The view from the hotel verandahs give this the extra star. Otherwise it would just be three.
Other reviewers have pointed out the problems - steep steps for one (but I was amused to read some earlier reviewers thought that would be a problem for over 50s! Life and health do not end at 50. But if you do have mobility problems the hotel would be difficult.
Other reviewers have mentioned the helpfulness of the owner Adrian, but unfortunately he was in the Netherlands when we visited. He responded to my. Email and assured me his staff would sort things out but, although, they were willing there were communication problems and some misunderstandings .
The views have already been mentioned and the rooms have efficient and quiet air cons - we were in room 1 which has two bedrooms - but the smaller one has no window. The toilet is badly designed and too near the sink. An earlier reviewer mentioned a "foul odour" which I think is a bit of an exaggeration - unpleasant smell is nearer the mark - and I think it is the drains.
The hotel is a bit of a way from the harbour centre - and although bemos are plentiful during the day - they vanish at night and it can be a problem to get back - if you don't want a ride on the back of a motor bike and to pay inflated prices to the riders. There are steps down but I do not think I would like to find my way up them at night.
There is some development work going on and a swimming pool is promised though I don't know where it is going to go .
Picked up from the airport OK but bundled into a bemo for the ride back. It's not far.
Despite thisn- sitting on the balcony watching the sunset with a cold bin tang beer (just ask the staff) this is one of the amazing views in the earth - get here before it is spoiled by development
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bayview Gardens Hotel Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia