Monday Morning Consultant – Jakarta Edition – Le Meridien Jakarta Review

With one full day here in Jakarta, I ended up booking a “Cash and Points” stay at Le Meridien Jakarta – which amounted to 30$ and 2800 pts a night – not a bad deal.

  • Plaudit #1 … Sheraton Towers, Singapore
  • Plaudit #2
    The hotel isn’t the greatest Le Meridien, I’ve ever seen, but the security is expectedly tight for Jakarta. There are a couple onsite restaurants and all are predictably overpriced … having tried the Lebanese restaurant onsite : Al Nafoura.As for the room – this was not an initial success as D* got relegated to some smoking suite on the 10th floor when she first checked in. The staff at the hotel were not that helpful, and didn’t even attempt to offer a gold status upgrade – this is one of my pet peeves with the SPG program – they do not reward Gold members.Once I checked in though, on the same EXACT reservation and had a curt word on check in … there were the requisite apologies and an immediate upgrade the Diplomatic Suite. It is very spacious, though a bit dated – just like the hotel itself. There is a reason that this is a Category 2 hotel … even though a good Cat 2.

The Diplomatic Suite comprised the following

  • Two bathrooms
  • One Kitchenette
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Master Bedroom


Master Bedroom

As for the requisite Executive Club access … the LM Jakarta has a full service lounge with hot entrees and drinks in the evening.

So in the end, yet another success for the SPG Platinum and completely worth the $30, we spent … but yet another failure for SPG Gold.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at

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