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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.
♥ Large lagoon-style outdoor pool for lounging and cooling down
♥ Excellent selection of international restaurants
♥ Spacious, comfortable, and elegant rooms