IBIS BUDGET JAKARTA CIKINI (PREVIOUSLY FORMULE 1)
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 75, Cikini, Jakarta 10330
GPS: 6° 11' 22.50" S 106° 50' 22.09" E
In the author's opinion, the ibis budget Jakarta Cikini is excellent value for money. The rooms are clean, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is located fairly close to Gambir train station and the DAMRI airport bus in Central Jakarta. There is WiFi Internet access available in public areas and in all rooms. An Internet café with fast Internet access and several ATMs are within walking distance. There are a mini mart, two restaurants, and a café with an outdoor terrace in the building. There is a Blue Bird taxi stand in front of the hotel. Opposite, there is a warung/simple eating place in the open, and a 7 ELEVEN. Around nearby Cikini train station, you'll find a few warung too, and at the station, there is a nice market. There is a big public swimming pool just behind the hotel, the Kolam Renang Cikini. Finally, there is an interesting centre of performing arts close by, the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM). In the courtyard of the TIM, outdoor performances sometimes take place.
Airport - Gambir Train Station (city centre): 05:00 - 23:30 (about every 30 minutes) + 02:00
Gambir Train Station (city centre) - airport: 04:00 - 19:30 (about every 30 minutes)
30,000 rupiah (September 2013)
If you are on a tight budget and want to spend the night at Jakarta airport, you can try to get a couple of hours' sleep on one of the broad wood-plank benches in the arrival area on the ground floor of Teminal 2. There is air-conditioning, and the security staff (who is there!) won't disturb you.