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Subic International Hotel
Ranked #18 of 18 Hotels in Olongapo
Makati, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here as a last resort because all the other hotels we inquired were fully booked.

Some notes:

First, the location is good. It's near the shopping centers and sports center. The beat restaurants are just a few blocks away.

Second, since we are a family of 4, we got a room with two queen size beds. Initially, they only allowed us to stay for a night. But when we insisted, they allowed us to use the room for 2 nights. Wrong move for us but atleast we didn't have to look around again.

Third, when we got to the room, it was huge. BUT, it was also very old. It feels like the carpets have not been vacuumed, tv only supported a few local channels, furnitures were......old.

Fourth, we came home late on our next day and found no towels on the rack. This room was for four people but they only provided two towels during our first night and none at all on our second night. When we requested for towels, they called us up to say that they left towels at the bathroom and asked us to re-check it.

Fifth, not a biggie but i still find it irritating, the lotion they left as part of the toiletries was half filled. Seems like one room did not use their lotion entirely, left the bottle in their room and the staff got that bottle and gave to us. Grrrr.

Sixth, parking space is no problem. They have a huge vacant lot in front of the hotel.

With other better hotels around, stay here only if you have no other choice.

Stayed April 2014
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Summit, New Jersey
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Stayed for about 12 hrs at this hotel (just for a night) because we lost electricity in our house. No complaints about the staff. Check in was a breeze. Rooms are huge compared to others. Beds are big (not Filipino-sized) but sagging. No bug-sightings.
Bathroom is fairly decent and clean. Sink area is separate. No issues with hot and cold water and water pressure. Very happy to see that they provide toiletries more than just the basic soap and shampoo. There was toothbrush and toothpaste, shower cap, etc. The entire hotel smelled good but it's undeniable that the hotel - including fixtures, furnitures, etc - is old and needs maintenance or an update.
Hotel stay includes breakfast for 2 which was sufficient and average. Neither bad, nor spectacular.
My biggest complaint is the air-conditioning - it did not work very well in both of our rooms (not cold enough for me). Called the front desk, said someone from engineering will come to fix but I already fell asleep and no one came. My sister switched rooms but...same thing...still not cold enough.
There are elevators which was a plus for me. A lot of other area hotels have 2 or 3 or 4 floors and do not have elevators.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

You can clearly see that it used to be a great hotel. But now the carpets are worn out and threadbare, the comfort rooms are stained and the bedroom smells old and not too clean. The staff were very friendly and accommodating while the guards at Bravo were very alert and attentive. Not too bad if you are alone but choose another hotel if you're bringing your family.

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Metro Manila, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2014

Stayed here last year when our friends invited us to Subic. They insisted on paying for our hotel and they chose this one so there was nothing we could do, it would've been rude to refuse. I didn't know how much their rates are until just now when I read some of the other reviews. I'm really surprised to find out it's in the 2.5-4K range. For that price, there are way better hotels in Subic. This one is not even worth it at 1-1.5K. Hell, if I wasn't worried about offending our friends, I wouldn't have stayed here even if it was for free.

It's one of the relics of Subic and it needs to be completely renovated or just shut down. It's the kind of place you'd expect to find in a ghost town - dark, old, musty, dank, tired, gloomy, dim, eerie, depressing. I've also learned from the other reviews that this place used to be a hospital?? That totally ups the creepy factor by about a thousand percent.

Probably the only positive thing about this place is the staff. It's obvious that they are doing their best to keep the place running. To be fair, the place was clean and seemingly well-maintained - everything ran properly, no leaks, no exposed wires, things weren't falling apart even though they're obviously very, very old, and there were no weird smells or anything like that. The restaurant staff, especially, were very friendly and accommodating. Oh, another positive (if it matters to you) is that it's very near the Harbor Point Mall. That being said, I still wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Greenacres, Florida
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183 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

The only thing I want here is there duty free. We went here for a company seminar, I don't like there function rooms, very far from the hotel room.food was ok, you have lot of place to see, need renovation the rooms, very far also from the front desk.

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We needed a budget hotel to stay overnight with a pool and near the malls. The closest was subic international hotel.
The good:
1. Prime location. Walking distance to harbourpoint ayala mall.
2. Fast checkin and checkout.
3. Friendly and courteous staff.
4. Budget. Deluxe starts at 2500 net with set breakfast in the bravo branch.
5. Pot of coffee only at P50. ( around a 1 usd) . Since i love coffee, this was important.
The not so good but not really bad ( if your not the icky type):
1. This was a hospital before. I couldn't help but think of what kind of cases were admitted at our room. Some infectious diseases? Im sure they cleaned up the place really good before transforming it to a hotel. I hope nobody died there but it wasn't really creepy.
2. It was so old. All the rooms needed to be refurbished badly . Again, we stayed in the bravo wing. The delta wing was not budget at all with rates starting at 4k a night.
3. The wifi was a ripoff at P500 for 24h and despite being expensive, it was so slow. Not good at all.
Overall, it was ok.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Heard stories that this hotel, both beta and delta building, were originally hospitals many years ago. Beta building, even if it's renovated, still has the hospital ambiance. From the layout of the frontdesk area, to the hallways and the room layout. The doors are quite heavy.

However, the delta buildings looks more modern(especially the lobby and the event hall) It also has a swimming pool and a large parking area. Room design is better and the blankets are thicker.

Location is great because both buildings are only a few blocks away from the Harbor Point Shopping Center

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Subic International Hotel
Address: Rizal cor. Sta. Rita Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, Luzon 2200, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Zambales Province > Olongapo
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 18 Hotels in Olongapo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Subic International Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 284
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