DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta

The DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta opened in June 2014 and as luxury hotel lovers, we were excited to stay at the only upscale hotel in the prestigious district of Menteng.

The hotel is the first DoubleTree by Hilton branded hotel in Indonesia and we were keen to visit and see whether they would make it onto our list of vegan hotels?

The Room:

Our 1 bedroom suite was very spacious with everything you would expect from a brand new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

This included a 42inch LCD TV in both rooms, an excellent shower and bath with impressive water pressure, a comfortable bed and a beautifully furnished room which all combined to make our stay very luxurious and relaxing.

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The living area of our suite where we could watch TV or work in the office area.

There are 253 guestrooms in the hotel, all with the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams beds which make for a very comfortable night’s sleep. We were really happy to see an animal-free alternative to the usual feather pillows and even happier to sleep on them!

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Great to see vegan pillows on that really comfy bed.

We particularly loved the coffee machine which made fresh, great tasting coffee and was easy to use.

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Our own coffee machine.

The Property:

The hotel is light, airy and modern with lots of big open spaces including the spacious and welcoming reception area.

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Spacious reception seating area.

The all-day dining restaurant called ‘OPEN’ benefits from lots of natural light which complimented the natural wood, modern decor and floor to ceiling glass walls.

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Light and airy dining in ‘Open’.

There is a 24hr fitness centre fitted with LifeFitness equipment, which was easy to understand and use (giving us no excuse not to go to the gym).

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Vegan Food Quest DID use the gym…

Outside there was a huge free-form swimming pool surrounded by comfortable beds and lush gardens where we could relax in the sun or shade, or go for a swim in the pool.

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Free-form pool with a variety of funky seating options.

One of the things we really liked about the pool was that it was perfect for both leisure and exercise, being deep enough and big enough to swim in properly, but also having places to sit and cool off including a futuristic bar in the central area.

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The ‘glass cubed’ futuristic bar in the centre of the pool.

 

The poolside area was nicely landscaped with beautiful plants and trees surrounding the pool giving it a lush, tropical feel. It was beautiful to see nature blooming around us as we swam in the pool.

The Executive Lounge (available to anyone booked into an Executive Level Room and all HHonors Diamond Members) was spacious and quiet, making it a great place to work or relax.

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The Executive Lounge was a good place to work or relax.

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Fresh floral displays in the Executive Lounge added to it’s calm atmosphere.

The Service:

DoubleTree by Hilton are renowned for ‘the little things’ that make a difference between good service and excellent service and we certainly experienced this during our visit.

When we arrived in our suite, a plate of welcome treats had been left for us and care had been taken to ensure that they we’re vegan – we often arrive in our room to a welcome gift of cake or chocolates, but we can rarely enjoy them as they aren’t vegan.

It was a pleasure to be able to sit back and enjoy our vegan welcome gift in our luxurious suite.

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A vegan welcome…it real is the little things that count!

All of the staff were warm and friendly and would always stop to ask us if we were enjoying our stay or meal. They asked us questions about being vegan and our travels and we felt very welcomed as vegan guests.

Vegan Food:

In the Executive Lounge, light refreshments were served during the day and canapés and alcoholic beverages were served in the evening.

We were served a variety of canapés during our stay and it was great to see that there were vegan options available (including breads, salads, mini spring rolls, stuffed tofu, nuts, banana chips and fruit).

All the vegan canapés we tried were of an excellent standard.

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Little stuffed mushrooms made a dainty and delicate vegan treat.

The wine in the executive lounge wasn’t vegan but they did have vegan lager (Heineken), some spirits as well as a range of soft drinks, including tea and coffee.

We enjoyed daily breakfast in the OPEN restaurant and it was one of the highlights of our stay.

There was a really good selection of fresh fruit so each day was started with a healthy & fresh fruit platter.

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Healthy, fresh and tasty fruit platter.

Chef Zul and his team were extremely helpful, pointing out dishes that were vegan and adapting dishes that weren’t. We felt very grateful that they took the time to make vegan versions of some local dishes for us. It meant that every morning we had a huge range of delicious vegan food to sample such as this delicious ‘tempeh mendoan’ which had a light and crispy batter and big, slabs of tempeh inside.

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‘Tempeh mendoan’ – made fresh for us with a vegan ‘no egg’ batter.

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The tempeh was delicious! Such a great taste and texture…

We also savoured fresh vegetable soups and flavour packed noodle dishes, meaning that each morning was a vegan dining extravaganza.

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Healthy green vegetables coupled with rice noodles and crispy fried garlic to garnish.

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The char kuey teow was delicious and full of flavour!

OPEN served fresh juices (we sampled orange carrot and ginger, apple and ginger and pineapple) and they were all exceptional.

They also had baristas preparing fresh coffee and as they had soya milk we were able to enjoy a frothy vegan cappuccino with our breakfast each day.

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Top marks for the excellent vegan soya milk cappuchino.

We could choose from all the other vegan ingredients available to create our own vegan breakfast delights, our favourite being this fresh seedy bread, drizzled in maple syrup with raisins and walnuts sprinkled on top.

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Bread, maple syrup, nuts & raisins – yum.

The Location:

The DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta is located in the cultural heritage zone of Menteng, a district of Jakarta that is steeped in history.

The idea of the Menteng district was conceived at the dawn of the 20th Century to house Dutch expats and high officials and is now home to ambassadors, statesmen and dignitaries, with it’s stately shaded boulevards and interesting architecture, the area is a must-see destination.

The hotel is just a short drive away from the Golden Triangle of Jakarta and the main commercial, shopping and entertainment hubs and is easily reached from Jakarta Airport using a hotel car or pre-booked taxi.

Other Stuff:

As well as the 253 guest rooms the DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta also has 11 suites to choose from.

Strong, fast WIFI is available throughout the hotel along with wireless printing from all rooms and suites.

We dined at ‘OPEN’ in the evening as well as at breakfast, and had an amazing vegan meal.

There is a brand new restaurant, ‘Sea Grain’ opening soon which will feature ‘mediterranean cuisine with a local flair’.

The Verdict:

Check in to the DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta if you want to spend your time at a new, vibrant & modern hotel with all of the luxuries you would expect from an upscale hotel.

Expect friendly & efficient service, tasty & fresh vegan food and a great nights sleep in the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams bed!

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We were guests of the DoubleTree by Hilton, Jakarta but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

The DoubleTree by Hilton, Jakarta

Jl Pegangsaan Timur
No.17 Cikini
Jakarta 10310
Indonesia

Telephone: +62 21 3190 4433

Email: jakartadiponegoro.info@Hilton.com

Cost From: £90 / $135 per night (May 2015)

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