Tried & Tested

Hotel Check: Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

31 May 2010

WHAT’S IT LIKE? While the outside is familiar with its large illuminated trademark fan, inside the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta has had a drastic multi-million dollar makeover. The hotel, which opened its doors in 1978, was showing its age when I last visited several years ago. However, the nearly two-year renovation has given this hotel a new lease of life, added luxury
and vibrancy.

WHERE IS IT? The hotel is in the heart of Jakarta’s business and diplomatic district, on the corner of Jalan Jendral Sudirman and Jalan Imam Bonjol, opposite the iconic Welcome Memorial.

ROOM FACILITIES Rooms have been designed with the business traveller in mind. Spacious set-ups include plenty of working space. The desk has a multi-functional technology port. The multi-line phone system includes options for personalised voicemail. Wi-Fi is superfast and there are options to plug in your own iPod.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS There are six different food and beverage outlets. There is Lyon, a French brasserie, with a vast selection of wines, and a Chinese restaurant, Xin Hwa, which specialises in the popular Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines. For all-day dining, there is Cinnamon, offering both Asian and international dishes as well as special express two- and three-course set lunches delivered under 30 minutes.

For those taking advantage of Jakarta’s balmy weather, there is Azure, a light dining and drinks outlet by the pool side. The glitterati can gather for cocktails in the hotel’s stylish MO Bar and the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop will certainly tempt those with a sweet tooth.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES There is 1,060sqm of event and function space, from a 700-person capacity ballroom to a small boardroom for executive meetings. There is also a private entrance for delegates. Cocktail receptions for groups can also be held at the poolside.

There is a fully equipped business centre on the sixth floor.

LEISURE FACILITIES The hotel has a free-form pool, with adjacent bar. The Fitness Centre has a range of workout equipment as well as a selection of free weights. There is also a Kinesis Studio and there are steam and sauna facilities. The spa has four treatment rooms with a team of professional therapists.

Kenny Coyle

 

 

FACT FILE

HOW MANY ROOMS? There are 272 rooms and suites, including the 220sqm penthouse Mandarin suite.

ROOM HIGHLIGHTS For the business traveller in Indonesia, good internet connections are a must. The Mandarin Oriental Jakarta offers blisteringly fast connections. There is also full iPod connectivity for the wired traveller.

PRICE A Mandarin Deluxe room has a special business travellers’ package rice of US$305 per night for June, not inclusive of tax and service charge.

CONTACT Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, Jalan MH Thamrin, PO Box 3392, Jakarta 10310, Indonesia, tel 62 212993 8888, mojkt-reservations@mohg.com, www.mandarinoriental.com/jakarta

 

VERDICT

The hotel has truly been revitalised from top to bottom. Staff are welcoming and gracious. The Wi-Fi was by far the fastest I have ever used. The Mandarin Oriental has raised the bar for standards in the Indonesian capital.

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