[Jakarta, Indonesia] Grand Hyatt Jakarta is considered one of the its city’s best 5 star luxury hotel, located next to a prominent historical landmark – The Selamat Datang Statue which means ‘welcome’. I won’t say much about how comfortable the rooms are, or how enjoyable it was to relax and swim at its 43-metre lagoon-shaped outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s website will tell you.

Here are 3 interesting things I observed while staying at Grand Hyatt Jakarta.

You can actually spend a few days staying at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta without exactly stepping out. It is directly connected to the popular Plaza Indonesia Shopping Centre through a direct passage way, where shoppers can indulge in luxury brands (Max Mara, Hugo Boss, Bally, Salvatore Ferragamo) to my kind of shops (Fred Perry, Adidas, Muji) to some cosy eateries and cafes (enjoyed Dill Gourmet Café).

If you are spending the weekends over, you may find yourself waking up a 6am! The roads near the Selamat Datang Monument and Hotel Indonesia Roundabout is closed every Sunday, declared Jakarta’s car-free day from 6 to 11am. That means the roundabout just about Grand Hyatt is filled with people in a party mood – cycling, jogging, street performances (I saw policemen forming a band) and street food selling (My tour mate managed to buy a box of the famous Amanda’s brownie from a street stall!) It is quite exciting to see this less-seen aspect of Jakarta.

Security is very tight, even on normal days. While getting in the shopping centre next door is free access, everything guests get in the hotel, they would need to do a security check with scanning. It may seem a little troublesome, but gives you the confidence that safety is assured.

Back to food. Within the hotel itself, there are many dining outlets such as the award winning C’s Steak & Seafood (a friend said “You must try this” though I didn’t have the chance to), club lounge Burgundy, Japanese restaurant Sumire, buffet restaurant Grand Café, a Seafood Terrace by the pool and chill-out Fountain Lounge.

At the Grand Café, the restaurant features a spread of continental, American and Indonesia food, and brunch options during the weekends. Price is between Rp 250.000 to 500.000 ($26-$52) per person, albeit expensive.

The buffet changes their items regularly. Generally, I think the restaurant is stronger in their Indonesian style dishes compared to the Western food. Though some of the street food lacks that oomph, more quality ingredients are used with an aesthetic appeal. Try the curry noodles, bakso soup and spring rolls.

Grand Hyatt Jakarta, Grand Café
Jalan M. H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia, Tel: +62 21 2992 1234 Fax: +62 21 2992 1345
Email: jakarta.grand@hyatt.com

*This entry is brought to you by Jakarta Tourism Office. Thank you Russell Cheong of Winsemius Consulting for organising this trip.



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