I spend a total of five days at Leyte Park Hotel in mid-October of 2011. Initially, I flew into Tacloban to meet a friend for 2 days, and then off to Cebu to visit a family I know there.
I found Leyte Park Hotel surprisingly comfortable. The large open lobby area with coffee and wine service overlooking the park area with free WiFi was really nice. So after Cebu I returned to Leyte Park Hotel for another three days.
That turned out to be a good choice for I was able to discover an even better way to enjoy Leyte Park Hotel. My first stay of two nights had been in what was hyped as the “best” remodeled and updated room; such rooms were stripped of the old-fashioned wood paneling and flooring, which had been replaced with stainless steel and vinyl. During my return I ventured into the older, mahogany- furniture, -floors and -walls. These were much better rooms, substantially cheaper than the modernized rooms and with cool tropical ambiance. I could find no negatives in these older un-remodeled facilities and many advantages.
The Leyte Park Hotel is an expansive, multi-unit resort situated in and really part of an extensive park area. For me, that was a real positive. As one who has visited Phils several times, I am not comfortable—i.e., feel my personal safety is at risk—walking alone too far outside of most hotels in Philippines. This is not an irrational fear as even my Filipino friends encourage me to always have company when I am outside of my hotel grounds.
Tacloban in general, and the Leyte Park area especially, does not have the sinister ambiance if found surrounding, for instance, the Manila Airport Hyatt or the Cebu City Marriott, both of which employ and prominently display, visibly armed guards and metal detectors screening of anyone entering the hotel. There must be reasons for elevated “security” and one should pay attention to cues that, well... maybe you too should be on alert. I have visited Philippines several times and consider myself fairly savvy about personal security (I met friends for coffee in the Cebu City Marriott lobby and right then and there vowed NEVER to stay in a hotel that made me feel as if I were arriving to meet inmates in a prison!) Pleasantly, you will not find your neck hairs standing on end in the vicinity of Leyte Park Hotel.
Tacloban Airport may be the best, most accessible airport in the Philippines. Small, friendly, simple, efficient: get off plane, pick up luggage, step directly outside into the parking lot where you will be surrounded by dozens of taxi and tricycle agents bidding to take you to the hotel. No hassles whatsoever. When I needed to modify my itinerary, a friend and I went right to Tacloban Airport and in 10 stress-free minutes, the very helpful clerks issued new tickets for no charge.
Anyone interested in Philippine culture and especially World War II history should visit Tacloban. The Leyte MacArthur Park Museum is inspiring; unfortunately, I had to leave Phils a few days before the anniversary celebration on 20th October. The Hotel Alejandro in downtown Tacloban has a great in-house museum. (Although the Alejandro is a nice hotel, it is downtown and
I enjoyed the Leyte Park Hotel restaurants, and I ate most lunches and all dinners there, sometimes alone and sometimes in company of friends. There was an excellent guitarist / singer performing in the main restaurant with whom I sang a few songs; very nice, very friendly.
There is free WiFi in the lobby area, which extends into a large outdoor patio that kinda blends into the park. I used that area to catch up on emails and chat with friends all over the world, all the while sipping coffee and enjoying the view of the park.
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- Also Known As:
- Leyte Park Hotel Tacloban
- Leyte Park Resort Hotel Tacloban, Leyte Island