welcome to Registration, a series of reviews in which our editors and contributors rate the best new (and renovated) luxury hotels based on a rigorous – and sometimes ironic – 10-point system: every question answered with “yes” gets a point. Will room service bring you caviar? Does your suite have its own butler? Does the bathroom have a bidet? Find out below.
Describe the hotel in three words: Welcome to England-nesia
What is the problem?
Towering over Jakarta’s new central business district, this hotel may only be 12 months old, but it’s built on a legacy that dates back more than 150 years to precisely 1865 when the original Langham made its debut. in London as one of Europe’s largest hotels. So expect classic British design elements like white paneling, Victorian fireplaces (real and fake), ballerina color schemes in a 65-story skyscraper. Also included are outposts of London Langham’s award-winning Artesian Bar and daily servings of afternoon tea (although I was disappointed to see whipped cream here rather than traditional clotted cream).
The best room
The Presidential Suite takes up the majority of the 60th floor and has a living room big enough for cartwheels. From floor-to-ceiling windows and the outdoor terrace, there are views of the sprawling city of Jakarta stretching beyond the horizon. Other highlights are the dining area with a white Ritmüller R8 Baby grand piano, the desk, the circular whirlpool tub and a cabinet with enough space to please Mariah Carey. The decoration is contemporary, in whites and mineral blues and the private lift allows discreet arrivals. Rates
Did they greet you by name when checking in?
Yes, the dapper doormen stood to attention, while two members of the Langham Club lounge team waited inside to greet me personally. I was whisked through the cathedral-sized lobby and upstairs for an in-room check-in before being escorted to the Langham Lounge for a late lunch.
Was a welcome drink ready and waiting for you when you arrived? (Bonus points if it wasn’t just juice)
Yes, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon was waiting in my room, along with a bouquet of pink roses and a platter of artisan chocolates and macaroons. If you choose to check in at the Langham Lounge, you will enjoy a wide selection of teas, coffees, health drinks, wines, beers and spirits.
Is there a private butler for each room?
No. Of the 223 rooms, only the Presidential Suite has dedicated 24-hour butler service. However, guests of Executive Rooms and Suites can take advantage of the stunning Langham Lounge on the 59th floor, where a courteous staff will take care of all your needs – nail appointments, document printing, transportation booking – at a glance. . Food and drink-wise, the Langham Lounge is also one of the most generous we’ve come across, serving hot and cold breakfast items until 11 p.m. (including a la carte options, afternoon tea service, afternoon and evening cocktails).
Is the thread count of the sheet more than 300?
Sheets are made exclusively for the hotel and have a thread count of exactly 300. Langham’s Blissful Beds, crafted by Swedish master mattress makers Duxiana, combined with solid soundproofing and electronic blinds that black out every sliver of light guarantee a good night’s sleep.
Is there a heated floor in the bathroom? And a bidet?
No, but it’s cool white marble you want underfoot in this sweltering city. The bidets come in the form of Japanese Toto e-toilets, which command attention as you enter the bathroom and have heated seats, nightlights and a variety of wash and dry settings.
Are the toiletries large?
Yes, Langham brand lightly scented toiletries are packaged in full size refillable ceramic bottles. Bath salts and a loofah were a nice touch, but it’s disappointing that higher-category rooms and suites don’t have more luxurious amenities.
Is there a private pool for the exclusive use of the room? How is the spa and gym?
It really is a city hotel and none of the rooms have a private pool. If you want to take a dip, however, there are two communal pools: a palm-lined outdoor pool on the sixth floor and a heated indoor infinity pool on the 63rd floor with great sunset views. Next door, a large fitness center shares the same panorama and is equipped with the latest Technogym machines. Inspired by traditional Chinese elements, Langham’s Chuan Spas are always excellent and Jakarta is no exception.
Do you want to spend Friday night at the lobby bar?
Yes. Tom’s by Tom Aitkins is located off the lobby and serves as the hotel’s main bar and restaurant. A moody counterpoint to the hotel’s stark white interiors, Tom’s is suitably warm and welcoming, decked out in dark woods and Merlot reds, with dodgy leather seating and a horseshoe-shaped bar. This is where well-heeled Jakartans mingle with expats and road warriors before heading upstairs for a hearty but sophisticated British dinner.
Is there caviar on the room service menu? If so, what kind?
No, caviar did not appear on any of the restaurant menus or on the room service menu.
Would you buy the hotel if you could?
Yes. Jakarta is a rising (even if sinking) city with rising commercial and residential property prices.
What our score means:
1-3: Fire your travel agent if they suggest you stay here.
4-6: Solid if you’re in trouble, but only if you’re in trouble.
7-8: Alright. We would stay here again and recommend it without hesitation.
9-10: Forget booking a week. When can we move in permanently?