Davao, Night 3: Hotel Tropika (hotel review)

(Finally, the last of my Davao updates. Thanks for bearing with me.)

This is the first hotel we actually booked, when only two of us were confirmed for Davao. Again, I only learned about this on Agoda. The photos looked good, so we went ahead and booked it. It’s slightly more expensive than our other hotels, but we were prepared for it. We wanted a great hotel with a pool so we can relax on our last day, and Hotel Tropika is rated as one of the best hotels in Davao on Tripadvisor, Agoda, and Booking.com.

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We booked a Deluxe Twin Room for Php2,782, and if you saw the room, you’d understand how much of a bargain it is. This air-conditioned room has comfy beds, a phone, cable TV, complimentary coffee and tea,  electric kettle, fridge, and a simple but clean bathroom with hot shower and toiletries. Our stay also came with a buffet breakfast and free use of the pool.

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Our room had an inviting view of the pool. My sister and her husband were up three floors higher. Note to self: next time, ask for a room on a higher floor.

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But these aren’t the only reasons you’d appreciate Hotel Tropika. They’re big on eco-friendliness, which you see in various parts of the room. Instead of tiny shampoo bottles, they provide a refillable ceramic bottle. In place of complimentary bottled water, there’s an empty water pitcher guests can refill at the water dispenser area provided for all guests at each floor. Also, the keycard entry system is designed to turn off everything (except for the fridge) when the guest takes the card and leaves.

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On top of that, the staff is also very friendly and accommodating. The guy who helped us with our baggage didn’t just drop off our bags; he took the time to explain how things work in the room. Granted, we didn’t really need the lesson, but that kind of customer service is definitely a plus any time.

The pool isn’t too big, but the depth is adequate, and they added a little something extra for night swimmers: color-changing lighting right in the pool. Towels are provided for swimmers, so you don’t have to bring the ones outside the room. There’s plenty of outdoor seating all around, surrounded by nice (and very green) landscaping.

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Outdoor seating…
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… outdoor seating everywhere

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I wish I’d taken a photo of the pool when we went night swimming
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Christmas in Davao

Breakfast options weren’t too shabby either. They had everything from rice and viand, to champorado and dried fish, to fresh fruit. I was slightly disappointed that they didn’t have pancakes and bacon, but I got over that after having my fill of cereal, buttered toast, and unlimited coffee (not being sarcastic; I really do like cereal and buttered toast).

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Limited indoor seating, but not to worry, there are a lot of tables outside
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What, no bacon?

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Let me make it clear that I wasn’t paid to sing Hotel Tropika high praises, but had we not been on a budget and had we known how nice the hotel was early on, we probably would have stayed here throughout our trip. Given the perks that come with the not-too-expensive overnight rates, I would definitely book here again next time I come to Davao (and hopefully, pancakes and bacon are in the buffet by then).

Overall rating: ★★★★✭

Hotel Tropika
Km. 7 J.P. Laurel Ave., Lanang, Davao City

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