The Kookoo's Nest is an awesome place to go if you like to be away from mass tourism. Run by an English couple, it has around six beautiful cottages at the beach. From November to April it is perfectly protected from wind; the cottages are built into the little bay, blended in with nature. The food is excellent (and it's HARD to find good food in most places in the Philippines)!!! Self-made yoghurt, home-baked bread, fruits, vegetarian options... yum! There are many children, but it's not a noisy place. My baby daughter loved playing and swimming with the six labradors (or Golden Retriever? I'm so bad with dog races. They're big and golden and sweet).
Scuba and snorkeling is available and the marine environment is awesome.
The whole place is outstanding. It also has a vast bamboo library, so a weary traveller can find some new material to read.
Decided to book in this hotel because of Hedz, the very amiable sales agent who convinced me that their hotel was better than the rest, and their rate although higher is worth it. When we entered our room, it was very much to our liking. it was spacious, big enough for 4 pax. There was a matrimonial bed, a single bed and 2 mattresses for the 4th member of our group. There was a dresser, Cable TV, a mini-bar with free coffee and tea.
We went out everyday and found our clean room with fresh linens very inviting after a tiring day!
I was skeptical at first since Hotel Palwa had no frontage and the entrance to their lobby was thru a side entrance behind a travel agency and bank. But once inside, the front desk people were very charming and nice. There was no elevator when we were then Aug 2010 but I hear one is in the works, expected to be complete by Nov 2010.
The bed was good and the decor ok. The location was very convenient since it was beside a convenience store and several restaurants. Amenities are not complete; only soap and toilet paper. At least towels were clean and not so thin.
The place is new as of 2010 so the sheets and towels are still white, clean and fluffy. The room is quite comfortable. However the bed was hard. Not hard as wood but hard in the way that there is no give when you sit or lie down. It was ok for us since we only stayed a night. I don't know how that would've affected our health if we stayed more nights. Aside from the bed, it is a charming hotel.
We had a great experience with El Dorado last weekend. The place is sooo nice. Though we booked in a standard room, but we had our meals upgraded/full-boarded. And that was the best deal ever! Our room is clean and cozy. The surrounding is perfect for couples (or even with friends). Food is fantastic. Great customer service.
What makes this resort unique is that they have cultural dance show every Wednesdays, Mondays and Saturdays! That was ages ago when I last saw dancers performing Tinikling, Philippines' national dance.
The place is nice and quiet. They clean the rooms everyday. They even provide toothpaste aside from the usual soap and shampoo. hehehe... ;)
They have a restaurant so if you don't feel like going out you can have your meals there.
The front desk can also help you with your travel needs.
The hotel is in front of the bay so make sure to reserve for a room facing the bay to have a nice view. They do have rooms without any windows :(
This is a great place to stay in Dumaguete especially for those on a budget.
A dorm type room with cable tv, phone, aircon and toilet/bathroom good for 6 persons costs Php250/ person.
The double room with tv, phone, aircon and toilet/bathroom costs Php605.
The location is strategic. Walking distance to most of the places in the city.
The place is clean, the staff are friendly and there is an all day coffee service. They also serve free breakfast of toast and coffee. And there is free wifi for those who can't live without the internet.
The hotel also has contacts for other activities such as dolphin watching in Bais, and sightseeing in and around Dumaguete.
Adjacent to the building is a Dive shop, Scuba Ventures where you can book your diving and snorkeling activities in Apo and nearby dive sites.
Coco Grande Hotel is a Mexican style red brick wall hotel located right in the heart of Dumaguete close to Silliman University. It is conveniently located near the commercial district, handy for dining, shopping and nightlife as well as diving in nearby Apo Island.
The hotel has a piano bar and lounge as well as a coffee shop and fine dining restaurant offering Filipino, Mexican, and various European specialties.
I loved the ambiance and decor at this hotel, with antique furniture, paintings and wallhangings giving the place a unique, distinctly Filipino atmosphere. Prices are very reasonable, and thumbs up to the helpful staff too.
I have stayed at the 'Check Inn' the hotel is about 4 blocks west from the Bethel Inn. This past November 2007 when I stayed there the rates were 800 to 1000pesos are about $20 to $25 USA money; hot and cold showers, cold air con, 24 hour security, internet connection and restaurant, almost like home :) here is the email address I found on my receipt: email@example.com and cell number is 0928-217-8788 (remember is your using a cell phone to put the '0' in otherwise it will not work) I would also suggest if you arrive in the city before 1pm, just go to the McDonalds which is two doors from the Bethel Hotel, its kind of a hang out for the Americans there, and they are very friendly and will be happy to make other suggestions to you as well. Good luck and enjoy the 'City of Friendly People'
we stayed at a friend's resthouse in bacong, dumaguete. the place was perfect for the big group of divers that we were. they did not have scuba diving facilities (it's a family resthouse), but we sure had great fun staying with them. the kids enjoyed the wide open grass area & the jacuzzi!
food was great! filipino-chinese cooking is a real treat!
we stayed for free! it's nice to have friends like our generous host.
My bro-in-law recommended this place. I don't know why - seems very ordinary. In fact ordinary would be good. This was less than that. He said "Mention my name." I did. They said "Who?"
Air conditioner - despite running at maximum it was unable to reduce the room temperature by more than about three degrees. Cleaning would probably help - several years of grime and crud must reduce the efficiency of the heat exchanger.
Television - totally worn out, so we just watched shadows. And no controller.
Shower - not very hot.
Twin room cost a lot more than a double. Why?
Lots of food on offer, but basically restricted to tuna sandwich made of some sort of French toast (sweet). And in the evening the cook went home at 6pm, so no chance of dinner.
I was all set to move somewhere else, but my companion had had enough of moving hotels - three in eight days poor dear.
Very ordinary. Less than.
Aside from being so remote (47 kms away from the airport and 8 kms of which is in dirt road and winding to almost the other side of the mountain), the place is perfect for those who want some privacy. If you have kids, they'd ask "Are we there yet?"
The $20/van/one way transfer might also prove discouraging for small groups.
There are several accommodations to fit your budget (as of Nov. 2007, prices quoted here are for foreigners. For local/balikbayan rates, call Anale at (63) 920-947-6373).
Cabanas - the cheapest of all accommodations
Garden view cottages - $90. This is where I stayed at because I checked in on a local holiday and no other room is available. No TV here, waah!
Sea view and deluxe cottages- $110-140 ; outdoor jacuzzis and TV
Presidential and Executive Suite - $220-275
Pool villas are the priciest - $450. You have your own swimming pool so it's perfect for honeymooners!
Local residents will enjoy local prices too. :-)
2 other pools - all of which are of seawater.
Waldo's bar is perched on a cliff with a view of the ocean and it's crashing waves. If you choose to dine in the bar, you'd pay additional 10% because they usually serve meals in the pavilion. What's 10% if you can enjoy the ocean breeze and gaze at the sunrise!
During peak season, the staff of the hotel would give a presentation of local dances, like tinikling and pandanggo sa ilaw (with lighted candles on top of the dancers' heads and held on both hands). We were lucky to watch such a presentation because it was the owner's 70th bday celebration!
Sunset cruise aboard a trimaran is available - ask for the schedule.
Our stay was very comfortable. We spent 4 days and 3 nights in an aircon-double room. The room has clean bathrooms, may each rooms has it's own veranda, too! They also serve free coffee (or tea) 24/7, with free breakfast (toast with a choice of peanut butter, orange marmalade or strawberry jam). Free internet access for 30 minutes (they'll charge you extra in excess). Unlimited access if you have a wireless-capable laptop.
I also think the place has a pool. The brochure also says nightly dvd showing and free playstation use. We had so many places to go and we didn't have enough time to avail of the other perks of the hostel. :)
Also, it's near enough the commercial centers (walking distance) but far enough to be disturbed by the noise.
The inn is located within the city proper and easily accessible to the church, public market, fast food joints, internet shops, department stores. In fact, at its doorstep is Quezon Park and a good 2 blocks away from the famous Rizal Blvd. bay walk. Also within 5-10 mins. walking distance are bars and fine dining restos.
It also has an in-house cafeteria, internet stations, and next door is a travel agency that provides services for local tours.
Since there were 3 of us, we booked a family room as we prefer a room that can accommodate us without putting in an extra bed. The spacious airconditioned room consists of a matrimonial bed and a single bed with own T/B, hot-cold shower, color TV, phone, and mini-bar. Instead of the standard built-in closet, the room provides an antique stand-alone closet with full-length mirror. Also part of the room rate are the complimentary airport pick-up and daily breakfast.
The downside is that the family room does not have windows and we had a minor problem with the clogged sink that slows down water drain. Despite these, we had a comfortable stay mainly attributable to the friendliness, hospitality and helpfulness of the hotel staff.
I was surprised to find that they have a scenic elevator that faces Rizal Park.
We didn't stay here but the family that joined us in the tour stayed here. According to them, the place is very new (can still smell the paint :) and their rates is just P800 per night with breakfast. They're quite happy with the place.
I checked this again and I was told that they even have P650 per night aircon rooms.
New and clean. Very cheap. Centrally located in Dumaguete City so transportation in going around is no problem.
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