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Hotel Camila 2
Ranked #3 of 21 Dipolog B&B and Inns
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Definitely good deal! got it booked via Agoda.com..not too painful in the pocket..easy check-in and -out! nearly close to everything in the city..tourist attractions, restaurant, the famous Montanos Spanish sardines factory and a lot more..

Room Tip: choose the pool side room..it's quieter..
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

Hotel Camila 2 is the newest, if not the most luxurious hotel, in Dipolog City. The rooms are large and clean, but the comfort rooms (bathrooms) are a bit on the small side. I stayed in a Superior room for 1500 Php per night. The room had a double and a twin bed, air conditioning, a 21" color TV w/cable, a mini fridge, and a balcony. In my room, the air conditioner was located over the door to the balcony. It had to be operated by a remote control, and was a little noisy.

The Superior and Business class rooms are located on the quieter, back of the hotel, away from the road. Their balconies overlook the hotel's yard and swimming pool, with views of Mount Linabo. The Superior an Business Class rooms have the same floorplan and setup, with a few notable differences. The Business Class rooms are located on the upper floors, feature indoor/outdoor carpeting in place of vinyl tile floors, and the shower is replaced with a small tub/shower. For me, I couldn't see spending an extra 480 Php per night for these features.

The staff was pleasant and friendly. They were always eager to greet you with a smile. Just be careful if you need to have your laundry done. My fiancée convinced me to let the hotel do my wash. Since they don't have an electric dryer, this turned into a three day affair. Line drying in the humid, and often rainy, Philippines can be risky. One of my new shirts came back destroyed. I initially thought that they had ruined it in the washing machine, or by hand laundering it. The staff decided that rats must have chewed on it, and assumed I would understand that this was an implied risk. Eventually, they agreed to repay me my purchase cost. At the Top Plaza Hotel, my clothes were sent out to a professional laundry, arrived back the next morning, and cost about a third as much.

The hotel's lobby and hallways are not air conditioned. Only the rooms and restaurant are climate controlled. The Turnpike restaurant is reasonably priced by American standards, but like any hotel establishment, a bit pricey compared to local eateries. The food is basic, with few pretensions. On the weekend, live music is often featured. Free WiFi is available in the restaurant, and can also be accessed from the adjoining lobby.

One annoying feature, in order to save energy, the room's power is shut off anytime the room key is removed from its holder. The hotel did not bother to wire a separate circuit for the mini-fridge, so it is shut down every time you leave the room. This renders the refrigerator virtually useless.

This hotel is about 2 km from the city's center. Motorcabs (motorcycles with attached 3-4 person covered sidecars) are easily flagged down, and the staff is ready to assist with hailing one. Motorcabs into the city cost 7 Php per person. The hotel's location is fairly quiet and serene, but makes walking around town a bit difficult. I ended up changing hotels to one that was more centrally located. Staying at the Camila 2 makes walking a less viable option, and forces you to use motorcabs..

Hotel Camila 2 is one of the few hotels in Dipolog with a swimming pool. I never got the chance to use it, but it looked clean, and families with children will find this a big plus. The hotel's back yard is also available for functions and wedding receptions.

The Hotel Camila 2 is a pleasant place to stay, but I personally preferred the location and amenities offered at the Top Plaza Hotel. The Top Plaza is a few blocks from Dipolog Boulevard/Seawall and a much easier walk to all the best shopping. If you value your quiet, and would enjoy a swimming pool, I can recommend staying at Camila 2. It is one of the top three of four hotels in Dipolog, but may be a bit inconveniently located for some travelers.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Hi-way Lower Turno, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindanao > Zamboanga Peninsula > Zamboanga del Norte > Dipolog
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Dipolog
Price Range: £21 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Camila 2 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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