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Holiday Inn Hotel, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta

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Street view from the top

Street view from the room

During last June school holiday, we stayed for one night in Holiday Inn Hotel which located in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. It was a brand new hotel and was just opened recently before our stay there.

Back then when I was working, one of my branch office was located in Kemayoran, not far from my branch office in that area. I went to that office several times, so I knew the area quite well, but it was very surprising for me to see the very fast development of that area. I never imagined that there would be a hotel in that place in less then 4 years.

Welcome to Holiday Inn Hotel

Welcome to Holiday Inn Hotel

Well, anyway, the location of the hotel was very good. It was close enough to Kelapa Gading (where you can find all the big malls and Kelapa Gading is also very famous because you can find all types of food and restaurants from local to international. Well basically if you want to eat anything, just go to Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta). Sunter Mall is also nearby. Just next to the hotel was a food hall or food court (not so sure but it was big enough and I saw many restaurant brands on the signage). If you want something local but also delicious (home cooked food or street vendor food or family friendly and very well known Chinese food restaurants), then everything is just nearby. Sunter and Kemayoran are also known for their culinary places.

We’ve stayed once in Holiday Inn Malacca and it was a good stay, so we hoped this time we would get the same experience too, and in fact, yes we did. It was clean, of course, friendly and helpful staff, good food, and the best thing was, children stayed for free (I think the last one applies to all Holiday Inn Hotel). So no need to pay extra money for the boy’s breakfast……………….

We saw "bedug" (Indonesian traditional drum hung vertically)

We saw “bedug” (Indonesian traditional drum hung vertically which is used among Muslims for religious purposes ) in the lobby area. As it was fasting month and the Muslims were going to celebrate Idul Fitri (big celebration for Muslims), so it is very common to see bedug as part of decoration in public area

 

We also found a smaller bedug in the second floor (meeting roms area) and the best part was, the boy could try it too..........

We also found a smaller bedug in the second floor (meeting roms area) and the best part was, the boy could try it too……….

I liked the spacious and airy lobby with free WiFi and unique seating area. The lobby was big not so crowded with furniture that I thought it was suitable to play scooter or bicycle there, hahaha………..

Unique orange chairs

Unique big orange chairs

We had our we;come drink in the lobby lounge, and we got 1 glass of orange juice and one glass of guava juice. It was a nice place to hang out for a while, but we didn’t stay long because the boy already wanted to jump into the swimming pool.

Lobby Lounge

Lobby Lounge

 

Nice place to spend an evening with friends or family

Nice place to spend an evening with friends or family

 

Orange or guava juice?

Orange or guava juice?

Before we finally spent an afternoon at the pool, of course we had to check our room first. The thing that I like about hotels in Indonesia are……….most of the hotels (even the budget ones) have spacious rooms. Although some new hotels have smaller rooms, but basically, we can expect to see big room in most hotels.

The room, big enough for the three of us

The room, big enough for the three of us

There were one big double bed, clean toilet, free WiFi in the room, a sofa, cable TV, and a working table inside the room. The bed and pillows were also soft and comfortable. Water, tea, and coffee were also provided in the room. Other standard amenities such as bathrobe, iron, and ironing board could also be found inside.

Big and comfortable bed overlooking the bathroom

Big and comfortable bed overlooking the bathroom

 

Anything we needed was here......

Anything we needed was here……

 

Someone is busy working on something

Someone is busy working on something

The bathroom was also spotlessly clean with all the basic toiletries provided. When staying in a hotel, bathroom is one of the most important part of the room for me. I love bright and very clean bathroom. It is also a plus point if the hotel already provided all the towels (3 towels because we bring kids), bathrobes, hand towels, face towels, and bath mat in complete set without being asked.

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Transparent window in the bathroom looking through to the bedroom, just close the curtain when you take a bath………

 

bathroom

After lunch, then it was time to check the swimming pool.

Ready to check the pool

Ready to check the pool

There were two pools, one tiny (seriously, it was very small) kids pool and one adult pool which was not too big either and the depth was 1.2 M only. The pool was very quiet and we only saw very few people (this is what I like about business hotel, very often we had the pool area only for ourselves). The boy met other kids around his age and he had fun playing with them for a long time.

We loved sitting down near the pool as the sofas were very comfortable. It was windy but not cold so one could easily fall asleep in here

We loved sitting down near the pool as the sofas were very comfortable. It was windy but not cold so one could easily fall asleep in here

 

Simple but nice decoration around the pool

Simple but nice decoration around the pool

 

Office buildings, shops, and apartments could be seen as the background of the pool

Office buildings, shops, and apartments could be seen as the background of the pool

 

Very quiet pool and blue water.........who can resist not to jump right away?

Very quiet pool and blue water………who can resist not to jump right away?

 

but first, we had to take some towels from this room (self service) using our room card key

but first, we had to take some towels from this room (self service) using our room card key

 

and ..........jump..............!

and ……….jump…………..!

 

Having fun with friends

Having fun with friends. This girl said she was from US and she couldn’t speak Bahasa Indonesia

 

This was the girl's cousin who lived in Indonesia but very fluent in speaking English. Kids these days...........they're just good at everything that we didn't at that age

This was the girl’s cousin who lived in Indonesia but very fluent in speaking English. Kids these days………..they’re just good at everything that we weren’t at that age

 

The pool was not to deep, so it was safe for children who already know how to swim

The pool was not to deep, so it was safe for children who already knew how to swim

 

We spent the night relaxing in the room after a tiring day

We spent the night relaxing in the room after a tiring day

As I said, one thing that I loved about Holiday Inn was that kids eat for free with accompanying adult. My boy loves hotel breakfast (I don’t know why since he actually doesn’t eat a lot during breakfast time). I think he likes the idea of choosing from many kind of food varieties and taking whatever he likes into his plate.

There were not too many people in the breakfast area when we came down at around 9 am

There were not too many people in the breakfast area when we came down at around 9 am

 

Bread section

Bread section

 

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Bread, donuts, pancakes, waffles…………..we loved all of them

 

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Fresh waffle and danish pastry (I love pastries with fruits) and a glass of apple juice

Although we came a bit late, but there were still so many things to choose and the staff were still adding food for the guests. There was no lack of bread, milk, juice, salad, fruits, and other things. The boy especially loved the kids corner, although it was very simple and only consisted of sausage, chicken popcorn, and porridge.

His favorite kids corner

His favorite kids corner, when he came back the second time, the serving plates were already full again

The restaurant also served non halal food and vegetarian meals. The fried rice / nasi goreng which contained pork was so yummy. It was so delicious that I had two servings. I also loved the way they made sambal / chili paste which was spicy and full of flavor.

My favorite of the day: pork fried rice, sambal, and keropok

My favorite of the day: pork fried rice, sambal, and keropok

 

Yummy for my tummy

Yummy for my tummy

After we finished breakfast, we went to the other side of the restaurant and found a small but decent and clean children play area. It had balls, some tables and chairs, and also building blocks, Not big but should be enough to entertain little kids during breakfast.

Building blocks

Building blocks

 

Small but fun

Small playground but fun

So, that was our short stay in Holiday Inn Hotel and we really loved it. Hope to come back again………….

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

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