As the capital, Jakarta has not only become the centre of Indonesia’s economic activities, but also preserves thousands of legacy buildings from the Dutch Colonial era. Situated at the heart of the city, inside the prestigious Menteng district, is the original building of Telefoongebouw, once a Dutch telecommunications office built in a blend of Art Deco style and neoclassical design. After Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands, the building was used by the Ministry of Education and Culture, and then the Soekarno Education Foundation.

Today, the building is a hotel—The Hermitage Jakarta—featuring 90 elegant guestrooms and suites. Moreover, four well-appointed dining and bar venues are set in the hotel, ranging from the classy L’Avenue Restaurant and the Hermitage Lounge with Cigar Room to the Courtyard Café with its casual atmosphere, and La Vue—an urban-style bar located on the rooftop with unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of Jakarta.

The Hermitage’s location allows guests to easily discover and travel to various local attractions. The antique art market at Jl. Surabaya is only a minute’s stroll away from the hotel. The hotel is also conveniently close to governmental offices and embassies around Menteng and at the Medan Merdeka area; the National Monument and a bunch of museums to visit are also around the corner. Furthermore, it is close to Jl. Sudirman and Thamrin, where many malls and national or multinational companies’ headquarters are located.

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The colonial-style building and art elements bring unique ambience to host any events. With four meeting rooms named Bandung, Surabaya, Cilacap, and Semarang, each room can accommodate up to 300 people for any meeting or wedding event. For more intimate events like weddings, birthdays, baby showers, or small family gatherings, the Courtyard Café is the perfect option. Its glass roof and hanging garden makes it an unmatched venue with its original 1920s brick floor and many more heritage touches of classical grandeur.

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