As flash as Kalabahi gets
Jl Altar 12, Kalabahi T: (0386) 21721, (0386) 21727 F: (0386) 21749
If you’re looking for flashy, modern digs in Kalahabi and have the budget to pay for them, then look no further than the Pulo Alor Hotel.
Somewhat inconveniently located at the top of a rise at the eastern reaches of Kalahabi, the multi-storey Pulo Alor opened in April 2016 and delivers smart and fully kitted out modern rooms, some of which have good views over the bay. With a professionally trained staff, who go through all the motions you’d expect in a Bali or Jakarta hotel, the whole place feels a bit, well, out of place—primarily because almost everything else in town is uniformly poor.
For your money you get a good-sized swimming pool with an adjoining kids’ pool, a modern restaurant and an upper floor bar and dining area which looks out over the waters (the food is cooked downstairs and they’ll bring it up to you).
We were shown a standard room, which had a firm double bed with crisp linen and a dark throw, flatscreen TV, bedside lights and an area you could work at (though we’d just tap away in bed or in the cafe). The room wasn’t overly generous in size, but was sufficient. The hot water bathroom was spotless with a shower recess and shower curtain and a Western toilet. Rooms are air-con throughout.
The only mark against the Pulo Alor is its location. It’s found up a rise off the main road through town and is a solid walk to anywhere. Ojeks are found throughout town so you’ll never have to walk for too long, but this is an isolated property.
At more than double the cost of other hotels in Kalabahi you’re paying a premium to stay here, but if it fits within your budget, this is a solid option. Non-guests are welcome to use the swimming pool for 50,000 rupiah per day for kids, and 75,000 rupiah for adults.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 20th April, 2017.
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