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The selection of hotels in Labuan Bajo continues to grow and improve with something to fit most budgets and tastes. We recommend staying closer to town to take advantage of the fine eating and drinking, though you can enjoy some great views further up the hill.
These exceptionally private bungalows are built into the side of a hill with great views of Bajo Bay, about five minutes from the centre of town uphill. And we're not kidding about privacy: you'll rarely see another soul at Bayview Gardens, which makes it fabulous for the romantic and the merely antisocial. (Party types may wish to look elsewhere.) Bungalows feature porches and two bedrooms, and... Read our full review of Bayview Gardens.
This quite new (for 2014) hostel is the pick of the bunch for budget travellers heading to Labuan Bajo. If you're happy with a dorm, look no further. Don't be put off by how the place looks from the street -- the grungy and grotty dive squat look hides a couple of immaculate dorms, with solid wood-framed bunk beds with decent plastic wrapped mattresses, clean bedding, air-con and WiFi. It's a bit... Read our full review of Cool Corner Backpacker Hostel.
A colourfully painted collection of duplex-styled bungalows and longhouses on the top of a hill overlooking Labuan Bajo and the sea, this popular Dutch-run hotel is often deservedly full, although the brightly painted rooms aren't quite as nice as Bayview, which is in the same price range. Rooms are clean, pleasant and quite spacious, with porches overlooking the bay, comfortable beds, and great... Read our full review of Golo Hilltop.
One of the more luxurious options in Labuan Bajo, the four-star Bintang Flores offers a bit more character in both rooms and public areas than Laprima, as well as a very nice chill-out pool and beach area. Rooms offer all the modern conveniences (TV, mini-fridge and air-con) with understated local design touches, and most have great views of the Bajo Bay and the green and manicured grounds of the... Read our full review of Bintang Flores.
If you can afford to spend a little more, this place up the hill behind Made in Italy restaurant is worth the extra money, offering clean, almost sparkling rooms in a longhouse setup at flashpacker prices. The view and proximity to the very good Italian food is thrown in for free but may translate into a bit more late night noise that could annoy light sleepers. Reservations are essential,... Read our full review of Green Hill Boutique Hotel.
Gardena is a bit of a backpacker crashpad with plenty of rooms at plenty of different prices. Rooms are adequate, though tired, and we found the staff to be helpful and friendly. The location is central and a shaded garden provides some respite from the midday heat (if not the nearby call to prayer). If you can afford to spend a bit more, we'd suggest elsewhere, but at the budget end this struck... Read our full review of Gardena.
This 88-room, four-star resort hotel was Labuan Bajo's first international luxury accommodation option, and feels like a dedicated effort at imitating the Hilton chain in the wilder climes of Flores. Rooms are soulless in the international business hotel tradition of things, but pleasant enough. What's really worth it here are the tremendous views over Bajo Bay for forward-facing rooms, which are... Read our full review of Laprima Hotel.
There are a couple of options along the peninsula running to the north of Labuan Bajo. While in theory it's possible to walk or ride here, a boat is preferable.
Seraya Resort has rebranded and rebuild since this post was originally written and it is no longer a budget resort. If you're on a budget, Kanawa (itself not very cheap) is now the only option to our knowledge. We plan to revisit both in mid 2015 to investigate! The Flores Sea is dotted with glistening tropical islands. Some are home to high-end dive resorts, others to fishing villages,... Read our full review of Kanawa or Seraya Island?.
Reached by a 10-minute boat ride from Labuan Bajo, French/Indonesian run Waecicu Eden Beach sits out on the promontory to the north of Labuan Bajo, which protects the inner islands from the Flores Sea. Waecicu sits on a narrow strip of beachfront with rooms running up the hillside behind. On offer is a good mix of fan and prepped-for-air-con rooms, with just about all of them taking in terrific... Read our full review of Waecicu Eden Beach Hotel.