Centrally located in Davao City, everything is within a short reach : Wharf, Malls, Churches, Aldevinco, Ateneo de Davao, restaurants, sights, etc. Rooms are beautifully and comfortably appointed. Beautiful views of the mountains, Davao Gulf and the city depending on where your room faces. Lobby Lounge and Eagles Bar located on the ground floor offer relaxing music and drinks for weary travelers. Security is tight such as one gets frisked everytime one enters the hotel. Security takes note of plate numbers of taxicabs for everyone's protection which is a plus. Downside is there are still no free wifi connection in any part of the hotel. You need to pay P500 for 24 hours internet connection in your room.
First class hotel with sprawling 560-room complex. Fantastically spacious including the rooms and the whole hotel area shaded in a coconut tree lined property. Service teams were very attentive to guests' needs. The place was so quiet i almost missed my schedule on things to do. Buffet breakfast should not be missed!
Great place to go swimming in their large oval pool. Beachfront great to go walking on, of jog around the property, of go sunbathing. Place surely suited for families, group trips, or conferences. Beach not great as sand is gray. Tribal weaving, i learned, are during weekdays only.
Humberto's is a quaint little hotel at Davao downtown area but not so downtown-type since it's located in a residential street about 2 blocks from the land-marked Marco Polo hotel and Aldevinco Shopping area. It's a homey 3-story place and give the feeling of a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel. Staff are very friendly and place very neat and clean. Will stay there again when i go back to Davao.
Hotel has an in-house restaurant that offers asian cuisine. Not much view since its in the downtown area, not much parking except the side of the road. No pool, no garden. Free wifi service at the lobby and restaurant.
A great place to stay, with great accomodating staff and very flexible too. great food and a great view.
I think one thing unique or kinda weird or absurd is that there's a sign at the beach that says "No Swimming"? kinda makes me wonder. the beach looks great the water is clear yet there's this pretty out of place sign... :)
The hotel is the tallest hotel /landmark (18 floors) in Davao City, and even the whole Mindanao.
It is also relatively new, got great lobby and five star hotel amenities.
I like this hotel very much, very competitive price, great buffet breakfast @ Cafe Marco, rooms are huge, and have a view of the city.
Next to the hotel is the Aldivenco Shopping Center :-) really cool place for shopping of batik and local crafts..
The hotel got a swimming pool. Several restaurants with great view of the city.
The lobby is huge, and got an eclectic feel to it, mostly Muslim inspired, even got a local weaver weaving tinalak.
Drifter's was recommended to me as convenient for travelling to Samal Island. It is a small, clean and friendly hotel with all the facilities that you need (including tea and coffee and kettle in the room, which you are used to in the UK, but don't always find in the Philippines).
There is a clean pool, well-stocked bar and a good varied menu of English, Philippino, and pasta/pizza dishes.
Drifter's is out of the city, but we took a taxi there easily for less than 150-200P (about £2-3). Very handy for the ferry to Samal Island.
Bert, the English owner and his family were very friendly and on hand to give advice on where to visit.
Good sized rooms with clean towels and beds made up each day. Sky TV, Air Con, en-suite bathroom, fridge (beers, water soft drinks) and 24 hour security.
If you email Drifter's, they will book rooms for you and pay when you arrive. You don't often find this trusting attitude now. Very good prices: 1400pesos per night.
I stayed at Josefina this past April 2008 for one week. My experience there was just fine. I rented 2 rooms for me, my girl and her 2 kids as well as another room for other family members. The owner was nice over the phone and upon meeting her in person, I found her to be very nice. Perhaps it's just the nice guy in me, but I had no problems. The location was perfect and the rooms were basically fine. Upon checkout, the owner pointed out I overpaid and promptly gave me a refund of the difference in cash! She also helped me with airline reservations for me back to Manila (saved me a few pesos, too). I intend to stay there again next April 2009, but it would be nice to secure larger accommodations.
Across the street from NCCC Mall. Internet cafe located a few feet from the main entrance. A small bank branch located a few feet from the main entrance. Walking distance to a nice KTV Bar and Restaurant.
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