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We have 9 places to stay in and around Jakarta.

Central Jakarta

Jakarta’s main backpacker accommodation is traditionally around the Jalan Jaksa area, and plenty of basic guesthouses and homestays still exist in the area, but many haven’t upgraded (or cleaned the bathroom) for decades and the whole area can feel icky and grimy. However, the-times-they-are-a-changing and a smattering of modern backpacker hostels are popping up in or close to Jakarta’s tourist sights. Budget chain hotels have dominated most of the flashpacker to midrange market, while if you want to ease yourself in gently and splurge a little, some terrific mid-to high-end boutique style digs are on offer.

We have concentrated our listing on Central Jakarta (with just a couple of outliers in Kota Tua in the north), as this area is close to sights, restaurants, transport and other tourist needs, but if you are after a slightly leafier area, look around Kemang in the South or for shopping and action, Block M is another popular locale.

Kosenda Hotel
Kosenda Hotel

Compact comfort and character

From US$34 with Agoda

Hotel Borobudur
Hotel Borobudur

Classic elegance and history

From US$289 with Agoda

Morrissey
Morrissey

Spacious and stylish

From US$38 with Agoda

Dreamtel
Dreamtel

Good value, good location

From US$19 with Agoda

Kota Tua

The appeal of staying in the “old city” is being relatively close to some of Jakarta’s historic sites and also for the back lane quirky vibe. The downside is getting to anything else will involve dealing with the city’s traffic.

Wonderloft Hostel
Wonderloft Hostel

Prime location, friendly atmosphere

From US$11 with Agoda