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Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant
Jl. Binongko, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Labuan Bajo
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“Stunning vista, great place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The best hotel in Flores by a mile. There is a fab new swimming pool with amazing views over the bay and stunning sunset. Nice pool loungers. Lovely little café restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed in the deluxe room up many stairs but worth it for the view. Rooms thoughtfully appointed with reading light, hooks, mop for bathroom, brush for patio, hot water provided in a thermos for your early morning coffee- all nice touches. The owners also have their own children so it is a family friendly place. Not suitable for anyone with mobility problems as a lot of stairs. A good 20 minute walk into town and back up a big hill, but there is another nice restaurant 5 minutes walk away. Do book ahead as it is usually full. Look around for tours.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We booked our tour round Flores through Ingrid and Judith and never regretted doing so. They were most helpful and welcoming. From Maumere to Labuan Bajo, we spent 9 splendid days, full of new encounters and discoveries. Planning was perfect, hotels well chosen. Special thanks to driver Gabi and guide Sylvester.
Good hotel rooms with fantastic views, especially at sunset. Don't miss the spectacular view from the swimming pool - a rarety in Flores. You should just know that it is filled with sea water, but fresh water showers are a few meters away only.
The food is correct, and after spending some weeks in Indonesia eating local food only, we appreciated chips served with mayonnaise! We would clearly recommand the Golo hotel, though it is true it is set on a hill (the steep road, in poor state of repair, was being redone when we visited and has no lights at night) so just forget having dinner in town!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We recently stayed at the Golo for three nights either side of a trip from Labuan Bajo and were in both a Deluxe and Standard Room at different times. The deluxe is definitely worth the extra - further up the hillside with a balcony overlooking the amazing view down to the sea and with more quite a bit more space.

Ingrid and Judith are very nice indeed and went out of their way to welcome us, settle us in and make sure we had everything we needed. The hotel is generally very clean with beautifully maintained grounds and has a very nice pool. Food is fairly simple, but nice and there's a good supply of delicious local fruit juices.

The local bar (the Paradise Bar - great for watching sunset) is just 5 mins down the road.

We had a pleasant stay and the Golo Hilltop and would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

When I booked this hotel, they had only deluxe room available which is quite pricey for Labuan Bajo. But when you are in the room you get what you pay for. The room is spacious with huge bathroom. From the balcony you have amazing view over the sea and small islands and of course sunset (sunset in Labuan Bajo is always amazing!). There is a small swimming-pool to relax and watch the sun sets in the afternoon. The hotel is located on the hill 10-15 walking from the harbor. It's quite far from the busy town, at night you hardly hear anything. Just be prepared for climbing some steps. The more you pay the higher you get, but of course the view is more stunning. If you are fit enough, this place is really recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Golo hilltop is a nice place to stay! It has beautiful views and a nice swimming pool. We also liked the garden with all the flowers very much. A little oasis in the dry city of L. Bajo!
The rooms are clean, basic and functional. Some of them have hot water. The food in the restaurant is basic. Sometimes there are a lot of people/ kids hanging around in the restaurant. Wifi connection is slow.
The owners are really friendly as well most of the staff.
Trips can be arranged by brokers, but you might pay too much. Trips can easily be arranged in the harbour.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the city center. We couldn't find transport in the night, but the walk was fine.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Stayed with them after a dive cruise for one night. Made reservations by mail . We booked a room with a nice view over the bay.Hotel has a nice simming pool. Food was good. Breakfast is included in the room price.You have choice of a few things like pancake or eggs.Hotel is very clean . Location is out of town so very quit at night. Wifi in restaurant area was slow.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Nice little hidden gem slightly outside Labuan Bajo with an amazing view of the bay and even better sunsets which can be enjoyed from the restaurant, the terrace from our room or the pool area which has a large pool & paddling pool. We stayed there with our two little children (two and six years) in Oct 2012 and used it as a base to explore Komodo National Park.
The hotel is run by two very friendly Dutch ladies (Ingrid and Judith) who went out of their way to make this a very memorable stay for us. Ingrid was so kind to lend us her daughter's snorkel mask so that our son could try some snorkelling as well and we could borrow some sun hats for the Komodo trip too which was good idea as it was already very, very hot even early in the morning.
Special thanks also to Peter who helped organise our day trips to Angel Island (best snorkelling on a fantastically white sand beach), Rinca to see 'The Dragons' and Kanawa island for yet another nice snorkelling experience. Peter made sure that we had a boat which was fully covered at the sides so that the kids wouldn't fall out and that it wasn't too sunny inside.
The rooms were clean and functionally furnished with a safe box, warm water and a/c in the deluxe room.
The freshly prepared food and drinks were very nice and they had a good vegetarian selection as well - please try the Golo Bread which is some sort of local roll with mixed beans, sprouts, peanuts and tempe (tofu).
Transfer to the town/airport (ca 30,000 Rp.) or harbour (included in day trips) is organised by the hotel via local bemo or hotel car.
Wifi is also available for free in the reception/restaurant area.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 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 #1 of 7 hotels in Labuan Bajo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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