-Harold's Ecolodge is located in the town of Valencia, 20 min ride from Dumaguete City
-Harold's Mansion in Dumaguete owns Harold's Ecolodge in Valencia
-If you plan to stay in Dumaguete City for a few days, render at least a night in Valencia and stay at Harold's Ecolodge
-Though distant from the town center, Ecolodge may be compared as to being one of the tourist spots already
-One will pass by Ecolodge going to the famous Casaroro Falls
-The place is very quiet at night, cold and most spots are dark but very safe
-The caretaker and his family are very visible at any time of the day and night and never leave the premise, on call 24 hours
-Harold's Ecolodge has a huge reception, eating area and play area at the same time
-You can play pool for free, prepare your food in the kitchen at no charge or drink beer all night for minimal charge
What Harold's Ecolodge does not have as of the moment?
-No menu, meaning no food to order
-Better bring something ready to eat from the tour or check out some small sari-sari stores nearby (mini groceries) for something you can cook at the lodge (eggs, noodles, etc.)
-They have a fridge full of beer bottles anyway, no need to worry for the night (Php50 each)
-Enclosed native cottages on stilts
-No wi-fi, no A/C, no electric fans, no TV, shared T&B but surrounded by trees, an organic farm and fruit bearing plants (no hot shower, but can request a bucket from the kitchen)
-It is cold during daytime even without fans and more freezing cold at night, perhaps because the elevation is much higher than Dumaguete City
-I can only upload 5 photos into this tip, you may check out other pictures from separate tips that I will write about Harold's Ecolodge
As of Year 2013
-Harold's Ecolodge has 4 cottages, 3 private for Php500 (each) per night good for 2 pax
-The remaining cottage is a dorm type (mix) with 2-double deck beds that costs Php200 per pax
-If there is a Robinsons Mall - rise of the a GO Hotel is possible. The mall brand owner runs all GO Hotels as well (currently 6 in different Philippine destinations)
-Booked a room in advance and paid a little over Php500 per room per night (good for 2 pax) / 500Php = 12USd as of this writing
-Clean sheets, towels, private T&B and medium-sized room with a/c and cable TV
-Best part is the SAFE provision in each room and the use of electronic key card
Other GO Hotels in the Philippines:
1.) Mandaluyong - Metro Manila
2.) Otis - Metro Manila
3.) Puerto Princesa, Palawan (I booked my parents here last year when they visited the underground river and said to be very satisfied as well)
4.) Bacolod City - Negros Occidental
5.) Tacloban City - Leyte (been here last Nov 2012)
6.) Dumaguete City - Negros Oriental (June 2013)
-Read somewhere that GO Hotels in Iloilo City and another one in Metro Manila - beside Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas will rise very soon!
-If you are not looking for a swim pool and much luxury and all that matters is to have a good rest, try GO Hotels
-Just do not avail of their breakfast offers - eat somewhere else
-It takes a lifetime for the kitchen staffs to prepare a meal - happened in Go Hotels Tacloban and Puerto Princesa - did not avail of it this time at Dumaguete
It's in the most strategic location in Dumaguette, just in front of Rizal Blvd. From the hotel window, you can directly see the beach and giant accacia trees. Easy access to everywhere since it's in the heart of the city, 5 min walking to the famous Silliman University.
we stayed in bahia de bais primarily because it was free for 2 nights and since we were on a budget we decided to accept the offer. but after staying there i wouldn't really recommend the place to anybody unless you want to be totally isolated from the rest of the world during your trip. for one the hotel is located on top of a hill and not accessible by ordinary transportation. the hotel doesn't provide a shuttle service so unless you have your own car or have arranged transpo it will be very hard for you to leave and return to the hotel on any given time. second, other than a t.v. (that has only 2 local channels) in the dining area the hotel doesn't have any t.v. in the rooms. nor does it have any other recreational facilities (i.e. swimming pool). third, the place is a bit rundown (i.e. old). fourth, the hotel isn't exactly surrounded by other eating establishments so you won't have any other choice but to eat in its "restaurant" which can be very expensive. i could go on but there isn't much space. but just think, all this for P800 a night is definitely not worth it.
bahia de bais' saving grace is the magnificent view of bais bay that they offer and their friendly and accomodating staff.
we initially checked out bethel guest house but because we were on a budget we found the hotel a bit on the expensive side. thankfully our habal-habal suggested an alternative, the gazebo inn along cervantes st. we checked out the place and found it not bad at all. it was still at the city center near the cathedral, boulevard and public market which was what mattered. most of all the place was clean and decent, the staff accomodating. aside from that their rooms were cheap and came with complimentary breakfast. for a room with a double bed costs P700 per night and the room comes with its own hot and cold shower, t.v. closet and aircon. bed was comfortable and sheets were clean. bathroom was clean and everything was functioning well. we were quite happy with our find.
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