There are many acceptable hotels in Gorontalo. This hotel is rather laid back but offers a high level of service. The hotel provides good value for money and is great for back-packers as well as older independent travellers who rather like air-conditioning but dislike ordered patterns of consumption and the dreary air-conditioned nightmare of "little-boxes" in a concrete multi-storey block.
We were warned that the TVs were old and the bathrooms a tad mandi and old fashioned. This is in the process of being rectified and the kit being installed in the renovated rooms looked first rate. The WiFi works and the included breakfast whilst somewhat basic (eggs toast and jam/peanut-butter/sprinkles + tea or coffee) is adequate.
The staff, whilst a little forgetful in an adolescent sort of way do try and then try a lot harder after being spoken to firmly, with that wonderful hurt adolescent look on their face. They aspire to be both friendly and helpful and mostly succeed. The owner, a really nice guy from a mixed Dutch-Indonesian family keeps an avuncular eye on the proceedings and both can and will sort out any problems.
The staff speak English very well which solves a lot of problems for foreign travellers. The owner is tri-lingual having Dutch speaking Dutch as well.
If you want all mod cons then try one of their renovated rooms. If you want really good value and facilities which whilst not pristine function adequately go for one of the older rooms which cost about 15 euro, after all who really needs a hot shower in Gorontalo
Set around a pleasant garden this hotel will compete well with the newer stacked boxes hotels when fully renovated, and if it keeps some of the cheaper rooms will serve the bargain elders and backpackers well into the future.
I enjoyed my stay here, despite the oops I forgot to book it, for my transport out of Gorontalo. The lads sorted us out with what we needed once they realised their mistake and blamed a 'mate who let us down'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Melati Hotel Gorontalo is located at the centre of Gorontalo City, the new developing province in North Sulawesi. It is a 50 minutes drive from Djalaludin Airport and within walking distance to shopping malls, restaurants, banks and government offices. Tourist information, as well as trips to local tourism destinations can easily be arranged from the Hotel, including internal flights and local diving packages, dive courses, and for those interested in discovering the world of diving (Discovering Scuba Diving). ... more less
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