Friendly and cheap
Penginapan Melati is the cheapest sleep in Waitabula, and possibly the friendliest too -- you’ll find it on an embankment along the main road of Waitabula in an L-shaped block — one part double-storey, the other single.
Rooms are positioned behind the reception and owner’s house edging a mossy cement courtyard. Louvred windows let the air flow into the simple clean rooms that come with a choice of fan or air-con, both with cold-water bathrooms. Twin beds are separated by a small table and have foam mattresses, a clean bottom sheet and blanket. There’s switches and power sockets, but you’ll need to get out of bed to flick the light. Air-con rooms add a small flatscreen TV too. Multi-coloured tiled bathrooms are stained, but clean with a flushing throne toilet, and sink. Oddly, the fan rooms have showers, but the air-con rooms we were shown only a mandi.
A simple breakfast of bread and coffee is provided, however no WiFi is offered. Penginapan Melati is popular with local NGOs and church folk. For a bit more of a spend, Hotel Sinar Tambolaka provides more comfortable beds and includes a big breakfast. Penginapan Melati has no signage, but you’ll find it one block north of Rumah Sakit Karitas, the large public hospital, on the opposite side of the road.
Address: Jalan Sapurata, Waitabula
T: (0813) 5396 6066;
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º13'58.07" E, 9º26'13.15" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|250,000 rupiah||250,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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