I went to Dili for working purposes. First, I stayed at a hotel near the office but I wasn't at all impressed with the service. It was by chance that a work colleague knew about Casa do Sandalo and took me there. I immediately fell in love with the place. It is by far the loveliest guest house I have seen in East Timor. I had to wait a while before they had a vacant room because everyone which takes rooms in Casa do Sandalo is not likely to leave soon. Luckily, after a couple of months, I got my own room and ended up staying for more than two years. Only left when my contract was finished and will certainly return if I go back to Dili.
The Pousada Casa do Sandalo is located, near restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shops. It is very well maintained, the garden is lovely and the pool quite refreshing. The rooms are lovely, decorated with wooden furniture, nice linens and include private bathroom. There is free Wireless connection, TV, AC, microwave, tea kettle etc. Also, there is a generator so there is no need to worry about power cuts. My room was very clean and cozy. The staff is most friendly and honest; they cleaned and ironed my cloths just perfectly. The owners make sure that one feels at home and our needs are taken care of. They, most probably, will become your friends before your departure. I do recommend this guesthouse to anyone staying in Dili.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We would like to share with you our concept and philosophy: We are the only boutique guest house in Dili. We have a limited number of rooms mixing our warm Latino origin and traditions with the Southeast Asia hospitality, typical mixture for Timor-Leste. We have tried to keep the Latino Portuguese style of our Casa, where every decoration detail are taking into consideration the history of Casa, an old Portuguese Mansion from the Colonial times…Each room in Casa has a different decoration, and the common areas are full of Art from Timor, Portugal and Latin America…Our Casa offers unparalleled services and amenities for a Guest House in Central Dili, starting from our location: we are just two blocks from the main commercial area in Dili including the ANZ Bank, Kmanek Supermarket, Cozy Spa; or restaurants as Café Aroma, Katuas, Café Brazil, One moreBar…Each room have TV with international channels, DVD player, safe box… if you want to prepare a light meal in your room each room has microwave oven and a fridge. But if you want to prepare good dinner or a lunch, or invite your friends and colleagues we have a common kitchen that can be used by all the guest of our Casa, with gas stove, and all the equipment that you need to cook. Our common kitchen has tables and common space to sit, work and or eat and share your experiences with other guests…Our salt water pool offers the opportunity to relax or get a little exercise as well as in our private small Gym…The complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the CasaIn Casa we offer complementary laundry (washing and ironing) and your room is cleaned daily. In Dili there are common power cuts, but in Casa we do not suffer, because we have a powerful generator that guarantees our power supply. We have 24 hours security. In Casa we decided not to put a public announcement in the street to keep the place discrete and private, however we are registered with the Government of Timor-Leste and we can provide official receipts. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate in contact us…Welcome, to our Family BEM VINDOS. ... more less