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  1. #1533
    Quote Originally Posted by Utd1980  [View Original Post]
    Hi Everyone.

    I am from India and will be in Jakarta from 6th to 8th August. I have been booked in Ritz Carlton. Could you guys give me some pointers if there are pick ups available at the hotel bar Tempus or would it be better to get an escort service in the room.

    Looking forward to a nice trip with the help of you guys.

    Thanks.

    A.
    There are two Ritz Carlton in Jakarta, that I know of - Mega Kuningan and Pacific Place mall. In both cases, CJ's Bar at Hotel Mulia (Jl. Asia Africa) and Red Square club (Jl. New Delhi) are your closest pick up locations for freelancers. Taxi trip should be less than 20 minutes after 11 pm (ideal time to hit these places). Don't forget your bargaining skills and stick to 1 to 1.5 Mil. IDR for an overnighter.

  2. #1532

    Harris FX

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterDiverII  [View Original Post]
    Although the hotel is relatively new, it's not brand spanking new. It has been around for a couple of years, so I'm surprised if Bluebird drivers don't know where it is. If in doubt say it's next to Atlet Century as I'm pretty sure they know where that is. It is in the Senayan area and for some reason when you mention Sudirman, most will think of somewhere North of Gatot Subroto. Although yes, it is still Sudirman in front of FX. I myself have yet to come across a cab that didn't know FX mall.

    MD II.
    True. The name Harris doesn't ring a bell with part of the driver community but when you add FX enlightenment usually follows.

    When the driver still isn't sure I know my way around Jakarta (reasonably) well enough to tell him where to drive.

    Regards,

    Ko.

  3. #1531

    Advice

    Hi Everyone.

    I am from India and will be in Jakarta from 6th to 8th August. I have been booked in Ritz Carlton. Could you guys give me some pointers if there are pick ups available at the hotel bar Tempus or would it be better to get an escort service in the room.

    Looking forward to a nice trip with the help of you guys.

    Thanks.

    A.

  4. #1530
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterDiverII  [View Original Post]
    Although the hotel is relatively new, it's not brand spanking new. It has been around for a couple of years, so I'm surprised if Bluebird drivers don't know where it is. If in doubt say it's next to Atlet Century as I'm pretty sure they know where that is. It is in the Senayan area and for some reason when you mention Sudirman, most will think of somewhere North of Gatot Subroto. Although yes, it is still Sudirman in front of FX. I myself have yet to come across a cab that didn't know FX mall.

    MD II.
    CG should have said Senayan. Nowadays, Sudirman could be presumed to be SCBD = Sudirman Central Business District.

  5. #1529
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceegee  [View Original Post]
    I tried to tell him that, I even showed him my room key holder which had the address and a map on it, but this particular taxi seemed to not even know where the FX Sudirman mall was.
    Although the hotel is relatively new, it's not brand spanking new. It has been around for a couple of years, so I'm surprised if Bluebird drivers don't know where it is. If in doubt say it's next to Atlet Century as I'm pretty sure they know where that is. It is in the Senayan area and for some reason when you mention Sudirman, most will think of somewhere North of Gatot Subroto. Although yes, it is still Sudirman in front of FX. I myself have yet to come across a cab that didn't know FX mall.

    MD II.

  6. #1528
    Quote Originally Posted by FastEddie48  [View Original Post]
    To Ceegee.

    This is a new Hotel did you tell the blue bird taxi driver is next to the FX Sudirman mall very good locations walking dist to Senayan mall and night spot like red square.

    Fast eddie 48.
    I tried to tell him that, I even showed him my room key holder which had the address and a map on it, but this particular taxi seemed to not even know where the FX Sudirman mall was.

  7. #1527
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    Fast Eddie 48

    FX Sudirman

    Quote Originally Posted by Ceegee  [View Original Post]
    I tried Harris FX Sudirman based on the discussion here. The hotel itself was fine, but taxis seemed to have never heard of it. One taxi got a bit shitty with me because, according to him, it is actually in Senayan and I kept calling it Sudirman. I think he wanted to just drive around a bit more and run the meter up even though it was a blue bird.

    Anyway, the hotel / room itself was fine, but I kept getting in the wrong lifts and could not get back to the lobby, could only get down to the basement. You have to be very particular about which set of lifts you use, I eventually learned.

    Was a Rp10,000 ride to the Mulia (CJs) to pick up my treat for the night.
    To Ceegee.

    This is a new Hotel did you tell the blue bird taxi driver is next to the FX Sudirman mall very good locations walking dist to Senayan mall and night spot like red square.

    Fast eddie 48.

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    Mighty Spearsman
    Quote Originally Posted by HUmthis  [View Original Post]
    I have been a long like lurker and admirer of this site. I have found myself in North Jakarta for the next week. Due to business I am forced to stay near the MOI. I am curious as to what might be located near me for mongering? All ideas and help would be greatly appreciated.
    Are you really in Jakarta right now? If so (regardless of whether or not you are a long-time lurker / reader of ISG), then you've no doubt noticed that Indonesia is right in the middle of the fasting month of Ramadan. Most of the free-standing spas / MPs located near you are shut down right now, and there's a lot fewer ladies working the bars than normal.

    There are a few hotels near you that have MPs / spas open during Ramadan, including the high-end Alexis and the mid-priced Malioboro, but of course as a long-time lurker, you already know about these locations. Hotel Travel and Classic may also be open, I suggest you read the recent posts here to confirm that.

    Your best bet might be to engage the services of Jakarta After Dark who is an advertiser on ISG (www.jakartaafterdark.com) and who knows the scene better than anyone. Money well spent!

    There is a possibility that his web site is not accessible inside Jakarta, but you can always go to his ad at the very beginning (oldest posts) of the Advertisers section of the Indonesia board of ISG to access more contact info about him.

    RTFF!

  9. #1525
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceegee  [View Original Post]
    I tried Harris FX Sudirman based on the discussion here. The hotel itself was fine, but taxis seemed to have never heard of it. One taxi got a bit shitty with me because, according to him, it is actually in Senayan and I kept calling it Sudirman. I think he wanted to just drive around a bit more and run the meter up even though it was a blue bird..
    There are Two Harris hotels. Even when you have the hotel card and show it to the taxista, occasionally you'll still get taken to the wrong one.

  10. #1524
    I tried Harris FX Sudirman based on the discussion here. The hotel itself was fine, but taxis seemed to have never heard of it. One taxi got a bit shitty with me because, according to him, it is actually in Senayan and I kept calling it Sudirman. I think he wanted to just drive around a bit more and run the meter up even though it was a blue bird.

    Anyway, the hotel / room itself was fine, but I kept getting in the wrong lifts and could not get back to the lobby, could only get down to the basement. You have to be very particular about which set of lifts you use, I eventually learned.

    Was a Rp10,000 ride to the Mulia (CJs) to pick up my treat for the night.

  11. #1523

    Ideas in North Jakarta

    I have been a long like lurker and admirer of this site. I have found myself in North Jakarta for the next week. Due to business I am forced to stay near the MOI. I am curious as to what might be located near me for mongering? All ideas and help would be greatly appreciated.

  12. #1522

    Harris

    Quote Originally Posted by KiJang  [View Original Post]
    Are the lifts / elevators still painfully slow? It takes forever to get up to the 40+ floors.

    The Coffee Bean is a great place to vett / interview your online date, and say goodbye if you don't like what you ordered. No face lost.

    I will be at FX Harris for just one night in a couple of weeks time. Prefer the Morrissey for long stays, breakfast and location.
    Yes, the waiting time can be quite long, depinding on the time of day.

    The Coffee Bean is not too bad in itself, but not as a place for breakfast in an otherwise deserted mall.

    Regards,

    Ko.

  13. #1521
    Quote Originally Posted by KoperenKarel  [View Original Post]
    Early June I stayed at the hotel Harris FX Sudirman for 10 days. The hotel had been recommended by various members so I decided to give it a try................
    Are the lifts / elevators still painfully slow? It takes forever to get up to the 40+ floors.

    The Coffee Bean is a great place to vett / interview your online date, and say goodbye if you don't like what you ordered. No face lost.

    I will be at FX Harris for just one night in a couple of weeks time. Prefer the Morrissey for long stays, breakfast and location.

  14. #1520

    Ambhara Hotel review

    Quote Originally Posted by MightySpearsman  [View Original Post]
    I'm curious as to the background of the person who wrote those quotes, as it sounds like someone who's 80 years old, has never traveled to a non-English-speaking country before and who wants Ritz-Carlton quality at bargain basement prices.

    If I were travelling to Jakarta with a spouse and 3 children on vacation and had a decent budget, I'd pick a better hotel than the Ambhara, but that's not the point. For mongers who are travelling alone to Jakarta and who want a decent, girl-friendly hotel in a good location without spending too much money, the Ambhara is an excellent choice. Near Blok M, near the TransJakarta busway, near Pasar Raya mall, etc, with an excellent breakfast, decent meals the rest of the time and a swimming pool. Who cares if the elevator doors open and close quickly and the rooms are old?

    P. S. Still remember an excellent lunch at the Ambhara with esteemed senior member Prof Designer (and a young cutie) back in 2007. After lunch, I went back to the office and the good Prof spent the rest of the afternoon plowing the young cutie.
    Agree with you, since recent experience at Ambhara (December 2013) is non compliant with my experience, I noticed reports on other hotels too that I considered to be highly biased, for whatever reason.

    Regards.

  15. #1519

    Hotel Harris FX Sudirman

    Early June I stayed at the hotel Harris FX Sudirman for 10 days. The hotel had been recommended by various members so I decided to give it a try.

    The first time you enter the building, the FX shopping mall, you need a while to locate the hotel's front desk, but after that matters are handled briskly and you soon arrive in your room. The rooms a quite good: decent size and a good bathroom. Since the hotel rooms are located at the top floors of the building, which mostly consists if suites, the view from the room is quite spectacular. My room was at the 45th floor.

    A big disadvantage of the hotel is that there is no restaurant. They have a contract with one of the restaurants in the mall, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to be open for breakfast. This means you go into a deserted and dark shopping mall, locate the restaurant and order your breakfast. Eating breakfast in a dark mall is not my favourite.

    One member mentioned the lack of a "walk of shame" because of the location of the entrance to the hotel in the shopping mall. My idea about that is that the "walk of shame" is like a divine being. Some people believe it exists, others don't. I belong to the latter group. An example: some years ago I stayed at the Ibis Slipi and the organisers of a mayor Golf tournament had arranged lodging for a number of players at the hotel. In addition to that they had arranged for girls for each contender for the night. So every morning there was a lot of sweet goodbyes at the hotel entrance. On on of these occasions an elderly Dutch couple said how remarkable it was that so many of the golf players were married to Indonesian women. <GRIN> .

    Regards,

    Ko.
    Last edited by Koperen Karel; 07-02-14 at 02:07. Reason: stupid auto edit

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