Sheraton Bandara has always intrigued me from the first time I visited Jakarta. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from Jakarta’s Chengkareng Airport and when approaching the airport from Jakarta via the toll highway, it is inevitable to pass by this sprawling hotel.

When I finally got the chance to stay there for a night, the hotel did not disappoint me in the least.

For one, the Sheraton Bandara’s grounds are sprawling yet well-maintained, replete with trees, shrubs and all sorts of greenery, plus a huge lake.

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The lake looks even more enticing at sunrise.

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There is a huge playground which looked as though it’s been hardly used.

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The pool is large and quite well-maintained.

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I loved the large clay pot that served as the post-swim shower.

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I found the Fitness Centre to be adequately equipped with several treadmills and other exercise equipment. The added bonus: very few of the hotel guests availed for their facilities.

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There was a spa adjacent to the Fitness Centre but I did not have the chance to try it out.

The standard room that I got was quite large — featuring an equally spacious bathroom — with crisp clean sheets, fluffy pillows, a heavenly-soft bed, and the usual amenities, including an iron and matching ironing board.

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Here’s the room once again, showing the entrance (the door on the left) and the door to the bathroom (on the right).

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The labyrinthine hallways were huge and — I must admit — quite scary to roam in alone at night.

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But I loved how there were water features and plants everywhere.

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It wasn’t only the accommodation part that wowed me; the buffet breakfast was also unforgettable to my palate.

Considering this hotel’s location right next to Jakarta airport, I find the Sheraton Bandara perfect for short trips that don’t require any traveling to any other place in Jakarta. But if you intend to do any sightseeing and/or shopping in Jakarta during your stay there, I strongly recommend that you choose a hotel that is located within or much closer to the city centre. Jakarta’s traffic is legendary and you will inevitably lose a lot of time in the gridlock.

***All pics taken with a Nokia N82.

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