(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.
Continue reading Davao, Night 3: Hotel Tropika (hotel review)
When the Motley Crew went to El Nido for a belated summer getaway, we had no idea where to stay since we were all first timers to the famed tourist spot. We were dreading the cost of lodging because everyone says El Nido would cost us an arm and a leg if we wanted our stay to be nice and comfortable. But a quick look at agoda.com brought us to Swiftlets Inn which, according to reviews, was both affordable and of good quality. Clueless and pretty much desperate since the trip was drawing near, we booked two rooms (one for two and one for three) and hoped for the best.
Continue reading Why you should fly over to Swiftlets Inn (hotel review)
When we were kids, my sisters and I used to go to this beach resort in Iba, Zambales almost every year with our parents. Why Zambales? It’s not where our family’s originally from. We just went there one year, fell in love with it and kept coming back.
The resort itself was far from perfect, to be honest; it was the familiarity and memories we took comfort in and encouraged us to go all those times. But as time went, the resort slowly deteriorated, and at that point we decided it was time to look for a new place. After sorting through different travel sites, we found La Vista Hotel & Beach Resort, which looked pretty good (and affordable, a big plus for us), and booked an overnight trip.
Continue reading Getting an eyeful of La Vista Hotel (hotel review)
When I was a kid, my family and I went to Subic Bay on a couple of occasions for a sort of getaway. They weren’t elaborate vacations at all, mind you; they were just three days spent eating, shopping, sight-seeing, more eating. Pure childhood bliss too fun to not repeat, so almost 20 years later, we got the chance to do it again. Back then, we stayed at a house in Binictican. This time, we stayed at Subic Holiday Villas. No one actually recommended the hotel to us. Budgeted travelers that we were, we logged onto agoda to check out what’s available and affordable and this place popped up so we booked a room and hoped for the best.
Continue reading A short and sweet getaway at Subic Holiday Villas (hotel review)
Back in April, my co-worker Dani and I were invited to spend the night at Crosswinds’ condotel Grand Quartier. I haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now, so I hope you’ll bear with my really late review. Crosswinds is a Swiss-inspired residential development in Tagaytay City, and when they say inspired, they mean pretty much everything in it screams ‘Heidi in the mountains’. People who want to feel like they’re living in a Swiss chalet can either buy a house or have one built within the area, but enough about the real estate stuff. Let’s get on with our stay.
Continue reading A humble but pleasant stay at Grand Quartier (hotel review)
When my friends and I planned our five-day stay in Aklan, we decided to include an overnight trip to Boracay since two of our friends haven’t been there before. In the process of looking for accommodations, one of us suggested The Tides Hotel because she had stayed there before and said it was a good one, so we decided to check it out.
Continue reading A wave of luxury at The Tides (hotel review)
Our trip to Ilocos was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment decision. It started out as a wouldn’t-it-be-nice thought, which suddenly got serious when we set a date that was only about a couple of weeks away. Because of the limited time we had, we kind of rushed our search for a place to stay too. We needed lodging that would fit our budget but didn’t look like Hostel was shot there, and that’s how we stumbled upon Grandpa’s Inn.
Continue reading Grandpa’s is an oldie but goodie (hotel review)