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Keraton at the Plaza, Jakarta Jul 2015

Inspired by the Javanese word for “palace”, Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jakarta is a distinct and intimate luxury hotel offering a unique, modern interpretation of the rich Indonesian culture.

Located at the Thamrin roundabout, the hotel can be considered to be at the epicentre of Jakarta city. Besides being connected to a huge and one of the most upscale shopping and entertainment complex, Plaza Indonesia, the hotel is also prominently situated in the business district. It is within walking distance to government offices, corporate headquarters, key cultural attractions, museums and vibrant nightlife.

With only 140 lavish and spacious guest rooms and suites located between the 8th to the 22nd floor, this address whispers exclusivity. As soon as you step into a room, you will be amazed at the space the room affords you. This is one of the biggest hotel rooms I have seen. In addition to the work desk, the bench in front of the bed, the couch, there is still plenty of space to walk about. You can put 4 more beds in the room. Yes, there is that much space.

The bathroom is equally spacious. There is an open closet, a bathtub, a huuuuuugge shower stall (with a bench inside) and a counter with 2 wash basins. I really like thaht there are 2 wash basins. You don’t have to fight with your travelling companion in the morning to use the basin at the same time. Also, the toilet is a separate stall with its own door. That is great if one person is showering and someone else needs to use the toilet. They have paid great attention to details—– the toilet seat is heated.

All guests here enjoy 24-hr butler service, which only heighten the sense of luxury and exclusivity.

Should you be bored, you can enjoy a workout in the 24-hr gym (accessible with your key card). Or you may enjoy a swim in the indoor swimming pool. Keraton at the Plaza has one of the best spas in Jakarta. It is extremely clean. There is a huge jacuzzi with views overlooking the city. The massage therapists are highly trained and give firm, detailed massages.

After your spa treatment, you may head down to the luxurious lounge for the utterly decadent Godiva chocolate afternoon tea. Besides hot and cold items, you can enjoy the yummy Godiva chocolate in various forms —– chocolate truffle, hot chocolate etc. They have a wide selection of premium tea and coffee to accompany this unique afternoon tea.

With all the luxury you can ask for and an unbeatable location, Keraton at the Plaza is definitely one of the top hotels in Jakarta.

Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur June 2015


Prince Hotel is a perfectly functional hotel situated in the heart of the shopping district in Kuala Lumpur.

The location of the hotel is unbeatable. It is located right behind Pavilion Mall. In Pavilion Mall, you find many cafes, boutiques (mid-range to high-end such as Risis, Geox, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY etc). There is also a cineplex and a branch of True Fitness, a gym chain with branches in many Asian cities. Besides Pavilion Mall, there are also other malls such as Starhill Gallery. The hotel is a 10-15 min walk from Bukit Bintang Monorail station, by which you can get to KL Central or KLCC.

The decor of the room is pretty standard and perfectly adequate. You have the usual bed, armchair, coffee table, writing desk, wardrobe, coffee and tea-making facility. There are around 20 channels on the television. What’s great about the bathroom is that there is a shower stall and a bathtub. The room is pretty clean. I enjoyed having a cup of coffee while staring out the panoramic floor to ceiling windows.

If you stay in an executive room, you get access to the lounge where you enjoy all day coffee, soft drinks, fruit and cookies. From 6-8pm everyday, you enjoy complimentary cocktails. To accompany your drinks, you have a small buffet of hot and cold canapes.

The hotel also has a gym and a pool. The poolside garden is the most beautiful I have seen, with lush green lawns and white columns.

As mentioned, this is a functional hotel. While not lacking, it is not the most beautiful nor the grandest. What is outstanding about the hotel is the service. I stayed during Ramadan. Despite fasting, the staff during breakfast are still energetic, quick and prolite. That impressed me a lot. The staff at the executive lounge were also always quick and polite with requests.

The excellent service makes up for an otherwise standard and functional product.



太子酒店处于优良的地段。太子酒店位于柏威年广场的后方。柏威年广场里有许多咖啡厅以及中档至高档的服装店,例如Risis,健乐士,Tommy Hilfiger,DKNY等。柏威年广场内也设有电影院及一间True Fitness分店。True Fitness是一家遍布许多亚洲城市的连锁健身中心。除了柏威年广场,太子酒店周围也有许多购物中心,譬如升禧广场。从酒店步行约10-15分钟,您可到达武吉免登单轨站,并乘坐单轨列车至吉隆坡中央车站或城中城站。


若您选择在客房住宿,您能使用酒店的休息室,并全天享用所特备的咖啡,软饮,水果及饼干。每晚6时至8时,您也能享用免费提供的鸡尾酒。 您也可以同时享受所提供的热卡纳佩及冷卡内佩。


如上所述,太子酒店是与其他酒店并没有出现太大的差异。太子酒店总体上没有什么欠缺,它仍不是最华丽或最豪华的酒店。但是值得一提的是太子酒店优秀 的服务水平。我在斋戒月的时候在太子酒店住宿。虽然在这一段时间,工作人员在禁食,但他们的在早餐时间招待宾客时既迅速又有礼,并保持着积极的态度,令我印象十分深刻。行政楼层的工作人员在处理贵宾的要求时又迅速又有礼。


Enmaru, Altitude, Jakarta, Jul 2015

At Enmaru, located at the top of The Plaza, you can enjoy Izakaya dining style while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Jakarta.

Originally a style of eating where one sits down for sake after a long day of work, Enmaru is enhancing the experience of devouring delicious pub food. Here, you get to enjoy in a modern, lively ambiance set in traditional, down-to-earth Japanese decor in the heart of the city.

Sashimi Moriawase IDR100,000
Chef’s choices of 3 kinds of sashimi

Ikasumi Roll IDR95,000
Squid ink rolled rice with cream cheese and deep fried chicken topping (8pcs)
Innovative, modern, eye-catching.

Foie Gras Chawanmushi IDR50,000
Steamed egg custard with foie gras
The usual Chawanmushi given a boost of luxe in the form of foie gras. It’s like Chawanmshi on steroids!!!

Kushiyaki 5 Kinds Moriawase IDR85,000
Chef’s choice of 5 kinds skewers (5 pcs)

Atsugiri Wagyu Tongue Steak IDR150,000
Grilled wagyu tongue on salt plate

Foie Gras and Yaki Onigiri Steak IDR160,000
Grilled onigiri topped with sautéed foie gras, served with teriyaki sauce
A complex harmony of flavours, colours, textures, carbohydrates, fats and protein. Deceptively simple, yet it works, works, works.

Buta Kakuni Wasabi Potato An IDR130,000

Braised pork belly with soy sauce and sugar, topped with wasabi mashed potato
Really like the sweet, very very tender pork. The best of the lot!

Maccha Fondant Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream IDR50,000
Maccha chocolate fondant cake served with vanilla ice cream
A favourite with the ladies. I guess that should be testament enough.