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.
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……………….
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………..
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.
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.
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.
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.
After lunch, then it was time to check the swimming 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, that was our short stay in Holiday Inn Hotel and we really loved it. Hope to come back again………….