Hotel Nur Fitrah

Hotel Nur Fitrah

Ramshackle seaside hotel digs

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The ramshackle Hotel Nur Fitrah has one point in its favour and one only: its proximity to Mama’s Resto.

Travelfish says:

With all the atmosphere of an abandoned drive-in cinema, when we walked into the restaurant all the tables and chairs had been packed away and we thought it had closed for business. As we walked out though, a friendly woman wandered out to ask if she could help and happily showed us one of the peculiarly designed, green hexagonal and adjoining bungalows that sit, palm-shaded, just back off the restaurant.

Rest of room ... coming. : Stuart McDonald.
Rest of room ... coming. Photo: Stuart McDonald

It must have been a good spot in its day, but the peeling paint and rising damp really don’t do it any favours now. The rooms are large—double the size of the standards at the Pulo Alor—and they have tall vault ceilings, which like the exterior walls, also probably looked better before they were covered in mould. The beds are firm though and the linen looked okay. Bathrooms have the only tubs we saw in Kalabahi.

As mentioned, the restaurant was totally packed up when we visited, as apparently (inexplicably!) there were no guests. We imagine if you were to stay they’d set you up a chair and a table, though to be honest we’d be heading over to Mama’s at mealtime.

Watch your step... : Stuart McDonald.
Watch your step... Photo: Stuart McDonald

The hotel doesn’t use being on the water to its advantage. A couple of rooms overlook the water with more perhaps planned... but the staffer told us the above-mentioned garden rooms to be a lot better.

Yes, you’re near the water and the rooms here are considerably larger than Cantik Homestay, but we’d go with the later.

Contact details for Hotel Nur Fitrah

Address: Jl Buton, Kalabahi
T: (0386) 222 2124;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 124º32'44.69" E, 8º13'23.9" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room
Facing onto carpark area
110,000 rupiah 110,000 rupiah
Superior double room
Behind the restaurant
220,000 rupiah 220,000 rupiah

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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