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“First class - great value!” 4 of 5 stars
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Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant
Jl. Binongko, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Vancouver
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“First class - great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

I agree with @MOT99 - book ASAP to avoid disappointment. We booked months in advance, but found our first dates unavailable. Fortunately, our second dates were available. My boyfriend and I stayed in a Delux room at Golo for 2 nights after a 5D/4N diving safari and were glad we spent the extra money to stay here. The included breakfast was served in the restaurant, which is also where wi/fi is available. The pool is spectacular - as are the views from the pool deck, and the rooms. The friendly staff arranged our scooter rental ($8US/24hrs), made recommendations for dinner, and booked our massage at Yayasan Ayo Mandiri Massage. The only cons we found were: (1) the noise from the boats in the harbour, which cannot be avoided in Labuan Bajo; (2) Golo is a 20+min walk to the main street. Note that this hotel is not wheelchair accessible as there are stairs up to reception, pool and the rooms.

Room Tip: The rooms higher up have spectacular views of the sunset!!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

A great base to explore Flores from. It's a small 10 bedroom hotel and the quality of service we received outshone much larger hotels we have stayed at.

Ingrid and Judith were amazing hosts. Theyorganised our trip to Rinca and the Komodo islands for us and only use boats that they have used before and can recommend. When we arrived at the harbour our boat was by far the best and the crew were great and spoke good English so we didn't need an English speaking guide. Allowing Golo to book our trip took the hassle out of us organising it ourselves and we knew what we were getting. Golo also provided towels, snorkeling gear and extra toilet rolls for our boat trip!

The Golo rooms were lovely and clean. Nice sized bathrooms supplied with shampoo and bodywash. They provide safes in each room and tea and coffee is provided on your balcony with hot water each morning for your morning tea or coffee which you can drinki watching the wonderful views of the bay below.

Food was great and very reasonable, and the bread rolls at breakfast, along with homemade jam were to die for! The children loved the freshly made fruit juices and we just ate at Golo restuarant. Bemo taxis could be used to get into town (Golo will order one for you) or you can hire a motor bike for 75,000 per day. Or walk, it isn't too far.

We used the laundry service 10,000 rupiah per kilo (about 70p) which was great. Unlike local hotels that charged 25,000 rupiah per shirt.

As per other reviews it's in a beautiful location with spectacular views from the restuarant, pool and your balcony. We stayed in the deluxe rooms with mattresses on the floor for our two children. The rooms were large enough that we didn't feel cramped at all.

Unfortunately we couldn't stay for our whole trip at Golo hilltop as it was high season when we visited and we'd left it late to book. Don't make this mistake, you cannot find a better hotel on this part of the island. We had to stay at one of the three large hotels on the beach nearby and were very disappointed after Golo. That hotel wasn't a patch on Golo and three times the price!

So if you're thinking of going to Flores, look no further, you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in deluxe rooms 7 and 10. Both were large rooms, although 10 was slightly bigger (not by m...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

As others already wrote, this is an excellent option to stay in Labuan Bajo. My husband and I stayed there in July in a double AC room with hot water and it was large, clean and comfortable; good quality bed, bed linen and towels; fantastic view from the terrace; safe in the room; good breakfast; free wifi in lobby/restaurant.
But what I’d like to point out is the great service we had from the two very kind and friendly Dutch owners in planning and booking a trip in Flores from Labuan Bajo to Maumere. We e-mailed them and they answered promptly: they arranged a good English-speaking driver (Gabriel) and booked for us all the accommodations and boat trip we wanted, for a really good price! When we arrived there, everything worked really good, also thanks to Piter, who was always very helpful in assisting us .
I recommend everyone to stay in this hotel and to book in advance especially in high season if one wants the best accommodation in Flores and surely Judith and Ingrid are very reliable!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is a very good, professionally-run hotel and is excellent value. If you want to stay there, book in advance because they are always full in peak season.
The rooms are clean, but basic and I could see that before the advent of the pool that some might have considered this place a bit overpriced. But now with the pool, perched atop that magnificent view, this place is an absolute winner.
Labuan Bajo is absurdly hot in the afternoons, even for Australians fairly used to hot weather. We did our activities in the morning and spent the afternoon in the pool. Not much else happens in Labuan Bajo after the sun gets high in the sky. Without the pool we would have been miserable.
The food in the restaurant was quite good. I had several tasty dishes. Breakfasts were good too. The service was friendly and the kitchen is a stainless-steel modern marvel for Flores.
Just one thing I’d do differently with food. They offer ‘french fries’ – of the deep fried packet variety, rather than real chips made from fresh potatoes. I wonder why?
On housekeeping, I also think they should clean the rooms each day. Presently you have to ask for it and leave a key at reception. A lot of people, including myself, find it difficult to ask for things like this and we didn’t ask even though a freshening of the room would have been nice.
Location: We found the walk into town easy and interesting as it takes you by the harbour which was nice (at night they grill fish there) and past some supermarkets which can be handy. We walked with children aged 4 and 7 all the way up to and past the single ATM in town without too much complaint. It was so perfectly easy to get a bemo back to the hotel for 20,000 rp that I really would not let the out of town location cause any concern.
The hotel will very happily call a bemo driver to pick you up at reasonable prices also. We went out for dinner at The Lounge and had a driver take us there and collect us at a set time for 50,000.
We also arranged a car and driver to take us across Flores, over 7 days, through Peter at the hotel, which worked out well. Our tours to Komodo and Rinca were down via Kanawa Island, so cannot comment on that.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Golo Hilltop in June 2102. From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the day we left we received fabulous service from friedly and helpful people. The owners Judith and Ingrid were perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. The views from the pool area and our veranda were breathtaking. Breakfast in the morning was a delight with fresh bread and home made jams and freshly cooked eggs, again with a view to die for. We will definitely go back and cannot recommended this hotel more highly. Our tour of Flores was also booked through Golo Hilltop and it was great.

Room Tip: All rooms were clean and simple and had fabulous views but the rooms at the top of the hill had air...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed 1 night then went on a 2 night boat trip that we had prebooked with the hotel. This made everything seemless. The owners were away but the staff were very helpful and their English was very good. We returned to the hotel for a further 2 nights and enjoyed lounging by the pool. Everything was clean and tidy. It really is the best spot for the sunset which is stunning. Free wifi is always a plus! Breakfast was great and value for money amazing! We would definitely recommend it to all.

Room Tip: There are lots of steps where ever you are
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

The highlights of Golo hilltop are definitely the amazing views and pool. Staff are very friendly and helpful with travel advice. Our room was fairly basic but clean and comfortable. It is a little bit out of town but you can walk into town in about 10 minutes (bring your head torch after dark). Can definitely recommend!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl. Binongko, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant Flores, is a modest hotel, located in Labuan Bajo, a city at the tip of Flores Island in Indonesia. Labuan Bajo is a base to explore the surrounding islands for the world class diving, wildlife viewing and for some of the least crowded beaches and tiny islands and of course the infamous Komodo and Rinca.Golo Hilltop is a small Boutique Style hotel run by two Dutch women and presents a pleasant family atmosphere. It is situated on top of a hill about 1 km from the city centre, this makes it a quiet and relaxing place but everything is still on walk-able distance. This hotel is a haven for nature lover and adventurous and is away from the town area. The bungalows are spacey, bright and clean. Each bungalow has its own balcony providing nice views of the ocean and a daily sunset. It provides comfortable stay with a variety of guest’s rooms - deluxe, superior and standard rooms. With all these services, this hotel provides a perfect camp to 'explore' Labuan Bajo. ... more   less 
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