Have you ever fancied staying at an Art Gallery after dark? Ever wondered what the sculptures get up to when the visitors are gone? After a long international flight and a 25-minute taxi ride, I step into a sleek, huge space. I’m surrounded by modern art works. The highly polished floor reflects the ceiling above. I wonder if I was dropped at the wrong address and I am in an Art Gallery. ‘I want to go to the Pullman Jakarta Central Park’ – I had told the driver – ‘the newest 5-star hotel in town’.
Before I know it a young woman has come to my rescue: ‘Welcome to the Jakarta Central Park’ –she says with a brilliant smile- ‘no need to go to the reception desk, have a seat, we’ll do the check in here’ –she points to an attractive nook with designer chairs and low tables and more funky sculptures: the Bunk Lobby Lounge.
I like this concept of “Check-in-Chill Out” here. No queuing. I can’t stop admiring all the art installations.
I run my eyes up and down the fantastical spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine I later on discover is the place to hang out and even do business with a view.
Hanging lights peel down from above like spiralling white paper cut offs or seeds from the rain forest. This place is all sleek-chic, contemporary-funk and high-tech. It is meant to impress.
You might feel like staying in the lobby till one of the sculptures comes alive but…
Time to check out the room. I feel no longer sleepy or jet-lagged. My curiosity has been piqued.
I take the long, wide path to the lifts (lined with more art works) and enter my 68 sq suite which is no ordinary room.
It feels as if I have hired my own interior designer who has handpicked the furniture, the rich carpets and the soft furnishings and blended it all in to achieve a stylish grey on grey look with the added touch of warm woods.
There are Warhol prints on the walls and my King size bed has a trillion soft pillows invitingly arranged).
It is all sophisticated chic, understated luxury with the occasional striking touch of unexpected funk.
Oh yes…again, a huge open space of marble floors, mirrors and grey slate slabs covering the walls.
A spacious recess for the rain shower calls and I relish the luxury of white fluffy towels and Roger & Gallet toiletries.
There is a magnifying make up mirror too, a detail many hotels ignore.
Connectivity. Need to stay in touch…
Now it’s time to check connectivity and other room amenities.
I walk into my living room to find a 32’ x 42’ LCD TV, high speed Internet access / WiFi and floor to ceiling windows that embrace spectacular views of the Jakarta skyline.
There is also an iPod docking station, a DVD player and an espresso machine and a plunger.
The upscale technology is so sophisticated it takes me a while to figure out how to turn the lights off. When I do, I jump into bed and fall asleep almost instantly.
Any other interesting things?
In the morning I head for breakfast and discover more architectural designs I just fall in love with: the faux ceiling at Collage, the restaurant, curls at the edges like white chocolate shavings.
I also have a look at the Executive Lounge where there are complimentary snacks and drinks all day long.
I won’t be around to enjoy the Executive Lounge today though, as my mission is to do some sightseeing in Old Jakarta and after that, chilling out with a drink at the Bunk Lobby Lounge,
Any shopping nearby?
The biggest and newest shopping complex is connected to the hotel: the Central Park Mall has a total land area of 22 hectares.
Several World-Class Consultants participated in the construction of of it, among others; DP Architect Singapore as the principle and Architecture Consultant, DYXY (USA) as an Interior Design, Bennit Design Group – USA as a Landscape Consultant.
Multi-award winner Central Park Mall has a cornucopia of high-end shops and a big food court with offerings from around the world.
What are must sees/dos in Jakarta?
If you are new to Jakarta take yourself to the Old Town. It is crammed with heritage sites. Have a meal at Café Batavia, a classic colonial building, with whirring fans overhead, black and white tiled floors and lots and lots of atmosphere.
Old Batavia’s historic harbour has traditional, high prowed vessels (the elegant phinisi) at berth being loaded with goods still today.
The Maritime Museum at the old Sunda Kelapa harbour area is also a must do.
And after all that, it’s good to return to your private art gallery and sleep amongst a few funky art pieces.