Finding the best hostel for your backpacking trip to Jakarta may feel overwhelming, particularly if you’ve never traveled to the stunning islands of Indonesia before. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got your back. Below is our review of the Six Best Hostels in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

This Southeast Asian nation is known for its breathtaking scenery, crystal clear waters, and stunning architecture. Jakarta, located on the island of Java, is the capital and largest city in Indonesia. Jakarta’s vibrant nightlife, cosmopolitan shopping centers, and world-class food attract visitors from around the world year-round. As the nation’s center of arts, culture, politics, and religion, Jakarta is also a melting pot of Indonesian culture, so it’s sure to make for an exciting and memorable trip.

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Whether you’re jetting to Jakarta to tour museums, mosques, and temples, or you want the city to serve as your home base while you explore beaches, mountains, and rainforests, the following hostels in Jakarta are ready to host you and your crew.

Your Indonesian adventure awaits at each of these clean, safe, and affordable hostels. So get ready to pack your bags, book that flight, and enjoy the community and convenience of one of the best hostels in Jakarta.

Six Degrees

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from $6 / 10-dorm 4.5/5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Center
  • Security Lockers
  • Laundry Facilities

Six Degrees is located in the heart of Jakarta, only steps away from dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, flea markets, and the Jakarta Arts Centre. This charming hostel’s location is perfect for the urban explorer.

Travelers in need of a rest and recharge will also appreciate the romantic rooftop garden, air-conditioned lounge-cafe with cinema and pool table, and the option for dorm-style or private rooms that are designed to be dark, quiet, cool, and comfortable. If you’re looking to stay in and meet your fellow travelers, Six Degrees has a bar, cafe, restaurant, and mini-supermarket to meet all of your needs. 

Capsule Hotel Jakarta – Old Batavia

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from $9 / 10-dorm 4.3/5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Daily City Tour
  • Volcano and Island Tours
  • 24-Hour Reception Services 

Around the corner from Six Degrees in Old Town Batavia, Capsule Hotel also provides easy access to every amenity you could desire.

Cheap street food, an Olympic size swimming pool, and public transportation are right outside your door at Capsule Hotel Jakarta. This hostel offers both capsule dorms and private rooms with comfortable mattresses and spacious storage lockers.

The common area boasts a pool table, dartboard, sofas and beanbag chairs, and a library of more than 800 movies to watch. Plan to spend at least a night or two drinking and dancing the night away on this sleek modern hostel’s rooftop garden terrace.

Sleepy Raccoon Hostel

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from $7 / 10-dorm 4.7/5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Safe Deposit Box

Sleepy Raccoon Hostel is located in the northern part of the city, not far from the Indian Ocean and Jakarta Bay. This colorful hostel is close to public transportation and Mangga Besar Road, one of the oldest and most famous streets in the city, which is known for incredible street food, restaurants, bars, clubs, and 24/7 grocery stores.

Dorm-style and private rooms are both available. The large lounge area has a PlayStation and IPTV. There is also a communal kitchen, along with shared reading, coffee, and smoking areas. 

The Poshtel

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from $9 / 10-dorm  /5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Co-working Space
  • Coffee and Tea Making Facilities

The Poshtel definitely lives up to its name. Located right by the Jakarta Bay, this 21st-century hostel is a quick 20-minute drive from the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. Sleek, modern, and clean, The Poshtel offers both dorm-style and private guest rooms, all of which have brand new air conditioners and spring bed mattresses.

Shops, restaurants, and waterfronts are just steps away from this hostel that also provides 24-hour security and a mini-supermarket. You’re guaranteed to feel right at home in this posh Jakarta hostel.

Stay Inn Jakarta

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from $7 / 12-dorm 4.5/5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Game Room
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Towels and Linens Included

Located in Central Jakarta, Stay Inn Jakarta is conveniently situated right in front of the Harmoni Central Busway.

This sleek, open concept hostel’s modern design is a welcome respite from the busyness of the city outside. You’ll feel right at home with amenities such as air conditioning, hot showers, and key card access to dormitory-style sleeping pods.

Enjoy the sun on Stay Inn Jakarta’s outdoor terrace or plan your day in the café-style common area. There are plenty of DVDs and a PlayStation to enjoy during downtime, and if you’re more into board games, check out the game room with several game options. 

The Packer Lodge

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from $7 / 8-dorm 4.6/5 Map

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Free WiFi
  • Free Shuttle Service
  • 24-Hour Reception and Security
  • Fitness Center

The Packer Lodge is located in Jakarta’s Chinatown and is just 100 meters from the Transjakarta Bus Shelter and Gajah Mada Citywalk Mall. This clean, comfortable hostel offers dormitories with shared bathrooms as well as private rooms with their own bathroom, wardrobe, and desk.

With its shared kitchen, prayer room, gym, outdoor terrace, and common lounge with an assortment of DVDs and board games, The Packer Lodge has everything you need to feel right at home. The friendly, courteous staff even provides wake-up calls, airport transfers, and luggage storage for your convenience.


Indonesia is a beautiful, diverse country, full of rich history and culture, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in it than the capital, Jakarta. Though Indonesia does lie on the equator and therefore tends to be warm year-round, the country does experience both a wet and dry season. Though this city is full of life and adventure every day, we recommend scheduling your visit to Jakarta during the dry season between May and September when the weather is hot, dry, and sunny. This is the best time for you to enjoy all that Indonesia has to offer.

While you’re backpacking in Jakarta, be sure to make the most of the opportunity to try the island nation’s extraordinary local cuisine. Indonesian food is full of intense and flavorful dishes, influenced over the centuries by indigenous cultures as well as Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and European fare. The official national dish of Indonesia is tumpeng, which is a large cone of rice served on a platter surrounded by a variety of Javanese-style meat and vegetable dishes. Other popular dishes you should be sure to try nasi goreng, gado-gado, sate, soto, and rendang. Rendang, a spicy red meat dish, is considered to be one of the most delicious foods in the world.

There are a few things that you should definitely see and experience while you stay in Jakarta. Shopping in the district of Menteng, home to the Jalan Surabaya Flea Market, is a must. The Thousand Islands, considered part of greater Jakarta, is home to stunning beaches, coves, and inlets that you can access by boat tour. You can also embrace your inner child by visiting Dunia Fantasi, Jakarta’s answer to Disneyland, or the Atlantis Water Adventure theme park. Glodok is Jakarta’s Chinatown, and it’s certainly worth a stop to tour all of its temples, markets, shops, and mouthwatering food. Beyond fun and shopping in the sun, Jakarta also has an incredible history for you to uncover. Kota Tua, also known as Old Town Batavia, is the city’s center of Dutch colonial architecture. The National Museum and Monas Tower, a monument of Indonesian independence, will educate and inspire you. Finally, the religious architecture in Jakarta cannot be beaten. The Istiqlal Mosque and the Jin De Yuan Buddhist Temple are must-sees.

Now that you have these six great Jakarta hostels to choose from, what are you waiting for? Grab your passport, book that flight, and get ready for a life-changing Indonesian adventure!