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Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport – a good airport hotel

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This is our review of the Fairfield by Marriott hotel at Jakarta’s main international airport.

I recently spent a week in Indonesia, in Jakarta and Bali. This gave me a chance to take a look at some of the interesting new luxury hotels and resorts which have opened up. I’ll be covering these over the next week.

My trip started a little less glamorously. With a late arriving flight into Jakarta I thought it was easiest to spend the night locally and heading into the vast city the morning after. After a brief search online I came across the Fairfield, which had opened just a few weeks before. It is Marriott’s only hotel at the Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) airport.

This is our first review of a Fairfield property although the brand has over 950 hotels worldwide. One reason we haven’t given it much coverage is because it has not had a presence in Europe. The first European Fairfield is due to open in Copenhagen this year.

The brand is more established in the US (where it originally launched in the 1980s) and appears to be growing significantly in Asia. It is pitched at a similar level to Marriott’s Courtyard and Hilton’s Hampton brands. In other words, this is a select service brand or, in the industry parlance, ‘midscale’ (whatever that means!)

The hotel website is here. Marriott kindly provided my room for review purposes.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Where is the Fairfield Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport hotel?

The hotel isn’t inside the airport but on the boundary, right next to the main access road.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

It is less than ten minutes by taxi (try Grab or the Indonesian GoJek for ride hailing services) and costs less than £5.

Inside Fairfield Jakarta Airport

I arrived around midnight and the staff had my booking ready to go. Unusually for a select service hotel, we were greeted at the entrance and a porter offered to take my luggage up to the room.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Check in was very brief with the assistance of some very friendly staff.

Although it isn’t obvious at night, the lobby is lovely and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Rooms at the Fairfield Jakarta Airport

There are just three room types at the Fairfield – Deluxe King rooms, Deluxe Twin rooms and Deluxe King Corner rooms.

I was given one of the corner rooms on the second floor. The primary difference between this and the other two room types is space – an extra 7 sqm, for a total footprint of 29 sqm.

That’s not massive but does give you plenty of room for a couple of suitcases with room to spare.

The rooms are, as you’d expect, fairly spartan with white walls and wooden laminate flooring:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

No complaints here: it looks smart and neutral. The walls look a little plain and empty, especially above the bed – it would have been good to hang something here.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

The designers did put an interesting design feature in the bathroom in the form of this wash basin:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport


Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Overall the bathroom was spacious with a nice large shower. Toiletries are Anarygya and lemon and lavender scented.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Opposite the bathroom there is an open wardrobe with a sizable luggage rack in the corridor space. The photo makes it look smaller than it is – that is my large checked bag, not cabin bag that you see. You also get tea making facilities and a fridge.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

The bed itself was very comfortable, and there were universal sockets on both sides of the bed so I didn’t even have to get my adaptor out. This seems to be common practice at international hotels in Indonesia:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

The only other amenity worth mentioning is the gym on the second floor. This features a handful of cardio machines as well as a rack of weights and overlooks some of the local undeveloped land:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Breakfast at the Fairfield Jakarta Airport hotel

Breakfast is served downstairs in the lobby, with space set up with tables and chairs:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

A small buffet is available. Hot items include a selection of Asian and Western items, including bubur ayam, an Indonesian chicken congee, as well as crispy tofu, a curry and, of course, nasi goreng.

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport


Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Western items include hash browns, chicken sausage and beef bacon. Jakarta is a majority Muslim area so pork, whilst available, is not hugely prevalent. Eggs are cooked to order. The buffet items generally appear to be cooked in small batches and so were very fresh throughout.

A selection of fruit, basic cereals and a fridge of fruit juices, yoghurt and salad is also available:

Review: Fairfield by Marriott Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport


The Fairfield is a good choice if you need a hotel at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport. It is clean and modern and ticks all the boxes for a short stay on your way to somewhere else.

As with all of Indonesia, the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful which elevates this from your average budget UK hotel. The luggage porter was an added benefit.

Room rates start at around £39 whilst redemptions seem to be priced at 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points on most nights, well above our target 0.5p valuation.

You can find out more, and book, on the hotel website here.

Comments (38)

  • C says:

    Jakarta is a complete dump. A cesspit of corruption with crooks at every turn to unscrupulously relieve “bule” (whites / foreigners) of cash.

    That said, Bali was (late 90’s) ok albeit evolving into Australia’s “Magaluf” and I expect that trend has further evolved with the result now being massive overdevelopment.

    Lombok was better.

    I look forward to your clear eyed review Rhys.

    • QFFlyer says:

      Bali is ok – Kuta is basically Aussie Magaluf, some of the other areas (Canggu, Seminyak, for e.g.) are all rammed with “digital nomads” of all nationalities. Nusa Dua is nice and quiet, or at least it was in early 2020, where I was as the pandemic began to unfold.

      • Gordon says:

        Stayed in Nusa Dua last year, It was nice, the only issue is merchant sellers pestering you on the non private beaches of properties.

        I prefer to have a mix of beach properties, and stays in a forest canopy. There are plenty of places off the beaten track that are nice and quiet for a relaxing stay in Bali.

      • Jetset Boyz says:

        Quite a lot has changed in Bali since 2020…

        Canggu was once loved by expats & digital nomads because it was a slow-paced sleepy fishing village – they’ve moved on as Canggu is now the bustling hotspot of Bali!, think of it as the new Kuta. Looking for hotel deals – you’ll find them in Kuta, Legian & Seminyak – while accommodation prices in Canggu are sky high crazy!

        It’s first international brand hotel arrived last year with the opening of Regent Resort Canggu – it was planned (before the pandemic) to open as an Intercontinental, but with the changes in Canggu they decided Regent was a better fit.

  • Max says:

    In my backpacking days, Jakarta ranked well below Bangkok, KL & Singapore for capitals on the SE Asia circuit to Oz. A good friend lived them until recently and disliked it for its traffic and pollution.
    We had an overnight stop last year as the Turkish flight landed after the last flight to Yogyakarta left. I was keen to avoid the congestion of the central city and went towards the coast instead, staying at the Mercure Jakarta Pantai Indah Kapuk (which is adjacent to a mall and a Swissotel), only 5-10mins from CGK. The Bluebird taxi driver’s chums had a laugh when I told him our destination, presumably as he wasn’t getting a good fare all the way into town, but he cheered up when I gave him a good cash tip.
    The Mercure was decent enough, with a pleasant pool area and good breakfast. The adjacent mall made going out for the evening very easy, if not particularly representative of the city / country / region

    • Alex Sm says:

      Everyone was telling us about pollution and traffic but my partner and I struggled to find any. We had amazing 3 days in Jakarta with traffic no worse than in London. GoJeks and Grabs are widely available, buses are amazing (with peak hour prices CHEAPER than off peak), old Jakarta is nice and walkable. Burger King has interesting options. We stayed at Hyatt and travelled around, visited a couple of other hotels, museums, the mosque. Amazing city and bad reviews do not do it justice

      • C says:

        Go again, you struggled to find pollution?? It’s the Worlds most polluted city, as for traffic, it’s equally notorious with 6-lanes EW of gridlock typically the scene through the centre.

        I’ll repeat: cesspit.

      • Aston100 says:

        Yeah I’m not sure why you didn’t find traffic or pollution.
        The city is one big gridlock.

  • Lady London says:

    PS Great review of your adventures Froggee 🙂

  • Michael C says:

    Jakarta in the 80s was the first time I had lived and worked outside Europe.
    It was VERY wild…

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