RedDoorz Philippines Blog Review + RedDoorz Poblacion & Katipunan


RedDoorz Philippines is the newest platform offering budget accommodation for travelers. In 2015, the brand RedDoorz opened its very first property in Jakarta, Indonesia. It has then expanded in Singapore and Philippines in 2017 and 2018 respectively.


What is RedDoorz?

Note that RedDoorz is not a hotel chain but a platform offering budget accommodation. RedDoorz acts as a middle man between hotels and travelers. They help hotels and property owners by handling distribution, pricing, sales & marketing.  To date, RedDoorz can be found in more than 500 properties across Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Meaning, there are more than 500 properties with RedDoorz rooms.

RedDoorz Service Guarantee

Unlike other budget accommodations, guests get to enjoy standardized services provided by RedDoorz. When you book a room at any RedDoorz property, they guarantee the following:

  • Free WiFi
  • Satellite Television
  • Mineral water
  • Spotless linen
  • Clean washrooms
  • Toiletries

RedDoorz Philippines Budget Friendly Accommodations

RedDoorz Philippines rooms are currently available in Manila, Cebu, Pampanga and Cavite. Here’s the complete list of properties with RedDoorz accommodations:


  • Tayuman, Manila
  • San Antonio, Makati
  • Banawe, Quezon City
  • near Capitol Commons
  • Bel Air, Makati
  • near Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
  • near Quirino Station, Manila
  • South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Project 6, Quezon City
  • Poblacion, Makati
  • EDSA Pasay
  • EDSA Congressional
  • near UST Hospital
  • near Arca South, Taguig City
  • EDSA shaw
  • near Trinoma


  • V Rama, Cebu
  • Bonifacio St., Cebu
  • near JY Square Mall, Cebu
  • AS Fortuna, Cebu
  • Wireless Mandaue, Cebu
  • Hernan Cortes Cebu
  • Fuente Osmena, Cebu
  • Mabolo, Cebu


  • Balibago, Angeles City
  • Fields Avenue, Angeles City
  • Malabanias, Angeles City
  • Hensonville, Angeles City
  • near Angeles University Foundation
  • near McArthur Highway
  • Josefa Subdivision, Angeles City
  • Kore Town Angeles City


  • The Ridge, Tagaytay
  • Sta. Rosa Tagaytay Road

RedDoorz Poblacion Makati Review (Nest Nano Suites Makati)

Our first time experience with RedDoorz Philippines was at Poblacion, Makati. We booked a room at Nest Nano Suites in Poblacion Makati via Agoda. We were clueless that the room we booked was actually a RedDoorz room.

Tip: I’m giving you a discounted room rate at RedDoorz Poblacion (Nest Nano Suites) by booking HERE.

RedDoorz Makati Philippines
RedDoorz Makati Philippines

Upon entering the room, we were surprised that the bed has the signature RedDoorz bed runner and RedDoorz pillow. There were also complimentary bottled water, WiFi and toiletries. The room is quite small. Nonetheless, it was very neat and clean. The room also comes with an airconditioning unit, LCD cable TV, service telephone, microwave oven, electric kettle and a mini refrigerator. If you are bringing work at Nest Nano Suites, there is also a mini work area for your convenience. Surprisingly, the toilet and bath is spacious. There is hot and cold shower with strong water pressure. Basic toiletries, liquid bath soap and shampoo are also provided.

The only downside is the parking. There is a limited parking on the basement of hotel and they charge 200 Php for it.

You would not get superb customer service at Nest Nano Suites. Receptionists were helpful but they need to more friendly and accommodating to get at par with other hotels in Poblacion, Makati. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our staycation at RedDoorz Poblacion (Nest Nano Suites).

RedDoorz Katipunan Review (The Studio 89 Residences)

Since RedDoorz Philippines’ cheap room rates are promising, we were convinced to book another RedDoorz room. We chose RedDoorz near Katipunan as we wanted to visit Maginhawa street and UP Diliman.

Here’s my VLOG of our RedDoorz Katipunan staycation plus UP Diliman and Maginhawa visit.

Located in Esteban Abada St, Quezon City, RedDoorz Katipunan rooms are in The Studio 89 Residences.

Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted by the security guard on duty. He even assisted us to secure a parking. The check-in was fast and the receptionists were very welcoming and accommodating.

I personally did not expect anything grand as we booked it at only 1,300 Php for two nights. However, we were surprised and couldn’t believe that we booked a spacious room with an executive vibe. Our room reminded me of F1 Hotel in BGC.

RedDoorz Katipunan Philippines
RedDoorz Katipunan Philippines

The double bed and the pillows are very comfortable. The room comes with a single sofa chair, mini refrigerator, electric kettle, LCD cable TV, cabinet, service telephone and safe deposit box. Just like any other RedDoorz room, 2 complimentary bottled water with 2 sachets of instant coffee are provided as well. The toilet and bath come with toiletries, liquid bath soap and shampoo. I love the glass partition separating the shower from the toilet. Apart from the executive feels in the room, what I liked the most is the strong WiFi and fast internet connection!

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at RedDoorz Katipunan. All the staff, from security guard, receptionists and housekeepers are very courteous, friendly and accommodating. The rooms are truly value for your money!

Recommended for Budget Travelers & Backpackers

If you are a budget traveler, a backpacker or simply on a tight budget, I would recommend booking a room with RedDoorz Philippines. Their rates are very affordable compared to other hotels and accommodations. Staying in a RedDoorz room is like staying in a 3-star hotel. You experience comfort and security at an affordable price!

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Cheap Accommodation in Batanes – DDD Habitat Lodging House Blog Review

DDD Habitat Batanes Philippines

DDD Habitat Lodging House Batanes opened its doors in 2009 and is one among the few affordable accommodations in the heart of Basco, Batanes. This lodging house has a total of 7 rooms named after the islands of Batanes. Located along Lopez St. in Brgy. Kayvaluganan, DDD Habitat Batanes is just walking distance from Batanes’ center of trade where local shops, eateries and restaurants are located. It is also a 5 minute ride from Basco airport.

Related Blog Post: Where to eat in Batanes? 5 Restaurants you should try in Basco

DDD Habitat Batanes Philippines
DDD Habitat Batanes Philippines

We booked 2 accommodations for our 4 days and 3 nights stay in Batanes. We wanted to try a mid range Batanes accommodation so we booked at Amboy Hometel Batanes for our first night. Since it’s a bit expensive for us, we also booked DDD Habitat Batanes for our succeeding nights in Batanes.

Small and Simple Lodging House

I should say that I did not expect anything from DDD Habitat Batanes as we only paid 2,556 Php (51 USD) for two nights stay. That is very cheap compared to the 2,880.54 Php (58 USD) we paid for an overnight stay in Amboy Hometel Batanes.

Tip: The room rates mentioned above are discounted rates. I’m giving you huge discounts if you book your DDD Habitat Batanes room HERE.

The entire building of DDD Habitat Lodging House is small and simple. The simple set up of DDD Habitat is a reflection of the simple life of Ivatans. Just like any other lodging or transient houses I’ve been to, DDD Habitat Batanes has a homey atmosphere. There is also a common area for dining and kitchen that guests can use.

Room Upgrade

We checked-in at DDD Habitat Lodging House late afternoon after our South Batan tour. The discounted room for 2 PAX we booked at DDD Habitat is no longer available when we checked-in. We were surprised that we were given the larger and more expensive room instead! Thanks to DDD Habitat for the free upgrade!

Itbayat room at DDD Habitat
Itbayat room at DDD Habitat

We originally booked a Ditaram room which is good for 2 PAX but we were given Itbayat room which is good for 6 PAX!

The air-conditioned room is very clean and spacious. There are two double beds which are surprisingly comfortable for a budget accommodation. A side table with a mini lamp separates the two beds. There is also a small LCD TV with decent local channels. Basic toiletries are provided such as shampoo, soap and towels.  As for the toilet and bath, there is a hot and cold shower. The toilet also comes with a bidet. What we loved the most is the strong water pressure.

Being in the heart of Basco, there is cellular signal in DDD Habitat. However, cellular data is intermittent. Note though that I’m a Smart telecom subscriber.

Highly Recommended Accommodation in Batanes

If you are visiting the breathtaking Batanes and on a tight budget, I would highly recommend DDD Habitat Lodging House. Its strategically located and is near to the airport and various restaurants. The rooms are very clean and of course are priced for budget travelers and backpackers!

DDD Habitat Lodging House Batanes Rooms Rates

  • Siayan Room – 1,400 Php (2 PAX), 1,600 Php (3 PAX), 1,800 (4 PAX)
  • Batan Room – 1,400 Php (2 PAX), 1,600 Php (3 PAX), 1,800 (4 PAX)

DDD Habitat Lodging House Batanes

  • Contact Number: 0932 165 9176
  • Discounted Room rates HERE.

U HOTELS Makati Philippines + BLOG & VIDEO Review, Discounted Room Rates

U Hotel's Lobby Lounge

U Hotels Makati is the newest addition to Makati’s wide array of hotels and accommodation. Pegged as the very first art hotel in Poblacion, U Hotels opened its doors in April 2018. The “U” in U Hotels stands for the last name of the owner – Alfredo Yu.

Good Location

Located in P. Burgos St. corner San Mateo St. in Poblacion, Makati, U Hotels is near from various establishments in Makati. If you are a food adventurer, U Hotels Makati is just walking distance from interesting local restaurants and cafes. It is also walking distance from malls such as A Venue and Century City mall. If you are into night life, U Hotels is also near to various bars and bistros.

U Hotels Makati – Budget Friendly Art Hotel

Being the very first art hotel Poblacion, Makati, U Hotels showcases unique and artistically designed rooms and common areas. Each room in U Hotels features a wall art painted a local Filipino artist.

U Hotels Makati Budget-Friendly Room Rates

  • Standard Double – 3,000 Php (58 USD)
  • Superior Twin – 3,400 Php (65 USD)
  • Deluxe King – 4,200 Php (81 USD)
  • Deluxe Triple – 4,500 Php (86 USD)

Tip: We booked our Standard Double room at U Hotels for less than 2,000 Php. Like us, you too can enjoy huge discount if you book your U Hotels room HERE.

Lobby Lounge

U Hotel's Lobby Lounge
U Hotel’s Lobby Lounge

Upon entering U Hotels Makati, a classy yet modern vibe will welcome you in its lobby lounge. There is an area showing “Welcome” in various languages designed by a local artist and calligrapher Arvin del Rosario. Being a budget hotel, it was surprising to see its lobby lounge filled with high-end fixtures and furnitures.

The entire lobby lounge is available for guests who want hang-out, eat or even work! There’s actually an abundance of electrical sockets in U Hotels Lobby Lounge!

Free Snacks and Coffee 24/7

If you are a checked-in guest, U Hotels Makati provides free snacks, juices and coffee 24/7! This perk for U Hotels guests are available on its lobby lounge.

When we visited U Hotels, free snacks were unlimited animal shaped cookies and a biscocho. Available drinks were unlimited coffee, Pandan Iced tea and fruits and vegetables infused water.

Complimentary Breakfast

Budget hotels do not usually offer complimentary breakfast buffet but not in U Hotels Makati! This art hotel serves buffet breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

U Hotels Makati’s complimentary breakfast did not disappoint! The overflowing coffee, scrambled egg and fried rice made our morning!  I first experienced having options for bacon (regularly cooked or crispy) at Hennan Prime Beach Resort in Boracay and U Hotels also offers such options on their breakfast buffet!

Complimentary Breakfast
Complimentary Breakfast

Apart from their crispy bacon, another must try on U Hotel Makati’s buffet breakfast is their waffles. Note though that waffles are served upon request. So, make sure to ask one of the friendly waitresses if you want to add waffles on your breakfast.

Waffles at U Hotels Makati Philippines
Waffles at U Hotels Makati Philippines

Great Customer Service

Reception area
Reception area

Being a budget-friendly hotel, I should say that I did not expect on U Hotels’ customer service. To my surprise, U Hotels staff are very welcoming and accommodating! We felt very special right the moment we arrived in U Hotel’s vicinity.  The guard immediately helped us securing a parking in front of the hotel. When we entered the lobby, U Hotel’s pleasing receptionists greeted and immediately accommodated us for check-in. There was even a staff who helped us carry our backpacks to our room. The waitresses in the hotel’s dining area are also very accommodating. With the superb customer service, we felt we were staying in a 4 star hotel.

Tip: If you are bringing a car, note that U Hotels has a limited parking space. Make sure to arrive before check-in to secure a parking.

Standard Double Room

We booked our U Hotels Makati room via Agoda and we had the Standard Double room for less than 2000 Php (38 USD). I was excited to see our room as the wall art in each U Hotels room is unique. I was wondering what would be the design on our room’s wall.

Standard Room at U Hotels
Standard Double Room at U Hotels

All U Hotels rooms have modern minimalist interiors with fusion of industrial design. Our room has an uneven cut and I like the fact that furnitures and fixtures were carefully and strategically arranged throughout the room. There is an open cabinet and beneath it is a personal refrigerator and a space for luggage. I personally love the modern and industrial design of the cabinet and would definitely love to have one at home!

The room also comes with a vanity area that can also be used as a work area. If you have valuables, there is also a safety deposit box. If you need something, front desk is just a call away as the room also has a telephone.

Work area
Work area

Across the work area is sofa bed, side table and the double bed. The bed is very comfortable and is at par with the ones you get to experience in high-end hotels. The linens and pillows are good too! I just wish that they would provide more than two pillows given that it is a double bed.

U Hotels Makati
U Hotels Makati

Across the sofa bed and the bed is an LCD cable TV. When we visited U Hotels, there was a notice inside the elevator that both cable TV and WiFi connection are currently being improved. So we only had few channels on the TV and weak internet connection. I’m pretty sure that U Hotels now has improved cable TV channels and strong internet connection.

Another surprise at U Hotels is its toilet and bath. Just like other high-end hotels, basic toiletries are provided.  The spacious toilet and bath are separated by a glass partition. There is a hot and cold shower and a generous volume of liquid soap and shampoo.  The water pressure is great too!

Best Budget Hotel in Poblacion, Makati?

As of this writing, I’ve tried 3 hotels in Poblacion, Makati and I should say that my favorite is U Hotels! It is strategically located and is near to restaurants, bars and malls. The entire hotel and its rooms are very clean and well maintained. And of course the customer service is good! Not to mention their free snacks 24/7 plus and their yummy complimentary breakfast!

U Hotels Makati

  • Address: 5091 P. Burgos Street Corner San Mateo Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Philippines
  • Contact Numbers: +632 820 1000
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Discounted Room Rates HERE.

Cheap Beach Resort in Bantayan Island Cebu – Beach Placid Resort Review

Full body massage by the beach

Beach Placid Resort in Bantayan Island Cebu is the perfect beach resort for backpackers and budget travelers.  Located along the stretch of Sta. Fe beach, Beach Placid Resort share the same shore with other more expensive and pricey resorts such as Anika Island Resort and Hoyohoy Villas.  Meaning, you get to enjoy the fine white sands and pristine waters of Santa Fe Bantayan Island without emptying your pocket.

Here is a short video of Beach Placid Resort:

Beach Placid Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines
Beach Placid Bantayan Island Cebu Philippines

Open Cottages, Beach Beds and Cabanas

Being a budget-friendly Bantayan resort, staying in Beach Placid will not limit you to enjoy and relax by the beach. There are open cottages, beach beds and cabanas in this affordable Bantayan beach resort. During our stay, we made use of their cottages and cabana by the beach without any charges.

Beachfront Surprise!

Jen enjoying the beachfront view on our room's veranda.
Jen enjoying the beachfront view on our room’s veranda.

Unlike other Bantayan beach resorts where beachfront rooms are quite expensive, Beach Pacid’s are affordable. We did not expect too much on the room we booked via Agoda as the fine print says it’s a Beach View Cottage. With the price, we assumed that we are getting a non-beachfront room.  However, we were surprised that the room was on a beachfront!

We checked-in at 3 beach resorts during our 4-day visit in Bantayan Island. We stayed at non-beachfront rooms of Anika Island Resort and Hoyohoy Villas Resort. But the cheapest accommodation we had was a beachfront room at Beach Placid.

Beach Placid’s Beach View Cottage (Beachfront Room)

Since we experienced Anika Island Resort’s accommodation prior to Beach Placid.  I should say that our room at Anika Island Resort was better than what we had at Beach Placid.  Nonetheless, the room was good and are truly for backpackers and budget-travelers.

The Beach View Cottage we booked has a small veranda and a bench.  If you are a smoker, the resort allows smoking in the veranda. The room comes with an air-conditioning unit, queen size bed, a small refrigerator and a dresser.  The toilet and bath is quite spacious. Toilet has no bidet but there is a hot and cold shower.  Only bath towels and tissue roll are provided so make sure to bring toiletries when you are checking-in at the resort.

I personally love the view once you open the door of the room. It is relaxing as you directly see the breathtaking beach and enjoy the relaxing sea winds right on your door. This what makes Beach Placid stand out from Anika or Hoyohoy, you get to experience a beachfront room at an affordable price!

Beach Placid Bantayan Island Room Rates

Below are the published room rates of Beach Placid Resort:

Note: We booked our discounted Beach Placid beachfront room online. I am giving you a discounted room rate by booking HERE.

Room Type PAX Price Price (during holy week)
Quadruple Room #19 4 to 5 persons 3,000 Php 6,000 Php
Quadruple Room #20 3 to 5 persons 2,500 Php 5,000 Php
Quadruple Room #21 and #22 2 to 3 persons 1,700 Php 3,400 Php
Native Sea View Cottage 2 persons 1,800 Php 3,600 Php
Non-beachfront Aircon Cottage 4 persons 3,000 Php 6,000 Php
Non-beachfront Triplex 4 persons 3,000 Php 6,000 Php
Beachfront Duplex Rooms

4 persons 3,500 Php 7,000 Php
Beachfront Native Aircon Cottage

2 persons 2,300 Php 4,600 Php
Beachfront – Triplex Room

Jen enjoying the beachfront view on our room's veranda.

2 persons 2,300 Php 4,600 Php
Non-Beachfront Aircon Cottage 2 persons 1,700 Php 3,400 Php


Well Maintained Bantayan Island Beach Resort

Beach Placid
Beach Placid

Beach Placid Resort is well-maintained. During our entire stay, there are always someone who is around the resort. Since we visited on a season where winds push seaweeds on the shore, the staff ensures to always clean the beachfront.

Activities in Beach Placid

Beach Placid also offers island hopping tour at an affordable price. For only 900 Php, you get to enjoy Hilantagaan and Virgin Island. The boatman will pick you up right in the shore of Beach Placid. Note that rates outside the resort can go as low as 800 Php. We decided to take Beach Placid’s island hopping tour to ensure our safety.

Full body massage by the beach
Full body massage by the beach

If you get hungry, Beach Placid Resort has an open-air restaurant with affordable menu. They also have a bar and offers free karaoke (videoke) if you purchase sodas, shakes or any alcoholic beverages. If you want to relax, Beach Placid also offers in-room or by the beach massage service for only 350 Php.

Affordable Bantayan Resort with Great Customer Service

Being a budget beach resort, I did not expect anything grand about Beach Placid. I was not impressed by the reception when we checked-in at Anika but Beach Placid’s reception was different. The receptionists were very friendly and welcoming. They even allowed us to leave our bags in the reception as we were too early for the check-in.

Highly Recommended Resort in Bantayan for Budget Travellers and Backpackers

I highly recommend Beach Placid Resort if you are a backpacker or on a budget. Their rooms may not be as grand as Anika Island Resort and Hoyohoy Villas Resort, but are decent enough for the price. The entire beach resort is clean. Customer service is great. And of course, their rooms are very affordable.  Truly the best Bantayan beach resort for budget travellers!

Jen and I spotted these kids in the resort’s vicinity. We were happy to have distributed the toys we brought to the island. – Travel with a Purpose

Beach Placid Resort
Adress: F. Roska Street, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines
Contact Numbers:
Email Address:
[email protected]
[email protected]



Hoyohoy Villas – Boutique Beach Resort in Bantayan Island Cebu, Philippines + Blog Review, Room Rates

Hoyohoy Villas Resort

Hoyohoy Villas is one among the many resorts in the beautiful Bantayan Island in Cebu, Philippines. The only boutique resort in Bantayan Island, Hoyohoy Villas showcases unique villas, beautiful landscapes and peaceful atmosphere perfect for relaxation.

Here’s a short video of Hoyohoy Villas Bantayan Island:

Hoyohoy Villas Resort
Hoyohoy Villas Resort

Strategic Location

Located in F. Roska St., Talisay, Hoyohoy Villas is very near Santa Fe port – the gateway of Bantayan Island.   Hoyohoy Villas is just 5-minute tricycle or motorcycle ride away from the port. Meaning, you will not have to endure long travel to the resort once you arrive in Bantayan Island.

This Bantayan resort is also near to Sante Fe Poblacion where the public market, souvenir shops, church and most of the bars and restaurants are located.

Perfect Bantayan Resort for Relaxation

If you are looking for a resort to relax, Hoyohoy Villas is the best resort in Bantayan Island.  With only 6 villas and 2 casitas rooms, Hoyohoy Villas is definitely less crowded compared to more popular resorts in the island.  The peaceful ambiance makes Hoyohoy Villas stand out among the rest of Bantayan beach resorts.

Stylish beach beds
Stylish beach beds
Lovely place to relax.
Lovely place to relax.

The resort’s beachfront has 2 stylish beach beads, 2 cabanas with pillows and mattresses and a wooden swing chair. There are also beach beds with leather mattresses around the resort’s vicinity.

Our favorite spot in Hoyohoy Villas!q
Our favorite spot in Hoyohoy Villas!

During our stay in Hoyohoy Villas, we felt like we rented the entire resort. There are only few guests and we rarely see them hanging out in the beachfront.

Unique Architecture and Beautiful Landscape

Hoyohoy Villa’s Iconic Swimming Pool

Being a boutique resort, Hoyohoy Villas will not disappoint you. It may be limited in real estate but it’s Instagram worthy surroundings compensates. Its villas are unique and the entire resort’s landscape is truly promising. The six villas in stilts are carefully arranged providing a good view of the stylish swimming pool right in the heart of the resort.

The Villas

Hoyohoy Villas has a total of 6 rice granary inspired villas. 5 of which have single rooms and the other villa has 2 rooms.  The villas are named after various kinds of winds:

  • Habagat (Southwest wind) – beachfront villa
  • Amihan (Cool Northeast Monsoon) – beachfront villa
  • Timog (Southwind)
  • Kanaway (Northwestern wind) – has 2 rooms
  • Syatan (Southwestern wind)
  • Kadulhoan (Southeastern wind)

Interestingly enough, villas invoke elegance of the past combined with comfort of the present. This creates a truly relaxing atmosphere during your stay in the resort. Each villa has a unique concept and are all simple and elegant. Rooms come with air-conditioning unit, cable TV, minibar, telephone for the reception. Toilet and batch comes with hot tub.

High-End Resort with Budget-Friendly Room Options

Hoyohoy Villas is one of the few high-end resorts in Bantayan Island.  There is undoubtedly a price to pay for the resort’s beautiful landscapes, unique villas, breathtaking beachfront, peaceful ambiance and great customer service. A villa is priced from 5,000 Php (approx. $100) to 6,000 Php (approx. $120). However, if you are on a budget and want to stay at Hoyohoy Villas, they offer 2 affordable and budget-friendly “Casitas Frangipani” rooms at only 3,000 Php a night.

Hoyohoy Villas Room Rates

  • Beachfront Villas (good for 2 persons)– 6,000 Php
  • Regular Villas(good for 2 persons) – 5,000 Php
  • Casitas Frangipani (good for 2 persons) – 3,000 Php

Tip: Instead of paying the publish room rate, you can enjoy huge discounts by booking your Hoyohoy villa/room HERE.

Hoyohoy Villas’ Casitas Room

The 2 Casitas rooms are located near the entrance and right before the reception of the resort.  It is technically the farthest from the beachfront but near the reception and restaurant. Being farthest to the beachfront is not an issue since you get to pass by and enjoy the beautiful landscape and architecture of the resort when you’re going to the beachfront.

Casitas Rooms
Casitas Rooms

Unlike the villas which scream elegance, Casitas rooms are simple and modern. The matching finish of doors and ceiling adds up to the modern feel. The white walls compliment to the floor of the entire room.

A Casitas room comes with an air-conditioning unit with remote, bed side glass tables, night lamps and stylish sofa. The bed and the 2 ordinary and 2 goose down pillows are very comfortable. There is also an interesting art piece above the bed headboard.

The toilet and bath was a surprise! Once you open the sliding door, the shower area with a natural light ceiling will greet you. The Zen like look and feel of the shower area is truly surprising! On the right of the shower area is the vanity area with huge mirror and basic Hoyohoy Villas toiletries. On the left is the toilet area accentuated by the wall art and a cool ladder-like towel rack.

Jen and I originally wanted a villa because of the outdoor shower. Since a villa is too expensive for us, we booked a Casistas room instead. Well, the Casitas room did not disappoint! We felt like we were staying in a hotel.

As of March 2018, there are only 2 available Casitas rooms and another 2 are under construction.

Tip: We paid 2,700+ Pesos (approx. $54) instead of 3,000 Php  (approx. $60)for the Casitas Frangipani Room. You too can enjoy a discounted villa/room by booking HERE.

Hoyohoy Villas’ Beachfront Villa (Amihan)

Beachfront Villa Habagat (rightmost villa)
Beachfront Villa Amihan (rightmost villa)

One of the two beachfront villas in Hoyohoy Villas is “Amihan”. The Villa Amihan’s ground level comes with a Spanish colonial era inspired furnitures and fixtures such as dining set, cabinet and a treasure chest and a single bed.

The second level is an elegant room with an air-conditioning unit, cable TV, mini refrigerator, bench, bed side table with a stylish lamp, human size mirror, dinette set, wooden speaker and a stylish sofa. I personally love the flat screen cable TV placed in an easel. Just like its ground level, the room’s Filipino-Spanish colonial inspired design is truly elegant.  Something that art and history lovers will love!

Just like the Casitas room, the villa’s toilet and bath is also a surprise! It comes with the basic Hoyohoy Villas toiletries, bath tub and an outdoor garden shower!

View from the beachfront villa
View from the beachfront villa

Superb Customer Service

We checked-in at 3 beach resorts during our 4-day Bantayan Island visit – Anika Island Resort, Beach Placid and Hoyohoy Villas. Among these 3 Bantayan beach resorts, I should say that Hoyohoy Villas has the best customer service!

Related blog post: Anika Island Resort in Bantayan Island Cebu + Review, Room Rates

Welcome drinks
Leah, one of the staff, serves the welcome drinks

We were warmly and greeted upon our arrival in the resort. After the fast check-in, Leah, one of the resort’s staff, surprised us by serving welcome drinks. We also borrowed a knife, pate and forks for the mangoes we bought outside.  They did not hesitate and immediately provided our request.

All the staff are accommodating and polite. Throughout our stay, given that we booked their cheapest room, we felt special and valued just like other guests who were staying in the more expensive villas.

I even asked Leah if I can take photos and videos of one of their villas. After waiting for a couple of minutes, they granted my request! I was able to check-out their most expensive beachfront villa!

Lastly, we were a bit beyond the 12 PM check-out as we were still packing our things. They allowed us to stay a little longer without extra cost. They even proactively arranged a tricycle that will bring us to the Santa Fe port right after our check-out.

Highly Recommended Bantayan Beach Resort

I would definitely recommend Hoyohoy Villas if you are visiting Bantayan Island in Cebu.  Location is strategic.  The resort’s atmosphere is serene and peaceful. The villas are beautiful and elegant and the Casitas rooms are neat and stylish. And of course, customer service is great! I would definitely check-in here on my next Bantayan Island visit!

Hoyohoy Villas Bantayan Island

  • Address: F Roska St. Bgy. Talisay, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
  • Contact Numbers: (032) 3240208 / (032) 4389018
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Online booking with discounted room rates HERE


Pensionne La Florentina – Cheap Accommodation in Cebu City near Ayala Mall

Pensionne la Florentina Cebu city

Pensionne La Florentina is one among the cheapest and best pension houses in Cebu City. This 4 storey pension house with 15 rooms is a popular accommodation among budget travelers and backpackers visiting Cebu City, Philippines.

Pensionne la Florentina Cebu city
pensionne la florentina cebu city

 Good Location

Situated along the quiet street of Acacia corner Escario, Pensionne La Florentina is a perfect accommodation to those who want peaceful and quiet surroundings. This Cebu City pension house also provides easy access to various tourist destinations in the city.

Ayala Mall is just a few minute walk from Pensionne La Florentina.

Pensionne La Florentina Location Map
Homey Feel

Pensionne La Florentina’s facade screams hostel instead of a pension house. I personally love the wooden veranda-like design on each room’s facade. The fusion of old and modern design makes its facade truly eye-catching.

The property has a small wooden gate where the security guard is usually manning. Upon entrance, on the right is the reception area and on the left is a mini open hang-out place with wooden furnitures. In between is a glass door that serves as the main entrance of the building.

Pensionne La Florentina lobby
Pensionne La Florentina lobby

I should say that I did not expect much as Pensionne La Florentina’s rates are cheaply priced. Surprisingly, its lobby or should I say common area gives its guests a homey vibe. Most of the furnishings and fixtures are wooden. The antique fixtures and wooden furnitures will make you feel you’re traveling back Spanish-colonial era.

2nd level common area
Piano on the 2nd level common area

Clean, Simple and Homey Room

As expected from a budget accommodation, there is nothing fancy in the room.  The twin bedroom we booked via Agoda is very clean and well-maintained. There is a small old school TV with clear cable channels. The air-conditioning unit looks old but works perfectly. The beds and pillows are not first class but are definitely comfortable enough for a good night sleep. We personally loved the soft linens and pillow cases.

Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom

Just like the facade and common areas, the room has a homey vibe. I felt like I was just staying at a friend’s room. I love the lightning as it gives more homey atmosphere in the room.  As for the comfort room, it is very clean as well. Shower towels, toilet papers and soap are also provided.

Pensionne La Florentina Room Rates

An overnight stay in this Cebu city pension house is very affordable. At only 1,050 Pesos (approximately $21), you can choose from their Twin Bedroom or Double Bedroom.

Tip: Get discounts when you book your Pensionne La Florentina room HERE.


  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour security
  • WiFi in common areas
  • parking space
  • cleaning, laundry and ironing services (from 8 AM to 8PM only)
  • smoking areas in balcony


  • Book in advance and get discounted room rates HERE.
  • Upon check-in, ask the receptionist for a room situated on the second floor. Note that the pension house has 4 levels and there is no elevator.
  • Pensionne La Florentina are for budget travelers and backpackers. Do not check-in here if you are expecting fancy and high-end rooms and amenities.

Recommended Pension House in Cebu City

Pensionne La Florentina is definitely not the typical expensive hotel around Cebu City.The entire place is clean, well-maintained and has its own charm. With its room affordability, location and security I should say that this pension house if value for your money!

Pensionne La Florentina

  • Address: Acacia Street corner Escario Street, Gororodo Avenue, Cebu City
  • Contact Numbers: 2313381 / 2326738
  • Online Booking HERE

Cheap Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City – Win Min Transient Inn

Win Min Transient Inn CDO City

Cagayan de Oro City is the capital city of the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao region of the Philippines. Cagayan de Oro City is a famous for its white river rafting. It also serves as a gateway to several tourist destinations in Mindanao such as Bukidon, Iligan and Camiguin island. If you are visiting Cagayan de Oro City and is looking for an affordable hotel, Win Min Transient Inn is the perfect hotel for you.

Win Min Hotel Cagayan de Oro City
Win Min Hotel Cagayan de Oro City

Good Location

Win Min Transient Inn is located in Agora Bus Terminal. This affordable Cagayan de Oro hotel is perfect to those who are traveling to nearby cities and provinces. It is located right in the heart of Cagayan de Oro city’s largest integrated bus terminal. Win Min Transient Inn is also few minute taxi away from various malls such as Limketkai and Centrio. If you are going to Laguindingan airport, there are also vans just few steps away from Win Min Transient Inn bound to the airport.

Check-In at Any Time of the Day

Apart from its location, what sets Win Min Transient Inn apart from other hotels in Cagayan de Oro is that you can check-in at any time of the day. Unlike in typical hotels where check-in is at 12:00 PM or 2:00 PM, you can check-in as Wes Min Transient Inn at any time of the day. Check-out depends on your check-in time and hours of stay.


Win Min Transient Inn Cagayan de Oro City Philippines
Win Min Transient Inn Cagayan de Oro City Philippines

Affordable Room Rates – Win Min Transient Inn

Win Min Transient Inn offers affordable room rates. The hotel is ideal to backpackers and travelers as they offer short-time room stays. They offer a per hour rates with a minimum of 3 hour stay. They also offer 24 hour stay at affordable room rates.

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For some reason, Wes Min Inn Transient’s published room rates are already discounted.

Tip: Get huge discounts if you book your Wes Min Transient Inn HERE.

Standard Room

After enjoying my 2 day stay in Camiguin island, I immediately headed to Cagayan de Oro. I arrived in Agora Bus Terminal at 8 PM and had to look for the nearest and cheapest accommodation in the area. Luckily, Wes Min Transient situated within the terminal. Since I’m leaving Cagayan de Oro City the next day and found out that there are vans bound to the airport just outside Wes Min, I did not hesitate to check-in in the hotel.

Since it was past 8 PM and my flight to Manila the next day is 9 AM, I opted for a per hour rate. The receptionist advised that the per hour basis is more expensive than their 12 hour rate. I then availed for their 12 hour room rate.

Win Min Transient Inn CDO City
Win Min Transient Inn CDO City

I must admit that I did not expect something grand about Win Min Transient Inn. Firstly, it is located right in the bus terminal. Second, it offers short time rates like motels. And third, I did not experience warm welcome from the receptionists and the staff.

I was surprised that the room was very clean. The ambiance was good and a bit cozy for an accommodation within a bus terminal. The bed, pillows and linens were okay.  There is a small television with cable channels. There is also a mini work area in the room. The air-conditioning unit works perfectly. The big surprise is the rain shower in the spacious toilet and bath. I just felt like the room and the entire hotel is a bit old but the cleanliness compensates the rusty feeling.  As for the security, there is a guard manning in the entrance.

Highly Recommended Cheap Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City

Overall, I would highly recommend Win Min Transient Inn. If you are coming from or going to nearby Cagayan de Oro provinces, you will definitely see Win Min Transient Inn within the Agora Bus Terminal. This cheap Cagayan de Oro hotel is perfect for backpackers and budget travelers who are always on the go!

Win Min Transient Inn Cagayan de Oro City
Contact Number: (088) 856 8043
Online Booking HERE



Cheap Accommodation in Butuan City – Gloreto Guest House

Reception Area

If you are visiting the Philippine’s Caraga region and will be staying in Butuan, there is a number of hotels and accommodations in the city. You may stay in a classy but expensive Butuan Grand Palace Hotel, Hotel Oazis or Almont City Hotel. If you are a backpacker or budget traveler, choose Gloreto Guest House as it has the cheapest rates for an overnight stay in Butuan City.

Gloreto Guest House Butuan City
Gloreto Guest House Butuan City

Gloreto Guest House Location

Gloretyo Guest House is located in Ilang-Ilang st., Ochoa Ave., Butuan City. This cheap Butuan city accommodation is just a few minute multicab ride away from Butuan bus terminal, Butuan National Museum and Gaisano mall. If you are coming from Butuan’s Bancasi airport, Gloreto Guest House can also be reached via multicab.

Gloreto Guest House Butuan Published Room Rates

  • Matrimonial Bed (Queen Size)  1099.00 P
  • Single Bed 799.00 Php
  • Twin Bed  999.00 Php

Tip: Book your discounted Gloreto Guest House room HERE.  I only paid 642.50 Php instead of 799 Php for a Single Bed room.

Warm Welcome

After a long bus-ride from Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur, I arrived in Butuan bus terminal at 4:50 PM. I took a special multicab trip (50 Php) to Gloreto Guest House and arrived at exactly 5:00 PM. I immediately headed to the reception area and was warmly welcomed by the receptionists.

Reception Area
Reception Area

Single Bed Room

The receptionist assigned me to a single bed room on the second level of the hotel. The room smells good and is generally clean. It comes with an air-conditioning unit, an old-fashioned cable TV and a mini table that can serve as a work area. The bed and one pillow are just okay. Basic toiletries such as shampoo, soap and bath towel are provided.

Single Bed
Single Bed

I was good with the room but the toilet and bath surprised me. There is an issue with the toilet flush and the faucet needs to be replaced. Good thing is that there is a hot and cold shower with an okay-ish water pressure. I could not complain and reminded myself that I was in a budget hotel.

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Overall, I was fine it with it. The room is clean and I had a good night sleep.

Missed Complimentary Breakfast

Gloreto Guest House Butuan offers complimentary breakfast from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM. Since I was too tired from my Hinatuan trip, I woke up past 9:00 AM the next day. Well, I missed the complimentary breakfast!

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Surprisingly, one of the staff knocked on my door and asked if I want the breakfast. It made my morning since I will not have to spend for breakfast outside.

Complimentary Breakfast
Complimentary Breakfast

I was very thankful to the staff for the room-serviced complimentary breakfast.

Recommended Budget Hotel in Butuan City

Gloreto Guest House is definitely not the best hotel in Butuan City but it is the cheapest and most affordable. The room is clean and customer service is superb. You will not need to worry about your security as there is a guard manning in the hotel. If you are a backpacker or a budget traveller, I would definitely recommend Gloreto Guest House.

  • Gloreto Guest House Butuan City
  • Online booking (discounted rates) HERE
  • Address: Ilang-Ilang st. Ochoa Ave. Butuan City
    Contact Number:  (085) 816-0701

Royal Park Hotel Boracay – Blog Review + Discounted Room Rates

Royal Park Hotel

Royal Park Hotel, also known as Royal Park Resort, is one among the long list of beachfront hotels in Boracay island.

Royal Park Hotel Boracay Facade
Royal Park Hotel Boracay Facade

Strategic Location

Royal Park Hotel is strategically located as it is situated in the border of Station 1 and Station 2 of Boracay’s white sand beach. Guests at Royal Park Hotel get to enjoy the proximity of various bars and restaurants in Station 2. It is also a few minute walk from D’ Mall, D’ Market and D’ Talipapa.

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Royal Park Resort beachfront, Facade and Lobby

Royal Park Hotel Boracay beachfrontbeachfront

Royal Park Hotel has an elevated private space right in front of the property where beach beds are located. I personally love this elevated space as it serves as an area where guests can enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking view of the beach. The property also has coconut tress which adds up to the tropical feel and vibe of the area.

Royal Park Hotel boracay lobby
Royal Park Hotel boracay lobby

The lobby is simple and homey. We felt like we were just visiting a house of a friend or a relative.

Upon entering the Royal Park Hotel, we were warmly greeted by the receptionist. I handed the soft copy of our Agoda booking confirmation slip and our booking was immediately confirmed after few minutes. We were asked by the receptionist to sit for the welcome drinks. We were really surprised that Royal Park Hotel offers welcome drinks! Coming from a luxurious stay at Henann Prime Beach Resort, I have to admit that I did not really expect too much from Royal Park Hotel. But the welcome drinks was really surprising and made us feel important.

Royal Park Hotel Room Rates

Low Season rates (June 1 to November 30)

  • Single Room (2 PAX) – 4,500 Php
  • Standard Room (2 to 3 PAX) – 5,000 Php
  • Family Deluxe (4 PAX) – 6,000 Php
  • Hollow Suite (4 PAX)  – 7,500 Php
  • Suite (2 PAX) – 8,000 Php
  • Executive Suite (2 PAX) – 9,000 Php
  • extra PAX – 500 Php
  • extra bed – 1,000 Php

High Season rates (December 1 to May 30)

  • Single Room (2 PAX) – 5,500 Php
  • Standard Room (2 to 3 PAX) – 6,500 Php
  • Family Deluxe (4 PAX) – 7,500 Php
  • Hollow Suite (4 PAX)  – 8,500 Php
  • Suite (2 PAX) – 9,000 Php
  • Executive Suite (2 PAX) – 10,000 Php
  • extra PAX – 500 Php
  • extra bed – 1,000 Php

Discounted Royal Park Hotel Room Rates!

After enjoying our 2 nights stay at Henann Prime Beach Resort, we transffered at Royal Park Hotel. We were very lucky to have booked a Family Deluxe room at a discounted rate. We booked it for only 2,600 Php instead of the 6,000 Php published rate. Thanks to Agoda!

Tip: You may book your discounted Royal Park Hotel room HERE.

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Family Room at Royal Park Hotel, Station 1 Boracay

Our room was room number 1, technically the nearest to the beachfront. Surprisingly, the family room at Royal Park Hotel is very spacious. It comes with 2 double beds, spacious toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, LCD cable TV, dresser, air-conditioning unit and a dinette set. There are no complimentary bottled water but a pitcher of cold purified water is provided when you arrive.

Royal Park Hotel Boracay Family Room
Royal Park Hotel Boracay Family Room

The double beds are okay. Not the type you get to experience in high-end hotels but are comfortable enough for a good night sleep.

Overall, I should say that the room is clean and simple. The room’s classy furnitures and fixtures are indication that the Royal Park Hotel was once a high-end hotel in Boracay. The rustic feel reminds be of cheap and affordable hotels I’ve been to on my previous travels.

Being in the border of Stations 1 and 2, Royal Park Hotel’s facade and beachfront may tend to become crowded. Tourists walking from station 2 to station 1 pass along the beachfront of the hotel. If you are after peaceful and serene beachfront, I would not recommend Royal Park Hotel. However, if you are going to Boracay to party, shop and fulfill your gastronomic adventures, this is the best hotel due to its proximity to bars, shops and restaurants.

Royal Park Resort / Royal Park Hotel

  • Address: Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island
  • E-mail reservation: [email protected]
  • Contact number: 036 288 6677
  • Discounted room rates HERE.

Henann Prime Beach Resort – Station 1 Boracay Hotel – Premier Room Review

Henann Prime Luxury Boracay Hotel

Henann Prime Beach Resort Boracay is the newest addition in Henann Group of hotels chain in Boracay island, Philippines. Situated in Station 1, Henann Prime Beach Resort offers the best beachfront experience to its in-house guests. This luxury Boracay resort also offers mouth-watering dishes at its al fresco Sea Salt Cafe which provides an incomparable view of the white sand and pristine waters of Boracay.

There are countless reasons to fall in love with Henann Prime Beach Resort! I’ve written a separate blog post about my 7 reasons why Henann Prime Beach Resort is a perfect hotel for your Boracay trip.

Henann Prime Beach Resort building in main road Boracay
Henann Prime Beach Resort building in main road Boracay

From the main road, the hotel looks very new and well maintained. It stands out among its neighbouring resorts, 2 Seasons resort and Las Brisas Resort. Henan Prime Beach Resort as 2 main buildings, the Beach wing and the East wing. Rooms at Beach wing are near to the beachfront. East wing rooms on the other hand are situated near the main road. I was amazed that Henann Prime Beach Resort made a walkway connecting both East wing to the Beach wing of the resort. It definitely provides convenience to its guests whose rooms are situated on the East wing building.

Classy Lobby and Al Fresco Common Area

The hotel’s lobby is located on the ground floor of East wing building. The lobby is simple, minimalist but classy. It is spacious and cater a huge number of guests checking-in and out of the hotel.  When we arrived, there were 3 welcoming front desk staff and a concierge who assisted us with our backpacks.

The common areas along with the hallways are amazingly clean and classy. Just like the lobby and reception area, the common area and hall ways give a minimalist yet classy vibe.

Please watch my video below of Henann Prime’s reception area, lobby and hallway:

Henann Prime Beach Resort Boracay Premier Room Review

Premier rooms at Henann Prime Beach resort are located on the Beach wing of the hotel. A premier room is approximately 36 square meters.

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The key cards provided by the receptionist work perfectly. The room’s door comes with an eyelet for in-house guest’s security. Unlike in a typical hotel where the key card also serves as the power switch, rooms at Henann Prime have an automatic key card for the power. You can go outside leaving the air-conditioning unit running.

Upon entering the room, on the left side is a spacious dresser with hangers, 2 Hennan bathrobe, 2 pairs of room slippers and a safe deposit box. There is also a Henann plastic bag if you wish to avail for their in-house laundry service. On the right side is a space between the wall (with an intricate accent) and the king-sized bed.

The bed is very comfortable, definitely of high quality. Same as with 6 pillows where 2 of which are cylindrical in shape. The bed, the 300 thread count linens and pillows are the one you get to experience in 5-star hotels. There are also bed side tables with classy lamp shades.

Beside the bed is a spacious sitting area with a small sofa and a small marble clad table. On the table is Henann Prime’s welcome gift – a plateful of fruits. If you’re bringing your laptop or macbook,  across the sitting area is a work area with a huge mirror.

The room also comes with a 43″ LCD cable TV, personal refrigerator, coffee and tea making facility with a complimentary coffee and complimentary daily bottled water, individually controlled air-conditioning unit and telephone with IDD and NDD.

Surprisingly, the toilet and bath is very spacious. There is a vanity area with a long marble clad partnered with a long mirror. On the vanity area are Henann Group of resorts toiletries. We personally loved the Henann soap and shower gel. The toilet comes with a bidet spray. Bath and face towels along with a toilet matt are provided too.  The hot and cold shower area and bathtub are separated from the toilet by a glass partition. My only review for improvement is the water pressure of the bidet spray. Nonetheless, the water pressure in the shower and sink in the vanity area are excellent.

One of my favorite spot in the Premier room is the spacious balcony. There is a dinette set and an area to hang your wet clothes. We also had a Premier room on the third floor where smoking is allowed in the balcony. The room has a swimming pool view which looks very beautiful and elegant especially at night.

The entire room, toilet and bath and balcony are very clean and elegant. I love the attention to detail of the interiors. Furnishings and fixtures look expensive and of high-quality. Truly at par with high-end hotels in Manila such as Shangri-La and F1 Hotel Manila.

On our second day, we posted the make-up room outside our door. The housekeeping staff is commendable as the room was very clean the moment we returned after visiting Diniwid beach and D’ Mall.

Here’s the video clip of our room in Henann Prime Beach Resort:

Henann Prime Beach Resort Promo Package

We were grateful to have checked Henann’s website and seen Henann Prime Beach Resort offers promo packages which are cheaper to their published rates. Jen and I availed for a Splendid Package for Lean Season for 8,223.00 Php per person Ppus 275 Php government fees per person. The promo package includes the following:

  • roundtrip airport transfers (inclusive of environment and terminal fees)
  • 3 days and night accommodation
  • 2 days buffet breakfast for 2
  • 2 nights buffet dinner for 2
  • welcome drinks
  • free use of swimming pools

Tip: For Splendid Package rates and reservation, e-mail [email protected]. If you want non-package and cheaper rates, book via Agoda.

Henann Prime Boracay Philippines
Henann Prime Boracay Philippines

Highly Recommended Boracay Hotel

I should say that Henann Prime Beach Resort Boracay sets its own standards of being best in class. Henann Prime Beach Resort is truly a world-class hotel right in the Philippine’s most beautiful island – Boracay.