Lonely Planet review
Step back in time at this genteel veteran of the 1970s. The rooms are a bit faded, but you won't notice from the balconies where you can enjoy views of Atauro Island, the sound of the surf and the smells of the fish vendors' stalls.
Retro charm is at the core of this hotel's appeal. That the 'retro' is due to a lack of economic development and the 'charm' is purely in the eyes of the beholder is secondary. It wouldn't take much to think of this hotel as a set in some South Pacific-type musical. There's coconut trees, tropical flowers and stunning views of the waterfront across the street at sunset. You can see islands from the rooms with balconies - definitely the preferred lodging here (choices are quite varied). But luxurious it's not and you won't feel like you're lording it over the locals.