Airport hotel with good view
Hotel Sinar Tambolaka is a busy local business hotel — think airport hotel, and you’ve just about got it.
Indeed, if you’ve just arrived from the airport, it’s the closest sleep in town, found down a short lane opposite Waitabula market. Perched on the edge of a valley, Hotel Sinar Tambolaka’s great view gives it an edge over the other options in town.
Two double-storey blocks offer a range of rooms from fan-cooled, cold-water options through to air-con, hot-water ones. A small ornamental grassy garden is filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful embellishments, from cement dogs to more traditional stone carvings. The hotel is dominated by a large double-storey, open-style restaurant, which takes advantage of the views. The food isn’t bad either.
Cheaper rooms are below the function room. Karaoke anyone? Although a bit on the small and grotty dismal side, rooms provide comfortable spring mattresses (with top sheets only) and an excellent strong fan — the most effective we found in Sumba. Bathrooms are worn, stained and could do with a scrub, but the cold-water shower has good pressure. There’s a sink inside the bathroom, and the toilet is a flushing throne. As prices go up the scale, rooms become more spacious, and add wallpaper, TVs, safes, and more furniture. Many however still have mouldy ceilings are a bit dingy. Ask to see a few rooms as they vary, and some of the newer rooms are much better. Furnished balconies feature in some rooms. An Indonesian buffet breakfast is included, and it was the best we had in Sumba. Free Wifi exists — but good luck. Free airport transfers are offered. Popular with large functions, it’s often fully booked. An alternative to keep in mind is Hotel Sumba Sejatera.
Address: Jalan Tambolaka, Waitabula
T: (0387) 252 4088; (0852) 3335 5555;
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º14'17.93" E, 9º25'50.79" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||350,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
With hot water
|450,000 rupiah||450,000 rupiah|
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