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The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

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Where to stay in Jakarta

Top Hotels in Jakarta

Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
3 out of 5
Terminal 2E International Departure, Soekarno-Hatta Intl. Airport, Tangerang
The price is $40 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Situated in Tangerang, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Waterbom Jakarta, Old Town, and TangCity. Summarecon Mall Serpong is 21.6 mi (34.8 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (770 reviews)

"Good services, good room, and facilities All stafs werw kind"…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
The Westin Jakarta
The Westin Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.C-22 A, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $84 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Grand Indonesia and Thamrin City Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (165 reviews)
Satisfy

"we are very happy to stay at The Westin Jakarta.. although on that day the hotel quiet crowd so make me feel a little bit worried. The room is big, clean, complete amenities, big bed & comfy, modern."…"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

The Westin Jakarta
Pullman Jakarta Central Park
Pullman Jakarta Central Park
5 out of 5
Podomoro City Jl. Let. Jend S Parman, Kav 28, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $55 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Situated on the Strip, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park and Taman Anggrek Mall. Thamrin City Shopping Mall and Merdeka Palace are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (887 reviews)
Repeat Customer

"I have stayed here for past 5 years. The furnishing of the room is quite basic with no 5* feeling which I would rate this hotel at 4* maximum. I was as usual staying in room with lounge access. Service of staff are good and friendly, the only disappointment is their breakfast menu at lounge, their ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Pullman Jakarta Central Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Jakarta

Oakwood Apartments Pantai Indah Kapuk
Oakwood Apartments Pantai Indah Kapuk
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Indah Barat, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
The price is $56 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

Situated in Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waterbom Jakarta, Damai Indah Golf and Country Club, and Mangrove Ecotourism Centre PIK. ...

Oakwood Apartments Pantai Indah Kapuk
Marriott Executive Apartments Mayflower
Marriott Executive Apartments Mayflower
4.5 out of 5
Sudirman Plaza, Indofood Tower, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav 76-78, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $56 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jakarta World Trade Center and General Soedirman. Setiabudi One and Plaza ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (188 reviews)

"All of the staffs deserve award ! From security, reception, waiters to housekeeping. Location is also perfect as its in front of the MRT."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Marriott Executive Apartments Mayflower
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
3 out of 5
The H Tower, Jalan HR Rasuna Said Kav. 20, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $46 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Grand Indonesia and Thamrin City Shopping ...

4.2/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"location is good, good gym and pool breakfast is the negative"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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