Lantaka Hotel

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Ns Vallderoza St., Zamboanga, 7000, Philippines

2 Reviews

Lantaka Hotel
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Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 57% more than similarly rated 2 star hotels

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  • Families62
  • Couples50
  • Solo63
  • Business42
  • Standard Room needs quality care too!


    We booked two standard rooms with the price per room is 2,212 Phil. pesos per night. The room we stayed is very disappointed. The pillow is very hard and it give you neck pain. The T.V. is very old and some parts is broken, head board fallen apart,flush toilet does not work properly and aircon leaking. We couldn't sleep in morning due to street noise eventhough they gave us sea view. No elevator,old smelled buliding. Same complaints also from my relative that their room needs lots of improvement.
    The good things I can give from the security,helper,room service and some from the receptionist.
    As they told me the rooms that will give too me is newly renovated but still in old building. I made a research and found Grand Astoria hotel is less expensive but their standard room will give a good satisfaction to their clients. If they don't give important about my disappointed experienced at Lantaka ,this will be my first and last stay with this type of hotel. Next time I will stay at Orchid Garden Hotel or Grand astoria hotel if will visit zamboanga city. The rooms needs lots of improvements are 202,206,208 and so on...

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    Lantaka Hotel of Today


    The Lantaka Hotel of yesteryears was a well run hotel with courteous and friendly staff. I am talking about the time when Mr. Reyes was running the show. It was a home away from home where you feel the genuine hospitality of the staff which makes a hotel as it should be.All these seem to be gone now and mere memories in the recesses of my mind.

    All these nostalgia was what encouraged me to recommend the hotel to my friends visiting Zamboanga City for the first time and booked a suite at the 4th floor located in the new wing overlooking the sea, which is supposed to be one of the best rooms. I still love the hotel and if given the chance, wld restore it to its former glory as a proper hotel. But I cannot help comment about the incompetence, inefficiency and unprofessional staff who seem to think that they are running a pension house and treat their guests like some cheap travellers.The air-con to the room sold to my guests wasnt working on the first day and the pipeline for the hot and cold shower never worked throughout the 5 days stay despite daily promises and each time my guests found themselves dozing off tired from waiting, without having a chance to take their shower. My guests backed out about the prospect of transferring to a cheaper room located in the old wing, with a working air-con when they were horrified to see a couple of cockroaches crawling around corners of the room they were about to transfer and retreated to the original room.Never mind the heat.

    My 2 guests sharing the suite were provided with only a single small bar of soap and when they asked housekeeping for a packet of coffee and hot water in the room was told to go down in the coffee shop to get it themselves. Of course, this rattled the old woman who is a world traveller as she was not used to this level of hospitality from a supposedly 3 Star Hotel or trying to be.Not sure anymore if there are any stars left. Of course, their room was never cleaned nor their beds fixed with clean sheets for up for 4 days already. All these complaints were made at the front desk and reported to management. But, adding insult to injury, when one morning after their 3rd night, as they were about to leave for another tour, my guests were asked by the front desk man to check-out from the hotel when my guests requested for a discount because they were not provided with the facilities that they were paying for. My guests refused to check out of the hotel because they have booked the suite days before their arrival. It was then we decided to complain to the Department of Tourism next door about the shabby treatment of my guests and the shabby treatment they received. I had to apologize to my guests about the embarrassing situation. We left for another tour anyway and ignored the front desk's demand. However, the room was all made up, the bed sheets changed and the soap dish overflowing with soap when my guests came back from the tour. Apparenlty, they decided to give my guests a better treatment upon learning that they were VIPs connected with a very powerful institution who could send them to Kingdom come.Now that is discrimination. First the shoddy treatment if you are a nobody and a King if you are somebody. Now I understand why old-timers no longer patronize the hotel. I have just been absent too long and lived in the past.The hotel needs a major major overhaul or maybe, they are better off transferring to Bolong and learn how to fish. The ambiance is incomparable but I will never ever recommend this hotel until they put their acts together. It is an embarrassment and reflects on the character of the Zamboanguenos.

    Unique Quality: Ambiance and location.

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by DanCerdena about LANTAKA HOTEL BY THE SEA

Lantaka Hotel is among the oldest hotels in the city but centrally located where from you can walk to the City Hall, Fort Pilar, Zamboanga Museum, Pershing Park, the Ferry Terminal and the shopping areas. Try to request rooms on the first floor overlooking the swimming pool for better views. Rooms are basic and simple. Apart from its very good location, they have a swimming pool, bar with a view of the ocean and a good restaurant serving local and international cuisine.


by DanCerdena about LANTAKA HOTEL BY THE SEA

Lantaka Hotel has good facilities like a swimming pool, a bar overlooking the sea, good restaurant serving local and international dishes and an in house travel agency. Try and request for a room overlooking the swimming pool for better views. Walking distance to the Historic Fort Pilar, the Ferry terminal. Pershing Park, City Hall and the shopping areas.

Historic hotel by the sea

by Ric about Lantaka Hotel

Unlike most of the tourist hotels which are on the road to the airport, this hotel is at the seashore, within walking distance to the downtown area, and in the historic Spanish area that includes Fort del Pilar. This is a comfortable older hotel with A/C, high celings, a lot of wood, and definitely not a cookie-cutter Hilton or Radisson type. The dining facilities are al fresco overlooking the channel between Zamboanga and the neighboring island of Basilan (currently notorious for the Abu Sayef). The staff is extremely efficient and genteel. It is an unhurried spot that doesn't try to hustle tourists.

Hotel by the Sea

by yellowbell about Lantaka Hotel

This is not a new hotel but it's main selling point is it's commanding view of the sea. The seaside rooms have porches where you can see the wharf and the sea. On a Friday night, there is a live band playing in it's poolside restaurant.

Rooms are old but clean and spacious.

The hotel will pick you up and/or bring you to the the airport for P75/person/one way.

Shampoo is not provided for, only soap. The hotel has a rarely used large swimming pool set amidst coconut trees.

Right outside the hotel's restaurant are sellers of pearls (6 am - 6 pm). The pearls are real and come pretty cheap.

Also, outside the hotel are travel agencies and tour operators.

Good old luxury!

by dindo_m about Lantaka Hotel By The Sea

While I have stayed at other accommodation facilities in Zamboanga City, being back at this place is still a welcome respite to make feel a real vacation.

Service is still the same prompt and friendly, the facilities are vintage but kept to standard, food may not be fancy with those tongue-twisting names but still delectable worthy of a hotel. Their thick and tasty hot chocolate should probably be the hotel's signature!

The rooms are spacious with big glass windows and a terrace for a good view of the sea and the pier. You can watch those fastcrafts come and go right from your room. Looking beyond also gives you a hint of the famed Sta Cruz Island. Bathrooms have tubs if you want to laze around in that department. I just wish they'll put in some kind of exhaust things in there so it doesn't become truly a spa during hot showers!

Fridays and Saturdays there are bands or acoustic singers who will hum you songs during dinner as you look out to little lights flickering in the sea. There are even some little nipa huts where you can privately enjoy your dinner or drinks.

The basement has a travel agency that can arrange tours and the lobby has a free wireless broadband internet if you crave to surf. Then again the whole facility is wi-fi friendly! This is one of the few places in the city that has a swimming pool. And the only hotel with a good view of the sea (from the room, the restaurant, the bar or the pool).

Call it unique, this vintage of a place also has a vintage crew! Yes, most of their service personnel seem to be older than usual! :)

Seen Better Times

by XF2009 about Lantaka by the Sea (Zamboanga)

While researching for hotels in Zamboanga, I came across a name that I remembered from many, many years back growing up--Lantaka Hotel in Zamboanga. I remember it being 'upscale', and people back then considered it a "high-class" hotel. Well, times have changed. Although there was hardly anything on the hotel online on how to reserve (no website, no email, no nothing), I called the facility directly and booked a room.

I arrived on a nice, sunny day in early August (2009) in Zamboanga and was picked up by the hotel's van (a good deal for P75 so better to pre-arrange it as the tricycles and jeeps can gouge you), and found the place to be in a fairly nice neighborhood near the city hall, Fort Pilar, and the downtown shopping district.

The hotel itself is very old, and is in dire need of an upgrade. The lobby was dark (which was okay), and had traditional decors and two large wilted flowers in big vases. It was warm--due to poor insulation (gaps in the entry doors), the airconditioning could hardly keep up. The hallways to the room was dark and hot (no a/c). The scent and darkened hallways reminded me of the Bablyon Hotel in Baghdad when I worked in that city.

The room itself was very big, and had a nice view of the pool. It is however a throwback to the 70's--parkay flooring, old rattan and wooden furnitures, thin sheets and towels. There were no other amenities other than a phone and small bars of soap--no tourist guide maps, hotel information, shampoo, etc. Nonetheless, the room had everything I need--a somewhat working A/C (either the room was too big for it to completely cool, or it just wasn't up to the task), an electric fan, a comfortable bed, and decent bathroom.

The pool is nice and inviting, and it's just a stones' throw away from the ocean (not swimmable). The gardens in the back are nice as well.

As for other amenities, I didn't try the restaurant as I thought it was overpriced for this type of hotel (4-star prices for a 1 1/2 star hotel). There is a P55/day (7am to 7am the next day--don't know why) charge for wireless Internet, but you can only access it from the lobby OR the restaurant. They will let you sit down in the restaurant if you have your laptop with you. Decent pool, nice quiet location near Fort Pilar, City Hall, and downtown shopping. People at the hotel are incredibly friendly.


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Lantaka Hotel & Safety

by sgmjb


I plan to travel to Zamboanga in mid August and stay at Lantaka Hotel.

Could someone who know help me with the following questions :

1. Is Lantaka a safe hotel to stay ?

2.Are the restaurants and other facilities at Lantaka well patronized by locals so much so that its too crowded at times ?

3. Can we depend on the hotel to provide a safe airport pickup and drop off service ?

4.Are there any reliable and reputable spa/massage service around the vicinity of Lantaka Hotel.

5.I would like a single room facing the sea and the pool.Which floor would be the best to ask for ?

6.What are good eating joints around Lantaka ( any time of Filipino, Western, Japanese etc )

7.Can anyone recommend some names of companies that provide a care rental service ( with driver ) , reputable company with competitive rates to move around Zambonga instead of using tricycles

Re: Lantaka Hotel & Safety

by PinoyTraveler

let me answer you per item as enumerated above:

1. yes (the police and city hall is a walk away)
2. only weekend lunches and dinners but not too crowded
3. yes
4. yes
5. second floor (you can see the pool & fast craft pier)
6. make it "around zamboanga since everything is relatively near)
7. the travel agency at lantaka (lower ground floor)

on item 4 and 6, my best bet is over at Garden Orchid Hotel (a few steps from the airport) but just a short trike ride from Lantaka. esp for item 6 the area teems with good establishments

Re: Lantaka Hotel & Safety

by rtob2060

I am going there too, when are you arriving. I would like to stay there too but not sure. I like the Garden Orchid Hotel looks but not at $118/night. What is the rate here do you know? Russ


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