Photo: Deserted beachfront east of Maumere.

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Maumere town

While we recommend staying out to the east of Maumere, there is some decent accommodation in town itself.

Hotel Pelita
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl Jendral Sudirman 330, Maumere
T: (0812) 379 6960

This professionally run place may look somewhat unprepossessing from the outside, but features clean rooms with all the modern conveniences, some with impressive second- and third-storey views of the bay that Maumere overlooks. Rooms are smallish but fit that international bill, with a minimum of style but plenty of efficiency and cleanliness. Small semi-private porches outside of all the rooms... Read our full review of Hotel Pelita.

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Sylvia Hotel and Restaurant
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jl Gajah Mada No 88, Maumere
T: (0382) 21829

The Sylvia Hotel seems to exist to cater to the needs of Indonesian business travellers to Maumere, with full conference facilities and uniform but very clean rooms. Rooms have unusual wood floors and large, comfortable beds, as well as full Western-style bathrooms and free internet access. It's definitely a good deal for the price, which is a rare find in Flores. It's definitely soulless, but... Read our full review of Sylvia Hotel and Restaurant .

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Hotel Gardena
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Patirangga No 28, Maumere
T: (0382) 22 644

This rather depressed-looking place does have a location in the centre of Maumere -- and that's about all it has going for it, thanks to crumbling, musty rooms and staff that looked generally shocked to see a customer walk in. However, it does have one other virtue: as compared to other comically overpriced Flores places to stay, it's pretty darn affordable. There's no internet or hot water, and... Read our full review of Hotel Gardena.

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Outside Maumere

Most accommodation geared to foreign tourists is on the beaches outside of town. The hotels listed below are all some distance from Maumere proper.

Ankermi Happy Dive
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Around 30km east of Maumere, Watumita
T: (0812) 466 9667

Ankermi Happy Dive is perhaps the best choice for committed divers in the general Maumere area, with attractive and simple little bungalows set right in front of an excellent selection of critter diving sites. The slightly Balinese-influenced resort overlooks the green expanse of Pulau Babi and is dotted with coconut palms. Snorkelling is available off the small cement pier built into the water... Read our full review of Ankermi Happy Dive.

Sea World Club
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jl Nai Roa KM 13, Waiara
T: (0382) 242 5089

This slightly tired resort provides relaxing seaside accommodation within a fairly reasonable distance from Maumere proper -- about a 13-kilometre, 20-minute drive from the town centre. Begun in the 1970s, Sea World Club hasn't really been updated since the 1990s heyday of Maumere tourism but still holds up well enough, with spacious bungalows that include four-poster beds and even bathtubs,... Read our full review of Sea World Club .

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Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jl Raya Maumere, Larantuka Km 28, Wodong
T: (0813) 3940 7733

If Ankermi is out of your budget, Lena's House, about 700 metres west of there, has very basic thatch and bamboo huts in a jungly setting by the beach. We showed up here by mistake when heading to Ankermi and were impressed with the warm and friendly greeting from the guy who seemed to be managing the place. This is a good option for backpackers on a budget who are looking for a traveller vibe... Read our full review of Lena House.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Maumere? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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