Guesthouses

There are four options for accommodation in Hatobuilico: Pousada Alecrim (+670 77304366); Hotel Ovalido (+670 77413468 / +670 76183577), Antonio’s Homestay (+670 77368515 / +670 76185904) and Pousada Levy (+670 7438777).

Hatobuilico has 24 hour power. But you should bring a torch for emergencies.

Pousada Alecrim +670 77304366

Address : Left hand side of the main road through Hatobuilico.
Owners : Senhor Alexandre de Araujo and Mana Adelaida Barros
No of bedrooms: 17 bedrooms, some singles, some doubles and many with 3-4 beds
Cost: $20 per night per person ($15.00 bed, $1.50 breakfast, $3.50 dinner
Meals: Dinner and breakfast provided; Lunch can be available on request as well as tea or coffee between meals.
Languages spoken: Senhor Alexandre speaks excellent English, Tetun, Mambai, and Bahasa Indonesian. Other staff speak Tetun.

Facilities: Comfortable beds, pillows and blankets provided. Bring your own towel and a sleeping bag if you can for extra warmth.

Time of arrival: You can arrive at any time of day or night let them know in advance if you are coming at night.

Commentary:
Pousada Alecrim is the largest guesthouse in Hatobuilico village and has been open since 2002.  It is directly opposite the Grutu Asqnesa. Most visitors to Hatobuilico will have fond memories of staying with Senor Alexandre and his wife Dona Adelaida. Senor Alexander speaks excellent English as well as other languages and is familiar with chatting with guests, providing advice about walks that can be taken as well as local history.

There are two lounge areas, the larger with a long table that can seat 20 or more people.  From the larger lounge room, there are expansive views across the valley towards Keorudo. In the centre of the building, you can sit on a large veranda and soak up the sun.

You can have meals cooked for you and it is advisable to request meals when you book.  The cooks will also make tea or coffee if you ask. You might need to go to the kitchen (left hand side of the building) and ask for drinks to be prepareddrinks for you. Expect that the meals will be plain (rice and vegetables and noodles with perhaps an egg). If you want particular food (such as chicken or a range of vegetables) it is advisable to buy them in Dili or in the markets in Maubisse or Aileu on the way up.

Bathrooms are basic: There are six shared bathrooms, 2 with European toilets and four with squat toilets. Some bathrooms have hot water to mix with cold from the mandi for washing, especially good after a hard (and sometimes wet) walk.

Hotel Ovalida: +670 77413468 / +670 76183577
Address: Left hand side of the main road as you enter Hatobuilico (beside the road down to  church).
Manager: Leonti  Levy
No of bedrooms: 20 bedrooms, each with en-suite
Accommodation cost: $35.00 per night per room including breakfast, $5.00 for dinner
Facilities: Comfortable beds, pillows and blankets provided. Bring your own towel and a sleeping bag if you can for extra warmth.
Time of arrival: You can arrive at any time of day or night but if arriving at night you need to let them know in advance so they can arrange to open the door for you.

Antonio’s Homestay : +670 77368515 / +670 76185904

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Address:                              Righthand side of the main road as you enter HatobuilicoManager:         Antonio Soares de Jesus
No of bedrooms:                4 bedrooms, outside toilet
Accommodation cost:       $15.00 per night per person including breakfast, lunch and dinner
Meals:                                     Excellent meals are provided at times requested
Languages spoken:            Antonio speaks good English, Bahasa and Tetun;
Antonio and Tina run the Homestay; 3 double beds
Facilities:                              Comfortable beds, pillows and blanket provided. Bring your own towel and a sleeping bag if you can for extra warmth.
Time of arrival:                    Text ahead to arrange your arrival

Antonio and Tina run the Homestay from their home in Hatobuilico. They have four rooms with 3 double beds and two singles. The bathroom is outside and has a squat toilet and mandi. The views from their verandah are spectacular.

Antonio is also an excellent walking guide, trained in Timor-Leste and in Australia. He is deeply knowledgeable about the area and traditions and able to converse extensively in English with the range of visitors he meets.

Visitors will have a real experience of living with a Timorese family when they stay here. You can also get the whole package of Antonio as walking guide up Ramelau or any of the other walks, meet the neighbours, talk about Timorese culture, ritual, family responsibilities and day to day life. The Homestay gets excellent reviews from all who have ventured into this unique Timorese experience

Pousada Levi 670 7438777

Address: On right hand side of the road before the Police Station (go past Pousada Alecrim)
Owner: Senhor Martinho Lopes
No of bedrooms:  5 bedrooms, each with a 2 beds (double and a single). Check out each room and choose the room that best suits.
Accommodation cost: $15 per night per person
Meals: Meals can be provided on request – breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as tea or coffee between meals. Price will vary between $3 and $4 per meal per person and the price should be negotiated with Senor Martinho, his son Maun Leonti or another of his children. There is a kitchen also available for use.
Languages spoken: Senhor Martinho speaks only the local dialect and Tetun

Facilities: Comfortable beds, pillows and blankets provided. Towels can be provided upon request.
Time of arrival: You can arrive at any time of day or night but if arriving at night you need to let them know in advance so they can arrange to open the door for you.

Commentary:
Pousada Levi is towards the end of the street through Hatobuilico, on the right opposite Senhor Martinho’sshop and before the police station on the left hand side.

The rooms have two beds each and are comfortable and clean. There is one bathroom with toilet that you enter through one of the bedrooms (with a double bed) so it may be better to choose one of the front, more private rooms. The guesthouse offers a comfortable lounge room and a covered veranda. Meals can be provided and the fare will be basic and good.

Pousada Ramelau

No details about bookings available at the time of writing.

Commentary:
The Pousada Ramelau is a historic building that was one of the four main guesthouses across Timor built during the Portuguese period, dating back several centuries.  The building is impressive, situated on the top of small hill, surrounded by a battlement style wall with 360-degree views around the Hatobuilico valley from the formal gardens and the building itself. There are 3 double bedrooms and separate western style bathrooms. Lounge and eating and sitting spaces are placed in the best places to catch the views and the sun.

 

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