Raffles opens artistic new hotel in Jakarta

Raffles Jakarta has 172 rooms and suites
Raffles Jakarta has 173 rooms and suites

Raffles has launched its first hotel in Jakarta, designed around the Indonesian art scene.

The new Raffles Jakarta, which soft-opened on 16 March 2015, is linked directly to the new Ciputra Artpreneur Centre, and includes original works by Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan. The hotel also employs an “art concierge” to provide insights into the artist’s life.

“Jakarta is the economic and cultural seat of one of Asia’s fastest growing economies and we are delighted to be part of this growth,” said Peter French, president of Raffles.

“The hotel is a combination of both Indonesian and global influences that gives it a unique sense of place. The interpretation and display of Hendra Gunawan’s artwork in this hotel is a truly special tribute to Indonesian art.”

The hotel features 173 rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. Facilities at the property include Raffles’ signature Writer’s Bar, an Arts Café, a spa with six treatment rooms, swimming pools, a fitness centre, tennis courts and a 14th floor garden which it says is also “inspired” by Hendra Gunawan. Two more restaurants will open later this year.

For the MICE market, Raffles Jakarta offers several meeting spaces, including the 2,500m² Dian Ballroom.

The hotel’s opening brings Raffles’ global portfolio to 12 hotels and resorts, and it plans to expand further with new hotels in Jeddah, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Warsaw set to open over the next few years.

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