What's better: Hotel or Apartment in Jakarta?
Hello. Since I am coming to live for a year or two, looking for a place to stay. This is obvious choice, but how about negotiating to hotels directly for a decent monthly rate? For example Shangrila has hotel + residences. Would not mind staying in a hotel room, even if somewhat smaller. Prefer the atmosphere and amenities. Sounds reasonable for Jakarta?
Hi Schwyz, I don't have experience negotiating a long term stay in a 5-star hotel in Jakarta. 2 years in a hotel room sounds a bit long though. Are you sure you don't prefer a serviced apartment? Some have amenities and an atmosphere very close to what you would get in a hotel. For instance Fraser, Oakwood, Ascott (Ciputra World 1), etc. I'm actually preparing an article about the best serviced apartments in the city, but I still need to visit a few more.
Well, I am not really sure, it depends. I have already lived in hotel rooms for more than a year in Europe. I actually liked it. However, there are differences, and that is purpose of my question. Yes, appt would be much bigger for the price, but what else is the difference? On the other hand, if atmosphere is similar, I do not mind either choice. Maybe I am overestimating my financial capacity (my companys, really), but normally I negotiate directly, suggesting the length of stay. That is why I mentioned Shangrila example, which has both. Sorry for bothering you, but I have tried this elsewhere
And, I forgot another thing - are these aptmnts usually serviced once a week or it depends on the contract? And what about breakfast? Any bargaining margin, starting from the indicated price? Indonesia is a new experience for me, so I am maybe asking some basics, but these are thing that are basic for me, and about which I usually negotiate in detail. That is my way of life, and I do not complain. But that always depends on local conditions and entrepreneurial culture
It really depends on the place you choose and for how long you stay. Cleaning will be once or twice a week generally. I ever tried to negotiate in Oakwood, Shangri La Residences and Plaza Senayan Residence for a 3-month stay and they were quite strict. At best I could get 10% off.
You could also consider hiring a maid. It's not very expensive and it can be quite useful to do small things for you (cook food, buy groceries, take care of your laundry, etc).
Well, that explains almost everything. Sure, a maid could be a great idea based on a mutually beneficial agreement. Maybe a language teacher, as well
Your review of Kempinski is very helpful. But I could not see any photos from the inside of apartment. Everything is important but especially the bathroom, like do they have both shower and bath or not? Are there balconies/terraces? Nonetheless, Kempinski looks really great, and your post just right
My room had a bathtub and there was a small terrace as well. I didn't take a picture because it was a private apartment. You can easily find some pictures online though.
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