Review: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta (Salon Suite)”

  1. Hi Hi,

    Can I ask for the titanium member upgrade option, do we need to book directly from GHA/ Kempinski website or can we book through agoda/ booking.com and still email in to request for the upgrade?

    Thanks for the info in advance

    Reply

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