there's a lot going on in indonesia right now. the southeast asian giant finally steps into the global limelight, aided by a frenzy of economic activity, new riches, and what seems to be a whole new mindset. change is imminent - or should we say badly needed? - on many levels, and as consumers nationwide become more savvy, there's a new lifestyle infrastructure slowly emerging that tries to keep up pace. artotel is a local hotel chain which very much reflects the country's boundless energy through an expanding set of quirky urban boutique hotels. its newest property is artotel jakarta thamrin, and has just officially opened its doors in the capital jakarta. similar to its sister establishments, it's a dazzling celebration of indonesian urban artists and their work.
artotel jakarta thamrin features 107 rooms spread over eight floors of a modern building in the capital's upscale menteng area. the hotel has engaged the pinnacle of indonesian urban artists to provide the entire premises with unique artworks, including a giant monster mural by graffiti legend darbotz which graces the hotel's façade on all four sides. it should be obvious that artotel aims to appeal to a young, mobile and savvy demographic, and this new property features all the comfort and amenities they require at an affordable price. there are three room categories, each featuring comfy beds, free wifi internet access, a 32-inch flatscreen tv, 24-hour room service and other extras.
adding up to the bubbly vibe at artotel jakarta thamrin is roca - short for: restaurant of contemporary art - the happening diner + bar on the ground floor where hotel guests and visitors are served breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty of drinks at any time of the day. an additional rooftop bar is to open in the near future. the hotel lives up to its name as the lobby isn't just a place where to lounge and mingle, it also serves as a gallery space for rotating exhibitions. as a matter of fact, currently on is a painting exhibition by musician + artist prisa rianzi. and with the country's economy booming, the opportunity to do business isn't overlooked. two spacious meeting rooms and an art gallery business center are readily available. location: jalan sunda 3 [menteng].