When we arrived at Moni we found all home-stay style accommodation at the village fully booked. The bungalows on the hillside near the turnoff for Kelimutu looked nice from a distance but at closer inspection were pretty run-down. On the other side of Moni the new Ecolodges (since 2010, Rp 700,000) were above our budget, and we walked out of the adjacent Hotel Flores Sare in horror (Later we learned that someone had almost been electrocuted there by live wires in the bathroom.).
Then we spotted a small wooden sign across the road from the hotel: “Palm Bungalows”. Thus we found this idyllic little property. Farmer Robert and his wife have built a couple of wood-and-bamboo bungalows in their back-yard. For Rp 100,000 we slept here with the sound of the river that squirts the grounds. The price included welcome coffee or tea, a modest breakfast, and a bucket of hot water for our bath.
Although we got the impression that not many guests find his place, mr Robert was optimistic enough to have started construction of additional brick bungalows.
On arriving in Ende we had checked in at Hotel Mentari, recommended as the best in Ende by our 9th edition Lonely Planet guide. But having dicovered Hotel Grand Wisata we moved in there after returning from Moni and Kelimutu. Brand new, the hotel had been in business for 8 months only. It now undisputedly deserves the title 'the best in Ende'.
Room prices range from Rp 500,000 for a standard room to Rp 900,000 for a suite room. Booking for three days we were given a sizable discount on our standard room.
Swimming pool, buffet breakfast, free WiFi in the lobby and the restaurant. ATM of BNI bank at the kerb.
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