BEHIND ITS MODERN SKYSCRAPERS AND NEVER ENDING TRAFFIC JAMS, THE CAPITAL CITY OF INDONESIA IS AN ALLURING PLACE TO VISIT AND JAKARTA, A PLACE WHERE CONTEMPORARY LIFE CONTRASTS WITH INDONESIA’S TRADITION AND HERITAGE, ATTRACTS VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
If you are in Jakarta, for business, leisure or simply a layover, perhaps you might like to take the time to explore the city and enjoy some of the many interesting places that are well worth a visit. A good place to start is probably Kota Tua, down near the docks and first established in 1619 this is the old town of Jakarta, a charming colonial site that has become one of Jakarta’s major tourist attractions.
Fatahillah Square (formerly Batavia City Square) in Kota Tua, is home to a number of fascinating museums housed in heritage buildings such as Jakarta History Museum, Wayang, and Museum and Fine Art and Ceramic Museum.
Beyond the heritage sites, visitors should not forget that Jakarta is the capital of the country’s shopping districts and here malls offer premium international brands, restaurants and cafes along with entertainment. Some of the best are the Plaza Indonesia,
Grand Indonesia and Pacific Place, and there are many more to choose from.
To best enjoy what the city has to offer it is important to thoughtfully select the right place to stay and one of the most highly recommended hotels in the capital is the 5 star Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jakarta. Located right in the heart of the capital overlooking one of the capital’s main landmarks the ‘Indonesia Traffic Circle’ roundabout. This historical hotel was featured in the movie “The Year of Living Dangerously”. Totally refurbished in recent years the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski provides an opulent sanctuary of comfort and style with 278 rooms and 11 suites including the presidential suite, complete with five star amenities.
The food and beverage selection at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is extensive serving a broad range of cuisine from Indonesian to international, Japanese and traditional Bavarian and German dishes with something to suit everyone’s palate. The comprehensive facilities include a spa, 14 meeting rooms, 2 ballrooms, a fitness center and, of course, a pool.
The hotel occupies what is probably the most prime location right in the centre of the city. The Presidential Palace, the Central Park and the National Monument of Monas are just down the road and, if you need some shopping therapy, next door are the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town and the Plaza Indonesia.
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