Jakartaâ€™s newest five-star address takes its name and inspiration from the historic sultansâ€™ palaces of Java. Tucked behind Plaza Indonesia, an upscale shopping mall right in the center of town, the hotelâ€”part of Starwoodâ€™s exclusive Luxury Collection brandâ€”impresses from the get-go: a 2.5-ton chandelier of hand-tied rock crystals hangs above batik-patterned latticework in the lobby, a soaring, marble-floored space designed by Singaporean firm SCDA. With only 140 rooms and a small army of attentive butlers, the Keraton delivers a smooth, discreet guest experience that includes such personalized touches as in-room check-in and checkout. Starting at 61 square meters, the rooms themselves are among the biggest in the city, with four-meter-high ceilings and a cool palette of pale greens and gold adding considerably to the feeling of spaciousness.
Sybaritic bathrooms feature matte-black fixtures, freestanding tubs, and high-tech (if at times perplexing) toilets. A spa is in the works; apart from that, facilities are limited to a small seventh-floor gym and glass-walled indoor pool, which occupy the same level as the hotelâ€™s sole restaurant, Bengawan. The focus here is on Indonesian cuisineâ€”try the iga bakar, a plate of massive grilled beef ribs.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Kav. 15; 62-21/5068-0000; starwoodhotels.com; doubles from US$550.
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