Most of the tourists visiting Jakarta stay in and around the Jalan Jaksa area of Jakarta as it is close to Central Jakarta, the bus and the train stations of Gambir, close to the main monuments and museums, close to the restaurants, bars and shopping malls and more so close to all the embassies in Indonesia. On my first day in Jakarta, I too stayed in the Jalan Jaksa area at Hostel 35. The below review is based on my experience of staying one day and one night at this hotel.
1) This hotel is located in one of the side streets connecting to Jaksa and hence is not too noisy as the hotels in Jaksa.
2) This hotel has been recently renovated and hence the lobby, the rooms and the entire hotel looks good and has some great woodwork, a nice pond and great ambience.
3) They have a variety of rooms (fan and air-conditioned) for single and double occupancy from 150,000 to 450,000 rupiah. Bargaining is possible depending on occupancy rates and longevity of stay.
4) Breakfast is included into all room tariffs and is provided between 6 am and 12 noon. Breakfast is a simple affair with white bread, margarine, marmalade and tea/coffee.
5) Wifi is free and is available in the lobby and in some rooms.
6) Since the place is near Jalan Jaksa, it is close to all the happening areas, the restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping areas and key tourist sightseeing areas.
7) The hotel is a 10 minute walk away from one of the city’s main bus and train stations.
8) Jalan Jaksa area and the hotel are also close to the local train service that connects to the Greater Jakarta area.
9) The folks running this place are helpful I guiding you to the right places for more information or assistance.
10) The place is clean inside, but the roads outside and to the side of the hotel are a little dirty and smelly drains, but that is the case with the whole of Jalan Jaksa.
Overall, Hostel 35 is a decent place to stay in Jakarta for a budget traveler and backpacker. It is not very seedy like the rest of the other places thanks to its newly renovated status.