The last phase of my research for my Going Solo in Indonesia trip consisted of looking for a hotel in Jakarta. I decided that I would do 3D/2N in Bali then stay overnight in Jakarta. And for that, I needed another hotel. Thus, I thought that it would be a good idea to stay in Central Jakarta because, well, the center is the center. And since I had no idea what to see in Jakarta, I decided to stay in the shopping area. I was thinking that by the time I’m done with Bali, I would already be needing the comfort and familiarity that shopping malls provide. But since I look for budget accommodations, I selected Amaris Thamrin City Hotel (42.94 USD = 1933.41 PHP for one night with breakfast).
First of all, it was a really good thing that the Blue Bird taksi driver was familiar with the Amaris Thamrin City Hotel. Following his progress using Google Maps, he made a beeline to my hotel and told me that the hotel was on the sixth floor of the Thamrin City Mall. The hotel has its dedicated elevator on the left side, but there are no signs in the mall entrance that this was so. It was a very good thing that the driver told me about the hotel so I knew what to expect. If not, I definitely would’ve gotten lost (or at least spent a long time looking for it). I went up the elevator and checked in. The receptionist spoke very little English so she had to ask for the help of the others just to get to what I meant.
My room was satisfactory: it was spacious enough for 1-2 persons, it had a big bed, there was a full-length mirror, there was a good Wi-Fi connection and there was a safe and there were three hangers available. However, the cable TV had very few channels and some of the English channels had weak signals. In addition, the first time I opened the faucet, brown water came out. Turned out that that would always be the case: I would have to let the water run for a minute first before clean water would come out. Then, the window opens to the next corridor and if you crane your head enough, you can already see into the room of your neighbor. Thus, the window blind had to be shut at all times.