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Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beyond beautiful location”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this guest house for 2 nights and took a trip to Rinca island to see some Komodo dragons. Ingrid and her business partner were incredibly helpful, and very friendly. The views from their place are incredible, and there's a perfect little pool to relax next to and a small, open restaurant. The rooms were decent - could use some upgrades in terms of sheets/towels/bed comfort, but totally passable. The view made it all worthwhile.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Staying here for a couple of nights after the dubious delights of Bali was just about perfect.
It is a simple place, perched on a hill outside the town, and is quiet and laid back and understated.
The views from the rooms are sublime and the room itself (A Deluxe) was clean and uncluttered.
Just down the road is the Paradise bar where we repaired for an evening drink or two and further down the same road is the town which is interesting to poke around of an afternoon.
The staff are friendly and helpful (especially Peter) and he arranged our boat trip to Rinca island to see the dragons which was a fascinating experience.
We hope to go back to Flores and explore more of the island and if and when we do so we'll be staying at the Golo without a doubt.

Room Tip: The higher up the hill the better the view. (Surprisingly enough!)
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was our first stop in Flores and it was amazing. The rooms were spacious, bright and clean and the bed comfy. Sleep was easy as it was nice and quiet. The view from the room was like nothing else, even the room on the lower level. Food was tasty but if you want a change it is a short walk down the road to Paradise Restaurant but a longer trek into town. The owners were very helpful arranging onwards travel, motorbike rental is available and they also will provide maps. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Pool is beautiful and clean and poolside service is available (my only suggestion would be to add cocktails to the list :p). Free wifi available and also a massage service that comes to your room. Bliss.

Room Tip: If you pick a room on the lower level, request number 4 or 5, the view is still great
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed at Golo Hilltop for only one night. Since we booked a Deluxe Room, we were quite disappointed from the standard of the room and especially the bathroom. The location is beautiful and the view is breathtaking, the breakfast area and the pool side are nice. However, compared to other hotels in Labuan Bajo, the price is a little bit too high.
In the evening, we had dinner at Paradise Bar, which is very close to the hotel. There you can enjoy a very nice dinner including a beautiful sunset!

We booked a two days boat trip with a guide to Komodo and Rinca Island via the hotel which was very disappointing. The boat was horrible, everything was dirty and sticky (even the beds), and the guide was not worth its money. All together, this boat trip was extremely overpriced (130€ pp). We thought we would get a really nice trip for that huge amount of money. If you plan to visit Komodo and Rinca, go by day trips and don't book via Golo Hilltop!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed here recently at the beginning and end of a Flores road trip. We could not have asked for more. It's location is stunning and the view at sunset and sunrise takes your breath away. Pool and surrounds are exactly what you need to relax. Free wifi works well in the restaurant and the more expensive rooms.
We ate at the restaurant both nights and enjoyed it. The menu is varied - including some old favorites but also a range of local dishes.
The owners and staff do everything they can to help you - storing luggage and taking care of laundry. Highly recommended. Stay at the 5 star places if you want the soulless experience common in such establishments but head to Golo if you want to enjoy the spectacular view of Labuan Bajo.

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms have wifi access and better views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

My girlfriend and I found ourselves back in Labuan Bajo after a terrible stay on Kanawa island. We were recommended Golo hilltop and were not disappointed when we got there. Unfortunately we could only stay one night as they were fairly booked up. The room was reasonably priced for Labuan Bajo and had one of the more comfortable beds we had stayed on during the trip. The showers worked well and the hotels restaurant served great food at a decent price. The pool was a perfect place for my gf to wind the day away reading and enjoying the amazing view from the hilltop where the hotel was situated whilst I went off on my dive trip. The staff were extremely friendly and the owner was very helpful on telling us about the area and seemed to be happy to sit down and have a quick chinwag. Next time I go to Labuan Bajo, this will surely be the place I will be trying to book first.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed just one night after a liveaboard trip but could easily have relaxed here for much longer. The location is amazing on top of the hill overlooking the sea and the gardens are beautiful. The room was exactly what we needed - comfortable bed, powerful hot shower, amazing view. Breakfast was very tasty and relaxing by the pool in the middle of the hot afternoon was very welcome.

Walking into town is really not that strenuous - it is all downhill and it is easy to get a taxi (van or scooter) to bring you back. As in many places off the beaten track having a torch is a good idea though so that people can see you on the road.

If you stay here you MUST go for a massage nearby at Yayasan Ayo Mandiri where all the treatments are provided by blind, visually impaired or deaf therapists. Simply amazing.

Golo Hilltop is great value and highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Jl. Binongko, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant 1*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Golo Hilltop Hotel & Restaurant Flores, is a modest hotel, located in Labuan Bajo, a city at the tip of Flores Island in Indonesia. Labuan Bajo is a base to explore the surrounding islands for the world class diving, wildlife viewing and for some of the least crowded beaches and tiny islands and of course the infamous Komodo and Rinca.Golo Hilltop is a small Boutique Style hotel run by two Dutch women and presents a pleasant family atmosphere. It is situated on top of a hill about 1 km from the city centre, this makes it a quiet and relaxing place but everything is still on walk-able distance. This hotel is a haven for nature lover and adventurous and is away from the town area. The bungalows are spacey, bright and clean. Each bungalow has its own balcony providing nice views of the ocean and a daily sunset. It provides comfortable stay with a variety of guest’s rooms - deluxe, superior and standard rooms. With all these services, this hotel provides a perfect camp to 'explore' Labuan Bajo. ... more   less 
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