Where to Stay in Labuan Bajo

Where to stay in Labuan Bajo? Now there’s a good question.

It’s slim pickings I’m afraid. We did not book any accommodation in advance for Labuan Bajo because we hadn’t been able to find anything that looked worth booking. Though there are many hotels on booking.com none of them looked remotely convincing.

This meant that we had to find a place and negotiate when we got there.

As it happened, we got the taxi driver from the airport to drop us off at a place that Toni had read about and, after enquiring, we settled for that place.

Later we went for a walk in Labuan Bajo to see what other accommodation was on offer as, at the time, we were also planning on staying one night in Labuan Bajo after our trip to Komodo and Rinca Islands.

Gardena Hotel, Labuan Bajo

Even though we were far from impressed with our chosen place, Gardena Hotel, it turned out that everywhere else in Labuan Bajo was either below basic, way over our budget or both.

Accommodation in Labuan Bajo is not cheap! It is really not good value compared with prices in other parts of Indonesia.

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View from our room at Gardena Hotel in Labuan Bajo

We stayed at Gardena Hotel and we paid 220,000rp for the one night for a very basic room high up on a hill (with many steps up the hillside to get there). We had a double bed with a mosquito net but no bed covers, an en suite bathroom with a door that didn’t close and a toilet that didn’t flush. The tap for the cold shower was attached to the shower head and was so high that I couldn’t reach it to turn the water on or off!

We had a small outside patio with two chairs and a table. From here we had a great view out across Labuan Bajo and the sea dotted with other islands.

There were plenty of ants, insects and lizards around which were probably attracted by the lush hillside garden which all the rooms were built around. The gorgeous plants and flowers made the trek up the hillside to our room very pleasant but were probably the cause of many of the strange sounds we heard during the night.

Breakfast was included in the price and consisted of a self-service mini buffet of tea, coffee, rice, toast, fried eggs and banana pancakes.

There was no wifi.

The price we paid was for a ‘standard room’. Below that was an ‘economy room’, which frankly could not have been more basic than ours.

If you are looking at where to stay in Labuan Bajo, then this is definitely the best deal and best choice but it was far away from the great deals we got in Yogyakarta and Ubud.

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