A Me­morable Stay at the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Jakarta

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS - By Tin­nike Lie

“Start­ing from the check-in to the end of my stay, the ho­tel staff ad­dressed me by my first name, which I thought was a nice and per­sonal touch. For me, it’s the small de­tails like that which make a stay lux­u­ri­ous.”

The Four Sea­sons re­cently re­opened its lux­u­ri­ous five-star ho­tel on Jalan Ga­tot Subroto in Jakarta. Sit­u­ated within the Cap­i­tal Place build­ing, the ho­tel lo­ca­tion is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the air­port and cen­tral busi­ness district.

In terms of fa­cil­i­ties, the ho­tel has five din­ing op­tions, a spa, a swim­ming pool, a fit­ness cen­ter, a ball­room and gar­den ter­race, and sev­eral busi­ness spa­ces. I had the lucky op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence its ser­vices last month. Here is a re­cap of my ex­pe­ri­ence with the ho­tel dur­ing my two nights’ stay.

First Im­pres­sion

Cap­i­tal Place is an award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­tural land­mark by César Pelli. When I en­tered the lobby, I quickly sensed the clas­sic de­sign touch from the build­ing’s in­ter­nal ar­chi­tec­ture.

The first thing I saw in the lobby was the en­trance of the Palm Court restau­rant and a gi­ant stair­case to ac­cess two func­tion spa­ces on the sec­ond level. It took me a while to lo­cate re­cep­tion, which turned out to be po­si­tioned a bit deeper into the lobby, mean­ing guests will in­evitably end up look­ing around be­fore check­ing in.

All the se­cu­rity guards and staff were ex­tremely friendly and wel­com­ing. The check-in process was smooth and quick. I only needed to give my name and the re­cep­tion­ist did the rest. The en­tire process took less than five min­utes. Start­ing from the check-in to the end of my stay, the ho­tel staff ad­dressed me by my first name, which I thought was a nice and per­sonal touch. For me, it’s the small de­tails like that which make a stay lux­u­ri­ous.

The Room with Ev­ery­thing

The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Jakarta is an all­suite ho­tel, which means guests can ex­pect a spa­cious room equipped with a walk-in closet, two LCD TVs, a cof­fee ma­chine, a Bose sound sys­tem and com­pli­men­tary Wi-Fi.

I stayed in a room with an amaz­ing view of the city and the ho­tel swim­ming pool. Com­bined with wall-to-wall win­dows that made the space bright and airy, my room was ex­cel­lent for re­lax­ing. The mo­ment I came into the room, I im­me­di­ately en­joyed the modern de­sign, yet com­fort­able and func­tional suite.

The room was per­fect for me be­cause it had so­fas and work­ing desks, as I spent some time work­ing dur­ing my stay. With a door sep­a­rat­ing the pri­vate space from the liv­ing area, the suite was ideal ei­ther for an in­for­mal busi­ness meet­ing or en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses. Any time I needed to take a break, I could turn on the TVs from ei­ther the bed­room or liv­ing room or sim­ply gaze out the win­dow and over­look the city.

The closet fea­tured abun­dant cup­boards, draw­ers, a pull-out shoe tray, full-length ‘his and hers’ hang­ing spa­ces and a lap­top-sized per­sonal safe. I loved the idea of putting the wardrobes in­side the bath­room, so when I had a shower I could also get ready with­out hav­ing to move to the other room.

The Gourmet Eat­ing

My din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the ho­tel was fan­tas­tic. I es­pe­cially liked the af­ter­noon tea at glam­our-themed La Patis­serie. It was a good time spent en­joy­ing a cup of tea and a set of choco­late art, sig­na­ture spe­cialty cakes and imag­i­na­tive in­di­vid­ual pas­tries.

Break­fast, lunch and din­ner at Palm Court were me­morable as well. Dur­ing my stay, I tried their var­i­ous dishes and com­pletely loved all of them. The sig­na­ture spaghetti lob­ster and grilled US prime beef ten­der­loin were my favourites. The ex­cel­lent staff ser­vice also made my en­tire din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the restau­rant lovely.

On my last night at the ho­tel, I en­joyed a fine-din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the Alto Restau­rant and Bar lo­cated on the ho­tel’s 20th floor. Equipped with an out­door ter­race, the restau­rant en­cap­su­lates a panoramic view of the city sky­line and land­scape. The mo­ment I stepped into the restau­rant, I could feel the ex­otic and el­e­gant touch sur­round me. It’s a per­fect venue to have din­ner with friends or en­joy a ro­man­tic night with your part­ner.

En­joy­ing meals at the stun­ning restau­rants in the ho­tel was a de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, dur­ing the times when I needed to stay and eat in my room, the in-room din­ing ser­vice pro­vided a con­ve­nient op­tion. Its food and bev­er­age se­lec­tions were plen­ti­ful and I could even or­der from the restau­rant’s menu.

The other small de­tail about the ho­tel that I loved was the grab-and-go break­fast at the ho­tel lobby. This is a com­pli­men­tary ser­vice for those who don’t have the time to sit for break­fast. Clients who are in a hurry for work can sim­ply grab cof­fee and bread and en­joy them on their com­mute. It pro­vides reg­u­lar cof­fee with milk, su­gar, creamer and some bread and fruits. If you want more, an­other grab-and-go counter, Dol­cetto, is lo­cated just in front of the ho­tel lobby.

The High­lights

Tar­get­ing busi­ness peo­ple, the ho­tel has ded­i­cated meet­ing rooms and event spa­ces. There are five meet­ing rooms avail­able to ac­com­mo­date break­outs or pri­vate events for groups of 15 to 35 peo­ple. Both ho­tel guests and non-guests can book these rooms for busi­ness meet­ings.

The ho­tel also fea­tures a ball­room with easy ac­cess to the ter­race. It is ideal for ex­clu­sive use for busi­ness meet­ings, high-pro­file prod­uct launches or par­ties. The ball­room’s pri­vate gar­den ter­race can ac­com­mo­date up to 150 peo­ple and be used for pri­vate din­ners or out­door cock­tail events.

Apart from serv­ing busi­ness pur­poses, the ho­tel also prides it­self on its mas­sage ser­vice. I tried the 90-minute mas­sage, and it was heav­enly. Be­fore en­ter­ing the mas­sage room, I was re­quired to fill out a form to en­close some in­for­ma­tion, such as ill­ness his­tory and spe­cific treat­ment re­quests and pref­er­ences.

The mas­sage room has two dif­fer­ent op­tions – sin­gle and dou­ble. Each room comes with its own toi­let and chang­ing room so guests ba­si­cally own the en­tire room and en­joy some pri­vacy. Af­ter the mas­sage, I spent some time in the re­lax­ation area within the venue. Tip­ping the ther­a­pist is en­cour­aged but not re­quired.

Fi­nal Thoughts

My stay at the ho­tel was a very me­morable one. The ho­tel room was com­fort­able and func­tional, the food was de­li­cious and the staff couldn’t be more friendly and help­ful. If you’re look­ing for an all-in-one venue for busi­ness and cor­po­rate meet­ings, the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Jakarta should def­i­nitely be on your con­sid­er­a­tion list.

Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Jakarta

Cap­i­tal Place, Jl. Jend. Ga­tot Subroto Kav 18, Kuningan Barat, Jakarta, In­done­sia Tele­phone: +62 (0) 21 2277 1888 Web­site: www.foursea­sons.com/jakarta

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