For expats who live outside of the capital city, a visit to Jakarta can be a stressful and unenjoyable time. Quickly run down by the world-famous traffic and air pollution, finding an oasis is difficult. Located in the hip Central Jakarta suburb of Cikini, Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel is the answer.
Hosting hordes of holidaying backpackers and travelling young expats since opening in 2011, Six Degrees has been consistent in its hospitality and care for every guest that enters through the yellow door frame marking the entrance.
The old idiom ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ often applies to budget stays, and Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel is no different. But while the exterior may need a little love, the moment a guest steps inside any concerns are immediately resolved.
The genuinely friendly reception staff welcome guests, before leading you inside to the ground floor where you will encounter a pool table, a Nintendo 64 with all your favourite games, a mini-cinema, a bar and a nifty lounge area where complimentary breakfasts are served each morning. The stairs lead to a rooftop bar which offers great views and cheap local beers during the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap and casual sleepover or a touch of luxury, there’s something for every taste and budget. Six Degrees offers plenty of Pod Dorms, which offer more privacy than a standard dorm, or private single and double rooms.
Each dorm bed comes with a personal light, power socket, a small basket for phones and an individual locker. All guests receive towels and breakfast, and even the cheapest rooms are fitted with air-conditioners – a rarity in Southeast Asia budget hotels.
The rooftop is the real stand-out at Six Degrees. The rooftop bar offers ‘Skybeers,’ as well as ‘Sky Box’ where guests can work out in the gym and fitness area. A lookout platform makes the most of Jakarta’s sunsets, while a bamboo gazebo and plenty of tables and chairs ensure there’s plenty of space to kick back and relax after a big day of sightseeing.
With events most nights, including parties and barbeques on the weekend, and a great central location Six Degrees is a perfect stay for any expat looking to take a Jakarta holiday.
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