Customer Review

“The Discovery Inn is an apt name for Sakib and Neelo Awan’s hotel. It is a place of discovery and delight; a place that will defy your expectations. (more)”

– HE Dr Jose-Ramos Horta, President Timor-Leste

June 2017

Customer Review.

June 2014


I traveled to East Timor more than five time since 2007, my first priority hotel which I select is Discovery Inn. I am very happy to stay here, it is very clean, peaceful and staffs are very friendly especially the GM, Ryan. He takes very good care of all customers. Right now, I am staying at the Discovery Inn for a month and I am very happy to stay here again especially the hotel provides internet/Wi-Fi. It is very convenient. Of course, I will choose Discovery Inn in my future trips, it is the best hotel in East Timor. Cheers.

“Friendly Inn”

I had to visit Timor-Leste for business purpose and found my hotel stay at Discovery Inn satisfactory! The staffs are very friendly and approachable. Rooms were reasonably sized but clean and well kept. Location of hotel is good as it’s within walking distance to the Licidere park and beach area. Diya restaurant serves delicious food and I love their Chocolate fondant dessert most. Their daily happy hours in the evening complete with finger food and free drinks which enable us to chill out before dinner time.

“Highly recommended Inn in Dili”

I spent 11 nights at the Discovery Inn in Dili and highly recommend the hotel. Very helpful, conscientious, and professional staff. Nice breakfast buffet on an outdoor covered terrace. My favorite parts of breakfast were the fresh fruit, fruit compote made with star anise, omelet station, and local coffee. The late afternoon happy hour, with two free beverages and some snacks, was a great way to end the long, hot and humid work day. The restaurant at the location was excellent, with plenty of variety and numerous options for those who prefer vegetarian food. Beautiful presentation and good service. My room was clean and comfortable, with CNN, coffee, tea, AC, and reliable Internet access (which I really appreciated). Wi-Fi was also available on the breakfast/happy hour terrace.

“Friendly and Professional”

The Discovery Inn is squeezed between two lots and it will never enjoy the facilities that a large hotel in a big lot might have, but I found that was more than made up for by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, who took the trouble to make sure that my stay was comfortable and enjoyable. The food is excellent. The breakfast menu changed daily and was always delicious and the Diya Restaurant has to be one of the best in Dili. The rooms are not large, but they are well serviced, and have all the amenities (internet, fridge, safe, enough power points and good TV, kettle and coffee/tea) that you would expect. My bed was perfectly comfortable and I slept well every night. The deck is a nice feature that provides a good venue for informal meetings and drinks after work.

Nevertheless, it is the attitude of the staff that is this hotel’s biggest asset. They were always considerate, helpful and friendly and they turned what could have been an average experience into an enjoyable one. Working in Dili for three weeks, I was glad to be able to come back to the Discovery Inn at the end of each day.

May 2014

“Perfect Dili experience”

I travelled for business to Dili. I was received at the airport by a friendly driver who was waiting for me with a cold hand towel and water bottle. Just what I needed at the moment! The hotel had exactly what I needed: clean rooms, comfortable bed, hot shower, good food and on top of that excellent internet and daily happy hours. The hotel staff made a big difference. All were helpful, friendly and just made my Dili experience a memorable one.

“Excellent location, perfect for business trips.”

The Discovery Inn hotel is the perfect place to stay in Dili. Although prices are quite high – as they are in general in town – it is very good value for money, particularly if you are visiting for business purposes. Internet is speedy, good quiet terrace to sit and work, and excellent service in all ways. The hotel is also very nicely located – it takes 2 minutes to walk down to the beautiful boardwalk, and there are also other interesting sights close by. I d definitely go back.

April 2014

“Best hotel in Dili”

Having stayed at the Discovery Inn on over four separate occasions I can confidently say it is one of the best hotels in East Timor. The staffs are always available and very helpful, the rooms are quiet and clean, the breakfast is amazing and I’d certainly recommend it to anyone heading to Dili for a short or long stay.

Would suit both professional and tourist travelers.

“Loved Happy Hour!!! – Happy hour was awesome, the staff was great and the restaurant was first class. The free Wi-Fi was usually good”

May 2013

“Diya – a dazzling restaurant in a dazzling Hotel”

April 2013

“Unwind and Enjoy – Diya is a real oasis; it is a great spot to enjoy some fine dining and just unwind”

April 2013

“Marvelous Food, Impressive Presentation, Great Service – Diya Restaurant is the best in town!”

February 2013

“Delicious food – Excellent vegetarian thali but hard to make a choice with so many nice things on the menu”

February 2013

“Diya is Dili’s best restaurant; a revelation for lovers of fine food and wine”

RESIDENT magazine November 2011

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Guest Reviews

Here’s what other guests have to say about the Discovery Inn.

“A fantastic place to stay in Dili”

April 2013

“Lost Kiwi – The fantastic team at the Discovery Inn made my trip to Timor-Leste all the more enjoyable”

April 2013

“The best place to stay in Dili – I’ve found so terrific place to stay in Dili as Discovery Inn. Rooms are pleasant, clean and modern, with fast internet”

April 2013

“a very nice stay – located close to the water and the delightful wi-fi enabled seaside rendez-vous”

February 2013

“Great service!! – I have to say, the thing that impressed me the most about the Discovery Inn is the service”

December 2012

“The Discovery Inn is the best hotel I have stayed in Dili.The price is right and the service is good”

December 2011

“A small hotel in a historic building, very professionallyrun with excellent and personal service.”

November 2011

“Wonderful manager Nanda and staff, always friendly andobliging. Really glad that I stayed at Discovery Inn.”

July 2011

“The Discovery Inn was a great discovery.”

July 2011

“Diya Restaurant is of high quality and good value formoney.”

December 2011

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Media Reviews

Paradise Found: Bali’s new rival is on our doorstep

Lucy Rickard, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011

Arrival, on Timor Time

On a DIY road trip, Patrick O’Neil samples the fledgling nation’s highlights — before the crowds arrive.

Patrick O’Neill, Sydney Morning Herald, May 2011

Discover Diya at the Discovery Inn: Dili’s best restaurant is a revelation for lovers of fine food and wine.

RESIDENT magazine, NT, Australia, November 2011