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.
♥ Very good hotel sauna frequented by gay men
♥ Convenient location between Central Jakarta and beachside Ancol
♥ Good value for money
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.
♥ Plenty of daily activities to get to know people
♥ Charming and colorful decor throughout
♥ Great location in the colonial district and close to the seaside
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.
♥ Large lagoon-style outdoor pool for lounging and cooling down
♥ Excellent selection of international restaurants
♥ Spacious, comfortable, and elegant rooms
Shangri-La Hotel is located just next to Jakarta’s city center, but it’s easy to forget that once you’re inside. This huge hotel, totaling over 600 rooms, is located in a sprawling oasis next to the river. With a huge lagoon-style pool, several restaurants, and swaying palm trees as far as the eye can see, this is perhaps the closest you can get to an Indonesian beach resort in the middle of the capital.
Of course, Jakarta is still very much around you, as seen through skyline city views from most rooms. The decor in these is elegant, blending classic luxury with contemporary touches. The beds are large and plushy and the amenities are all high-quality. Attentive touches like complimentary mineral water and a daily fruit plate elevate the whole experience even further.
Shangri-La Hotel boasts five restaurants and three bars, serving a wide range of foods and drinks. Among these, you will find SATOO, a stunning international buffet with a whopping twelve food stations from around the world, as well as authentic Chinese, Japanese, and Italian restaurants.
The pool is, of course, the hotel’s biggest draw, and the separate kids’ pool keeps the main area nice and quiet. There is also a good fitness suite, an exercise studio, and even a set of tennis courts. Spa facilities including jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, massages, and other wellness treatments.
The hotel’s proximity to the Golden Triangle means that most trendy nightlife spots in the city are easily reached by public transport or on foot. There is a loop line train stop (Karet) a short walk from the hotel, which can be handy for getting around the city. As usual in Jakarta, BusWay stops are also easy to find nearby.
♥ Next to the largest mall in Indonesia
♥ Exceptional staff and service
♥ Outdoor swimming pool for those hot sweaty days
This 5-star hotel in West Jakarta is a top seller on Hotels.com and is within the top 30 hotels in the city on TripAdvisor. It is mainly popular with business travelers, but the stylish design and convenient location make it a great choice for all types of visitors. As a large international chain, Pullman is also a good choice for a gay-friendly Jakarta hotel, and the standard of service is particularly high.
The hotel features bold design throughout, with contemporary art and tones of black, grey, and red creating a striking effect. The rooms also feature this distinctive look, paired with excellent city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include rain showers, robes and slippers, and a large LCD TV.
There is one bar and one restaurant, the latter which serves a delicious buffet breakfast with 12th-floor city views. The hotel gym also comes with views, although the equipment could do with an update. The hotel also features a good-quality spa and a narrow outdoor swimming pool which is ideal for splashing or doing a few laps.
The hotel is located in one of the best places in the city for shopping addicts. The hotel is part of a complex built around Central Park mall, which offers a large selection of shops and restaurants as well as a pleasant park. However, it’s worth walking a bit further to the mall next door. Taman Anggrek is the biggest shopping center in Indonesia, with over 500 stores and up to 100,000 visitors every day.
♥ Excellent central location
♥ Large outdoor swimming pool
♥ High-quality dining options from all over the world
Pullman Jakarta Indonesia is perfectly located in the heart of the CBD area, walking distance from Merdeka Square and the National Monument. This central location places it close to many of the city’s nightlife hotspots, such as SKYE, one of the city’s glitziest rooftop bars. You will also find one of the city’s top luxury shopping centers just across the road from the hotel, with shops ranging from Gucci to Louis Vuitton.
The hotel itself is as luxurious as its surroundings, with modern, high-concept decor. The rooms are elegant but understated, in tones of beige, white, and grey that give the space a relaxed vibe. There is a wide range of room sizes and styles, from a relatively compact Superior Room to lavish suites and apartments.
The dining options are plentiful and consistently high-quality, from an award-winning international buffet to one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. Meanwhile, smaller casual spots like a chocolate lounge and a cafe bakery are ideal for a quick treat during the day. And of course, there is also UNA, a rooftop bar to rival any of Jakarta’s high-altitude watering holes.
The Fit & Spa area on the 2nd floor is dedicated to fitness and wellness, with a 24-hour gym and an extensive suite of spa treatments available. There is also an outdoor pool with loungers to enjoy Jakarta’s sunnier days.
♥ Good-quality sauna frequented by gay men
♥ 5-star service at budget prices
♥ Excellent central location for shopping eating and sightseeing
Millennium Sirih Jakarta offers incredible value in the heart of the city, with 5-star amenities available for as little as $45 a night. The hotel’s design may be on the old-fashioned side, but the quality of service and standard of upkeep make this an excellent choice for travelers who aren’t too focused on ultra-modern design.
Rooms are supremely comfortable, offering plush beds, elegant marble bathrooms, and large bathtubs. Given the hotel’s affordable rates, it is worth upgrading to a Club Room, which comes with access to the Club Lounge for breakfast, daily treats, and evening cocktails. If you really want to treat yourself, you could even splurge on one of the spacious suites.
The hotel has a lovely bakery and snack bar as well as a cozy restaurant serving both Indonesian and international cuisines. There is also a spa, a pleasant outdoor pool, and a well-equipped gym. The hotel sauna is one of the city’s covert gay spots, often frequented by gay men.
Millennium Sirih Jakarta is located right at the heart of the city center, a 10-minute walk from Jalan M.H. Thamrin and a 20-minute walk from Merdeka Square and the National Monument. It is also walking distance from Stasiun Tanahabang, which provides useful connections to the rest of the city through the Loop and Serpong Line.
♥ Incredible outdoor swimming pool with cool poolside bars
♥ Comfortable and stylish rooms
♥ Excellent breakfast buffet with lots of variety
DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta offers all the comfort that comes with the brand, in a stunning and modern setting. Here, you will find gorgeous rooms, a superb lagoon-style outdoor pool, and incredibly stylish bars and lounges.
All the rooms are bright and spacious, decorated in relaxing muted tones and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities like a walk-in shower, MP3-enabled radio clock, and patented Sweet Dreams bed all combine to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The outdoor pool is the biggest highlight, a sprawling, winding expanse of bright blue in a sea of green palm trees. In the middle of the pool, you will find a small island with a pool bar serving milkshakes, ice creams, and fresh fruit. For a more grown-up poolside option, Iindigo Day Club is a gorgeous bar sitting under a canopy of trees that serves a great selection of cocktails.
The hotel also features a casual Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant and a cafe, and the buffet breakfast is exceptional. There is a small but well-equipped gym overlooking the pool and a spa.DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta is located in a quiet area close to the golden triangle. There are good public transport links, including a train station 3 minutes away (Cikini Station, Bekasi and Central Line) and most of the central sights and shopping centers are within a 20-minute drive.
♥ Fully-serviced apartments provide a home away from home in Jakarta
♥ Ideal location for sightseeing in the city center
♥ The range of rooms is perfect for groups of friends of all sizes
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta offers 128 fully-serviced apartments, for an exceptionally comfortable and luxurious stay in the Indonesian capital. All apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen, ensuite bathroom, a high-tech entertainment system, and a washer/dryer. In short, everything you need to make yourself at home.
The decor is elegant and minimalist, in neutral tones of beige and white. The apartments range from a compact studio to a four-room penthouse apartment over two floors that sleep up to eight people. The various sizes make Fraser Residence an ideal choice for groups of friends, who can share a large apartment for a very affordable price.
This hotel blends the privacy of a luxury serviced apartment with the convenience of a hotel, which means you have access to all the usual 5-star facilities. There is a good-sized outdoor pool with lounge chairs, a 24/7 gym with cardio and weights equipment, and spa and sauna facilities. The on-site restaurant serves tasty Indonesian and international dishes and includes a pleasant outdoor seating area.
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta also has an exceptionally central location, a short walk from Merdeka Square, the National Monument, the National Gallery of Indonesia, and Gambir train station.
♥ Cool urban and arty hotel with great design
♥ Awesome rooftop bar
♥ Close to Gambit highlights and a stone’s throw from street food heaven
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.
♥ Nice contemporary design throughout
♥ Clean comfy and pleasant rooms
♥ Great location for golden triangle sightseeing and nightlife
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.