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Discovery Inn
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Dili
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The hotel is in a central location in Dili. The complimentary airport transfers were an excellent service. The bedroom was large & very comfortable with tea/coffee facilities & safe. The internet connection was intermittent in the room but excellent on the very pleasant deck. The breakfast was good with plenty of choice & again the deck is a great spot to enjoy. The staff were very helpful. We were able to store our bags whilst we went over to Araturo Island. We stayed here twice & would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Hello CricketGirlDarwin,

Thank you for taking out the time to write a review for Discovery Inn. We really appreciate your feedback on all aspects of your stay. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to having you stay with us on your next trip to Dili.

All the best,

Zeenat A

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Very friendly staff for whom nothing was a trouble.
Excellent English, which is important in a country where English is often the third or fourth language.
Excellent "Happy Hour" every evening, with agree drink and great canapés.
Very clean rooms and quality linen/towels.
Excellent breakfast buffet included in price of room.
Good, quiet and effective air conditioning .
Quite good Wi Fi as part of room cost.
Excellent but pricey restaurant is part of the hotel.
The building and rooms are quite a few decades old.
All accommodation in Dili is expensive, and this is in the upper range for what could not be classed at over 3 1/2 stars as far as the building and rooms are concerned. There is still a supply problem for all infrastructure in Timor Leste, including hotel rooms, though many of the foreign aid NGO and UN people have left now, so demand must be lower than just a few years ago.
We were there initially 5 nights and came back for 3 more.
The overall experience was very, very good....Yes, pay the money and stay there. The staff are worth an extra star at least.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank RobertHolland9
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Dear RobertHolland9,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Discovery Inn. We are so pleased you enjoyed all facets of your stay particularly the service provided to you by our staff. We do hope that you return to our hotel again sometime soon and look forward to welcoming you then.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

A partially renovated hotel that, overall, is pretty good. The new rooms are OK but the old rooms are tired and could do with some work. Happy hour was awesome, the staff were great and the restaurant was first class. The free Wi-Fi was usually good (I've been told other hotels have Wi-Fi that reminds you of dial-up!!). The breakfast buffet could be better, bacon only once a week!!! The location is not too bad, the ANZ across the road, a supermarket and a couple of pharmacies around the corner and a few restaurants within walking distance. Overall, a great place if you not spending a lot of time in your room.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Simon L
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Dear Simon L,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Discovery Inn. Your feedback has been passed on to the relevant departments. We are particularly pleased that you enjoyed Happy Hour. We look forward to welcoming you back to Discovery Inn on your next stay in Dili.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I have just come back from two days in Dili as a tourist, curious to find out a bit more about the town. I was lucky enough to stay at the superb Discovery Inn which went far beyond my expectations.
It is spotlessly clean, has wonderful bright rooms with so many extras included and the breakfasts are very generous, with lots of hot and cold dishes. For main meals, the Diya restaurant is one of the best restaurants I have used in this region of the world, as the food is always first-class and the Happy Hour in the afternoons is a welcome addition.
As the hotel mainly has business clients, there are suitable facilities for their use.
Free airport transfers were very welcome and above all, I was so impressed with the attitude of the staff who are so professional and always smiling.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank David L
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear David L,

Thank you kindly for your very positive review of Discovery Inn. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed every facet of what we have on offer and that our hotel catered to your needs.

We certainly look forward to welcoming you back again and again.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The fantastic team at the Discovery Inn made my trip to Timor Leste all the more enjoyable. The staff were friendly, efficient and helpful and rooms impeccably clean and well appointed. The level of cuisine in the Diya Restaurant is a pleasant surprise for anyones taste buds and happy hour at The Deck Cafe & Bar helps lubricate the evening with free drinks & gourmet canapés for in house guests. A definite recommend for all.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
Thank Nichollsg
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear Nichollsg,

Thank you so much for your review of Discovery Inn on Trip Advisor.

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you found our staff and facilities met all of your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Dili.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I’m happy I’ve found so terrific place to stay in Dili as Discovery Inn.
Rooms are pleasant, clean and modern, with fast internet. Staff are very polite, helpful and kind, always smiling, dealing with all your needs.
The hotel guarantee free airport transfers.
I’ve enjoyed delicious, simple breakfast – fantastic deck upstairs.
The hotel is centrally located, walking distance of a couple of good restaurants. I’ll be back there for sure.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
Thank GrzegorzWisniewski
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2013

Dear GrzegorzWisniewski,

Thank you for your taking time our to provide feedback on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased that you enjoyed all that Discovery Inn has to offer and look forward to welcoming you back.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I stayed at the Discovery Inn with a colleague in a twin bed deluxe room while on a business trip from 19-21 March. This was an 'upgraded' choice for us as we had managed to secure promotion price air tickets on this trip.

The hotel is near the Presidential Palace and there is a branch of the ANZ bank and some restuarants around the corner. The waterfront is a 5-10 minutes walk away. I would not comment on the location as I had my own means of transport from my local contacts,

The hotel is spread over 2 floors with Diya restaurant on the 1st floor and a open-air bar (that doubles as the breakfast room) on the 2nd floor. From my estimate there are 10-12 rooms per floor. Pre-booking and checkin were commendably quick, and we very welcomed the complimentary orange juice drink as a respite from the Dili heat. We also noted the security guard posted outside the hotel that reassured us.

The room itself is decorated quite perfunctorily, but everything is clean and well-organised. The room and toilet were smaller than I thought they would be though. Everything worked very well and we have no complaints about the shower, toilet, water pressure, aircon, television, lights, internet etc. The wifi/cable signal was strong enough for us to work on our laptops while in the room.

As mentioned, breakfast is served in the 2nd floor open-air bar. The choice is adequate but I was impressed with the standard of the egg omelette that I ordered. Kudos to the chef.

Do make sure that you arrange a complimentary airport transfer with the front desk, they will send you back to the airport in a nice SUV which will take 15-20mins. All in all, we feel that the staff give really good service. We would consider staying back at the Discovery Inn while on the next business trip if there was some form of promotional rates for online booking.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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ZeenatAwan, Guest Relations Coordinator at Discovery Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Hello kingoasis,

Thank you very much for taking out the time to review Discovery Inn on Trip Advisor. We really appreciate it.

Thank you also for your feedback. We have taken it on board and have particularly passed on your compliments to the Chef at the Deck. We are pleased to see that you made the most of everything that Discovery Inn has to offer and look forward to welcoming you next time you visit Dili.

All the best,

Zeenat Awan

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Additional Information about Discovery Inn

Address: 84 Rua 30 de Agosto, Dili, East Timor
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Location: East Timor > Dili District > Dili
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Dili
Price Range: $82 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This boutique hotel offers equal to four star comfort set in lush court yard gardens right in the heart of the city. ... more   less 
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