Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Circle Inn (Iloilo City)

Image taken from http://www.circleinn-iloilo.com/

There are many hotel choices in Iloilo City but some of my friends recommended Circle Inn. I did a little research about the hotel and booked a room via Agoda.com. We stayed in Circle Inn for 2 nights.

Smokers, beware. This is a non smoking hotel. Well, Iloilo in general is a non smoking city and is very strict about it. I bet you won't be able to find a smoking hotel in this city.  The hotel doesn't have a smoking are, none at all. They have no smoking rooms, no common smoking area. 

Circle Inn is located one block away from Ortiz Wharf so it is an ideal hotel of choice if you're planning to go from Iloilo to Guimaras.

We arrived in Iloilo mid morning and got to the hotel at around 11:30 am. My companion and I were able to make an early check in since the room we are going to occupy is ready for us. We booked a Standard Twin Room for Php 1200 a night.

The hotel lobby

Hotel cafe / restaurant

Here's how our room looks like.

Standard Twin Room

The only two power outlets available inside the room. Ugh. 

Bathroom

Shower

Complimentary shampoo and soap

The room is pretty basic. Their bed is comfortable but we were only provided with a pillow each. Air conditioning takes a little time to cool. Few power outlets are available. Toilet has no bidet. The water heater in the first room that we occupied didn't work really well since we weren't able to adjust the temperature that easily. No hair dryer is available for the standard room but you can pay Php 50 per day to rent for it.  Quite a hassle but, yeah, it's ok for the price. :)

One reason why I booked the hotel is because of their pool, which we never really been able to use since our itinerary is packed. It looked big in the photos but I was surprised to see that it's not as big. Their pool is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm only. Its nice to hang out by the pool at night. My friend and I grabbed a bottle of beer during our last night before we head out for dinner.

The hotel pool

The staff is accommodating though some wouldn't really go an extra mile for you like make restaurant reservations and help you with directions. I don't know but maybe I was just very lucky to have stayed in a lot of hotels around the Philippines and even around Asia and extended some pretty good customer service.

Will I recommend Circle Inn for travelers visiting Iloilo? Well, It's an okay hotel, but there's really nothing special about the service and the hotel facilities.

Circle Inn Iloilo

Iznart St, Iloilo City Proper,
Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Website: http://www.circleinn-iloilo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CircleInnHotelSuitesIloilo
Contact number: (033) 508 0000


Also read my other blog posts about my Incredible Iloilo visit:

Breakthrough Restaurant
Bourbon Street 
Punot Flavors of Iloilo
Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy
Maridel's 
Tatoy's Manokan

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