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The Four Seasons Jakarta, a new hotel with a big city, business-traveler focus
The new lofty tower with 125 suites rises above one of Jakarta’s roadways and with plenty of glitz and glamor we find it to be an almost perfect hotel with a few flaws.
The lobby and entrance is one of the most palatial we have ever seen. It reflects the cultures and traditions of the country in bold, capital architecture. Security used to bother more about guests taking photos in public places but on this visit we noticed we had the full liberty to do so.
The rooms are very nice, all suites, imperial and classical in decor with rich fabrics, rugs, marble and large windows. The negative feature we found is the noise, sometimes the prayers on a loudspeaker from a Mosque across the street can go on for a while and the windows should have been more soundproofed.
The layout of the spa facilities seemed to us to be strange. They made a relaxation room and individual therapy rooms, so if you want to use the steam room you have to call ahead and use one of the individual rooms and the temperature control only has one master setting. Our main disappointment from this property was contrasting it to the previous Four Seasons Jakarta property which had a much more spacious well being area.
A definite highlight is the top floor Italian restaurant called Alto. It has wonderfully crafted dishes that put a modern and international flare on classic favorites. Additionally the room service was excellent, delivered quickly and with an excellent range of food options even for vegetarians.
Four Seasons Jakarta is a relaxing place to recharge when the heat and congestion of the city wears on you. It is filled with beautiful artwork and sculpture and is really an impressive property. The shift has been from a more urban resort palace hotel to a business style, so that is what travelers should know when booking.