Snazzy but sterile
Large and slightly sterile, Hotel Sumba Sejatera sits behind a small row of shopfronts on the main Waitabula road.
Two triple-storey blocks line a narrow courtyard garden. Room offerings kick off at basic fan rooms with a share cold water mandi, up to huge suite-style rooms.
You’ll find better value budget and VIP-style rooms around town, but the midrange air-con rooms here are not bad value. Aimed at local businesspeople, air-con rooms come with cold or hot water bathrooms and offer more facilities as you move up the price scale. Most have snazzy bright painted feature walls which gives the rooms a lift, beds are comfy and colourful linen is clean. Well-placed switches, power plugs and bedside lamps indicates a little thought went into the design. Bathrooms have sinks and Western-style toilets. Pay more and you’ll get a shower screen as well. Some rooms offer a small furnished balcony, but no view. Generally rooms are clean, but grimy bathroom edges are evidence that perhaps this may not last.
Behind the reception area, a comfy lounge is kitted out with puffy vinyl couches and large screen TVs. Buffet breakfast is served in the attached cafeteria-style restaurant. Hotel Sumba Sejatera provide free airport transfers and a car and motorbike hire service. If your budget is in the VIP range, head to Oro Beach Houses and Restaurant on the beach for a more tourist friendly style.
Address: Jalan Radamata, Waitabula
T: (0387) 252 4123; (0822) 1817 9999;
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º14'8.18" E, 9º25'54.92" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Standard double room|
Add 30,000 for hot water
|320,000 rupiah||320,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||500,000 rupiah||500,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
Upto 1,000,000 rupiah
|650,000 rupiah||650,000 rupiah|
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