Kempinski Hotels SA has renovated the entire building, which is now part of Grand Indonesia Mall, one of Jakarta’s most luxurious shopping centers. Constructed by the American architect Abel Sorensen, the building was built in a T-shape to enable unobstructed views from each room.
Recent renovation has restored the masterpieces from various Indonesian artists adorning the lobby, meeting rooms, restaurants, and cafes to complement the contemporary design of the hotel. The historical Bali room, with its wood panels and carving, was restored to its original grandeur and is currently considered as Jakarta’s top luxurious venue. The hotel also reopened the Pavilion Ramayana Bar, previously a restaurant with old frescos depicting Indonesian traditional characters. Post renovation, the hotel features a new chill-out lounge with an elevated bar to cater to Jakarta’s elite and foreign visitors.
The Kempinski Hotel Indonesia, which was opened in 1962 by President Soekarno, was seen as a showcase of Indonesian art and traditions. The hotel was placed on the list of Indonesia’s cultural heritage sites in 1993.
Kempinski Hotels SA also renovated the Siam Kempinski hotel in Thailand. Old Siam Intercontinental Hotel was considered equal to Hotel Indonesia in Jakarta in early 1970s. Featuring a distinctive modern architecture, the lobby of the hotel was covered by a transparent giant Thai-style roof.