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Friday, December 9, 2011

Where to Stay in Zamboanga City - Hermosa Hotel

In a recent trip to Zamboanga City, we requested a local contact to help us find cheap lodging. When budget is low, so are my expectations. As long as there are no  bed bugs, too much dust (because I get the allergies) and the place is safe,  I'm fine with it. 

We were booked at Hermosa Hotel which is about two blocks the opposite side of  Alavar's, a famous sea foods restaurant. It is located along Mayor Jaldon street, a busy street and is near to public transport, convenience stores and a BPI Bank. 

I got a great vibe as we stumbled our way into the hotel and walked into a small hall. I was initially expecting something very humble, like a two-story hostel with a bad facade. This one from the outside looked simple, cozy and respectable. 

It was about 7:00 pm and we just came from a long walk from Paseo Del Mar.  We were tired and sweaty as we checked in  at the front desk. As with most hostels, we had to pay in advance. The rate was 750 Pesos for a room with two single beds, a private t&b, aircon and cable television. Not bad at all!!! The lobby smelled clean which is normally a good sign. 

We were given rooms at the fourth floor and even if we had to exert a little more effort to reach our rooms, it was worth it. I felt happy when we entered the room and opened the lights. It's clean, very spacious and there are towels and soap. Being a traveler who's mostly at quaint communities, I am not used to accommodations that offers toiletries so it's a treat for me. Haha!

From the hotel, you can walk your way around Zamboanga towards the city hall, Plaza Pershing, Rizal street which is lined up with decades old Acacia trees and other places of interest around town. (Btw, a friend wrote a good DIY walking tour on his site, Get it Here).  If buying pasalubong, you can also walk to Canelar Street where you can find barter, a place popular for bargain souvenir hunts.

With its good location, budget-friendly rates, comfortable beds, good service, Hermosa Hotel is truly a great find. 



Hermosa Hotel
Mayor Jaldon Street, Zamboanga City, Philippines
Telephone +63 (062)991-2040 to 42

Rates:
Standard - 700 Pesos
Deluxe - 750 Pesos
Superior - 850 Pesos

Room Facilities:
Air-conditioning
Hot & Cold Shower
Telephone
Cable t.v.

Note : Review based on personal experience. While ours was a pleasant one and if I go back, I would still book here, I strongly suggest you research first before deciding on where you want to spend the night. 

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