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“Clean and Well-funished” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Essensa Inn

Essensa Inn
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Essensa Inn
Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Olongapo
Mariveles, Philippines
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24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Clean and Well-funished”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

The first thing i noticed when i entered the room is its classy furnishings and cleanliness of the room, it rivals that of 5 star hotels. you get this and complete toiletries for Php 1,500.00 on 24 hrs stay, breakfast included. There is a sealed glass window on top of the wall where natural light could come in. The shower in the room i rented is broken, i have to step back several times because the water gets very hot on its own.
The Pros: accessible.
The Cons: no wifi on rms.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Baitoy
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bacolod City, Philippines
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

It was far more than I expected in the photos and pics shown here. Kinda showroom for me. Cabinets do have smell that's why I kept it closed and big pillows scattered on it when I opened. No floor mats in case of drippings on the floor. You better asked for it. Low water at the lavatory (it's 4th floor anyways). Remote controls of tv and aircon doesn't function much. I stayed for 2days and extended another day but they just gave me 2 towels (duh). But still, I prefer to come back here and hope they improved their service the next time I visit. I even left them with the sweet smile of Bacolodbon and present specialties of Biscocho and Piaya. Hope they like it....But still thank you for accommodating.....God Bless!!!

Room Tip: Well, just love to be on the window side...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DaleMB
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

This hotel is a perfect choice for backpackers. For Php 800 per rm per nt you get a standard room. Its near SBMA gate - one jeep ride to SM Olongapo or 5mins if you brought your car. But there is all to it. Their front office service is poor. Their wifi in the room is only available for select guests - maybe those who paid more than me. So if you have paid only 800pesos you get a wifi only in the lobby. This is a total DESCRIMINATION!!! I encountered a receptionist who does not even smile when i pass by in the morning. No hot water in the room. And although this hotel is quite new, their ceiling and other amenities show wear and tear.Their bedsheets have a trace of blood . It says in their website there is a kitchenette but you have to pay for every usage.

I've seen their higher priced room and it's much more bigger than the standard room. So, if you have the budget go for the bigger room.

The only good thing about this hotel is their price and that;s it. Don't be mislead by what you see in their website. If you have no choice and budget is the only thing on your mind then this can be an option.

Room Tip: P.S. Do not get RM 405 - bed springs are are all knocked out, no good. you'll wake up with a bad...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank pechto
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Quezon City, Philippines
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81 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

first of all, you will be surprised at its price. P1500 for a nice room with 15 inch LCD, airconditioning, tasteful and i mean tasteful furnishings. wow. Its worth much more than that. its roomy enough, there is a cabinet, rainfall shower, hot water, shampoo conditioner toothbrush.. wow. AND FREE BREAKFAST!

The biggest downside is that the wifi is only available in the lobby, but there is an office where you can work 24-7. I saw the cheapest place in subic, which is herbie's mansion which is nowhere near this place. If this was inside subic, the room would be worth twice the price!

there is also limited parking, but there is a night guard in the first floor convenience store. The place is very near the LIONS HEAD and about 3 km from SBMA.

Room Tip: get one near the lobby for wifi coverage
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank thefilipinobulldog
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Baguio, Philippines
Level Contributor
20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

Inns are a hit and miss choice. This time we were very lucky. For the price you get a lot more than the basics at the higher standards than most with very helpful staff to boot. Relax at the roofdeck it sure is pretty. I wish all the inns are the same.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Chatocharles
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Zamboanga City
Level Contributor
27 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

My family and I, and some family friends were first time travellers to Subic and Olongapo so we were absolutely clueless of where to stay there. I was tasked to look for a place to stay there, and i just relied on pure research online. I chose this place primarily because it was amongst in the bracket of the affordable ones in that district. I managed to book 4 rooms online with no hassle and got confirmations. When we arrived there, we were treated nicely by their super friendly staff. The inn was situated on the second floor of the building, so you need to climb a flight of stairs to get there. The place had a spa-ish feel to it, but The rooms were small as to what I expected, but it was manageable, what is important is that it was very clean. The interiors were modern and the colors were very modern black-white feel. The bed was huge, comfy and clean. There was a fridge, a small flat tv, a water heater, complimentary coffee, etc. and breakfast. There's a small convenient store downstairs and a parking area for those who brought a ride, like we did. The staff were really accomodating to all our questions regarding the subic and olongapo and they were even the ones who suggested where to go, what to eat, what to try, etc. I would definitely stay here again, actually, I've been selling this place to friends who plan to go to subic and gapo.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank KathleenXy-za
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
67 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

The pictures on their website seem to be more what they are striving for and less what the reality is. In fact I'm not so sure that these pictures were taken on the actual property as I didn't see any of these images. In the end it's a cheap option, it's clean, they are friendly, parking was available, they bring you coffee and raisin bread in the morning, and if you don't need deluxe accommodations it's a great value. They make a good attempt at making it zen, but fall short. First off, the room I stayed in was no where near the size represented, I saw no view and the window was so small I looked for an alternate means of escaping in case of fire. The neighborhood is very "local" which might be ok depending on what you're going for. If you need a break from the Philippines, don't stay here - if you want to feel like you're in the Philippines and/or need clean and cheap accommodation, then I recommend it. The neighborhood is clean-ish and didn't seem unsafe and there is a lot of activity. They have tvs, aircon and hot water which for this price, in the Philippines, is a good value.

Room Tip: Ask to stay in the room that they show on their website lol
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank AlaskaChick66
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Property: Essensa Inn
Address: E 18th St and Fontaine St, Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Zambales Province > Olongapo
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Ranked #16 of 18 Hotels in Olongapo
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