Jakarta, Indonesia

Kemang Icon by Alila

Rates from (ex tax)$116.30

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD140.72), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Gleaming glass urban hipster


Jumping Jakarta centre

A sleek shrine to urban luxury in Jakarta, hotel Kemang Icon by Alila has 12 unique suites encased in shiny glass panels and fashioned from metal, granite and onyx. Sharing space with a terrace restaurant and a collection of swish shops, this stylish pad was one of the city’s first boutique hotels.

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Need to know


12 themed suites.


Availability permitting, you can check in and check out at your leisure.


Double rooms from $116.30, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD140.72), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include à la carte breakfast.


Design your own comfort with a choice of duvets and a pillow menu – you can also request certain songs to be preloaded onto the in-room iPod and specify the contents of the minibar before you arrive.

At the hotel

Boutique shopping centre, movie lounge, library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod, minibar, Ploh bedlinen. L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

With characteristic urban whimsy, every room name begins with ‘I’. The Illusion corner suite is one of the most impressive, with multiple mirrors adorning the walls and a city-slicking Manhattanite atmosphere. Imperia has a more romantic soul, with drapery ago-go and a theatrical gilt-edged floor-to-ceiling-mirror to add some olde-worlde charm. If you fancy self-catering, the Edge Suite includes a kitchenette and the hotel can arrange for groceries to be delivered directly to your room.


Skinny, sleek and supermodel-sexy, the infinity pool on the hotel roof dramatically overlooks Kemang Raya and has a partially glass-walled side so you can watch bathers swooping past as you lounge on one of the white poolside recliners.

Packing tips

Some smart silk pyjamas for padding about the hotel in and a trustworthy credit card for boutique shopping on the first and ground floors.


This is very much a hideaway for urbanite twosomes.

Food and Drink

Photos Kemang Icon by Alila food and drink

Top Table

The spot by the Jacuzzi is discreetly tucked from view but is nevertheless in prime position for people-watching. If you prefer to gaze at the city scene, the elevated tables by the transparent walls offer bird’s eye vistas of Kemang Raya below.

Dress Code

At play by day, fly by night.

Hotel restaurant

The Edge, on Kemang Icon’s rooftop, dishes up a tasty combination of Indonesian and International cuisine in a softly lit environment of elegant minimalism.

Hotel bar

Sup cocktails while enjoying the rooftop views from the Edge’s bar or cosy up in the exclusive environs of the Concierge Lounge.

Last orders

The Edge’s kitchen shuts at 10pm but the bar stays serving until 11pm.

Room service

The Edge’s à la carte menu is available in-room until 10pm.


Photos Kemang Icon by Alila location
Kemang Icon by Alila
Kemang Raya 1


Jakarta’s main airport, Soekarno-Hatta International, is a 45-minute drive from the hotel.


Gambir Station is a 20-minute drive away. Trains go from here to major cities including Bandung and Surabaya.


The hotel has free parking and a valet service. Be warned, traffic in Jakarta is notoriously chaotic.


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Anonymous review

‘Less is more’ is a mantra rarely experienced in Indonesia’s over-the-top capital Jakarta, nicknamed the Big Durian for its massive size and high-impact flavours. In this crazy-busy metropolis, where the sound of car horns alternates with the revving of motobikes, there never seems to be an end to anything: the people, the traffic or the noise. So, a quiet, relaxing space is even more of a luxury here, hence the appeal of the Kemang Icon by Alila, a cool, double-glazed bubble of a sanctuary in the city.

At first sight, though, our boutique retreat for the weekend looks unprepossessing. ‘Where is this hotel?’ asks Mr Smith as our car pulls up to a non-descript building in the bustling Kemang quarter. I peek out, and before I can call out to the man standing by the doors, he’s already sprung to his feet, greeting us as he taps the boot to retrieve our luggage.

The Kemang Icon is less a hotel and more a set of slick, design-led serviced apartments. There’s no fancy, art-decorated, chandelier-lit reception, instead you walk past a gallery and compact shopping centre to the lobby, which resembles a hip, open-concept office with sleek glass and metal interiors. Check-in is swift before we’re escorted up to the fourth floor where the 12 themed suites – Inner Courtyard and Edge – are housed.

Partially hidden behind heavy velvet curtains and individually named (ours is an Edge Suite), they create the impression that you’re entering your own personal boudoir. ‘This feels like New York,’ murmurs Mr Smith, approvingly, as he steps inside.

Flaunting just the right amount of theatrical flair, the room is neither too masculine nor too feminine. The floor-to-ceiling windows and slate-grey walls make for a perfect canvas to showcase eye-catching touches: a tiered ceiling, criss-cross wooden beams, oversized fleur-de-lis mirror and an impossible-to-ignore glass-enclosed bath tub.

The room’s warm lighting – a true test of a decorator’s sophistication – has been thoughtfully designed for full dramatic effect; an element Mr Smith immediately begins testing as he plays with the remote control, giving me a rather sexy light-and-shadow show as I lie back and soak in a heavenly bubble bath. Much appreciated.

Too lazy to venture up to the fourth-floor Edge bar and restaurant, we order a salmon crostini to tide us over until dinner. While not a meal to blog about, the succulent morsels of smoked salmon on hot crostini do the trick, and win points for presentation. ‘Even the lemon wedge has been given a style slant,’ observes Mr Smith as we both sink back into the plump Ploh pillows on our overscaled bed for a disco nap.

Ready to reenergise, I hurry Mr Smith into his bathers for a post-nap dip – and I’m glad I do. The 16-metre infinity pool on the roof is a winner with its view over buzzy Kemang. A shady cabana provides extra relaxation space; too bad about the humidity, as we could easily have lounged here all evening with our bottle of wine and pre-dinner teaser of nasi goreng from the Edge – my personal benchmark for any hotel in Indonesia. We are not disappointed, as the finger-licking-good spicy chilli jam fights for star status alongside the Moorish, flavour-filled fried rice.

While tempted to stay in and savour our seductive surrounds, not exploring beyond the hotel would be to sell it short. One of its biggest draws is its location in the quirky Kemang neighbourhood. Within a few minutes walk (yes, this is one part of Jakarta where it is possible to stroll), we settle down at the two-storey Casa café for mojitos and a spot of people watching. As the place fills up with a noisy dining crowd, we head out to Payon Restaurant where Alila’s concierge has kindly made us a reservation. Expecting a trendy space, we’re pleasantly surprised by the chilled garden setting and a gourmet selection of Balinese and Javanese standards.

With eager eyes and growling stomachs Mr Smith and I browse the menu, eventually limiting ourselves to some sides and two mains; the iga bakar payo (grilled ribs with sweet sauce) and the ayam goreng sereh (deep-fried chicken with special Indonesian herbs). It’s all delicious and we’re only frustrated that our earlier snack has left us with no room to try more. While happy to linger on and enjoy the Javanese palace-meets-alfresco scene, the mosquitoes eventually persuade us to make tracks to Tree House Kemang.

An art gallery/bar hybrid, it reminds us of a few cosy Melbourne dens where the drinks are a draw, but the vibe a bigger pull. The mix of street and lowbrow art inspires a discussion on what’s really street art and what’s simply mass pop culture disguised as street. A few Jägermeister, rum and pear shots later, I surrender and call it a night, thankful that our hotel is not too far away.

Nestled in the back of a Blue Bird cab, slightly buzzed, I start thinking about another warm bubble bath, and if Mr Smith could be persuaded to give me a full body massage – after he choreographs a light show, that is.  

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