Westin Jakarta

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Tried & Tested -

BACK­GROUND

The Westin opened in Au­gust last year. It is the tallest ho­tel in Indonesia, oc­cu­py­ing the 50th to 69th floors of the new-build Gama Tower. There is also event space on the ground and first floors.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

There are se­cu­rity check­points both in the fore­court for cars and in­side the cool mar­ble ground-floor en­trance. Lifts then take guests up to re­cep­tion on the 52nd floor, which pro­vides stun­ning city views through floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. The mod­ern, high-spec in­te­ri­ors, de­signed by Hirsch Bed­ner As­so­ciates, were “in­spired by nat­u­ral, or­ganic forms and tex­tures”. Through­out the lobby lounge and event spa­ces are beau­ti­ful hand-blown trum­pet flower chan­de­liers and liv­ing walls of plants.

WHERE IS IT?

In Jakarta’s “Golden Tri­an­gle”, in Kuningan. The in­ter­na­tional air­port is 34km away – de­pend­ing on traf­fic this is a 45-minute drive.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES

There are 272 rooms in to­tal – 177 Westin rooms, 40 Pre­mium, 19 Westin Club, 23 Re­newal, 11 Ex­ec­u­tive suites, one Westin suite and the Pres­i­den­tial. En­try-level Westin rooms (and Westin Club) are 46-48 sqm. All have 55-inch LED TVs, large desks, free wifi (this didn’t al­ways work well), cof­fee ma­chines and Westin Heav­enly beds. Mar­ble bath­rooms come with rain­show­ers and sep­a­rate tubs, and Westin White Tea toi­letries. The higher the room cat­e­gory, the more space you get – Ex­ec­u­tive suites are 92-94 sqm, while Re­newal rooms have walk-in clos­ets. The high­light of my Re­newal room was the bath and shower with panoramic views.

Club rooms and above pro­vide ac­cess to the 65th-floor Club lounge, where a full breakfast buf­fet is avail­able in the morn­ings, fol­lowed by light bites, snacks and evening cock­tails. Club guests also get free drinks from the mini­bar, and pri­vate check-in and check-out. Staff were warm and help­ful.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

The ex­pan­sive lobby lounge is pop­u­lar with lo­cals for af­ter­noon tea. I ate sev­eral times at the huge in­ter­na­tional buf­fet at Sea­sonal Tastes on level 51. From sushi, sal­ads and fresh juices to curry, dim sum and pizza, there is so much to choose from, it’s dif­fi­cult to know where to start – or when to stop. Open 6am to 10pm, it was busy at all times. Open­ing this July on lev­els 67 to 69 is Ja­panese-Peru­vian fine-dining restau­rant Hen­shin, which will serve lunch and din­ner. It has six pri­vate dining rooms and a rooftop bar. With its menu of pisco cock­tails and Nikkei cui­sine in glitzy sur­round­ings, Hen­shin is surely go­ing to be one of the hottest places to eat in the city.

MEETING FA­CIL­I­TIES

There is 3,000 sqm of event space, the largest venue be­ing the ground-floor Java ball­room, which can host 1,200 peo­ple for a re­cep­tion and has a 340 sqm pre-func­tion foyer. On the first floor, din­ners or con­fer­ences for be­tween 120 and 150 del­e­gates can be held in the Padang or Medan spa­ces. A fur­ther three rooms hold be­tween 18 and 54 peo­ple class­room-style.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES

I was in­formed that there is the op­tion of be­ing driven (for free) to a nearby sports sta­dium to run around its out­door track, but the thought of breath­ing Jakarta’s pol­luted air put me off. In­stead I vis­ited the 24-hour gym on the 50th floor. If you want to pack light, you can bor­row New Bal­ance kit from the ho­tel. I also made use of the 140 sqm heated pool, which was empty every day I vis­ited. Treat­ments avail­able at the Heav­enly spa in­clude the Bali Cof­fee Scrub and the Nour­ish­ing Marine fa­cial. Jenny Southan

VER­DICT

Jakarta has a lot of high-end in­ter­na­tional ho­tels so there is plenty of com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, the Westin is an ex­cel­lent choice for busi­ness trav­ellers, with com­pre­hen­sive fa­cil­i­ties, good se­cu­rity, great staff, and a sense of peace – im­por­tant in such a fre­netic city.

The high­light of my Re­newal room was the bath and shower with panoramic views

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