Iloilo City, the Philippines is a major tourist destination and has some of the best attractions in the country. Both foreigners and locals visit the city for sightseeing, whether traveling alone or with a group. As a major tourist destination, there are now more and more accommodations being established both in the city and in nearby towns.
If you want an inexpensive but decent place to stay, or you’re just on a budget, we’ve listed five of the best budget hotels that have a nightly rate of just under 50 USD (~2,508 PHP). This will be especially helpful to anyone who does not want to splurge so much on accommodations and for those who are staying in the city for awhile.
Circle Inn is just located 5 minutes away from Iloilo City’s central market, and 10 minutes from the port going to Guimaras Island. The smallest room they have is 18 square meters (193.75 sq ft), complete with bathroom, a cable TV, telephone, wireless Internet, a desk, and air conditioning. The hotel itself provides wireless connection throughout the hotel, and a business center. You can also relax at their hotel pool or use their 24-hour on call massage service. There are other nearby destinations such as Calle Real, a mall that is just 15 minutes away, and Miag-ao Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an hour drive away.
Injap Tower Hotel is perfect for people who like shopping or just want to be near malls. The hotel is across from SM City Iloilo and just a quarter of a kilometer (~0.15 mi) away from Plaza Mayor. Inside the hotel, their rooms are 21 square meters (226 sq ft) and are equipped with modern, comfortable furnishings. Their rooms feature an air conditioner, a safe, cable TV, a minibar, and an electric kettle. Guests can also enjoy a view of the city from their rooms. The hotel has wireless Internet connection and also has facilities such as an indoor pool, a gym, a spa, and a business center. If you’re feeling hungry, they also have a restaurant that serves Asian dishes.
This hotel is especially perfect for families with kids. Its hotel pool is kid-friendly, so children could definitely enjoy playing around and swimming. It is also located just a few hundred meters away from Ayala Technohub, and a 5-minute drive from SM Iloilo. The location is convenient within Iloilo City. The rooms they have are quite spacious, with the smallest being 30 square meters (~323 sq ft) in area, complete with a minibar, TV, and in-room safe. Wireless Internet is also available throughout the hotel and when guests get hungry, there are two restaurants in the hotel, Veranda and MO2 Restobar. For those traveling for business, the hotel also has meeting rooms and a business center to accommodate them.
Harbor Town Hotel is a simple hotel located at the corner of J.M. Basa St., more commonly known as Calle Real. Some rooms from the hotel have a view of this historical street and select rooms have a view of the mountains of Guimaras. This hotel is a 10-minute walk from the area malls, has rooms that are at least 15 square meters (161.5 sq ft), with each room equipped with a desk and chair, phone, closet, and TV. There are three kinds of rooms available in this hotel, a standard room, superior room, and a junior suite — all to accommodate guests from solo travelers to families. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel. Harbor Town Hotel also has a spa for relaxation, a restaurant serving local dishes, and a cafe.
People’s Hotel is another hotel that allows visitors to easily access other locations. Conveniently located 10 minutes away from Robinsons Mall and SM, it is very easy for guests who stay at this hotel to go around the city. It also helps that public transportation passes by in front of this hotel. The smallest room in this hotel is 12 square meters (~129 sq ft), and the largest, the presidential suite, is 25 square meters (269 sq ft). All rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk, closet, and seating area. While the hotel does provide free wireless Internet, it can only be accessed in their public areas, and not throughout the whole hotel. This hotel is also tourist-friendly and provides a rental car service to go around the city, or if you prefer not to drive, guests may coordinate with the front desk regarding travel arrangements. People’s Hotel also has an in-house restaurant that serves local dishes. All in all, this hotel is good for anyone who wishes to go around Iloilo and explore, since tours can be booked with the help of a local.
Address: Corner Delgado-Fuentes Sts., Iloilo City
Price: from 27 USD / ~1,354.64 PHP
Contact: (+63)-33-508-7111/509-7111 / 336-1070
Save money for adventures!
Unless you are planning a staycation, then there is no need to splurge on hotel accommodations! As long as the hotel’s location is easily accessible, it has decent rooms, friendly staff, and is in a good neighborhood, then that’s already a good hotel — giving it bonus points if it’s cheaper. While your accommodation can also be an experience, there is a much bigger adventure waiting for visitors outside their rooms. There will be a lot more expenses when you go out to explore, and the most important factor for a great accommodation is to get a good night’s sleep!
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