The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Jakarta is one of the best places in the world to indulge in a bit of 5-star luxury. The best hotels in the city are all incredibly affordable for international standards, meaning everyone has a chance to enjoy the city in style. This is why, exceptionally, half of the hotels on our list are 5-star. If you really are traveling on a shoestring, quality budget options also abound.
Though homosexuality is definitely frowned upon in Indonesia, sex between two men is legal. As such hotels in Jakarta could be described as gay-friendly. Most won’t bother you or ask any questions. They may assume you want twin beds if you are checking in as a couple, and it would be up to you to clarify otherwise.
That said, many gay travelers prefer the comfort of staying with a big international chain since they more or less guarantee a level of professionalism. Most of the luxury hotel chains such as the Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, and Four Seasons have locations in Jakarta, as well as international brands like Ibis.
Jakarta doesn’t have any gay saunas, but a couple of the hotels on this list have saunas that are commonly frequented by gay men. Public sex is illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble in Indonesia, so if you are thinking of meeting someone in the saunas, it is recommended you stay in the hotel so you have a private room upstairs.
Due to the very limited scene in gay Jakarta, there is nothing resembling a gayborhood or even any particular gay venues to watch out for. Most visitors stay within Central Jakarta or South Jakarta.
Central Jakarta houses the city’s most famous landmark, the National Monument (also called Monas). It sits in the middle of Merdeka Square, a huge space (actually the third-largest square in the world) which is at the heart of the city’s social and political life. Nearby are many other landmarks, including the National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta Cathedral, and Masjid Istiqlal, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia.
Most hotels sit within the Golden Triangle of Jakarta – This area stretches across Central and South Jakarta, mostly overlapping with the South Jakarta neighborhood of Setiabudi. It is the main business district of the city, containing the many skyscrapers that make up its skyline. Here is where some of the city’s best high-end hotels are located, as well as great bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Ibis Jakarta Tamarin is located in Central Jakarta, close to the museums and landmarks of Gambir as well as the trendy nightlife of the golden triangle. Jalan Sabang, Jakarta’s most famous street food spot, is just 5 minutes away on foot. As an established international chain, this is a good choice for travelers looking for a guaranteed gay-friendly hotel in Jakarta.
The hotel offers classic Ibis rooms, with either twin or double beds. All the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a TV, and a desk. As usual with Ibis, the beds are very comfortable and the rooms are always clean and well-maintained.
Ibis Jakarta Tamarin has very good facilities for a hotel in its price range, including an outdoor pool and a pretty well-equipped gym. The breakfast buffet is varied and high-quality, and the staff are excellent.
Wonderloft is an excellent backpacker hostel located in the charming colonial area of Kota Tua. This is also near the seaside area of Ancol, which places you a short taxi ride from Jakarta’s best waterparks and city beaches. This is ideal when you’re trying to get away from the Indonesian heat.
The hostel has a lovely colorful decor in bright tones of yellow and blue, with plenty of cool social areas to hang out and meet fellow travelers. Fun activities are regularly on offer, from city tours to karaoke, poker nights, BBQs, or just a good old fashioned pub crawl.
There is both dorm and private accommodation on offer. The dorm beds are all capsule-style for increased privacy, and all come with a reading light secure locker for your stuff. If you are traveling in a large group, you can book a full 8-person room just to yourselves. Free WiFi, tea and coffee, and basic breakfast are all available.
Capsule Hotel Jakarta Old Batavia offers both private and capsule-style dorm accommodation in Jakarta. It is a friendly and sociable hostel, ideal for those who love meeting new people, chatting to staff, and doing fun activities with fellow travelers.
The capsules are unique in that they offer more privacy than a normal hostel bed, but they are open-ended so do not have the slightly claustrophobic feel of a fully closed capsule. Each one comes with their own reading light, plugs, and locker space. The private rooms are ensuite, while the dorms have shared bathrooms.
There is a cool common area with movies, pool, darts, and plenty of comfy seating, as well as a rooftop terrace with a bar that puts the “party” in “party hostel”. There is a free basic breakfast in the morning, as well as a super brunch you can buy for an affordable price. The hostel organizes plenty of daily city tours to the main tourist attractions around the city, as well as Volcano and island tours on demand.
Studio One is a budget option at the southern end of Central Jakarta. From this location, it’s equally easy to reach the Central and South Jakarta hotspots by taxi and public transport. Grand Indonesia shopping center is just a 5-minute walk away. Stasiun BNI City, one of the stops on the direct airport train service from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, is just two minutes from the hotel.
The rooms are basic but colorful, with a bed, ensuite bathroom and shower, desk, and WiFi. There is a limited but decent breakfast, and a friendly team of staff. No frills here, just cheap accommodation in a central location.
This 3-star hotel is located in a quiet area called Manggarai, between Central and South Jakarta. Despite being a bit removed from the main sights, the location is still good for shopping and dining, with the huge Kota Kasablanca shopping center just 20 minutes away. There is a large train station, Manggarai, a short walk from the hotel, serving three of the city’s commuter lines.
The hotel is a colorful and vibrant place to stay, with a modern and fun design throughout. From the lobby to the rooms, you are met with a cool monochrome palette of whites, greys, and blacks, offset by the splashes of bright sunny yellow. The rooms are basic but bright, colorful, and comfy.
Despite being a hotel, Yello has some of the fun and social vibe of a hostel. Great unique touches include a Netzone in the lobby with tablets, a Gaming Station, and a Chill Spot with table football, comfy seats, and plenty of spots to plug in your phone. The in-house Wok restaurant is also a great addition, serving 24/7 street-food-inspired dishes (they can even bring your fresh wok dish to your room!).
Verse Luxe Hotel Wahid Hasyim is located very close to Merdeka Square and the National Monument in Gambir, making it an ideal base for Jakarta sightseeing. There are several great shopping malls nearby, as well as some of the city’s coolest bars and restaurants. SKYE and Cloud Lounge, two popular rooftop spots, are both just a 15-minute walk away.
The hotel itself is simple and modern, decorated in an understated but cool contemporary style. The rooms feature neutral decor with small quirky touches, such as collections of coffee table books. Every room has a TV, kettle, slippers, and toiletries. The beds are very good and cleanliness standards impeccable.
Breakfast is good, with a selection of both Western and Asian dishes. Overall, this hotel offers exceptional value for money, with everything you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay and no unnecessary extras.
Ayaka Suites is a 3-star hotel in South Jakarta, within the golden triangle. The location is ideal for sightseeing, shopping, eating, and drinking, with countless options within walking distance from the hotel.
The hotel is a standard 3-star, with an extremely helpful team of staff. There are both regular rooms and suites on offer, all decorated in a simple style and with basic amenities. Nothing is extravagant, but everything is clean and well-maintained.
There is a long and narrow outdoor pool, perfect for a quick refreshing dip or for a couple of laps. The hotel also has a gym and a spa, and a lovely rooftop gazebo area. Breakfast is very tasty, although not as varied as some hotel buffets.
ARTOTEL Thamrin is a cool and creative hotel perfect for lovers of modern art and great design. Every element of the hotel, from the street-art covered exterior to the lobby and each individual room, is a result of a collaboration with 8 up-and-coming Indonesian artists. The result is a hotel that feels young, vibrant, and colorful.
The rooms come in three types, referring to three sizes. The smallest rooms (20sqm) are quite compact (especially for Asian standards), while the larger ones (40sqm) are very spacious. However, every room is impeccably designed so that nothing ever feels cramped or uncomfortable. All rooms come with an LCD TV, iPod dock, and Dolce Gusto coffee maker.
There is a 24/7 restaurant on site, which is handy for those late nights or midnight cravings. The rooftop bar, BART, is a cool place for an evening drink. In line with the art theme, there is also an on-site art gallery with a rotation of work by local artists. The hotel also offers bike rental, which can be a great way to get to know the surrounding area.
The location is ideal for Central Jakarta sightseeing, walking distance to Gambir and its many landmarks. Jalan Sabang, a street famous for its vast and delicious street food offerings, is less than a 3-minute walk from the hotel door.
Unlike most of the hotels on this list, Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar is located in North Jakarta. Concretely, it sits in between the bustle of Central Jakarta and the seaside leisure neighborhood of Ancol (about a 15-minute drive from either). This is an especially good location if you are visiting in summer, as you’ll be able to make the most of the beach and theme park in Ancol without sacrificing the more cultural side of Jakarta.
The rooms are bright and well-appointed, with large windows that offer great views of the city. The family suite is ideal for a group of four, and the Honeymoon Suites with jacuzzi are a great choice for couples. Some of the rooms are slightly worn, but the hotel’s price range still makes this a very good value choice.
The restaurant serves a good breakfast as well as various international cuisines throughout the day. There is a very nice indoor swimming pool and an excellent spa. This hotel sauna is one of Jakarta’s underground gay meeting spots, with gay men often coming here to mingle and relax. This makes the Swiss-Belhotel a popular choice for gay travelers looking to meet other guys.
HARRIS Hotel Tebet is a modern hotel located in South Jakarta. The decor is bright and cheerful and the staff are incredibly friendly, making for a very pleasant stay in the heart of the golden triangle.
The facilities are fairly basic, but everything is clean and well-maintained. The rooms are decorated in minimalist white tones with touches of bright color, and feature well-appointed bathrooms with both bathtub and shower. The bed is just the right level of the firm, and the WiFi in the rooms is reliable.
As well as a juice bar and a cocktail bar, the hotel has a huge breakfast room which serves a dizzying variety of foods every morning, with a specific focus on local Indonesian dishes. There is a good-sized outdoor swimming pool (with separate kids’ pool), a spa, and a small hotel gym.HARRIS Hotel Tebet is located a short walk away from the huge Kota Kasablanca shopping center, as well as a wealth of other shopping, dining, and drinking options. There is a BusWay stop just outside the hotel for easy transport links around the city.