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Hotel Esplanada
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Dili
Certificate of Excellence
Stansbury, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

When to Timor Leste for a holiday unshore of what was here but steped back to Bali 30year ago.Good clear hotel with great helpfull saff.Dili felt safe hope, as more Aussy find this place it dont change into a nother crass travel hot spot.

Room Tip: We had two rooms one in the front exst to the street both where quiet
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

I recently spent 10 days at the Esplanada in Dili while working on a film. My experience was really honestly outstanding. Management and staff went well beyond what would usually be expected, and one of the owners incredibly helpful with my project. In addition to clean, contemporary rooms around a great pool, in a perfect DIli location, the bar and restaurant, a spacious, airy loft timber setting, has phenomenal views and sea breeze all day long. In terms of my experience of DIli accom, this place really stands out in a league of its own, and to honest, in my expereince of hotels world-wide, the kindness and hospitality shown here is really unique. I can see why this place has such an outstanding reputation.

Room Tip: Stayed in three rooms; all great.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anotherdom
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

I arrived in Dili not knowing what to expect in terms of safety and comfort so i was pleasantly surprised to see how clean, well organised and relaxing it was at the Esplanada Hotel. The staff were very friendly, they would bend over backwards to help and the Australian owner/ manager Ash is a great bloke with a wealth of knowledge about the history and tourist activities in Timor. The view of the ocean from our room was superb, every morning there was a stunning sunrise and the beach is a ten metre walk over the road. There is also a great pool to cool u down when it gets too hot. The restaurant was very good, there were always a lot of visitors eating and drinking, definitely go the mie goreng before the nasi goreng. I highly recommend the Esplanada, if in Dili you must check it out.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 seemed quieter away from the pool and u can see the beach from there.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JakDyer
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

We recently stayed at Esplanada for a month. It was a wonderful place to come home to each afternoon after a long day of the noise and dust of Dili! The pool area is really lovely, the pool is very clean and just the right temperature to swim in. The Gardens are pretty and well maintained and there is no rubbish anywhere which was wonderful! The room was spacious and well air conditioned. The shower is large and the water pressure fantastic! The room was cleaned each day and also sprayed for mozzies (which meant we had only one mozzie in the room the whole time).
Fellow guests were friendly and the place had a family sort of atmosphere.
The staff spoke varying degrees of English, which did mean the occasional request got lost in the translation, and there was the occasional little problem, however the (assistant) manager was on hand to fix it.
During our stay there was one night that the bar / restaurant was booked out for a function and there was a live local band playing which added a bit of life to the evening!
As previous reviews say, the place is not cheap for Dili standards and not as glamorous as many other O/S resorts, but it is certainly a very good place to stay in East Timor.
We really enjoyed our stay there and were very pleased to come home to Esplanada each evening for a bit of relaxation and a comfortable nights sleep!

Room Tip: Rooms away from the road are much quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank R_J_Selway
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Hotel Esplanada Dili

The first thing you notice when arriving at the hotel is that from the outside it looks like a tin shed in that it has a corrugated iron clad exterior making me wonder if we had made the right choice.

The check in was fast and well organized (even if we were unsure if the staff understood a word we said). 
It is important to note here that we had arrived at Dili at 0715 and went straight to the hotel and were able to get into our rooms right away and were also offered to go upstairs for breakfast as soon as we had freshened up.

The rooms were very clean, had A/C, TV, fridge and most importantly, a seriously comfortable bed.

The hotel has a pool we used everyday that was well kept with a number of deck chairs to spend some time relaxing.

The hotel restaurant was OK but nothing special (there is a great meal to be found 500m up the road at the Castaway).

In all I would suggest that the Esplanada is one of the better hotels stay in when in Dili as we had a number of friends with us around the town (whilst we were waiting for our dive boat to whisk us away) and we experienced none of the complaints they had with their hotels.
If you have to stay in Dili (which would not be my first choice of holiday destinations).....give the Esplanada a go.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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287 reviews
143 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 535 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

I did not stay Esplanada hotel but I had a couple of drinks there.

It is so cozy, unfortunately I went there at night, therefore I could not see any view ! Try to pop into it during the day for the panoramic view.

The price is not cheap but wine was poured up to 1/2 of a glass or more than that ! ;-)
There are lots of comfy sofas. Very good place to chill out. I actually prefer Esplanada to Castaway bar

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mamacita1001
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Brisbane, Australia
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113 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

I very much enjoyed my stay here and in Dili. It's not a luxury resort of the type you find in more developed Asian countries (even though it costs more) but it is an excellent hotel considering East Timor's early stage tourism industry.

The staff were very obliging and friendly although the finer touches aren't there I guess because they just don't have the tourism experience yet.

The rooms are good, spacious and clean with table and chairs outside overlooking the refreshing pool and well-kept gardens. Initial impressions are that the rooms have been refurbished but the smaller details on closer inspection appear to indicate they were only half done! e.g. loose electric sockets some of which don't work, broken smoke detector, power extensions where only some of the sockets work, stained taps in the bathroom, old shower head, stained cup for tea and coffee. Not a huge problem but a small maintenance outlay would easily fix these little things.

My favourite feature of the hotel was the restaurant/bar area upstairs, positioned to catch the evening sea breezes with relaxing views overlooking the bay. The cocktails are great and a glass of wine is more like half a bottle - very generous. I ate here a few times and the food at breakfast and dinner was delicious with a good variety of choices - remember to ask for a hot breakfast menu (included in room rate) because they never offered without me prompting them!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Esplanada
Address: Avenida da Portugal, Dili, East Timor
Location: East Timor > Dili District > Dili
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Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Dili
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Esplanada 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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