My client has invited me over for his daughter's wedding dinner on a Sunday evening and I thought this could be a good opportunity to take a break away from work for a day or two and enjoy the weekend with my girl friend.
It wasn't my first time in Jakarta yet the only places I have visited was only the factories and industrial area. Thus, I have to make a point to find a hotel that is near the city centre to enjoy the views and maybe some shopping at the same time. There were ample good hotels in the vicinity but eventually, we have chosen Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta since it looks like a decent hotel which is linked to the shopping malls.
We arrived Jakarta in the late morning and was greeted by the hot weather. As usual, the places are packed with people and taxis (legal and illegal) trying to get some customers for taxi hire. Fortunately, my client has arranged to pick us up from the airport to his factory. It was just a short two hours meeting before we requested to be sent back to our hotel.
During the factory visit, my girlfriend actually hit off went with my client and while they were chatting happily about plants and fruits, my client stopped by one of the supermarkets along the road which my girlfriend could shop for some fruits. Before our eyes were rows and rows of fresh fruits like mangoes, pineapples and even durians of many different varieties - an uncommon sight in Singapore. It took us almost an hour before we could finish shopping just on the fruits section alone - so just imagine!
Talking about fruits, did we missed our lunch? Apparently, we were so busy buying fruits that we had totally forget about our lunch. My client has offered us for lunch which though we have politely reject but his persistence paid off and we agreed to have a light meal at a local restaurant - Sari Minang, a Nasi Padang restaurant.
As usual, hotels in Jakarta are often with security and Kempinski wasn't exceptional. It was a quick check before we drove to the front porch. The moment the vehicle stopped, a porter immediately opens our door while the bell boy is standing right beside him waiting for our luggage. A female staff politely greeted and ushered us to the reception counter for our check-in which took less than ten minutes before accompanying to the lift. What a service!
Details of the hotel can be found below
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. 1
10310 Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 21 2358 3800