Wonder where to stay when in Dumaguete City? Well, there are actually a lot of places to get booked; but it all really depends not just on your budget but your personal preference, you know.
Like cleanliness, staff courtesy, and of course, the room’s view as well as the hotel’s accessibility to spots you want to explore. Oh yes, standard amenities are standard; so we only sort of complain if this standard becomes sub-standard or, missing.
In my case, the choice this time was based on ‘popularity’ for both backpackers and tourists seeking a cheap yet good accommodation. And so, I tried Harolds Mansion which is kinda isolated from more expensive hotels but is actually near Silliman University and the famous Dumaguete boardwalk. Yup, just walking distance.
Harolds is 4-storeys high with 36 rooms basically on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The fourth floor is the rooftop while the ground floor is the lobby. There’s no elevator and so you get to exercise through the staircase especially from the ground to the second floor.
Harolds got several types of rooms actually — from suites which just cost P1,300 down to dorm rooms that you see in the above photo that’s only P250 per head. It’s even air-conditioned with hot and cold shower, and is WiFi ready. Besides, housekeeping is really at it in terms of regular cleaning and being helpful.
If there’s anything lacking, it’d be the towel which they don’t provide and if you just checked in, you’d have a longer time WiFi connecting.
Now one of the nice things with Harolds is that all accommodations include free breakfast, free coffee and tea as well as lockers (though you have to provide for your own padlocks) and safety deposit box.
Just make sure you’re at the rooftop between 6:30 to 10am for your breakfast and so you could also enjoy pool and making friends..
Speaking of making friends, Harolds’ got tours and scuba, too! Not to mention, it’s got some karaoke at night at the rooftop as well.