There seems to be no other option when it comes to cheap accommodation here in Dili. Booking with East Timor Backpackers was easy because they were quick to respond to my queries online. As for payment, you do it upon arrival. Do not expect much because the rooms are quite cheap, although you would be getting way better ones for the same price in other parts of Southeast Asia. A dorm bed costs USD12, while a single room is USD20. As usual, I forgot to take pictures of the room and the toilet, which means we would now be relying on your powers of imagination.
The dorm room is simple. There are three single beds immediately to your right upon entering the door. On the other side of the room is a double deck next to a table. Next to it is another double deck which serves as a divider. Next to that is another double deck next to the air-con. One of the upper decks is next to the ceiling fan, which you might want to avoid because it is not a very cute way to die. The bathroom has three toilets and three showers. The reception doubles as a bar selling a variety of drinks. The Wi-Fi is excruciatingly slow.