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Old Oct 18, 18, 10:21 am
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Jakarta Advice Please

I have a 24 hour stopover in CGK on a Saturday in Dec. I've heard that traffic is a pig in Jakarta - so I'd like to balance choosing a decent 4*/5* hotel with nice pool area/restaurant, with avoiding the need to sit in a Taxi for 2 hours in either direction!.

I'll be arriving and departing around midday if that makes a difference traffic wise. There seems to be a good spread of options in the Accor stable - from the Bandara at the airport (looks pretty average but convenient) to Mercure Pantai Indah to the north, Novotel Tangerang to the south and then the full suite of possibilities around the city centre.

I'd welcome any collective wisdom on a good choice which balances hotel quality with ease of travel to/from CGK.

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Old Oct 18, 18, 10:37 am
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Pullman Central Park
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Old Oct 18, 18, 11:34 am
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I agree with @gilbertaue Pullman Central Park is an excellent choice, great hotel, excellent service. I used it for stopovers myself.
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Third for the Pullman, it's on the airport side of the city to minimize traffic
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Old Oct 18, 18, 12:39 pm
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Fourth for Central Park, next pick would be Mercure PIK Ave.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 2:11 pm
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Pullman Central Park it is then - thank you all for your unanimous and swift advice
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Old Oct 18, 18, 7:43 pm
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Fairmont Jakarta. Very nice place, great variety of restaurants, nice pool area, connected by underground passageway to Plaza Senayan shopping center (with more places to eat!), one of the nicest in the city, and Senayan City shopping center is just across the street from there.

The hotel gave this platinum member fantastic treatment. I stayed for the first time there last month, they were all excited and very welcoming, giving me a fine batik cloth to wear around the neck. Reception happily told me he upgraded me to a suite in one of the top floors with great view. Fantastic suite with fantastic amenity. They brought more welcome gifts to the room in the form of big basket of fruits and a plate of sweets.

However much I liked Pullman Central Park, and they did treat me very well the last time I was there, it's just on a totally different level from the Fairmont. When price is a consideration, the Fairmont does command some 20-30% premium, but considering the basic room type at the Fairmont is 48 m2 and the basic room type of Pullman Central Park is at 32 m2, plus the different levels of comfort and amenities, I think the premium is well worth it. And if they do give you a suite at the Fairmont, there is just no comparison.

One consideration for Pullman Central Park is if you are platinum member and do need access to executive lounge, then it is surely a better choice.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 11:50 pm
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The Pullman CP Exec Lounge serves Pisang Goreng Keju for breakfast - NOTHING else matters

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Old Oct 19, 18, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by pjh981 View Post
I have a 24 hour stopover in CGK on a Saturday in Dec. I've heard that traffic is a pig in Jakarta - so I'd like to balance choosing a decent 4*/5* hotel with nice pool area/restaurant, with avoiding the need to sit in a Taxi for 2 hours in either direction!.

I'll be arriving and departing around midday if that makes a difference traffic wise. There seems to be a good spread of options in the Accor stable - from the Bandara at the airport (looks pretty average but convenient) to Mercure Pantai Indah to the north, Novotel Tangerang to the south and then the full suite of possibilities around the city centre.

I'd welcome any collective wisdom on a good choice which balances hotel quality with ease of travel to/from CGK.

Many thanks,
what are you trying to do in CGK in that 24 hours? When will be that Saturday in Dec? For those suggesting Pullman CP, isn;t that ares quite jam?
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what are you trying to do in CGK in that 24 hours? When will be that Saturday in Dec? For those suggesting Pullman CP, isn;t that ares quite jam?
Once you have done the Uturn, you're quickly on the highway and you have two options. Either the normal highway or to go via Kebon Jeruk.
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I've got a week at the Pullman Central Park coming up next month coming up so really looking forward to it. Have been upgraded to an executive suite ( I think that's the room that is in the hotel review) so I have high expectations!
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Old Oct 21, 18, 6:24 am
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Once you have done the Uturn, you're quickly on the highway and you have two options. Either the normal highway or to go via Kebon Jeruk.
but that u turn may be forever right?
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Depends on timing.
The other way is to just drive straight, and you are then on the ramp to the highway. Also not too bad.
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