I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. I was attending a conference at Silliman, so I wanted something convenient. I had not booked a room when I arrived because none of the hotels seemed good enough based on reviews here. We checked out this hotel before checking Bethel but, since that was fully booked, we decided to stay here. They first offered us the family room (saying it was what was available), which I believe is the most expensive room and has a bay view. When I asked about a more quiet room, they then showed me a side room that still had a window (I think some of the middle rooms have no windows?) but, since that was smaller (and I'd been traveling for 3 weeks and I wanted breathing room), I picked the family room.
The room was spacious -- 2 double beds, but no desk. I didn't have a problem with the beds (could have used better linens) or the a/c (though it didn't work as well on our final night, and I couldn't sleep). It's definitely noisy with the traffic from the road. I normally have trouble sleeping when it's noisy, but I think I was too tired from my trip to care at this point. It was also balanced by the view and the opportunity to people watch. (As I didn't have time to go around, this was my only chance to really see the town doing its thing.)
The bathroom is awful. It looks awful & is in need of a renovation. Water stains everywhere -- in the shower, in the toilet bowl. It doesn't have a shower door or curtain (just a half wall), so the floor will get wet after you shower -- I hate wet floors. The water never got hot. When we asked for help late at night, there was only the guard and one other guy left & he said to give it 10 minutes. Coming from California, where we have a drought, I was appalled at that suggestion. Also, I don't exactly have 10 spare minutes when I have to get to a conference early. The water came out tepid at best. I asked them again the next day to check it out but still the same.
I can't say much about the cleanliness either. Walking on the wood floor, my feet were definitely collecting dust. I asked them to clean it the first morning, but I don't think they did a good job.
The internet sucked. Not at all helpful for business travelers.
I paid about $60-$70, which is definitely on the high end for hotels in the city proper, and it didn't even include breakfast.
This hotel has potential, if the owners would only do something about it. I doubt they will. If you're looking for a cheap hotel, there are lots of other options. If you're looking for luxury, this isn't it either.
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- La Residencia Al Mar Hotel Dumaguete City