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“Perfect location, great view”
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Hotel Esplanada
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Dili
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The hotel is located in a beautiful spot just on the waterfront, with close by restaurants and taxis passing frequently. the hotel's own restaurant has a lovely view, and it's a perfect spot to work or just hang out. the menu is a bit too "foreigner-adjusted" for my taste, although there are many good alternatives to choose from. rooms are spacious and fresh, and the pool area nice and lush. clearly recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I stayed at Esplanada for three weeks while on assignment in Dili and I am very satisfied with the overall experience. Rooms are spacious, clean and mosquito free (thanks for the spray!). While other hotels have swimming pools, the one at Esplanada is the most appealing one as it fits lovely in the plush hotel garden. It makes an afternoon at the pool very enjoyable.

The staff is helpful and polite. I will agree that the restaurant prices are fairly high, but so is everything else in Dili. Esplanada's restaurant is not that more expensive than Castaway, Nautilus or Dili Beach. Truth is a beer is $4 compared to Castaway's $3.5, so a minor mark up, but I haven't noticed that other prices were higher. However, Esplanada is a much nicer place for a glass of vino in the evening or for chilling out in the afternoon than any of the mentioned spots. Esplanada is more of a lounge with sofas available that other restaurants don't offer. Hands down the best place to stay in when in Dili.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Having spent a few days in the field east of Dili, it was great to spend a few days at the Esplanada. We caught up with emails in the pleasant bar and restaurant overlooking the beach. The food is good and service friendly. Rooms are neat and clean. Interesting group if ex-pats in residence (mostly working for NGOs).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Helihound
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Esplanada and we're very pleased with the choice that we made over some of the other, ever-so-slightly cheaper options that we considered in Dili when making what was ultimately a last minute booking.

The rooms (with nice high ceilings) were clean and comfortable.
The food is good and prepared with care.
The pool is right outside your room.
The shades provide much needed cover from the fierce sun.

Breakfast is included, it's pretty straightforward and some mornings that was fine. The eggs benedict is good (you pay for this, which was fine) but I really didn't like having to pay for a coffee with breakfast first thing in the morning...given the price, you should be serving guests with at least a small pot of coffee.

The owner Ashley couldn't have been more helpful but he was obviously not always around, Ruben and Romeo in the office were helpful but there were a couple of people in the office who just scowled when approached and point blank refused to help organise even the most simple of things. Easily addressable but far from perfect at the moment.

Overall, it was the right place for us to stay in Dili for a few days, was very happy to be just next door to Nautilus which I think was possibly the nicest watering hole that we visited while in Dili!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Ashley is a great host, as owner operator has a vested interest in all aspects of this wonderful place. Great location, cold beer, brilliant food, good for functinos and quite catch-ups alike. Highlyt recommended and I will be back mid year!

Room Tip: I didnt need a gym- went for a jog. Didnt need room service, the restaraunt has one of teh best view...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I've stayed at the Esplanada many times and have always enjoyed the rooms, food, location, friendly service and advice. On this occasion I was viewing my accommodation with a different perspective. There has been a change in circumstances in Timor-Leste, since the withdrawal of the UN, Portuguese security forces and Australian Army at the end of 2012, so a properly secure, safe 'home base' is really required. The Esplanada provides this. It's surrounded by high fencing, is partolled by diligent security staff, the outside doors are locked at night and it's in a location in Dili which is usually insulated from the 'public disorder' type events that sometimes occur. I'm a security adviser and always tell people to seek out the Esplanada for safe accommodation in Dili.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The accommodation is modern, spacious, clean and tidy but the best part is the pool at your front doorstep. The food is awesome at the right price with friendly service! What more could you want! Thanks Ash and staff, you really looked after us!

Cheers,

Tim

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Tim J
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Additional Information about Hotel Esplanada

Address: Avenida da Portugal, Dili, East Timor
Location: East Timor > Dili District > Dili
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Dili
Price Range: $96 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Esplanada 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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