12 October 2016

The Westin Hotel Jakarta

The Westin Hotel Jakarta
Gama Tower
Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Blok C No. 22
South Jakarta
Tel: +622127887788
Website: www.westin.com/jakarta 
Twitter: @TheWestinJkt 
Instagram: @thewestinjakarta 
Facebook: The Westin Jakarta 


When I come to the Gama Tower, the security officer asks me if I want to go to the office area, ballroom or the Westin Hotel Jakarta. I definitely say that I want to go to the hotel. As I enter the front door, after all the security checks, a hotel officer directs me to the lift that brings me to the 52nd floor where the lobby of the hotel is located. Yes, the Westin Hotel Jakarta is located above the Gama Tower, from level 51 to level 69. Its Java Ballroom is located on the first floor, making it easy for people to bring equipments to the area and decorate it.

As I walk into the lobby, I can feel one thing about the hotel: Grande and Glamorous! I am amazed by the design of lobby. The ceiling looks artistic, while the chandeliers add beauty on it. Cool!    

The Lobby Lounge area has a Coffee and Tea corner where guests can sit and relax while drinking coffee or tea, and eating cookies, while enjoying the sunrise and sunset outside. So beautiful! 
The best things about the Coffee and Tea corner at the Lobby Lounge are their Carrot Cake, Cappuccino and Jing Tea. When you order the Jing Tea, don’t hesitate to ask the hotel people to demo the Tea Ritual. They will be happy to show it to you.     

Yes, the Westin Hotel Jakarta is the highest hotel in Indonesia right now. The best thing about the hotel is: View! View! View! 
The view from the hotel will make you feel like you own the world as you can see the whole Jakarta from all corners. You can see Jakarta from its lobby, rooms, restrooms, etc. Wow! 


The Westin Hotel Jakarta has 272 rooms, starting from the 53rd floor to 66th floor. 

Inside the bedroom, there is a small corner to keep your bags and clothes. Next to it, there is a nice large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower room. The bathroom has a glass wall next to the bathtub that separates the bathroom and the bedroom. The angel side of me thinks that the glass wall is made so the guests can watch the large TV inside the room from the bathtub, but the devil side of me says that the glass wall is made for a romantic moment. LOL!  

Other facilities are the fast internet connection, a sofa, a working desk, a coffee table, etc. But one of the amazing things from the bedroom is the Westin’s Heavenly Bed that has 10 layers of comfort and relaxing King Koil mattress. The special bed gives comfort to the guests who need good rest anytime. Don’t forget to look at the windows. You can enjoy the view of Jakarta during your stay there. 

Astrid Amalia is enjoying the view of Jakarta from the Heavenly Bed at Westin Hotel Jakarta

Astrid is enjoying Heavenly Bed at Westin Jakarta


At lunch time, I visit Seasonal Tastes Restaurant at 51st floor. But before entering the Seasonal Tastes Restaurant, I have to pass Daily Treats, the deli in the Westin Hotel Jakarta.

It serves breads, gourmet pastries, cakes, chocolates, ice cream, wraps and coffee. Yum! Yum! 

When I finally sit at the Seasonal Tastes Restaurant, I can feel that the paradise is on my belly! The restaurant has buffet menu from Indonesia, China, Japan, India, Western, and all kind of seafood. 

The Manado food there are very delicious. My favorites are the Salad Bar, the Seafood Corner, the Sashimi Corner, and the Dim Sum Corner. Yummy! 

Don't miss the Martabak at the Seasonal Tastes, ok. The taste of the Martabak here is upgraded delicious :-D

By the way, because I have Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership card, I get 20% discount for all the food and drinks I consume. Yeay! Thank you, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Astrid Amalia is with Desiree Merlina from the Westin Hotel Jakarta

Astrid Amalia is with Desiree Merlina - Westin Jakarta

I end the day with happy feelings. Knowing that I am on the top of Jakarta makes me feel so powerful. LOL! I will be visiting the Westin Hotel Jakarta a lot, especially for drinking the Cappuccino, snacking the Carrot Cake and chasing the Sunset!

Have a great day, everyone! 

30 September 2016

Dim Sum Brunch at Catappa - Mercure Kemayoran

Grand Mercure Maha Cipta Jakarta Kemayoran
Jl. H. Benyamin Sueb Kav. B6
Superblok Mega Kemayoran
Kota Baru Bandar Kemayoran
Central Jakarta
Tel: (+62)21/22601111
Fax: (+62)21/22602222
Mail : H9896-RE2@ACCOR.COM

Dim Sum is always one of my favourite food. I always look for it at any parties and any events. So when I receive an invitation to spend my Sunday with a Dim Sum Brunch at Catappa Restaurant in the Grand Mercure Maha Cipta Jakarta Kemayoran, I definitely take the offer. Yeay!

Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese cuisine. It is specially made as small bite-sized portions of food. It is served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim Sum is all about to eat a little something :-)

All this time, I know only 4 to 5 kinds of Dim Sum. The steam ones! But when I come to Catappa, I find out that there are so many kinds of Dim Sum. Oh, where have I been? LOL!

So, Catappa serves Steamed Dim Sum, Fried Dim Sum and Sweet Dim Sum. Dumplings, Buns, and Roll Dishes. Meat based and Vegetable based. Woho! So many kinds! And it is All You Can Eat Buffet! This is yummy! Some of the names are: Hakao, Shiu Mai, Lomakai, Fried Dumpling Shrimp, Chicken Feet, Vegetable Spring Roll, and many more!

How to eat the Dim Sum - my personal note and opinion:

"Steamed Dim Sum should be consumed before the Fried Dim Sum, so you can experience the taste of Dim Sum from the ordinary ones to the more savoury ones. You can also take Dim Sum as the appetisers before you go to the main menu as the portion is small. Don’t forget to drink Tea during your Dim Sum moment, because Dim Sum can tastes perfect if you pair them with Tea."

But, if you don’t like Dim Sum, you can always find other food in Catappa Restaurant, like: Chinese, Italian, Japanese, traditional Indonesian food, etc. And all of them are ready for you. All you can eat! There are too many of them, and it is hard to choose, because all of them are delicious. No, you can't spend only one day to enjoy all those food in the restaurant :-)

Catappa Restaurant serves more desserts too! It has cookies, pudding, and fruits. But what delights me is the collection of its traditional Indonesian cookies. I love them!
I find a bowl of Ginger Candy, and I bring them home. Just the candy, not the bowl. LOL!

Eating the many kinds of Dim Sum alone have made my belly full! And remember, Catappa Restaurant has other food too. So I guess I need more than 3 days to taste all of the food in the restaurant. LOL!
Yes, I have a lot of fun exploring the food here.  

Catappa Restaurant is located at the Lobby area. It serves a-la-carte and buffet options with a wide variety of international, Asian and Indonesian cuisine to choose from. The outdoor terrace also serves as a smoking area. The space of the restaurant is big, so anyone can always have events at the restaurant too.  

Enjoy your brunch, everyone!