Its unconventional design and arresting artworks make Pullman Jakarta Central Park a draw, writes Suryani Dalip
DISTINCTIVELY designed with “industrial raw” concept and a cross between a modern museum and a designer signature hotel, Pullman Jakarta Central Park is in a class of its own.
The minimalist concept is evidenced in the concrete finishes on the walls and the open ceilings. Not what you’d expect from a five-star hotel.
“We try to create something different, a bit edgy. We want people to talk about it,” says its general manager Fabrice Mini, adding that the brain behind the unique design is Singapore-based Parisian interior designer Elizabeth Miage.
The paintings and sculptures decorating the walls and the corridor leading to the lift on the lobby level will also make you feel like you have stepped into an art museum. That’s exactly how I feel as I walk past the area on the way to the elevator that takes me to my room on the eighth floor. Sculptures of bikini-clad babies skipping rope, encased in glass cases, catch my eyes. I find them a bit disturbing.
As I reach my floor, I am delighted to find more paintings, commissioned from artists in Yogyakarta and Bali. At the end of the corridor leading to my executive suite room sits a unique plastic sculpture — a body of a female, waist down, sitting crossed legged with part of a hand (cut off at the wrist) placed on one knee. From afar, it looks almost real and quite scary. But not up close. It is one of the many sculptures that decorate the hotel space. According to Mini, it is created by Pak Arlan, a lecturer at Institute of Art Indonesia in Yogyakarta.
I open my room door, and on my left, I see the toilet which is decorated with a cartoon artwork of a durian mounted on the wall. In the room is a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, painted in hues of red. I feel excited as we share the same birth date but different years, of course.
The spacious room has a living room (or rather the working or entertaining area) and a bedroom, separated by a thin wall with sliding doors.
I immediately check out the unconventional bathroom — fully of transparent glass — according to a friend who recalls reading about it on the Internet.
To my relief, it is partly covered with frosted glass stickers. When I ask about it later, Mini says that the bathroom is popular with elderly couples on their honeymoon.
The bed, with a firm mattress, cosy blanket, plump duvet and cushy pillows, is a bit high for me and I find it quite a task to jump off it. It seems it has been made higher to allow guests to see the view from the comfort of their bed. The length is also made longer at 2m, for the comfort of tall guests, he adds.
My room offers a view of the beautiful Central Park and Central Park Mall which are next to the hotel.
Located within the Podomoro City development, the 14-floor niche hotel opened its doors last year. Indeed, its unconventional design coupled with the artworks have made it the talk of the town.
Pullman Jakarta Central Park, Podomoro City, Jl Let Jend S Parman Kav 28, Jakarta Barat 11470, Indonesia
Tel: +62-21 2920 0088
Fax: +62-21 2920 0099
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Website: www.pullmanjakartacentralpark.com, www. accorhotels.com
The hotel is located in Podomoro City Super Block and 30 minutes from Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
The adjacent five-storey Central Park Mall is an international award-winning shopping centre that offers mid to high-end shopping experiences. It is the only shopping mall in Jakarta with an open park, which has a kilometre-long jogging track. There’s a musical fountain too!
Young, contemporary, chic and aesthetic.
317 rooms, including 13 Executive Superior rooms, 54 Executive Deluxe rooms, 53 Executive Suite rooms, two Presidential Suites, 45 Superior rooms and 150 Deluxe rooms.
All signature Pullman rooms feature a contemporary art design — a combination of grey tones and rich woods and stylish furniture.
In-room facilities: Free 24-hour WiFi Internet service, LCD TV, private in-room bar, iPod docking stations in Deluxe rooms and above. The suites are furnished with a DVD player, a home theatre and an espresso machine, a pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat. Guests can perform yoga in the rooms as there’s a TV channel dedicated to the exercise.
Between US$50 (RM153) and US$150 per night.
Standard five-star hotel service. Employees are courteous, attentive and friendly.
PLACES WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
Central Park Mall.
Collage and Bunk lobby lounge. Located on the first floor and named after a technique in pop art, Collage is an all-day dining restaurant offering scrumptious spread of international dishes for buffet breakfast and lunch.
Bunk is an interactive and cosy place to chill out.
An outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing terrace on the upper L Floor. The Fit & Spa Lounge features the latest in fitness equipment and spacious private suites offering a wide range of treatments including Hammam and Vichy shower.
The corridor next to the spa lounge leads to Zen Garden, where guests can perform yoga or taichi exercises or simply bask in the beautiful Zen-like garden.
The Sky Terrace Garden on the first floor with a beautifully-designed garden perfect for outdoor weddings.
Also available are convention and banquet facilities. Pullman Grand ballroom can accommodate up to 5,000 people (6,000 plus the foyer). It can be split into three smaller function rooms.
Function rooms Warhol 1 and 2 and boardrooms — Axell, Blake Drexler and Hamilton — named after famous pop art artists. WiFi in meeting rooms as well as the public area.
At the Chill Out space, guests can hold informal meetings or discussions. There’s also a play area equipped with Wii and X-box entertainment — chill and relax during break or after a meeting or seminar.