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