Historic Hotels in Jakarta

Historic hotels in jakarta

Historic Hotels in Jakarta

There are many historic hotels in Jakarta. Capital of Indonesia located on the northwest coast of the island of Java, Jakarta is a major economic center in Asia, a city open to the world thanks to its airport, the third largest in Asia.

International headquarters of ASEAN, it is also a city of global importance, especially for international relations. Despite an equatorial climate characterized by constant humid heat, there are many things to do in Jakarta, as its historical and cultural heritage are unmissable.

Jakarta indeed offers a historical mixture of cultures (Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian, European) having influenced the architecture, the language, the cuisine and the traditions. Former Dutch colony, the historic center is littered with colonial buildings. With its metropolis of 10 million inhabitants, Jakarta is one of the cities in Asia with dazzling economic development, where traditions mingle with modernity. As often in Asia and Indonesia, accommodation in Jakarta will be affordable for European tourists: the cost of living there is much lower than in Europe. Where to sleep in Historic Hotels in Jakarta? To help you plan your trip, we have tried to list the best historical hotels to stay in Jakarta.

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski

The first Indonesian 5 star is always on top.

First operated in 1962, it is part of the history of Indonesia, of which it is perhaps even the most famous hotel. Today the HI hotel is owned by the Kempinski group. What is striking when entering the lobby is the smell of fresh flowers. The welcome is personalized and attentive.

The wow effect works when I enter the room, with precious wood, parquet, a superb carpet with an Indonesian print. The furniture is both very classic with all the modern and intuitive accessories for the non-geek that I am. There is a latest generation coffee machine that I couldn’t get to work. The bed is huge, a little hard and very comfortable.

The choice of television channels is ideal and very complete. The bathroom makes the difference with its designer bathtub with a view of the “selamat datang” monument equivalent to the place de l’étoile in Paris. What I appreciate and what makes the difference are the generous Kempinski branded bath towels and the high-end toiletries. There is a TV screen in front of the tub just in case. Electronic toilets can be confusing at first but you quickly get used to them! The AC is easy to turn on and off for allergy sufferers like me. The swimming pool on the 17th floor with a view of the city, I am frankly for it. It is large and deep enough 1.50 meters (around 5 feet) to swim.

Visit the oval room, the first elevator in Indonesia. Everything has been restored to the same. Hotel Indonesia is strategically located in Jakarta and enjoys a direct connection to the Grand Indonesia mall.

Hermitage Jakarta

Colonial era Luxury in Modern Jakarta

Very nice hotel in an old colonial house very well renovated in the heart of a beautiful garden. An oasis of calm in the heart of Jakarta. Remarkable welcome, beautiful restaurant, beautiful spaces, atmosphere of another era… with modern equipment.

Close to popular landmarks like Sunda Kelapa Grand Mosque (0.8 km) and Proclamation Monument (1.2 km), The Hermitage Jakarta makes it easy to experience some of Jakarta’s most well known attractions.

During your visit to the city, be sure to check out popular attractions like Taman Suropati (0.9 km) and Freedom Library (1.1 km), which are all within walking distance of the hotel.

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta

In the 1960s, Sukarno conceived the idea to construct the second international-standard hotel in Indonesia. Sukarno ordered the acquisition of much of the northern part of the former military housing complex in Weltevreden to construct the new hotel. The south end of this military housing complex was not acquired by Sukarno and today the original messes still exist and are used as the military housing complex for the Indonesian Marine Corps).

Read also: Ludruk and Ketoprak | Popular theater from Indonesia

The new hotel was originally expected to be called Hotel Lapangan Banteng because of its close proximity with the Lapangan Banteng, located just to the south of the square. Other suggested name for the hotel was Hotel Jakarta Raya.

On March 23, 1974, President Soeharto inaugurated Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, which has been developed including apartments, as an official hotel at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference, and that date became the official date for the establishment of Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta. Since then Hotel Borobudur has often become a place to stay for state guests, celebrities and super VIPs.

If you are looking for a family hotel in Jakarta, then Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is the perfect choice.

Close to popular landmarks like Jakarta Arts Building (0.6 km) and Freedom Library (3.5 km), Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is the perfect starting point from which to explore Jakarta.

Rooms include a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar. The hotel also provides free internet.

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta features a concierge and room service, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The establishment also has a swimming pool and breakfast included. If you are driving to Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, please feel free to use the free parking lot.

Jakarta has plenty of Italian restaurants. Take the opportunity to push the doors of one of the city’s popular restaurants, such as OSO Ristorante, Bruschetta Italian Restaurant or Pisa Cafe, all known for the quality of their dishes.

Jakarta is also known for its famous parks, including Taman Suropati, Taman Menteng and Taman Honda Tebet, which are very close to Hotel Borobudur Jakarta.

The staff at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

Hotel Mandarin started its operations in September 1978, and the grand opening of the hotel was carried out by Nelly Malik, wife of the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Adam Malik on September 23, 1979.


Excellent service. Location in the heart of Jakarta, only two steps from Grand Indonesia Mall.

The staff is very friendly and polite. The room is nice with city view. The hotel price is right for this level of service.


The Sultan Hotel (ex Hilton Hotel)

Established in 1976 (ex Hilton Hotel), Sultan Hotel Jakarta is a 5-minute walk from Jakarta Convention Center and a 15-minute drive from Gambir Railway Station. Boasting direct access to Gelora-Bung-Karno Stadium, The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta is located in central Senayan, just a 5-minute drive from Senayan City and Plaza Senayan shopping malls.

Spread over 23 hectares of lush tropical gardens, the property offers an outdoor swimming pool, 6 restaurants.

The Jakarta Hilton International Hotel was built in 1976. The hotel, which is located in the golden triangle of Jakarta, has a total of 1,104 rooms, nine banguet rooms and one ballroom, sports and recreational facilities, as well as various other five hotel facilities.

Hilton Jakarta, which was established in 1976, is owned by the Pontjo Sutowo Family and officially changed its name to The Sultan starting Wednesday 23/8/2006.

Hotel Des Indes Batavia (demolished)

Hotel des Indes is a hotel in Weltevreden, Batavia (Jakarta) which was built in 1856. The Van Roijen-Roem Declaration was signed in the hotel on 7 May 1949. After Indonesian independence, the hotel was confiscated by the Indonesian government in 1960 and renamed Hotel Duta Indonesia. The hotel was eventually demolished in 1971 to make way for the Duta Merlin shopping complex.


In 1824 the land was then passed into the hands of the government of the Dutch East Indies and subsequently, in 1828, saw the construction of a boarding school for girls. However, the college was soon abandoned as due to the lack of European women in the Dutch East Indies, its teachers continued to leave their posts to get married.

Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hotel de Provence

In 1829 the property was bought by a Frenchman, Antoine Surleon Chaulan (born in 1793 in Aubagne in Provence ), who opened a hotel there which took the name of Hotel de Provence in homage to his native land. Étienne Chaulan, brother of the owner, bought the hotel at an auction in 1845 for 25,000 Dutch guilders. Étienne made the hotel famous for being the first to sell different types of ice cream the European way in the city.

In 1851 the hotel was bought by Cornelis Denninghoff, who renamed it Hotel Rotterdam . Although the hotel was positioned close to the elite Armonia company and the French tailor’s Oger Frères , it lost its prestige until the following year it was bought by a member of staff, the Swiss Francois Auguste Emile Wijss, husband of Antoinette Victorine Chaulan, the Sixteen-year-old daughter of Surleon Chaulan.

Hotel des Indes

However, on the advice of Multatuli , stage name of Eduard Douwes Dekker , client of the structure, in 1956 Wijss changed the name of the hotel again, which then became the Hotel del Indes .

In 1860 Wijss sold the hotel to the Frenchman Cresonnier. Louis Couperus , another famous writer, became a regular client. Cresonnier hired famous British photographers Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834–1885) and James Page (1833–1865) to do a photo shoot to advertise the facility.

Upon Cresonnier’s death in 1870, his family sold the hotel to Theodor Gallas who in turn gave it to Jacob Lugt in 1866 for 177,000 Dutch florins. Lugt greatly expanded the hotel by buying adjacent land. During the economic depression, in 1897 Lugt founded the ‘saHotel Des Indes’ to prevent the financial instability of a potential bankruptcy.

In 1942 the Japanese authorities made the future Vice President Mohammad Hatta reside in the hotel.

Hotel Duta Indonesia

After Indonesian independence, in 1960 the property was confiscated by the Indonesian government and changed its name to Hotel Duta Indonesia . The hotel was finally demolished in 1971 to make room for a new shopping center.

Sriwijaya Hotel in Menteng

This 3-star hotel is located at Jalan Veteran No.1, RT 04/02 Gambir, 10110 Jakarta.

Sriwijaya Hotel was founded in 1863 when Conrad Alexander Willem Cavadino or CAW Cavadino started a restaurant and cake business. This restaurant was turned into a hotel in 1872 while the restaurant and cake business was transferred to the Cavadino Shop which is located at the front of the hotel building.

Hotel Cavadino lasted until 1898 when it was changed to Hotel du Lion d’Or. In 1941, the hotel changed its name to Park Hotel and it is estimated that in 1950 the hotel name changed to Sriwijaya Hotel which has survived until now.

Wonderloft Hostel (Stasiun Kota)

This unique and historic hostel in Jakarta has a really cool atmosphere, great common area with games available, nice terrace and the best staff ever!

Some rooms have access to a shared bathroom, while other rooms have a private bathroom. This property has a shared kitchen. You can play billiards on the spot. City Train Station and Bus Station are within walking distance of Wonderloft Hostel.

Alamat: Jl. Bank No 6 & 811110 – Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta.


Mercure Jakarta Batavia (ex Omni Hotel)

This 4-star hotel was inaugurated in 1995 with a classic and traditional colonial architectural style. The design of the hotel reflects the historical character, which has a strong Dutch influence in the architectural style of its old buildings.

Previously, Mercure Jakarta Batavia was an Omni Batavia Hotel which changed its name to de Rivier Hotel. This hotel has an old heritage concept that displays Indonesianness.

Majapahit Hotel | The Historic Oranje Hotel in Surabaya, Since 1901

Sources: PinterPandaiJakarta PostIndonesia Design

Sumber foto: ErikaWittlieb via Pixabay


Learn More →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *