Iloilo's Version of Bates Motel
My friend did warn me it had a low 2.2 rating on one review site, but since I was travelling with a big group of teachers, and this was the only hotel we could find that offered a family room that could fit 5 or 6, we really didn't have much choice. So we got 2 of that, and two standard rooms.
We had arrived past our dinner time, tired and hungry, and so it didn't help to find a receptionist manning the front desk who looked like she was surprised to see us (we had prior reservations, considering), and could not even part with a 'Good evening' to welcome us into the hotel. Her face was unsmiling, her answers were curt, and she couldn't get our room requests straight, considering that we had someone book everything earlier. And then she asked that we fill up 4 sheets of paper with names and phone numbers -- when we felt one name would suffice for the entire group. But she still insisted...Like i said, we were all tired and hungry, and patience was thin--- to the point that our boss finally lost it and started making demands in a loud angry voice. That was our welcome to this tourist city.
When we finally settled for the night in our respective rooms, we saw that our room had a square piece of UN-IRONED muggy-looking fabric passing for a curtain, a tiny TV set, and a weak airconditioner. The mattresses were covered in faux leather, which in turn was covered by an old sheet with weak corner garters, so each time I changed my position, the cover would get loose and slide off the leathery mattress-- i spent half the night pulling the sheet back into place.
The folks who stayed in the family/suite rooms had a bigger room, big beds, newer curtain, but they still couldn't sleep because the airconditioner was too small for the room (1 horsepower???)!
To top it all, just as we were all prepping for an early breakfast, the power was cut and some of us had to finish showering in the dark, packing and dressing up using light from cellphones...because, yeah. There was no generator service.
The breakfast area which was the general hotel lobby, actually, was hot and airless.
The lone security guard doubled as Housekeeping, breakfast-order 'lister', and bellboy.
Iloilo is a very interesting city to visit. However, hotels run like this one should have its license revoked. The city is trying to boost their tourism. Having this in their roster of hotels will certainly not help in that direction.
What's awful and dishonest is that the tourism video of this hotel that flashed on the screen at the ferry terminal showed a very different picture from the actual condition of the hotel. Iloilo--- you.Do.Not.Need.Hotels.Like.This.One. Makahuluya.
Friends getaway - Apr 27, 2016