The inn's perfect location and cheap price is the best come-on of Sampaguita. I'm a budget traveller and these two are main reasons why I chose to stay here.
-located in the downtown area; close to everything
-easy commute to anywhere because of location
BUT, as the title says, if you can afford to pay an additional P200 or more for a more decent and secure lodging, do so and avoid this place.
Sampaguita Inn has no security parameters and the receptionists' attitude are very lousy. They are all wearing make-up maybe as a requirement by the management for them to look presentable but they badly needed to be trained in customer relations. Maybe it's because this inn caters to poorer [?] travellers that's why they don't look enthusiastic in dealing with clients. It always seem as if they have better things to do [such as talking to one another] than answer queries. Without exaggerating, The receptionists were really masungit. But the cleaners are very nice and accommodating. A simple smile would sometimes suffice.
As I've already mentioned, Sampaguita has no security measures. They only have the security guard at the entrance BUT for you to be able to get your key, all you need to do is to go to the counter, dictate your room number and voila, the room key is handed to you. No questions asked.
So if someone is out to steal some things, they can just very well do that.
This is a very serious issue because after a few days, I tried checking in here again. I already filled out the form and was given a room key [the room number is 219]. As I opened the door, here's what I saw/felt: A black trolley suitcase that was opened, a cold room because the A/C was turned on, a laptop with the power on lying on the bed. SO, IF YOU VALUE YOUR THINGS, DON'T CHECK IN HERE.
I went back down and told the lady that the room was already occupied. She checked her records then told me that there are no more rooms available indeed. I walked a few meters and there's the old Sampaguita Inn. Fortunately, they weren't fully booked and I was able to get a room from the nice clerk [the first receptionist I saw smile] and was able to rest peacefully. Not. Because there were a lot of cockroaches. :) I saw 3. At least the air-conditioner was working. :)
To the management: what happened to me was a very serious security lapse. If I were a bad person I would've taken 219's gadget.
Oh. The thing I liked best about this place is that they serve free water. Cold water.
- Also Known As:
- Sampaguita Tourist Inn Davao/Davao City