Someday, likely in 2016, this hotel will be finished and in proper order for business people, and tourists in transition to their diving/snorkeling accommodations. At present only the gleaming tile floors are complete throughout the 2 floors. They have a number of workers completing/refinishing the stucco walls and the bathrooms are very basic but include a hot shower, soap and shampoo.
Although our Agoda prepaid room called for an upper floor double, we were given a small clean double on the first floor that seemed to be the only room prepared. Anton, the nice young boss had his people try to keep the lobby clean, the water/coffee machine available. and provided a basic breakfast. He assisted in providing transport to the Raja Ampat Resort for a nice day of snorkeling/beach walking and a free Honda moped for the 2nd day to explore the newly paved roads of Waigeo Island.
This is a frontier town with new mosques/churches/roads/port/airport and in a state of rapid development. Everyone you come in contact with is nice, busy, and full of optimism for what their future holds. We are very happy to experience this environment even though this hotel should not have been open to guests. Luckily, Anton understood some English and tried to accommodate our basic needs.
Our 88 day trip plans were made 8 months ago and changes are happening in the Raja Ampat area at a rapid pace. We would make different hotel plans today after the acquired knowledge of these past 4 days, but we must move on to many more new destinations.