Jakarta’s newest five-star address takes its name and inspiration from the historic sultans’ palaces of Java. Tucked behind Plaza Indonesia, an upscale shopping mall right in the center of town, the hotel—part of Starwood’s exclusive Luxury Collection brand—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 hotel’s sole restaurant, Bengawan. The focus here is on Indonesian cuisine—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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