Historic Jakarta hotel gets makeover

30 Jun 2008 by business traveller

Jakarta Indonesia's most historic property is to reopen in late August property is to reopen in late August.

The rebranded Hotel Indonesia Kempinski ( was the country’s first deluxe hotel when it was opened by the country’s independence hero and then-president Sukarno in 1962, under the name Hotel Indonesia.

The fully renovated hotel will have 289 guestrooms and suites (artist’s rendering of executive lounge and junior suite above), including a 412-square-metre presidential suite with private spa and butler. The hotel will combine old and new by featuring contemporary Indonesian art and design throughout as well as a mini-museum of mementoes from the original 1962 property, including the ribbon and scissors used by Sukarno at the official opening ceremony.

Guestrooms will come fitted with flat-screen TV, grand deluxe beds, rain showers, Wi-Fi and broadband access. Event planners will be well catered for as the hotel with the largest ballroom in the city, the 3,000-square-metre Kempinski Grand Ballroom, along with a 1,000-square-metre Bali room and eight other meeting rooms. A centrepiece of the hotel’s wellness facilities will be a 3,000-square-metre spa, a rooftop pool and botanical garden.

Ten bars and restaurants are planned including the German-style Brauhaus pub, Asian and Italian eateries and the modern Chinese Green T House.

Located in Jakarta’s Jalan Thamrin strip in the heart of the city’s commercial, retail and diplomatic heartland, the hotel will sit alongside a major shopping experience, the Crossroads of the World, and a 52-storey office tower.

In addition, a second 59-storey residential tower will have 260 Kempinski Residences, featuring 126- to 252-square-metre fully serviced luxury apartments.

Kenny Coyle

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