Alila Jakarta Make Yourself at Home – This hotel in the middle of Jakarta’s central business district, a welcome retreat from the energy of its surrounding streets, the Alila Jakarta was a fantastic choice for us when we recently visited this great city. Overlooking The National Museum (Monas), the hotel feels surprisingly isolated and is itself adorned with overtones of museum-worthy abstract art.

Was there any pre-arrival communication by the hotel with myself via email or social media? My stay was organised via email months before and everything was very straightforward.

Did I try to engage the hotel via social media? Did the hotel interact with me and made me feel welcome/special? Yes I did

Has the hotel tried to gather any personal information (e.g. preferences) prior to my stay? Yes, but as usual, I had no special requests (but was keeping everything crossed for a view!)

The wow factor! What was the hotel decor style? You cannot be indifferent to the hotel lobby, which is simply stunning. A minimal design aesthetic provides the lobby with a gentle grace that is illuminated by large windows overlooking the garden in the peaceful inner courtyard. Busy at particular times of the day (or alive, as I like to call it), it was always a pleasure to enter this space. And use it at different times of the day – it has a very different day/night vibe and I found it very comfortable.

How quick and efficient was the hotel check-in? It was fantastic. It took a mere 2 minutes (and 20 minutes for relaxing) as obviously not many people check in at 7pm at luxury of executive lounge!

Was I addressed by name once reservation has been located? (it is all about the small details, some others are outstanding with this, and I love it, like I do when I board an airplane) Absolutely and throughout our stay.

Did I feel genuinely welcomed by the hotel staff? Throughout my stay I never had a problem and plenty of people saying hello.

Wi-fi – was I told anything about it? Was there a charge? Obviously there was wi-fi and it is included in all room rates.

Room Experience
First impressions – decor, size and wow factor? Located on the 9th floor, my Executive Premier Room (903) was spacious. I liked how simple the decor was – it was also very well designed and adequate for either a leisure or business stay.

Welcome amenity? After small party at the executive lounge, in my room, I had some apples and water.

The bed? Was amazing – uber comfortable and I did not want to leave. Ever.

Closet/Wardrobe – proper hangers or those annoying ones where you need a PhD to get them out one by one? Not problem in this department.

Bathrobes and slippers? I did wear it. I thought they were fantastic.

Coffee and Tea? We had a great mini bar and I obviously chose coffee.

Free bottled water? Yes and replaced every day.

Power sockets in useful places – we have more and more devices and we know where we want them! By the bed, by the working area. We did not have a problem at all.

Bathroom – decor, size and wow factor? The bathroom was very simple and smart – spacious and had everything I needed.

Bath, shower and taps – I am looking for Duravits and Hansgrohes (or other fab brands) around the world. How fab was the shower? One of each, thank you very much. The rain shower was fantastic.Just the way I like it.

Towels – yes, please! How many and how soft and lovely? Not a problem and plenty.

Toiletries – own brand, super brand, baby ones or proper ones? I shall find out! The toiletries by the ‘own brand’. I used the natural soap and it smelled lovely.

Amenity kit? All there, as one would expect.

Hairdryer – is it a human one, or just something stuck to a wall that only makes noise? Yes, but I did not use it.

General thoughts:
The Alila Jakarta is an exclusive and surprisingly isolated place to replenish my energy reserves.

How good and reliable was the wi-fi? Very good and I did not have a problem

Did the hotel interact with me via social media during my stay? Oh yes.

Would I recommend it to my best friend? Without a doubt.

Would I stay again? Oh yes and have recommended it to quite a few people who have also loved it. I was very impressed with the Alila Jakarta.

Have you visited this hotel? What were your thoughts?


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