Good stay in the heart of Iligan City
I just concluded a five night stay at the Plaza Alemania Hotel, and came away with pluses and minues.
The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. Always a pleasant greeting, and any request for help was quickly dispatched.
So much of the hotel is really nice. The lobby is nicely done and very welcoming, always at least two guards at the front door. Reception was prompt and so friendly.
I had Room 308, the Onyx room. As others have said: somewhat small, no windows. There's a glass block section to admit sunlight. The aircon was effective, very. There was a mildew smell that seems part/parcel of any hotel in Asia that I've visited, not overpowering. My local host pointed out that this building was not originally a hotel, so that explains some of the room size and characteristics. My room was spotless, and serviced very nicely once I learned that you need to request service if desired (not a secret, I just didn't bother to look or ask).
I'd especially commend the restaurant and its staff. So friendly and they soon knew my name (breakfast included, I was there at least once a day). The restaurant is open air, very shaded with potted palms and such, it was warm there during the day, not oppressive, with a good breeze. And then delightful at night, with nice accent lighting and a full bar and good bartender. I tried a bit of everything, all tasty and worth having. Their pizza sauce is not what Americans are used to (sweeter, little oregano) so just enjoy it for what it is.
The plain fact is: there isn't a lot of need for hotels in Iligan, so...there's nothing here of the usual Marriott / Hilton / Hyatt stock Americans are used to. That said, and allowing for where this hotel is in their market, it made for a comfortable stay.
Solo travel - May 8, 2017