Fraser Residence Menteng

by | May 14, 2020

Fraser Menteng is a 5-star serviced residence located in Menteng, Central Jakarta. Completed in 2014, it features 128 units on 20 floors, with monthly prices starting at approximately US$2,200 for a 38m2 studio.

Entrance to Fraser Residence Menteng

Car drop off Fraser Residence Menteng

I visited this property in 2020 and here is my review of it:

Management

Fraser Menteng is managed by Fraser Hospitality, a company from Singapore whose largest shareholder is the Thai multi-billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. Among other things, he is the owner of Chang Beer and Saigon beer.

Fraser Hospitality has an excellent reputation, with currently over 150 hotels/serviced residence under its name in 70 cities in Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa, and the Middle East.

Rooms

It is a boutique property with only 128 units, from compact studios to massive Duplex penthouses:

Type of Room

Surface

Average Monthly Price

Studio Executive

38m2

US$ 2,2000

Studio Premier

38m2

US$ 2,300

1-Bedroom Executive

51m2

US$ 2,600

1-Bedroom Premier

51m2

US$ 2,700

2-Bedroom Executive

90m2

US$ 3,200

2-Bedroom Premier

90m2

US$ 3,400

3-Bedroom Executive

124m2

Not Price Available

Duplex Penthouse

319m2

US$ 10,000

Included in the price: WIFI, buffet breakfast, daily cleaning (except on Sunday), with bed linen changed 3 times/week.

Utilities (water and electricity) are included up to a certain amount (IDR500,000 for a studio and IDR660,000 for a 1-bedroom apartment). If you use more than this amount, you will be charged.

You can negotiate the price if you stay for a long period of time. You can also ask for a discount if you don’t need breakfast or the daily housekeeping for instance.

Amenities

Kitchen:

All the units have a kitchen equipped with induction stoves, a fridge, a microwave, cooking utensils, a boiler, and a coffee machine. You cannot cook complex meals, but it’s enough for basic dishes that only require a small pan.

Note that ovens are only available in the 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and duplex apartments.

Living room and bedroom:

The living room has a smart TV with 60 cable channels, a home theatre, and an iron board. If you have a Netflix account, you can connect it.

The master bedrooms have a very comfortable king-size bed (200cm X 200cm) while the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms have a queen-size bed (160cm X 200cm). Some guests have complained about the cleanliness of the linen.

In every apartment, there is a study desk with a telephone line.

Bathroom:

Finally, the bathrooms have a large mirror, one sink, a bathtub, a dryer, and a washing machine. When the occupancy is high, the water temperature is sometimes not warm enough, and the water pressure can be low.

Facilities and Services

Swimming pools (for kids and adults): Decent size, warm water, and peaceful area to relax:

24-hour gym with a sauna and hammam:

A restaurant (Relish) with an indoor and outdoor seating area:

Bar in the pool area

Kids playground (very small but surrounded by a pleasant garden):

24-hour reception:

Reception desk in Fraser Residence Menteng

Seating area in the lobby of Fraser Residence Menteng

– Common lift:

Other facilities and services available (no pictures):
– Indoor playroom
– Relaxing area with massaging chairs
– Business center/Residents’ lounge
– Game room with a pool table

Location

Menteng Fraser is in the posh neighborhood of Menteng, in a rather strategic position near Jalan Thamrin.

Distances:
– Jakarta Airport (CGK): 60-70 minutes
– Grand Indonesia Mall: 15 minutes
– Sudirman Business District: 15-25 minutes
– Kota Tua: 30-40 minutes
– Kemang: 50-70 minutes

Surroundings:

Surroundings of Fraser Residence Menteng

I don’t really like the surroundings of Fraser as there is just one large road with not many interesting shops. In particular, there are no restaurants nor convenience stores.

For that, you will need to walk at least 8 minutes until you reach Menteng Huis and Jalan Cikini, a much nicer street. Fortunately, the sidewalk has been repaired and it is in good condition.

Nearby landmarks:

Malls:
Grand Indonesia, one of the largest upscale malls in Jakarta, is 20 minutes away. It has pretty much anything you may need, including 2 supermarkets, a huge cinema and 3 department stores (Sogo, Seibu, Central). It is also a popular hangout spot with plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. Opposite Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia is another option, more luxurious.

The mall Plaza Atrium Senen is also not too far (20-25 minutes). It is quite cheap, with several popular brands, a supermarket, and many services (hairdressers, banks, cinemas, restaurants, etc).

Supermarkets:
Hero Gondangdia is the nearest supermarket, about 1 kilometer away. It isn’t very big, though, and quite expensive. An alternative is the FoodMart in Atrium Senen (slightly bigger but further away).

If you want a wider choice of imported and fresh products, I recommend going to Foodhall in Plaza Indonesia or Ranch Market in Grand Indonesia.

You can also go to Pasar Gondangdia, a traditional market with a large choice of cheap goods (fruits, vegetables, poultry, nuts, staples, spices, etc).

Food and Nightlife:
Menteng is not really a nightlife area, yet you can find some crowded bars nearby. Unfortunately, they mostly target students: Camden Cikini, Melly’s, Pennylane.

On Thamrin, Jaya Pub is the oldest bar in Jakarta and it is fun if you enjoy live music.

For anything more trendy, try rooftop bars like Skye or Cloud. For a date, I would recommend Cork & Screw in Plaza Indonesia.

Menteng has many excellent restaurants, especially upscale Indonesian ones such as Bunga Rampai, Bunga Pepaya, Madame Delima, Lara Djonggrang, or Garuda Cikini. Another favorite is Al-Jazeerah (Arab/Yemeni food).

Hospitals:
Bunda Hospital
Rumah Sakit Saint Carolus
Metropolitan Medical Center (most recommended but more than 4 kilometers away)

Parks and Recreation:
Taman Suropati
Taman Menteng

You can also go to Taman Ismail Marzuki, a cultural center, which is home to an XXI cinema, a planetarium, galleries, theatres, a plaza, and a lot of delicious street food.

Transportation:

Road:
As usual in Jakarta, the road in front of Fraser Residence Menteng will often be blocked by traffic jams. If you can, avoid being in a car between 7.30 AM – 9.30 AM and 5.00 PM – 7.30 PM.

Train:
Gondangdia station is quite near (5 minutes). It can be useful to go to Bogor or Depok.

TransJakarta:
There is a stop just 200 meters away (Kanisius).

Map & Address

Fraser Residence Menteng
Jalan Menteng Raya No.60,
Kebong Sirih, Menteng,
Central Jakarta 10340, Indonesia

Website: Fraser Menteng

Ratings

3.9 / 5 My Rating
{{ reviewsOverall }} / 5 Readers' Rating (1 vote)
What I Liked
- Good value for money compared with other luxury serviced apartment in Jakarta
- Modern and clean
- Boutique-sized property with attentive service from all staff
- Location in Menteng near Thamrin
What I Didn't Like
- A bit far from the business district
- Not much to do around walking distance
- No minimarket or convenience store
- Some issues in the bathroom with the water pressure and the water temperature
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