In the heart of vibrant Jakarta, Kosenda Hotel stands as a beacon of design and originality. Part 21st century architectural landmark, part mid-century 1950’s modern aesthetics, Kosenda Hotel is the city’s newest design hotel. Offering a fun and funky escape with 60 individually tailored rooms, a stunning rooftop lounge, café, and restaurant headed up by celebrated Sydney and Melbourne restaurateur of 25 years, Stewart Gan.

Founder Ruben Kosenda has pooled decades of experience travelling and dining into a sensible and relaxed hotel built with guests’ wishes at the core. Inspired by international design trends, every space at Kosenda Hotel has been considered, every detail deliberated over.

“For many years I dreamt of opening a design hotel in the heart of Jakarta,” says Ruben, “A hotel filled with character and individuality, with sensible spaces and innovative cuisine, I wanted to create an experience that was understated and relaxed with a modern edge.”

Internationally recognised architects TonTon Studio were tasked with the design of Kosenda Hotel. The team crafted an eight-story building that rises out of the ground in a series of striking shards with diamond features. These unique features are inspired by Jakarta’s ethnic Betawi tribe traditional houses and carefully reinterpreted into a modern and urban design.

Inside and the magic continues with Santi Alaysius and Hamphrey Tedja from celebrated design firm Domisilium Studio having shaped a bespoke and tranquil approach, with a nod to urban life. Delivering a sense of comfort and style, the lounge area sits original furniture from timeless designers Svend Skipper, Poul Henningsen and not to be missed, an original Hans Wagner 1950’s chair called, the ‘Ox’- cheekily nick-named by the team, ‘the king’s chair in the house’.

“The interior is a marriage of the hotel’s architecture and Mr. Ruben’s character, very warm and hospitable with a love of the old and new,” says Alaysius. “Guests can enjoy originally designed pieces and collectibles from Javanese to Scandinavian.”

An eight-story feature wall made entirely from solid teak wood offcuts stands proudly in the centre of the Kosenda Hotel. A humorous mural by local artist Sanchia T. Hamidjaja depicts life in present day Jakarta and can viewed through towering windows on the lower levels. Along the corridors art by Triyadi Guntur Wiratmo tells the stories and history of the city’s past. Energy has also been put into custom designing lighting, music and aromas.

Inside the rooms bespoke products have been designed to create a visually spacious room, with the comfort of home. Wardrobe space is fitted with a luggage rack and a lengthy kitchenette bench doubles as a work space with concealed international power points. An iPod dock and digital alarm rests on the bedside tables that are otherwise free from clutter. Together, the placement and design of the furniture and products have created a fuss-free and visually clean room that has functionality at the core.

The materials in the room were carefully selected by Ruben and his consulting team and introduce added warmth. Kimonos, laundry bags, and batik sandals are all handmade using scraps from textile manufacturers by a foundation empowering disabled people – Precious One. Crisp sheets boast a 300-thread cotton count and all towels are luxurious cotton combed.

At the top of Kosenda Hotel, Awan Lounge is a breathtaking rooftop bar and garden, delivering sweeping city views and one of Jakarta’s leading cocktail lists. On the lower level, Waha Kitchen is fast becoming a leader in Peranakan cuisine in Jakarta.

“The idea is to create an elevated level of service and dining focused around the freshness and lively flavours of Southeast Asian cuisine, “ says Gan.

In the specially crafted menu, guests can taste an original Nyonya recipe for Laksa curry soup, that can not be found anywhere else in the Jakarta. This special recipe came from Gan’s mother who was a real Nyonya (mixed of Straits Chinese and Malaysian) and restaurants have always been a family business for Gan.

“Southeast Asian cuisine is actually really rich in flavors and variety, for example Laksa is just like Cabernet Sauvignon of wine, where you can have over ten varieties to chose from and it is not a bad idea to get your taste buds adventurous tasting different types of Laksa curries,” adds Gan.

Kosenda Hotel offers one special place to start this adventure for Laksa tasting, from duck, seafood to chicken. Coffee lovers will rejoice at 127 Café alongside the hotel’s reception, where silky smooth coffee is poured from a La Marzocco machine and finished by trained baristas. Every element of this hotel enhances the feeling of pure escapism. A new way to experience Jakarta has arrived.

For those who are willing to come and feel the experiences Kosenda Hotel is located at jalan KH Wahid Hasyim No.127 in Menteng, Central Jakarta. For more information and rates feel free to visit their official site here.


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