Agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD22 per night
Jakarta is a fast-paced, cosmopolitan city, with great shopping, beautiful landmarks, intriguing historic sites, and fantastic nightlife. As a weekend destination, it's the perfect urban getaway – it's quickly and easily accessible from anywhere within Asia, and it's got a wide array of accommodation options – many offering deals through agoda.com.
Jakarta is also great for local residents wanting to pamper themselves with a “staycation.” Five-star properties like Mulia Hotel are perfect for Jakarta residents who want to treat themselves to a few nights in a luxurious environment and enjoy all the perks of a holiday without having to leave their home city.
First-time visitors to Jakarta have a lot of ground to cover. A good place to start is the one of the city's major must-see landmarks: the towering Monas (National Monument). Symbolic of Indonesia's independence, the Monas has an observation platform 115 meters high, offering visitors 360-degree panoramic views over the capital.
Another great introduction to Indonesian history and culture is the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. This is a large folk “village” with replica buildings, museums, zoos, and gardens, plus theaters where visitors can catch a traditional performance.
The Museum Taman Prasasti (Museum of Memorial Stone Park) offers a completely different view of Indonesian history. A Dutch colonial cemetery, it's an unlikely place of beauty, adorned with elaborate neo-gothic and classical headstones.
For shoppers, options are abundant, with all budgets catered for. Luxury shoppers should head to Plaza Indonesia or Plaza Senayan – both offering high-end brands and designer stores. ITC Mangga Dua is more for bargain hunters, offering a vast array of goods – from electronics to women's fashion.
Gourmands will find themselves in food heaven sampling Indonesian cuisine. Travelers shouldn't miss nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), bakso (meatball soup), ketoprak (a rice noodle dish with satay sauce, garlic, bean sprouts and chips), and martabak bangka, a cake-like treat filled with a decadent mix of butter, cheese, chocolate, and peanuts. For a more formal experience, travelers can head to Kemang, one of the city's best areas for fine dining.
Jakarta is also host to some big international events, so travelers who time their visit right can add an extra element of culture to their stay. JiFFest, the Jakarta International Film Festival, and JakJazz, the Jakarta International Jazz Festival, are just two events that draw visitors from around the world. Coming up next in Jakarta (from November 11-22) are the Southeast Asian Games, held in Jakarta and the Sumatran capital of Pelambang.
Travelers planning a trip to Jakarta or Indonesia residents just wanting to take a stylish city break should make the most of these special promotions from agoda.com.
agoda.com Spotlight on Jakarta hotel deals!
Santika Premiere Hotel Jakarta 4*
Rates from US$76 per night. Save 28%. Valid until December 31, 2012.
Alila Jakarta 4*
Rates from US$75 per night. Save 15%. Valid until December 30, 2011.
Nikko Jakarta 5*
Rates from US$99 per night. Save 15%. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 30, 2011.
Puri Casablanca Suites 4*
Rates from US$76 per night. Save 15%. Valid until November 30, 2011.
Magnolia Hotel 2*
Rates from US$22 per night. Save 25%. Valid until December 31, 2011.
Rasuna Icon Residence 3*
Rates from US$49 per night. Save 30%. Valid until December 31, 2011.
Best Western Mangga Dua 4*
Rates from US$42 per night. Save 30%. Valid until December 31, 2011.
Studio One Hotel 1*
Rates from US$32 per night. Save 20%. Valid until December 31, 2012.
Amaris Mangga Dua 2*
Rates from US$39 per night. Save 25%. Valid until December 30, 2011.
Mulia Hotel 5*
Rates from US$178 per night. Save 20%. Valid until December 28, 2011.
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