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“Great value for $$$. Wonderful b'fast spread with homemade bread.” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Happy Happy
Jl Sudirman, Bajawa, Flores 86412, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Bajawa B&B and Inns
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“Great value for $$$. Wonderful b'fast spread with homemade bread.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The exterior did throw me off to the point I was about to ask the guide to relocate us. In the end I am glad I didn't. It turns out the Dutch retired couple only rented the place so they didn't want to invest much on the exterior renovation.

We were pleasantly surprised by the room and interior (although a couple more lights will help). They are clean and well organized. The best part is hot water is readily available and the water pressure is strong which is really needed after full day on Flores endless winding road.

Next surprise is the breakfast. Homemade bread, I think homemade jam, good black coffee and egg to our liking. The fruit platter is well presented and give us a taste of all the local produces, oranges, pineapples, mango, banana and passion fruit.

Kudos to the couple. I hope they keep up the good work.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
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Pertuis, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The house is badly situated on roadside and far from the center, without any view on the landscape and without garden.
The rooms were clean but basic and overpriced.
Furthermore, the welcome of the owner was unpleasant.
We thus decided to go somewhere else!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived in the evening without booking and were lucky enough to get a room here. The owners were kind enough to give us a discount on the only room they had left (a triple but there were only 2 of us). The room was very spacious and clean but the bathroom was cramped and not overly clean with a constantly running toilet. The room at the very front (room 1) was extremely noisy. It is located pretty much by the road and on a bend so forget sleeping after approximately 5am. The noise is not just heavy traffic but beeping horns, crowing roosters and other guests coming and going. This room is also adjacent to the breakfast area so the noise there starts from 7am. As other people have mentioned, the owners really do have a funny attitude. They are quite helpful when asked for advice but their customer service is quite poor in that they come across as abrupt and like patrons are interrupting them (after I was greeted for breakfast and left alone in the dining area for 10 minutes I got up to find some service and the owner was sitting at reception as if I weren't there. I then had to wait til she was good and ready to look up from her paperwork and acknowledge me). Also when checking in it was insisted both myself and my partner give our visa numbers from our passports, I thought this was a little odd and annoying. Bear in mind that you must pay in cash here, another annoying aspect for a business that seems like it should at least have card faciilties when dealing with that volume of money.

Room Tip: Ask for a room as far towards the back as possible. I think perhaps room 4 or 7 might fit the bill.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Arrived here late in the evening but our rooms were ready. Well appointed and very clean although the bathrooms are very small. Free wifi was good enough for a FaceTime call back home. It can be a little noisy because it is very close to the main Trans Flores Highway so you might need ear plugs if noise disturbs you. Nice that you can refill water bottles at no cost which is often not the case.
Breakfast was the standard fare in these places but it was well presented and arrived quite quickly even though there were 5 of us and the place was fully booked. It is a little pricey but Flores is THE place at the moment so you can't expect the locals to ignore that. Recommended for a one night stay.

Room Tip: Try to avoid rooms on the main road if possible.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Friendly clean place to stay. Close to good places to eat. Wifi. Homely feel to the place relaxed atmosphere. Comfortable beds. A good base to see the attractions around bajawa. Drinking water available and they have soda and Bintang.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

The owner was an ice cube! Just barking at us because his staff didn't pick our booking right and we needed less room than he thought..
Rooms are VERY clean but there's nothing charming about this place. And it's way overpriced! Flores is generally overpriced but happy happy even more..

Lots of other places to go in Bajawa!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

The guesthouse was very clean and comfortable but the layout of rooms reminded me a bit of a school so didn't feel terribly homely. As other reviewers have commented cleanliness can be difficult to find on Flores so it was great to have somewhere to relax and not worry about that aspect. The owners were helpful and friendly and it was a good base for exploring the beautiful traditional villages in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl Sudirman, Bajawa, Flores 86412, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Bajawa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Bajawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small hotel near the center and the intrance of Bajawa, with only six rooms available. A Dutch family from Ameland the Netherlands runs the hotel.After travelled across Flores about 10 times.Our purpose is to give you a warm feeling the time you are staying with us and also to provide the service you require.Our manager and guide is Alfons. He has been guide for many years. He can arrange transport and trips for you. The breakfast we serve is unique for this part of Flores. Homemade bread, juice, fruits and an excellent pot of coffee or tea. It keeps you going for most of the day ... more   less 
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