Tuesday, April 3, 2012

hotels along Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City

It was summer and the air was thick. I was riding a tricycle along the main drag which is Perdices Street when, at the corner of my eye, a dark blue sea came into view. I know right there and then I just had to see it. And that began my love affair with Dumaguete.

Towering, elephantine acacia trees dotting the boulevard. Beautiful ancestral houses across the street. Interesting line up of restaurants and bars, too. Scooters here and there. And the deal breaker: it's a city with no pretensions. Most people are just on their flip flops and board shorts. The laid back charm rubs on you. And if I may say, it's a quaint city contained in a small and easy to navigate grid.

this photo was taken by me during the photo walk last year
I would like to believe that the heart of Dumaguete is Rizal Boulevard. The boardwalk, a level-playing field where the rich and poor share open space in the afternoon, its soul. That is why I would love to be billeted along the boulevard each chance I get. Primarily to just people watch or draw inspiration just by looking at the vastness of the sea and sky.

Hotels along Rizal Boulevard

La Residencia Almar
Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City
standard-2 single beds 1,325.00/deluxe 1,455.00/executive suite 1,985.00/family 2,250.00 
telephone nos: (035) 225-7100; (035) 422-0888 to 89; Fax:(035) 422-8449

Being the pioneer hotel in Dumaguete, La Residencia Al Mar still keeps the lead. It's a hotel worthy of a five-star for it's quaintness and for it's design aesthetics (with a Spanish flare). The room where we stayed was a bit small, but the terrace that opens to the boulevard makes up for it. The atmosphere is probably that of a villa. The only mismatch is the road right in the hotel's doorstep.

If you care much about back stories, the hotel used to be a private residence of a governor. 

The coffee shop serves good coffee, I heard. I'm not really a coffee person. For sushi and wasabi overload, there used to be a Japanese restaurant in the ground floor but it ceased operations. The hotel is undergoing major face-lifting at its ground floor but it's business as usual. With the renovations almost done, there are now  plenty of al fresco space right by the roadside for an afternoon tea, people watch or simply appreciate the art of doing nothing.

Honeycomb Tourist Inn
Rizal Blvd. corner V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City

single 800.00/double-twin bed 1,000.00/double deluxe-twin or queen bed 1,200.00; family 1,500.00 
telephone nos: (O35) 225.1181; (035) 422.3184; telefax (035) 225.1182

Right in the the middle of Rizal Boulevard drag, in the main house where a pub frequented by western oldies, is a tourist inn called Honeycomb. It appears to be an American colonial house-turned-into-a-quaint inn. I've stayed here twice before during one my business-related trips with an events company. I couldn't tell the distinction between my previous stay. What I always remember was it was homey and the staff were friendly.

W and I got the room with a window that opens to the boulevard. Except for the toilet and bath which appeared somehow jarring, the room was homey. The bedsheets smelled fresh, the AC, CATV and the shower worked. By the way, the tariff includes breakfast served in the pub. A sports bar is located behind the two-storey inn. Dining options include Shakey's and Cafe Filomena to its right and Chin Loong Chinese Restaurant and Sans Rival at the opposite block. And right next door is actually Why Not!--famous for its Suisse and Austrian cuisine and deli.

Bethel Guest House
Rizal Boulevard
I haven't stayed in Bethel yet. My impression is that the hotel lacks character but it makes up for it in cleanliness. I heard mixed feedback from friends who have stayed in this hotel. Anyway, here's the information I got from the guest house's website:
BETHEL GUEST HOUSE is a pioneer Convention Hotel in Dumaguete City founded on November 18, 1996 under Cang's, Inc., the mother company. Situated along the boulevard in the heart of the city, Bethel Guest House is a home of the famous and popular personalities and celebrities. 
A "NO SMOKING NO LIQUOR" Bethel Guest House, is a delight to customers who would like to savor the refreshing view of the sea against the backdrop of the famous Mt. Talinis in Negros Oriental.
room rates:
studio Php900.00 (AC, CATV, hot and cold shower, wi-fi)
twin regular Php1,300.00
twin deluxe Php1,500.00
double deluxe Php2,200.00
family room Php2,000.00
suite Php4,500.00

Tel. No. (035)225-2000 (035) 422-8000 | Fax(035) 422-8003
Mobile (+63) 917-3201484


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