3 Days 2 Nights Jakarta Weekend Break (October 2015)

When Jetstar launched another round of sales in December last year, we took the opportunity to book a pair of return tickets at only S$58 to Jakarta for a weekend break for October this year. Airport tax for the return leg would be 150,000 IDR.

Our flight schedules are as follows:

Singapore to Jakarta 8.20 am to 9.10 am.
Jakarta to Singapore 8.25 pm to 11.15 pm.

With such flights schedule, we have almost three full days to explore Jakarta.

As for accommodations, we waited until August when Accor sent out invitation for a private members sale of 50% discount. For the first night, we booked all seasons Jakarta Thamrin right in the city centre at slightly under 430,000 IDR which included breakfast. The second night stay was at Pullman Jakarta Central Park and the rate was slightly under 880,000 IDR without breakfast. These were very good rates at substantial discounts.

There was nothing much to prepare for this short weekend getaway for shopping and dining. Even though we booked air tickets ten months ahead, due to our busy schedule, this trip came rather quickly.

Day 1 – Singapore to Jakarta

As usual, our first stop at the airport was the food court at Terminal 3 for breakfast before our flight to Jakarta. We patronized our favourite noodle stall and had a nice meal and then proceeded to Terminal 1 and entered the secured area as we had already done online check in and printed out our boarding passes.

Not long after, we boarded our flight and shortly after we landed in Jakarta where the flight took lest than two hours. Since we had been to Jakarta several times, we simply went out of the departure hall and went straight to the Bluebird Taxi queue to request for a taxi to all seasons Jakarta Thamrin. The taxi was already waiting there and so we got in and off we went to the city.

While Sumatra was shrouded by haze due to forest fires, here in Jakarta, visibility was very good. As expected, there were traffic jams towards the city. However, we reached the hotel in good time before 11 am. Taxi fare was under 160,000 IDR which included a 10,500 IDR surcharge departing from the airport. The toll fee was 14,000 IDR.

We proceeded to the lobby and was too early to check in. We left our bags with concierge to wait for our room and then we went up to the roof top restaurant for lunch.

Modern and Funky Hotel Lobby
Modern and Funky Hotel Lobby
Lobby lounge
Lobby lounge


Lounge at Hotel lobby
Lounge at Hotel lobby

The restaurant at the roof top was bright and pleasant that offered a very nice view of the city centre. There were very few guests at the restaurant as we sat down next to a window. We ordered their local dishes for lunch and enjoyed our food admiring the nice view of the city.

Loft restaurant at roof top with good city view
Loft restaurant at roof top with good city view
Nice and neat Loft restaurant at roof top
Nice and neat Loft restaurant at roof top
Bright and airy Loft restaurant at roof top
Bright and airy Loft restaurant at roof top
Wall clock at Loft Restaurant
Wall clock at Loft Restaurant

After lunch, we approached front desk again and our room was ready. So we took our bags from their staff and went up to our room.

Hotel corridor
Hotel corridor

Since this was just a three stars hotel, our room was basic but clean, nice and trendy. The wash basin was outside the bathroom and inside the room. Unfortunately, the faucet was loose so we called the hotel to send someone who came and fixed it.

View from room window
View from room window

The bed was also clean and very comfortable and surprisingly came with a topper. There were quite a lot of channels on the wall mounted TV. Wifi was trouble free. Writing desk and table lamp was next to the TV beside the windows.

Very nice and comfortable bed with a topper
Very nice and comfortable bed with a topper
Nice and clean room with comfy bed
Nice and clean room with comfy bed
Wall mounted TV and writing desk by the windows
Wall mounted TV and writing desk by the windows

There was a dispenser in the shower stall for shampoo and body wash. No separate shampoo provided but we brought our own shampoo so there wasn’t any problem for us. With no more issue with the room, we set out for our shopping mission.




Wash basin outside shower stall
Wash basin outside shower stall
Separate toilet stall
Separate toilet stall

We exited all seasons Jakarta Thamrin and turned left and walked straight ahead towards the city centre. The pavements were not very good to walk on but their locals took it in their stride and walked on the uneven pavements and at times walked on the roads sharing space with vehicles which were not driving fast due to traffic jams on the roads.

City Centre from hotel
City Centre from hotel

So we did what the locals did and soon after crossing two roads, we reached the Bank BCA Building. We walked a little further and entered Grand Indonesia. This took us under ten minutes of easy walking. This day would be just an exploratory trip and we didn’t expect to buy anything. The real shopping would be the next two days at Central Park at Sogo and Matahari and other shops.

Approaching City centre
Approaching City centre
City centre in Jakarta
City centre in Jakarta

Our first station was Central. We made a quick survey on the few floors and then exited the departmental store and as expected, without buying anything. We then roamed the few floors at Grand Indonesia which was quite huge ground to cover. We just did windows shopping without buying anything as well.

Restaurant at Grand Indonesia
Restaurant at Grand Indonesia
Another Restaurant at Grand Indonesia
Another Restaurant at Grand Indonesia
Central Departmental Store
Central Departmental Store
Inside central Store
Inside central Store
Central Departmental Store
Central Departmental Store
Food Court in Grand Indonesia
Food Court in Grand Indonesia
Food Court in Grand Indonesia
Food Court in Grand Indonesia
Restaurant near food court
Restaurant near food court
Grand lobby and shops
Grand lobby and shops
Grand lobby and shops
Grand lobby and shops

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Marche Swiss Restaurant
Marche Swiss Restaurant


Marche Swiss Restaurant
Marche Swiss Restaurant
Japanese fast food restaurant
Japanese fast food restaurant
Penang Restaurant in Indonesia
Penang Restaurant in Indonesia

We then went over to Plaza Indonesia for the next windows shopping mission. We took our time and went through little shops, sports shops, H&M, Uniqlo, Marks and Spencer and other departmental stores in both Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia. We didn’t manage to buy anything this afternoon.

Classy food court
Classy food court
Adidas Sports Shop
Adidas Sports Shop
High end shop in Grand Indonesia
High end shop in Grand Indonesia
High end shop in Grand Indonesia
High end shop in Grand Indonesia
Car sales at event hall
Car sales at event hall
Japanese Departmental Store
Japanese Departmental Store
European Fashion Store
European Fashion Store
Inside H&M Store
Inside H&M Store
Toy Store
Toy Store

It was getting tiring after walking the different floors of both huge malls. We went into a restaurant to rest and ordered a snack and also our favorite avocado juice. We took the opportunity to use their free wifi and got in touch with the world outside of Jakarta. It was good time to chat with the children for a short while during this tea break.

Cafe for tea break
Cafe for tea break
Tea break at a cafe
Tea break at a cafe
Indonesian spring roll plus avocado juice
Indonesian spring roll plus avocado juice
Restaurant at Plaza Indonesia
Restaurant at Plaza Indonesia
Another restaurant at Plaza Indonesia
Another restaurant at Plaza Indonesia
Starbucks
Starbucks

After that, we went to the basement and looked for bakeries to purchase some bread for supper that night. Crystal Jade was our first choice but didn’t have anything we wanted. We then went across over to Bread Talk and bought some bread.

High end shops
High end shops
Crystal Jade Cafe
Crystal Jade Cafe
Bread Talk Bakery
Bread Talk Bakery
Classy bakery
Classy bakery
High end Supermarket
High end Supermarket

Part of the mall was under renovation. The famous Hong Kong dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan would be opening a branch here after the renovation.

Next we exited Plaza Indonesia and walked along the perimeter of Grand Hyatt Hotel towards Pullman Jakarta Indonesia Thamrin. As Accor Plus members, we would like to explore Pullman Hotel to check what this hotel had to offer and see if we could have dinner there. We crossed the overhead bridge and went to the side of Pullman Hotel and entered the hotel after security check at the main gate.

Plaza Indonesia from busy city centre
Plaza Indonesia from busy city centre
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Grand Hyatt Hotel


Busy city centre from overhead bridge
Busy city centre from overhead bridge
City centre from overhead bridge
City centre from overhead bridge
Busy city centre in Jakarta
Busy city centre in Jakarta
Another view of city centre from overhead bridge
Another view of city centre from overhead bridge
Busy circle in city centre
Busy circle in city centre

Pullman Jakarta Indonesia Thamrin being a five stars hotel was rather grand. We took our time, sat at the lobby and checked out the restaurant. It was only 4.30 pm and the restaurant was not open for dinner yet and we had to wait till 6.30 pm.

Pullman Jakarta across the road
Pullman Jakarta across the road
Pullman Jakarta from the overhead bridge
Pullman Jakarta from the overhead bridge
Lobby in Pullman
Lobby in Pullman
Huge lobby seats
Huge lobby seats

We then moved over to the lobby lounge. The menu had quite limited choice of food. Moreover, they didn’t recognize our Accor Plus card which was a surprise to us. We even enjoyed 50% discount for meals at Pullman Danang Vietnam which was a five stars beach front resort hotel in the middle of this year. Perhaps there was some miscommunication from their management. Anyway, their seats were too low to enjoy a proper meal over at the lounge.

Lobby lounge in Pullman
Lobby lounge in Pullman
Classy lobby lounge in Pullman
Classy lobby lounge in Pullman


Lounge in Pullman
Lounge in Pullman
Nice and comfy seats in lounge
Nice and comfy seats in lounge

So we left Pullman Hotel and at the entrance, a Bluebird taxi was leaving so we hopped on and asked the driver to send us back to all seasons Jakarta Thamrin Hotel which was just a very short distance away. The taxi meter showed under 9,000 IDR when we arrived at our hotel but I gave the driver 20,000 IDR instead and he left happily with a big smile on his face.

So it was just 5 pm and time for a good shower to prepare for a good dinner at the Loft Restaurant at the roof top later. We rested for a while and watched TV to unwind. Not long after, we heard the call from our stomachs so we left our room for the roof top restaurant.

Lobby outside lift lobby
Lobby outside lift lobby

It was already dark when we arrived though it was not very late before 7 pm. Again, we took our seats by the windows and enjoyed the nice night view of the city, which was better than during the day. We ordered local dishes again. The dinner was good. The restaurant was having some diners but not crowded.

Loft Restaurant at roof top level
Loft Restaurant at roof top level
Local fried rice and noodles
Local fried rice and noodles

Next we went out to the Loft Lounge outside the restaurant. The night view of the city centre was quite beautiful. Sound proof of the glass walls and doors was very good as loud music was played outdoor but we could not hear a thing while we were dining inside the restaurant. After enjoying the ambience for a while and having snapped some pictures, we went back into the restaurant and then left and went to the lobby.

Deco wall at Loft lounge
Deco wall at Loft lounge
Loft lounge with nice ambience
Loft lounge with nice ambience
Beautiful night view of city
Beautiful night view of city
Nice night view of city centre
Nice night view of city centre
Nice night view of city centre from Loft lounge
Nice night view of city centre from Loft lounge

The lobby looked nice and funky at night. The self service welcome drinks were still there where we helped ourselves to a few drinks. We liked the ice lemon tea which was very refreshing.

Hotel Lobby at night
Hotel Lobby at night
Nice ambience at hotel lobby at night
Nice ambience at hotel lobby at night


Quiet and classy hotel lobby at night
Quiet and classy hotel lobby at night
Self service welcome drinks Hotel Lobby at night
Self service welcome drinks Hotel Lobby at night

With nothing much else to settle at the lobby, we returned to our room to rest for the night. The TV was our companion and we enjoyed those comedies on the celestial channel. At the same time, we were chatting with our children back home to keep updated on happenings for the day.

Basic but classy and trendy room with wash basin in room
Basic but classy and trendy room with wash basin in room
Watching TV at night
Watching TV at night

Later during the night, we made coffee and tea and enjoyed another round of food. This was supper time and the bread we bought from Bread Talk earlier was very good. We continued with our TV programs till we felt we could no longer keep our eyes open after a long and tiring day. In fact, we left home at 5.30 am to catch the first bus to Changi Airport for breakfast. So it was time to bid our children good night and we sank into slumber closing the day with much satisfaction. Real shopping mission would begin the next day.


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