This gives our guidance for where to stay in Iloilo City – hotels, pension houses and beach resorts. The first thing is to decide in which part of the city you’d like to stay. Basically, the choices are the traditional, historic city center
and the rapidly-developing Smallville/Avenue/Plazuela/SM City shopping and entertainment area
on Diversion road.
Formerly we had more specific hotel and pension house recommendations, but since we now live in Iloilo we have little need to stay in its hotels. That said we still have a few suggestions. Just be warned that these are all mid-range to budget-minded Iloilo hotel choices. Those accustomed to the Marriott or Hilton will not appreciate these places, or maybe any hotel in Iloilo.
There are three Century 21 Hotel branches in Iloilo. They offer good basic accommodations at a good price. The Century 21 on Quezon Street is very well located and well run. 033-335-8821-23. The Smallville 21 Hotel is in the heart of the Smallville district. The Highway 21 is on Gen. Luna near the Sarabia Manor Hotel. 033-335-1839 to 40.
Century 21 Hotel, Iloilo City
The Charter House Pension at the back of the Sarabia Manor has some advantages. It’s in a very quiet location and has a small garden with tables and chairs where you can get out of your room and relax. You also get to use the Sarabia pool at no charge, a big advantage for swimmers. Rooms range from P450 for a single up to about P1150 for a family room with three beds. There is quite a bit of variation in the rooms so look before you rent. 033-335-1021 to 32.
Highway 21 Hotel, a good budget choice
More Iloilo City Budget Choices
Those who love old houses should give the Family Pension House on Gen. Luna a look. It’s in a lovely old house in a convenient location near St. Paul’s Hospital. P575 for an air con room with private bath. Some of the rooms have the grandeur of an old Iloilo house with lovely hardwood floors and Capiz windows, some are not so nice. 033-335-0070
Those really, really on a budget can look at the Ong Bun Pension House on Ledesma Street near Quezon in the downtown area. Rooms start at P150 for a fan room with shared bath up to P635 for a triple with air conditioning. They also have air con rooms by the month for P5,000 to P6,000. You pay your own electric. I looked at a couple of rooms. The cheaper rooms were very small and basic, the more expensive rooms larger but still basic. The rooms and bathrooms seemed clean but a bit musty and threadbare. They seem to be making continual improvements. The residents I saw there were mostly students; young women attending local colleges and Koreans studying English. It seemed respectable and I enjoy the busy Chinoy-dominated business district that Ong Bun occupies. Phone: 033-335-1271. They have a web site: http://www.ongbun.com/pensionhouse-iloilo/
Special Note: Remember Iloilo’s popular (and hyper-noisy) Dinagyang Festival is during January 2012. Accommodations will be hard to find.
If you’d like to stay at a quiet beach resort close to Iloilo City we recommend Sol y Mar in Tigbauan. There are many other beach resorts, but Sol y Mar has a large, lovingly landscaped ocean front property. Sol y Mar avoids the noisy karaoke ambiance of many beach resorts. See /iloilo-city-beach-resort/
The above are places we have some personal familiarity with. For more choices in pension houses see the comprehensive www.stayiniloilo.com:
and for hotels: