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Hotel Review: Raffles Jakarta at Indonesia | Enthralling Culinary Journey at Arts Cafe by Raffles’ Sunday Brunch Buffet

The Place Located within the same complex as Lotte Shopping Avenue, the DBS Bank Tower and serviced apartment operator Ascott, Raffles Jakarta is well positioned within the Central Business District of the Indonesia capital city. Unlike Raffles Singapore, this property takes on a modern look with arts decor throughout the hotel space. This is perhaps the most intriguing part of the hotel, with artistic interpretations included in the entire interior design, from the chandeliers to the wall murals with a consistent theme throughout the property. The artworks are inspired by a famous Indonesian artist, Hendra Gunawan.

Linked directly to the shopping mall and the office building, the property gives you the convenience you seek in the ever-busy city. Add on the vast availability of conference space here, coupled with the arts center, Ciputra Artpreneur Center, which make the property a convenient hotel for many event and concert goers.

The Room Unlike fellow Accor’s property, the Fairmont Jakarta at Seminyak, Raffles Jakarta’s room takes on a lighter tone, yet incorporating traditional Indonesia furniture and murals across the design. Starting from 60sqm, the smallest room at Raffles Jakarta is anything but small.

The Raffles Room and Raffles Garden View Room are both packed with double vanity basins, bathtub and accompanying rain shower compartment in the toilet, this is further complemented by the spacious room interior. The Raffles Butler Service, customised pillow selections, and even shoe shine services, are just some of the few ways Raffles seek to impress its guests.

The Facilities Guests get the full suite of facilities here, from a fitness centre, to a 24-meter length swimming pool, and the highly raved Raffles Spa.

The Raffles Spa gives you the much needed oasis amidst the busy city. You get to enjoy the facilities at the spa including the steam rooms, relaxation seats with city views and experience showers – a 4D shower experience with the water jets and lights tuned to the music. If you are here during weekdays, you get to enjoy discounts on the treatments during non-peak hours too.

The Restaurants I managed to enjoy the Sunday Brunch Buffet at their all-day dining concept, Arts Cafe by Raffles. The spread here is amongst the more impressive buffet the Pandas have seen, particularly so for the dessert options. Head here if you can, and starting from IDR688,000++ (SGD70++) per person, you get to enjoy a wide variety of both Asian and Western cuisine with live stations including crayfish and other carving stations which serve up ribeye steak during our visit for instance.

Every week, the restaurant also comes up with a rotating selection of signature dishes from each Raffles destination, including France, Turkey, China, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia itself, and of course, Singapore. One of my favourite is the Perfect Egg inspired from Raffles Paris.

Another item we raved about, this time from Raffles Makati, the Slow-cooked Oxtail Parmentier. This dish draws influences from Malay, Asian and Spanish food, as with the Makati region.

We will implore all to go for the Chilli Crab Bun here. No prizes for guessing the inspiration behind this, with Chilli Crab being one of Singapore’s most iconic dish. The fried squid ink bun has crab meats packed within with chilli crab sauce drizzled all over it. There’s no doubt why the hotel has managed to served up close to 70,000 of these buns since.

Raffles Jakarta also has their take on the famous The Writers Bar, with a strong focus on Indonesian arts. Soak in the artefacts on display here, while sipping on their signature cocktails.

The Surroundings Count yourself lucky. Located within the CBD, and nestled within a multiplex of hotels, serviced apartments, shopping mall and an arts center, there may not be a need to travel out of the complex. Although if you do need to travel out, most key locations in Jakarta are within easy reach by taxi – that’s if the traffic is smooth.

Getting Here On a good day, a journey from Jakarta International Airport will perhaps take under 45 minutes, and a quick 20 minutes from Grand Indonesia.

From Singapore, the Singapore-Jakarta air route is the second busiest international air route with more than 3 million passengers in 2015. Both Singapore Airlines and Scoot ply the route, with flights on Scoot going from as low as S$55, for travels by 24 March 2018. Scoot also flies to other Indonesian cities, including Surabaya, Denpasar (Bali) and Palembang (from Nov 2017).

Rants More explanations to the guests on the art decor in the hotel will definitely complete the experience. This can be easily done via info panels to detail the inspirations behind each of the wall murals and key installations.

Overall Experience It is quite an experience walking through the hotel, and soaking in the midst of artworks dotting the entire property – from the entrance, to the corridors, up on the ceiling with mural paintings, and even the chandeliers and lighting features. The restaurant concepts here are enticing too, with a visit to Arts Cafe by Raffles a must for any budding foodie.

Raffles Jakarta
Ciputra Word 1
Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio Kav. 3-5
Jakarta 12940, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 21 2988 0888

For more information, do check out the Raffles Jakarta Website.

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