Arrival Experience: As one of the city's most respected hotels, this veritable city unto itself is a foreign visitor's dream. Excellent security is expected, but the typical Shangri-La hallmarks from smiling greetings at the door to name recognition throughout your stay are always pleasant reminders of this company's on-top performance with guest satisfaction. Jakarta, the country's biggest and where U.S. President Barack Obama spent time as a child, has many fine hotels, but the Shangri-La remains one of the most expected. Reception is swift and friendly greeting guests in their native tongue and assisting them with luggage right away. Live music is a treat in the evening hours, and the immense glass walls permit constant sunlight into the grandiose lobby.
Dining: A consortium of international flavors is on offer here, and locals flock to make reservations at each of the Shangri-La's highly acclaimed eateries. The culinary fun begins with Satoo, a global sensation experience highlighting a dozen live cooking stations from around the world. Nishimura is renowned in town for the best Japanese cooking in the area from teppanyaki favorites to rolled fresh to order sushi. Shangri-La's signature Cantonese restaurant Shang Palace is popular and is the second largest eatery in the house. Italian food lovers will find heaven at Rosso, which serves delectable Mediterranean favorites lunch and dinner. Room service is, of course, always an option.
Accommodations: Guest rooms offer up some of the best views in the city including sweeping scapes of skyscrapers, neighboring mosques, and the hotel's signature pool and recreation area. Sumptuous bedding features down comforters over firm mattresses, all with views of town from their pillowed sources. Baths feature strong shower flows in glass stalls, deep soaking tubs with aromatherapy scents, and scales and hairdryers. Horizon Club rooms go a notch further with L'Occitane toiletries, free clothes pressing, and access to a private lounge with free drinks, breakfast, and daily snacks. Wireless and wired high speed Internet is in all rooms, and Horizon Club guests enjoy free WWW access. Flat-screen cable TVs, fresh fruit platters, robes, and slippers add to the comfort of all guests.
Conclusion: Decompression comes naturally in the spa with access to a full fitness center overlooking the city, warm and cold plunge pools, saunas, steam rooms, massage and beauty treatment areas, tennis courts, and poolside massage. The meeting capacity is plentiful serving the needs of some of the region's biggest business moguls. Leisure attention is also a major focus here bringing in locals who want to enjoy the massive outdoor swimming pool. Nothing beats an evening cocktail to the tunes of one of the lobby lounge crooners or relaxing poolside on a sunny afternoon in the shade of a Shangri-La palm. Regardless of your location, the service and amenities of one of this city's top hotels is certain to make your Jakarta visit both memorable and pleasant.