Jakarta is literally a sprawling metropolis, a sea of skyscrapers and motorbikes, home to local markets and trendy cafes, historical sights and reminders of its Dutch colonial past. Full of flavour and fun, it’s one for you urbanites out there.

The capital of Indonesia is also home to diverse ethnic groups, one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world, and generally a tangle of massive roads soaring over little villages… Yep, you’ll need maps up on your phone to get around this beast of a city.

But being literally so huge, where on earth do you even begin to think about staying? And is it safe?

Yeah, don’t worry about it. In fact, we’ve made a list of the best hostels in Jakarta – and put ’em in handy categories, too – to make life easier for you when you want to find the hostel that’s right for you.

Peep the top Jakarta backpackers hostels below…

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Jakarta

Best Hostels in Jakarta

Best Hostels in Jakarta

If you are visiting Indonesia then you will probably be passing through Jakarta. These are the best Jakarta hostels.

Best Overall Hostel in Jakarta – Wonderloft

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Wonderloft is our pick for best overall hostel in Jakarta
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Cafe

Ah, the Wonderloft… How could this not be the best overall hostel in Jakarta with a name like that? It’s in a historic building, it’s cool (polished concrete, brick walls, etc.), it’s got a rooftop terrace, it’s got a big ol’ chillout area with bean bags in it… I mean, there’s a lot going for this Jakarta backpackers hostel.

What else? Well, the beds are actually heavenly, the staff are really helpful, the location is amazing (get to party areas as well as historic bits in literal minutes), and the Wi-Fi is amazing. AMAZING. Oh and there’s a mini-mart downstairs. It really is the Wonderloft.

Best Party Hostel in Jakarta – Six Degrees

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Six Degrees is our pick for best party hostel in Jakarta
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Free Breakfast

Best party hostel in Jakarta, boom. Happy hour from 6-8pm (that’s TWO hours), boom. Pool tables, boom. N64 (old school AF but we LOVE it), boom. I mean, it’s a dang social place to be which is basically why it’s the best party hostel in Jakarta.

A little bit far from the city, sure, but there’s a load of very local and very tasty food stalls around here – plus a few places to grab a beer. And if you need to work on those muscles, just head on over to the outdoor gym they’ve got.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Jakarta – Capsule Hotel Jakarta

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Capsule Hotel Jakarta is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Jakarta
  • $
  • Air Con
  • Games Room
  • Bar

Super fun, super friendly, super clean, this best hostel for solo travellers in Jakarta is run by a bunch of nice people. We’re talkin’ all round good vibes going on here.

The staff also know their stuff and they can take you on tours of the city, which is decent if you don’t have a travelling bud to get lost with. Don’t fret though: it’s pretty easy to meet here thanks to the pretty sociable atmosphere. Oh and this top hostel in Jakarta serves up a mean free brekkie.

Best Cheap Hostel in Jakarta – Sleepy Racoon

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Sleepy Racoon is our pick for best cheap hostel in Jakarta
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • PlayStation
  • Communal Kitchen

Cute name. It’s also pretty much a decent overall solid option for a budget hostel in Jakarta. Featuring the all-important actually large lockers (backpacking backpacks can fit in these – YES).

Helping to keep costs low at this best cheap hostel in Jakarta is the local market nearby, where you’re bound to get a few cheap eats. But also on the shoestring saving coin thing, they serve free breakfast, which is always a good way to start the day.

Best Hostel for Couples in  Jakarta – The Packer Lodge

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The Packer Lodge is our pick for best hostel for couples in Jakarta
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Free Breakfast
  • Book Exchange

Set right in the middle of Chinatown (literally one of the biggest in the world), this place is all about making a home away from home for travellers. That means supreme comfort. There’s pod dorms and private rooms with super comfy double beds.

It’s a homely place to unwind after checking out the madness of the city – in fact, we’d say it’s the best hostel for couples in Jakarta. Yep. This place is fun, but not too crazy. Nearby you’ll find a load of sights, cafes, plus tasty hawker stalls. We’re in.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Jakarta – Nomad Hostel

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Nomad Hostel is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Jakarta
  • $$$
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Pool Table
  • Cafe

This is actually called Nomad Hostel, so there’s a clue. And yes. It’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Jakarta. It features a load of different nooks and crannies you can cosy up in with your laptop and GET. WORK. DONE.

Fun and one of the coolest hostels in Jakarta with its concrete floors, psychedelic patterns on the walls and loads of colour pops all over the place, it’s a chill place to hang out once you’ve had enough of scrolling and typing. Cafes nearby help break up the day, too.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Jakarta –  Konko Hostel

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Konko Hostel is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Jakarta
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Fitness Centre
  • Luggage Storage

New and full of cool design, this recommended hostel in Jakarta features a decor scheme that we can get on board with – lots of grey, concrete, yellow metal frame beds. Very industrial chic, y’know?

It’s more like a budget hotel, but it’s boutique in flavour, so we’d say it’s easily the best hostel with a private room in Jakarta. The rooms have everything you need, other than being stylish they’ve got lamps, plug sockets next to the bed, space for all your pocket shizz. Love it.

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More Best Hostels in Jakarta

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Teduh Hostel

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Teduh Hostel
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bicycle Hire

This youth hostel in Jakarta is an… alright place that is a decent enough option if you need somewhere to sleep at night. It definitely won’t be winning any awards for the coolest hostel in Jakarta or anything like that…

… But the beds are comfortable, they’ve got privacy curtains, and the rooms are kept nice and cool with a good bit of air con. Close by are loads of shopping malls and it’s not a very backpacker-y area, but you can hop on the bus and find your kindred spirits elsewhere in the city. Staff are very friendly, which makes up for it.

Citi Residence

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Citi Residence
  • $$
  • Air Con
  • Book Exchange
  • 24 Hour Reception

The main train station is in walking distance, so it’s good for getting all over the city. Near to this Jakarta backpackers hostel you’ll also find a load of supermarkets and restaurants, which is always handy. It’s also down a quiet street.

Other than location this place is owned by a friendly family who are always helpful. Don’t be expecting modern and polished concrete and all that though: it’s pretty standard and basic. If you’re unfussy, you won’t mind that at all.

Twins Mangga Dua

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Twins Mangga Dua
  • $$
  • Airport Transfer
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room

A hostel slash hotel kinda place, there are loadsa different types of rooms going on at this top hostel in Jakarta. Actually, we’d say it’s a good place to stay if you’re looking for a private room.

Also at this Jakarta backpackers hostel, you’ll find a load of lil’ hangout areas. You can meet other backpackin’ peeps here, we guess the sorta people who are also looking for a cheap bed. I mean… it’s cool but basic.

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What to Pack for your Jakarta Hostel

We don’t often travel without these essentials.

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1. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.


2. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.

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3. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: These simple earbuds will help you out. Keeping out most of the surrounding sounds, you can either choose to listen to some relaxing music or no sound at all while falling asleep. This can be a life-saver in some unexpected party hostels. Make sure you’re well-rested for the next adventures!

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4. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest.  Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

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5. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

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6. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: When dirtbagging around the globe, hygiene sometimes comes a bit short. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap can wash your hands, clothes or anything else, wherever you are. The soap strips are dry and super thin but dissolve in contact with water, so you can even take it easily through security in a carry-on.

Why you should travel to Jakarta

We’re at the end of our handy list of the best hostels in Jakarta.

From stylish places dripping with cool, concrete and stylish furniture, to more family run basic hostel affairs, there’s something to suit everyone on our list.

And whether you want a private room or a dorm, both come pretty affordably, meaning you have more spare coin to get right into the nitty gritty of Jakarta.

But there’s a lot to choose from – we don’t blame you if you can’t decide which one to go for.

So we’d say just book Wonderloft, the best overall hostel in Jakarta. I mean, it’s in the name right?

Wonderloft best hostels in Jakarta

Anyway, get ready for a city experience like no other!

Travel Safety Tips for Jakarta

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More Epic Hostels in Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Jakarta.

Planning an epic trip all across Indonesia or even Southeast Asia itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Jakarta has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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