HotelsSouth Jakarta’s newest luxury address injects vibrant art and local food and culture into the upmarket neighbourhood.

Room with a View: InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah

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InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah opens in the upmarket South Jakarta neighbourhood of Pondok Indah.
The View:
Housed in an upmarket shopping and business district, the hotel stands amongst the taller buildings in the neighbourhood. Its 311 rooms overlook surrounding private residences, retail malls and the beautiful greens of a world-class gold course.

First Impressions:
With grand marble pillars, burnished gold trimmings and rectangular glass chandeliers, there is no doubt that you’re stepping into a luxury hotel. 

A striking surprise was the hotel’s display of colourful paintings and sculpture by local Indonesian artists. Adding to the welcome is its open lobby bar, which had the feel of a hip but classy communal space. A resident DJ was spinning smooth, ambient grooves when I arrived in the day.

The Location:
The hotel is part of a self-sufficient mini-city, occupying an enviable address in South Jakarta’s upscale Pondok Indah neighbourhood. 

A huge upside of staying at the hotel is that you won’t need to leave air-conditioning to get to two sprawling shopping malls. Plans for a third mall, connected to the hotel via a link bridge, will add to the impressive maze of retail experiences. Next door are two golf courses, a waterpark and the city’s largest trampoline park. There are at least two spaces for kids to play within the hotel.

IHG Club Room 190513
Classic Rooms come with nifty digital features and a spacious bathroom. 

The Room: 
You will have the luxury of rooms that start from 46 sqm, with nifty digital features that can be expected in new hotel rooms. Wi-Fi speed was excellent by Jakarta standards—you’ll be able to stream videos and access larger files without any interruptions. Room temperature controls can be adjusted through a digital panel. There are also USB ports for charging your devices and a large 55-inch Smart TV.

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Made to order: single-origin coffees are brewed fresh at this mobile coffee bar.

A feature I particularly enjoyed was the lovely mini-beverage corner that takes you from day to night. Sitting on the countertop is a coffee machine with coffee pods and selection of TWG tea bags. In the evenings, it holds the basic tools of a serviceable cocktail bar, including a shaker, ice bucket and range of martini and wine glasses. 

The Service: 
Staff were warm and friendly and very prompt with additional requests. My request to have clothing pressed was picked up and delivered within the hour. 

Even more impressive was the service at its Inaria Spa. There, you’ll be eased into relaxation by attentive and skilful therapists in one of eight private treatment rooms. The spa uses local organic products sourced from Bali and Borneo. 

IHG Lobby Lounge 190513
The Lobby Lounge had the vibes of a communal space with a live DJ spinning ambient grooves. 

Memorable Moment: 
I recommend getting a great cuppa or gin-based cocktail from one of the mobile carts that make their way around the lobby lounge. Choose from at least three variants of single-origin beans from local producers and a preferred brewing method (pour-over, aeropress or siphon pot). 

Final Word:
As the only luxury hotel in South Jakarta at the moment, you will have access to all the bells and whistles for a stay, whether you are visiting for leisure or business.

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