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Bayview Gardens Hotel
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 24, 2011

Bayview Gardens is perched on the hillside overlooking the Labuan Bajo harbour. Quite simply, the view is stunning, at sunset, sunrise and any time in between, day or night. The rooms were also quite comfortable, and the included breakfast was brought to a private terrace outside our room at whatever time we requested. The hotel is well organized and efficiently run. It was definitely one of the nicer places we stayed in on our trip across Java, Bali and Flores, and was exceptional as compared to other hotels on Flores, which is one of the less touristy islands.

I was a little disappointed not to have met the owners, as all matters were handled by staff. There was no reception desk, but a telephone was provided to allow us to call a staff member whenever needed. The staff members worked hard and did a good job, but it would have been nice to be able to deal with someone more fluent in English (I realize this is easier said than done though, especially in a small town like Labuan Bajo).

Overall, we were very happy with our stay here, and would definitely recommend the place to anyone visiting Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo is not a very touristy town though, so anyone coming here should be prepared to rough it a little.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

my friend and I visited Labuan Bajo for the first time and we like so much this West Flores Region since we arrived at its small airport. the staff of BayView Garden picked up us at the airport with the local transport and he took us to the hotel.

the room is very clean with airconditioning and a fan, a big clean hot shower bathroom, safety box, table and chair and wardrobe, etc..... the room has almost everything to comfort you...... and the most interesting is the amazing view that we could enjoy from our room and our big private terrase. we could see whole part of labuan bajo harbour and of course the small islands around. it's stunning and the sunset is amazing. i think this hotel has the best location for it's view. it is very beautiful.

however, the location of the hotel is on the main street on the hill. the centre of the city is down the hill if you want to enjoy the restaurants, internet and other facilities. it takes like 10 to 15 minutes to go down to reach the centre of the city on foot. to walk at night for dinner etc from the hotel to city centre will not be pleasant as the main street in front of the hotel is very dark.

however there is a short cut just 50 meters from the hotel next to Puncak Waringin Hotel, there is a little street with steps that will make you easier to reach the city centre from the hotel just for 3 to 5 minutes on foot. it helps a lot.

the staff of the hotel is very friendly and it is like you have your own butler as they will help you to make your stay to be like in your own home. however we saw that the owner of this hotel is also making some new improvements as well like the restaurant, the reception area and of course making some more rooms. since we feel that the restaurant should be the centre of the hotel, i think it is better if they have somebody that stand by there always as most of times the restaurant is empty with nobody around (no guest and no staff) and when we need an assistance from the staff, we must call them through the telephone in the restaurant and hardly to let them know about what we need directly. however the staff always seem always try to give the best service and they are friendly.

in addition, since the city centre will take some minutes to go, it will be better if there is an internet wifi available or may be there is a television inside the room (perhaps in the future the owner will make it)... however, with or without wifi or TV we felt our stay in Bay View Gardens is amazing. we really love it. the price is really reasonable... and we like the concept of the hotel, especially with their afternoon refreshment with cold fresh water, coffee or tea and some snacks every day.

I must say personally I think this boutique hotel is one of the best places to stay in Labuan Bajo and you should not miss the amazing view that you can see and enjoy from your room and also your private terrase... and when you arrive in the hotel, dont forget to read the green book inside the room that will help you a lot to know about the hotel, and of course Labuan Bajo and Flores especially when it is your first time in Flores. the information from the book will help you a lot to get all the information that you need for your trips in Flores.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank AlSaceIAN
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

A very nice place to stay. Very friendly and helpfull staff. Nice and very clean rooms with each a private balcony (where they serve breakfast). Cold drinking water for free and there is always a pot of hot water waiting for you (even very early in the morning) to make your tea or coffee. On of the best places for divers and a good place to stay before or after your trip to Komodo / Rinca. The only thing you miss is a pool, but there are plans for the future!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

You can not beat the location of Bayview gardens (see pics for view).
It's a great place to set up your diving or snorkeling trips, onward travel to other parts of Flores or Komodo/Rinca.
Service was great and included a pickup from the nearby airport and great breakfasts.
We were a bit unlucky with noisy neighbours that didn't mind the thin walls between the rooms ;)

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

This nice small hotel have great views from the aircon rooms (also with a fan) private terrace. a good breakfast, cold drinking water and a afternoon snack are included. you can have dinner here which is good though you can choose from only 2 or 3 dishes. The dutch owner and his wife make you feel right at home and give all the information you'll need for other trips and what's on in town.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2011

Different concept for an hotel. Breakfast is served on your balcony and whilst we were there no guests took dinner. This means that you do not get to interact with other guests. Having said this, the views are amazing, although you do have to climb the stairs to your rooms to get them! Breakfast served when you want it, good variety. Excellent drinks service all day and snacks on your return. Staff very friendly and full of local information and suggestions. Location above town but only 5 minute walk down hill or 2 minutes in local transport.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carolmac44
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

We pre-booked 2 days at the Jayakarta and immediately regretted that decision when we arrived. The hotel is a soulless cavern that is nowhere near the town centre. Also, considering the price and the fact that it looks to be only a couple of years old at best - there was no internet in the rooms.

After a very long two days in this mausoleum and looking at a few options we relocated to the Bayview and got the two best rooms in the guest house 7 and 8 - located at the very top of the hill with million dollar views of the harbour and islands.

The owner - a Dutch fellow - runs a very friendly operation providing useful advice on day trips, places to eat etc...

The staff are superb - they provided free snacks - and promptly served an excellent healthy breakfast each morning.

Rooms were clean with new air cons... and each level has its own living area where you can sit on rocking chairs and enjoy the sunset over the harbour.

Mini buses pass by the front door every few minutes on their way to the town centre - you can also walk down in about 15 minutes so overall the location is very convenient.

The only improvement needed - please add wireless internet.

I'd highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to Flores

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Jl Puncak Waringin, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Price Range: $29 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique boutique hotel in a lush tropical garden setting in a prime position above the town.Every room has a panoramic views of the harbour and Komodo archipelego. All suites accommodation with air conditioned bedrooms and fan cooled terraces, mini bar & safe ... more   less 
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Bayview Gardens Hotel Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia

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