Indonesia is a charismatic nation in the Asian sphere that is poised to become a powerhouse in trade and travel. Like many countries in the continent, it too has a long colonial history filled with interesting events and alluring architectural styles that merge the west with the east. Istana Merdaka is one such building. Currently the residence of the Indonesian Prime minister it was originally the home of the Governor General of the Dutch East Indies. It features traditional colonial architectural themes from the era such as high ceilings and majestically spacious rooms and corridors. Since its establishment the palace has been used to host dignitaries from around the world and itself has seen expansion and reinvention. Travellers wishing to catch a glimpse of Indonesia’s colonial past should consider a centrally located Jakarta hotel to reside in. The Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta is one such hotel in Jakarta, offering warm service and easy access to the city’s hotspots.