The Jakarta Post
Capsule hotels are arguably cheaper living options that have almost the same price point as hostels. (Shutterstock/File)
A recent fad among budget hotels in Jakarta budget has been to offer capsule rooms, which are basically small rectangular shaped capsules with a bed inside. These are arguably cheaper accommodation options that have almost the same price point as hostels, which are mostly between Rp 200,000 (US$15) and 250,000).
Below are some of the options available across Jakarta you can consider:
Arguably one of the more popular capsule hotels that recently opened in the Cikini area in Central Jakarta. A 2-minute drive from the station, this hotel offers both capsule and normal room options.
The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Plaza Indonesia, Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Gambir Station. Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is 1-hour drive away. The area also has a lot of options for street food, so this would be the optimal place to stay for travelers on a budget.
Starting price: Rp 220,000 per night
A new hostel/capsule hotel located in the Pantai Indah Kapuk area in North Jakarta. Unlike the choice above, this hostel would be a better option for those wanting to shop and explore coffee and foods.
The Pantai Indah Kapuk area has a mall and countless food options that include Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, Western and more. It is also a 10-minute drive from Mangga Dua Square shopping center.
Starting price: Rp 200,000 per night
Unlike the traditional capsule hotel, The Packer Lodge offers mixed dormitory style rooms that contain anywhere from 2 to 8 capsule style beds. These rooms usually include a kitchen and a shower that can be shared among groups of travelers.
The place is located in the Kota Tua area in West Jakarta and is a 15-minute drive to Mangga Dua and a 45-minute drive to Soekarno-Hatta Internatinal Airport.
Starting price: Rp 130,000 per night
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This hostel is different from the rest as it increases the number of people in a room to a staggering 22. In this place, you can book a single or double capsule where you will be put in a room filled with other people. These rooms include showers, clothes racks, a PS3, computers, oven and stovetops, and is a 5-minute walk from the Kota Railway Station.
Starting price: Rp 250,000 per night
This hostel provides 8-person dormitory style rooms and is also located in the Kota Tua area. Mangga Dua Square is 2-kilometer from Wonderloft Hostel, while Dunia Fantasi is 2.4-km away. The nearest airport is Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, 16-km from the property.
The hostel provides a billiard table and is particularly favored by couples, as they seem to like the ambiance and consistently rate it a 9/10 stars on booking.com. (ken/kes)
Starting price: Rp 90,000 per night