We book our hostels and hotels a few days ahead, mainly using booking.com, following a simple, logical process: look in a particular price range, check ease of access from the airport/station, and then review the customer ratings.
Sometimes we are disappointed (Kyoto and Guangzhou), sometimes delighted. Our place in Jakarta, Citadines Apartments, falls into the latter.
The room is on the 22nd floor of a modern apartment block. Many of the people here are on long-term rentals, but for £46 a night, we have a palatial room with settee and kitchen areas. Also wonderful first-class breakfasts, a swimming pool on the floor below and a New York themed restaurant.
We just love relaxing in the room, looking down on the business district’s skyscrapers, leaving the curtains open each night to enjoy the cosmopolitan view.
This is a recharge before the long train journey into the centre of Java.