Way back when the Bacolod airport was along Araneta St., Sugarland Hotel was very conveniently placed. It was so close to the airport that the top floor had to be demolished so that there wouldn't be any danger for low-flying planes.
Today, when the modern new airport is 30 minutes away, the hotel seems oddly placed. There are no "tourist-y" places nearby. It is some distance from the malls, markets and commercial areas.
But, the hotel itself is beautiful. The lobby is light, airy and quietly dignified, decorated with the iconic sugarcane plants (The main product of the island of Negros is sugarcane). The bar that is off the lobby is likewise decorated with interesting interior details (specifically, an interest wall in plaster).
There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel but the signal is strongest in the lobby and by the poolside. The food choices on the menu are commendable--comfort food mixed with some dishes that were tweaked by their chef. Their frozen iced tea is perfect for a hot summer day. They have a selection of delicious desserts that can satisfy any sweet tooth.
The rooms are clean and functional. The rooms are pretty but definitely have an "old world" charm. There is cable TV in each room but the room itself is on the dark side because of the dark wood furniture.
The reception staff is very pleasant and also very helpful. Both check-in and check-out are easy. This hotel is easily the best hotel in Bacolod. The competition hotels are either in overly-commercial areas with overly-busy lobbies (not the kind of escape one wants) or too isolated with an odd in-city resort feel.
Downsides: limited parking and location. This is especially so when there is a function in the ballroom. Hotel guests who come back from a day of shopping or eating may find themselves out of a parking slot. But even that does not change my opinion about Sugarland Hotel being the best hotel in Bacolod City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugarland Hotel is a Bacolod landmark. It has 83 new rooms and 5 new suites. All rooms are well appointed with individual safes, coffee mixing trays, mini-bar, and 24-hour room service to name a few. Enjoy fantastic food at the new TWIST Cafe or at the poolside bar & grill. Relax; take a dip in the brand new swimming pool. WIFI service is free at the cafe, lobby, and at the poolside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugarland Hotel Bacolod