Hotel Indonesia

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6°11′44″S 106°49′19″E / 6.19556°S 106.82194°E / -6.19556; 106.82194

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Hotel chain Kempinski Hotels
General information
Location Jakarta, Indonesia
Coordinates 6°11′44″S 106°49′19″E / 6.19556°S 106.82194°E / -6.19556; 106.82194
Opening 5 August 1962
Management Marc Guenther (General Manager)
Other information
Number of rooms 289
Number of suites 11
Number of restaurants 4
Number of bars 2
Facilities Roof top Spa with Gym & Swimming Pool

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, commonly abbreviated as HI, is one of the oldest and best known hotels in Indonesia. Located in Central Jakarta, it is one of the first 5-star hotels in the country. For many years, it has been the city's major landmark. Its fame is often linked to the country's political pride. The hotel is located in Bundaran HI. The famed Hotel Indonesia Roundabout gets its name from the hotel.

Occupying 25,082 m2 (269,980 sq ft) of land, Hotel Indonesia was designed by an American architect, Abel Sorensen, and his wife, Wendy. The hotel was inaugurated on August 5, 1962 by the first President Sukarno in preparation for the 1962 Asian Games. The building was declared as national heritage by the local government, Pemda DKI, in 29 March 1993.[citation needed]

Hotel Indonesia went through the big interior renovation between years 2004 and 2009. On May 20, 2009, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta opened again. The Jakarta’s landmark building is now managed by Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels.



Hotel Indonesia first operated in 1962, officially initiated by the first President Soekarno as the first five star hotels in South East Asia to offer international standards. Right in front of the hotel, which is located in the heart of the capital, stands the “Welcome Statue”, intended to welcoming the guests who visited Jakarta on the occasion of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.


The hotel was prepared as the place to stay for state guests, or as the place to host the state dinner. Records have shown[citation needed] that in the early years of the hotel, President Soekarno hosted a dinner for the Philippine’s President Diosdado Macapagal in February 1964. Countless of head of states and international dignitaries had stayed or enjoyed state dinner at Hotel Indonesia.[citation needed]


During its heyday, Hotel Indonesia was the center of many cultural activities. Musical and theatrical performances routinely staged in the hotel, have catapulted several renowned Indonesian artists to stardom, notably, among others, Teguh Karya who was the hotel’s stage manager, Slamet Rahardjo and Rima Melati. In 1969 Hotel Indonesia hosted Miss Indonesia pageant, won by Irma Hadisurya.


In the mid 1970s, the Nirwana Supper Club on the highest terrace of the Ramayana Wing was the venue of choice for Jakarta elites to enjoy fancy dinner, complete with live entertainment by popular musician, local and international.[citation needed]


Hotel Indonesia was designated as a cultural heritage site by the Decree of the Governor of DKI Jakarta No. 475 dated 29 March 1993. The decree commanded that the building and all of its historical assets should be well preserved and maintained.[citation needed]


Due to a major reconstruction of the area, Hotel Indonesia was stopped operating in 2004. and was re-developed with BOT status from government ( Build, Operate, Transfer ).


After total redevelopment commenced, the historic hotel reemerges as Hotel Indonesia Kempinski on 20 May 2009, managed under Kempinski Hotels SA, the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe.


The landmark of Indonesia consists of two wings, the Ramayana Wing and Ganesha Wing. Ramayana Wing featured two types of guest rooms: Deluxe room (44sqm) and Grand Deluxe room with range size of 58-62 sqm with total of 129 rooms. Ganesha Wing, a wing designed for premium business travelers operates a total of 160 rooms consists of 1 super secured and bullet proof Presidential Suite, 4 Diplomatic Suites, 6 Salon Suites, 90 Executive Grand Deluxe, and 59 Deluxe room complemented by a Lounge at the 7th floor.

Located at the Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Roundabout) Hotel Indonesia Kempinski facilities consist of five-star facilities, dining and services. Starting from the 3,000 sqm Kempinski Grand Ballroom, opened on March 2008, has held various corporate activities, exhibition wedding and events. The historical oval shaped 1,000 sqm Bali Room, has been operated since September 2008.[citation needed]

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