The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started on Sunday and lasts for a month. Usually, the business travel drops off during this period and the eid that immediately follows it.
Many hotels are offering lower rates during this period to bring business in, but sometimes finding these rates can be a challenge as they are often targeting locals while keeping the headline prices up on the branded websites.
You can access Le Meridien Jakarta’s offer page here (this offer is bookable there).
I was at the Le Meridien Jakarta hotel the other night (by far not my favorite hotel in Jakarta – never get that warm welcoming feeling but need some more SPG nights this year) and saw their Ramadan leaflet that was in Bahasa Indonesia.
Le Meridien Jakarta has been on the Hot Escapes for the past couple of weeks and almost certainly will be on this coming Wednesday as well. Their lowest rate for SPG members is $95++.
Their Ramadan rate that is valid for every day of the week (minimum stay includes on non-weekend stays) and includes a breakfast is 999,000 IDR++ that is roughly $83. Nice savings even from their lowest SPG Hot Escapes rate and includes the VERY early morning breakfast starting at 3AM or later one for those that don’t fast.
The small print on the leaflet says that the rate is only available for foreigners with an Indonesian work permit or for Indonesian. They certainly don’t want their regular visitors to book this rate.
Maybe I’ll give it a shot and try booking couple of stays using this Ramadan rate. It never hurts to save few bucks. Neither Intercontinental nor JW Marriott were offering any special rates, so you may have to ask around.