First and still good value
The first hotel to be built in Lewoleba, Hotel Rejeki is the most traveller-focussed hotel in town.
Run by the affable and knowledgable Richard, Hotel Rejeki has a selection of fan-cooled and air-con rooms across two floors in a concrete building set back off the road. This is the oldest hotel in town (it was established by Richard’s father) and some of the rooms are testament to the age of the hotel. If the first room is not up to scratch, ask to see another, and another.
Bathrooms are old and sometimes very fumey, cold water only with bucket flush Western toilets and iffy water pressure (rooms are slowly being refurbished with Western-style flush loos). Beds have a base sheet only, though they'll give you a top sheet if you ask. While the rooms are clean, there is nothing in the way of decor, unless a standing fan counts.
Each room has its own table setting out front on a shared terrace, where a breakfast of steamed rice, omelette and coffee is served. It was this veranda that we really liked about the hotel—it is great for meeting and chatting with other guests, or just for relaxing with a book. The upstairs rooms offer views from the terrace over to the mountains behind town. Downstairs rooms look onto an enclosure filled with potted plants. There is also a ground floor dining room, but as the restaurant is no longer open, this area isn’t used much.
The lobby is decorated with a large, well annotated map of Lembata, which is very useful for trip planning. Also useful is Richard, who aside from being a friendly guy also speaks excellent English and can provide detailed advice for travelling around Lembata. He's also available to be hired as a guide. The hotel rents motorbikes for 100,000 rupiah per day and snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) for 75,000 rupiah per day.
If you’re after modern facilities and a modern room, then Hotel Olympic just down the road, is the better choice, but if you’re happy to forgo a few polished edges for a far more welcoming traveller vibe, then we’d recommend heading straight to Hotel Rejeki.
Richard has plans to open a beach bungalow place near the ferry terminal at Waijarang (a 15-minute ojek ride away). When it opens (no building had commenced as of mid-2017), depending on the final form it takes, it would be a great place to stay.
Address: Jalan Trans Lembata #93, Lewoleba
T: (0813) 5388 9016;
Coordinates (for GPS): 123º24'53.22" E, 8º22'18.73" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||180,000 rupiah||180,000 rupiah|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Triple fan private bathroom||210,000 rupiah||210,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||225,000 rupiah||225,000 rupiah|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||250,000 rupiah||250,000 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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