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“It's MY hotel when in Tacloban”
Review of Hotel Alejandro

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Hotel Alejandro
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Tacloban
Manila
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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“It's MY hotel when in Tacloban”
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Hotel Alejandro is a smoke-free, 4-story, 3-star hotel within walking distance of the city centre, located on a quiet side-street. The u-shaped main hotel envelopes an elegant old wooden Filipino house which contains a small shop and meeting rooms. The house was used as the WW-II US military headquarters during the famous "return" of General MacArthur. In fact the whole hotel is adorned with genuine and original framed war-time photos. You can spend hours roaming in what is essentially a free museum!

The ground floor of the main building (at the base of the "U" shape) hosts the reception area, which includes various tables and chairs where you may enjoy drinks and snacks while reading a complimentary newspaper or accessing Wi-Fi (not available in the bedrooms). A small but nicely appointed coffee shop, with an adjoining over-flow or meeting room, sits beside reception and offers all meals along with a good selection of delectable sweets. There is limited parking for cars and motorcycles with adequate overflow parking directly across the street. Tacloban is a very peaceful and safe city; but there is armed 24*7 security at the entrance anyway.

The reception staff seem just friendly / just helpful enough; but the reservation "system" (a stack of handwritten chits hopefully filed by date) and email booking are dodgy. Book by phone and ask for the reference number of the chit they will hopefully be writing-up as your booking. The staff in the restaurant seem slightly past their sell-by date, showing toothless smiles and slow and forgetful service.

The upper floors can be accessed by the single lift or the lovely curved staircase. The second floor has bedrooms and a multi-function space suitable for a smallish wedding or conference or for several smaller meetings. Third and fourth floors are bedrooms and there is a rooftop space I have never had occassion to visit.

I prefer the cheaper Standard Room, with double or twin beds, because these are located along the arms of the "U"; with rooms along one side and an open-air passage allowing good light and fresh air. The rooms are basic with dressing table & mirror, closet, small cable TV, hot & cold shower, toilet and hand basin. The De Luxe rooms have an additional single bed and sitting area. The rooms and linen are tired, but generally clean. Check everything is working to your satisfaction upon arrival at your room and ask to see another room if you are not satisfied.

A two block walk, turning right from the hotel entrance, will take you to the main road out of the city centre; where Suzuki multi-cabs and traditonal Jeepneys ply their routes to Robinsons shopping centre, the airport and the new central bus & van terminal. Turn left for one block and get on the main tricycle route to everywhere else in town. Ask for directions from the friendly commuters you will encounter.

In many ways Tacloban is more advanced (civilised?) than the average Philippines provincial capitol. There is a very workable one-way system for the in-city transport (mentioned above) which keeps the motorised tricycles off the main roads and the buses out of the city centre completely. But be careful, if you are caught jay-walking by one of the many orange-shirted traffic enforcers, you will be fined on-the-spot. Use the well-marked and generally respected cross-walks on every corner.

The city center has two locations of the famously provincial Guaisano department store, where it's an extreme case of "pile-em high and sell-em cheap"; surrounded by many small "taiwanese" shops selling everthing under the sun - all of which are of  dubious quality and origin. There are plenty of the usual chain restaurants and a few very good local restaurants (genuine Italian, Chinese, Mexican, seafood and Filipino) and a variety of live entertainment bars and kareokes.

I have had many overnight stays in Tacloban over the past five years, on my way to the excellent scuba diving sites in S. Leyte (that's another story), and I have settled on Hotel Alejandro as "my hotel". Maybe you will too. But book ahead, as it fills-up fast!

Room Tip: Ask for a standard room for good light and fresh air.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Guys, you are going to Tacloban. So adjust your expectations. Don't think you will find Shangri-La levels of comfort and service in the back-of-beyond. For Tacloban, and for a one night stay, I found this hotel to be more than adequate. My room, my bathroom, and my bedsheets were clean, if worn. No roaches scuttling along the floor or bugs flying through the air. The aircon worked. Noise at night was kept to a reasonable level. The breakfast was quite tasty and varied. This is all I could wish for in this small Filipino city - this is no "resort" hotel, but if you have to stay in Tacloban, then it should be on your - very short - shortlist.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

we stay in hotel alejandro 4days for a short vacatoin in tacloban leyte with my family its a nice hotel service is good the food is excellent cleana and the people working there are friendly we are satisfied our stay thereeven its a short vacation we love it and its affordable.and we injoy the turest places in tcloban..if we have a time togo back n tacloban we still choice to stay in hotel alejandro again

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Missouri
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

For the Philippines, this is a good hotel. Hot water. Nice location. Attentive staff. The best part is the City, so different from Manila. Quieter, kinder, cleaner, etc.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 December 2010

The TV sucked!.....BUZZZZZ .... but otherwise everything was great! Good attentive service, happy waiters and waitresses, great food and close to just about anything you wanted in the downtown area. Good facilities for meetings and special events on 2nd floor and rooftop! WiFi was only in the lobby but it was solid signal - good enough for Skype to anywhere! Go to Lions Den for snacks or lunch and drinks. Go to Leyte Park for Linda! but stay at the Alejandro for good food and sleeping! They are at the top of MY list for places to stay on my next trip!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Alejandro

Property: Hotel Alejandro
Address: Paterno Street, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Leyte Island > Leyte Province > Tacloban
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Tacloban
Number of rooms: 62
Also Known As:
Alejandro Hotel Tacloban
Hotel Alejandro Tacloban, Leyte Island

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