We stayed here for 3 nights before heading over to the east side of the island. It was nice that the hotel is centrally located and in walking distance to the ferry pier and plaza as well as mega. The hotel is clean and the few staff we saw were friendly. Upon our arrival we were asked what time we would like "breakfast" and we requested 9am. The following morning I had to go looking for it at 9:30am and found it was on the way. The next morning it had not arrived by 10am so we left, as I did not want to spend my vacation in the hotel room. When we returned in the evening we were asked again and requested 8am...it came on time for our last day. Maybe you need to request it every night? I had assumed that it would just come at 9am for the duration of our stay unless we requested otherwise, rather than having to hunt staff down to remind them. Mind you, it is just a few pastries and oj n coffee...but it is certainly enough to get you through to lunch, so we were pretty annoyed that we had to go out and buy breakfast on the second day after waiting an hour.
The vendors in the market downstairs were relentless, but luckily they pack up and go home around 5pm. I never went in the downstairs pool because of the vendors and it felt awkwardly placed, but did find the rooftop pool relaxing and had it to myself each time i went. If you want sun though, you have to go in the morning because it's covered in shade by mid to late afternoon.
We were kindly reminded on both our arrival and departure to tip the maid "if we want" which I personally found somewhat rude. Maybe people don't tip there? I always tip (every day as I know there are different maids that come and clean), but if I were the type of person that didn't automatically do so, the 'friendly reminder' might have ensured that I did not.
Overall it was a good value for the price. If you are on a budget and want to be located central to town for a couple nights then I would recommend it, but I wouldn't recommend staying for an entire week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the waterfront overlooking the magnificent Bay of San Miguel in the mere heart of down town. Surrounded by the commercial district, restaurants, bars, entertainment and the most prestigious dive shops.Extraordinary location for all tastes! ... more less
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