Most of the five-star chains have places in Jakarta but the most relaxing, elegant hotel is the Dharmawangsa. Part of the elite Rosewood group, its high-ceiling lobbies and calm atmosphere takes one a million miles away from the bustling city outside. Internet deals for £160 plus 21% tax and service are the best going.
Jalan Brawijaya Raya 26, Kebayoran Baru;
Very reasonably priced design hotel (even more so if you book via an agency), helpful staff, close to Monas and 'old' Jakarta sights. The rooftop pool area is a very welcome break from Jakarta's heady mix of heat, humidity and pollution.
This street and the alleys off Jalan Jaksa are Jakarta's backpackerland. There is plenty of choices and the best thing to do is to walk up and down checking out what's on offer. Should be able to get a clean, if basic, room for less than £7.
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