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“Could be great, but isn't” 3 of 5 stars
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Laprima Hotel
Jl Pantai Pedeh no 8 Manggarai Barat, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia (Formerly Laprima Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Edinburgh, UK
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“Could be great, but isn't”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was one of the more interesting places we stayed on our 6 month trip. There is much to like about the hotel, but unfortunately even more that needs to be improved.

The best bits are the views and the pool. We were on the top floor and the sunset view was stunning. I do like a good sunset and this is easily in my top 5 ever. If youre unlucky enough to have a mountain view, the sunset is almost as good from the excellent infinity pool.

The room was also nice, a decent size with a balcony.

The rest though leaves a lot to be improved. I think most of it is due to the newness of tourism in LB so hopefully with time and training this will improve. I'll stick to the short list of low lights

Breakfast was shocking - Danish pastries were the best thing on offer, but I think the hotel got part cooked frozen pastries flown in and had them defrosted instead of cooked.

Lunch wasn't much better - chewy, bland rengdang curry. We didn't bother with dinner on any of our 4 nights so always had to trek into town (2 miles / 10 minute taxi away)

The shower in the ensuite is fitted at an insanely low height. I think most likely whoever fitted it had never seen a shower before.

They offer a $5 transport service into LB but this was hit and miss, often requiring a long wait. On one occasion, the driver sent to pick us up drove straight past us then didn't return until we called. It turns out he didn't know the dive shop we were at but didn't think to ask!

The level of english spoken is also very poor, it often took many attempts to get our message across.

... that's just the highlights!

Overall, I'll remember this place for the views and the pool while trying to forget the service!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Chicago Ridge, Illinois
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15 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night after we did a 3 day liveaboard in Komodo. It was nice for a one night stay - the hotel's free shuttle picked us up from the dive shop after we returned and also took us into town for dinner. They also drove us to the airport for free which was great. The hotel is a bit outside of town and is about a 25 - 30 minute walk and 5 mins by motorbike. We could not get a car taxi after dinner so just beware you will need to walk (which some parts are pretty dark) or get a motorbike ride. The pool is very nice and large although I do agree with everyone that the lounge chairs don't have padding so they are pretty uncomfortable. The wifi also only works in the lobby and not in the room. The room was large and the bed was pretty comfortable. The shower had hot water and the bathroom was clean. The view from the room's balcony is very nice and you can see the pool and water which was very pleasant. The staff was friendly and helpful when needed. This is by no means a 5 star resort but you are in Labuan Bajo so there are no 5 star resorts, however, for the area - it is more than sufficient for a couple of nights. I would say it is a bit overpriced but most of Labuan Bajo accommodations are expect Golo Hilltop resort!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Well Labuan Bajo was the roots place we stay in Indonesia, almost more roots of Nusa Ceningan.

the hotel good, a cool hotel in the middle of nothing, 7-10m walking to the center and restaurants.

Breakfast ok, and perfect for Asian people.

The hotel inst very organized about airport pick, they forgot the send some else to pick us, since we request that when did the booking.

Good pool, not so good restaurant, but ok

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Location is a bit outside the "city", takes 30 min on foot and 5 min by motorbike.

We had seaview room (808), nice room with balcony. Clean, but it was not cleaned every day. Lot of small ants.

Pool area is nice, but they do not have mattresses on sunbeds, so very uncomfortable.

Not possible to sunbath on beach. Beach is also not very clean.

Breakfast was good, lot of variety. Unfortunately there are so much flies.

Staff is friendly.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gold Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

There is nothing wrong with this hotel. We were pleasantly surprised and the reviews a bit harsh considering it is in Flores and a bit far of the regular tourist trail.
Our room a deluxe sea view was large with a good comfortable king size bed international TV good air conditioning and clean modern bathroom.
We had a large balcony looking out to the bay a great sunset view.
For us the walk from the hotel into town was not that far maybe 15min walking up one hill then a steady downhill walk into town really not that far. You can pick up a bemo from town back to hotel for 20000 rupee.
The pool was large and when we used it we were the only ones enjoying deckchairs tables and chairs all set on a local beachfront.
We enjoyed our stay and found the standard good considering the location is fairly remote.
The staff were polite and we found their English was good enough to understand each other

Room Tip: Deluxe sea view rooms have a nice outlook over bay
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

This hotel reminds very much of a business hotel, but on a tropical beach! the pool is nice and the room was alright, but otherwise it was a bit out of proportion, everything was a bit too big, and the breakfast really was bad, although there was a mini oven for the undercooked pastries which I read about in another review. There were also 50% too much staff that sat around chatting all the time and although the transport offer was good, it was never quite clear what the criteria were for getting charged or not. it was ok, but overpriced!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stayed here one night after a tiring (but fantastic) three days cruise, and enjoyed resting in the comforts of a western chain style accomodation. The property is quite new, the lobby is airy and bright; rooms are not that big but have all you need (nice bathroom, mini-bar, safe, TV, comfy bed, etc.) with a plus of a balcony with a great view over the bay, especially at sunset. Chosing this hotel is value for money especially when compared to other options, just a little bit cheaper but far away in terms of services and accomodations (i.e.: Bayview Gardens, where I stayed before the cruise - see the review). Swimming pool (and surrounding garden) seemed very nice as well, but didn't have the opportunity to try it. Downsides: 1) bed sheets had some stains, but once called the reception they immediatley sent someone to change them 2) don't go there for the beach 3) it's true that breakfast is not to die for, but could be much worst (...you get what you paid for, isn't it ?) 4) the building is big and, together with other 2 hotels in the same area, have somehow spoilt the originally wild coastline...you may not appreciate it if you prefer more "ecological" options

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl Pantai Pedeh no 8 Manggarai Barat, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia (Formerly Laprima Hotel)
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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