Iloilo City Hotel and Pension House Recommendations

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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.
Smallville/Avenue/Plazuela/SM City shopping and entertainment area on the outskirts of Iloilo has several quite new hotels and a collection of the hippest restaurant and “legitimate”  nightclubs.  It’s the place where Iloilo’s multitudinous college students and hip young people hang out.  There is not much action until after dark.  Midday it’s a bit dull.  But after dark it’s possible to walk from your hotel to restaurants and clubs.
Traditional Downtown Iloilo has far more hotel choices, more upscale hotels and more inexpensive accommodations and easy access to medical care, vastly more shopping options and, for those inclined, bars offering adult entertainment.
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

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:

http://www.stayiniloilo.com/pension.php?stays=P

and for hotels:

http://www.stayiniloilo.com/hotels.php?stays=H

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  1. hello ask ko lng po kung nakapag stay na po kayo sa 88 hotel po yata yung name ,jan sa likod ng UP iloilo ?

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  2. hi po!.. ask lng sana kung may monthly rates po ba ang ong bun? kng mron man how much po ba at anong klase ng room na po ba yon? i mean air conditioned na ba at may private cr and bathroom? tnx po!

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  3. Hi. My husband and I are going to iloilo 4th week of January. Where do you suggest we stay, in Smallville or Downtown? We want accessibility to restaurants, shopping, a little nightlife, but still with relative quiet. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Angel,

      It’s so hard to answer your question. So much depends on what you like to do. For dining and entertainment, Smallville is probably best, but if you want to explore the city on foot, especially the fascinating shops and historic buildings of Iloilo’s “Chinatown”, downtown is better. Iloilo is not a big city so, wherever you stay, it’s easy to explore the city.

      Bob and Carol

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  4. If you can travel just under 30 kilometers east to Barotac Nuevo there is a unique pension house called Aseur Pension House run by Lorrie. The house has a top open deck and closed area and is elaborately decorated and extremely clean. Most of the rooms have air conditioning and rates are between 500 (maybe less for non air rooms) up to 900 or so for family rooms. Our monthly stay was negotiated to a reasonable amount and we were impressed with the amount of interior decorating and fancy tiles everywhere. When you get to the tee in the road at Barotac Nuevo from the Iloilo road get off the jeepney or bus and turn left or continue to drive turn left. It is just about a block or two’s distance on the left. They also sell wonderful roasted chickens downstairs and drinks. You can eat there also. The cook will prepare your meals either with your own food if you want or theirs or you can eat out. Iloilo is not far and easily accessible by jeepney or bus.

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  5. Do you have any recommendation for affordable yet quality hotels / pension houses in Iloilo City? We’re planning to stay there for our 10th Wedding Anniversary this September. Thanks!

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  6. Hi there guys, I just want to know more about the specific rates for each room (Sarabia Charter Penshoin House), esp. double. I really need it as soon as possible since I’m planning to go there next week. Thanks a lot!

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    • You’ll have to call Sarabia: (033) 508-185. Expect to pay P550 to P1200, depending on the room you choose. Post here if you get better info. Good luck.

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