Hotel Tavern Surigao

Best hotel to stay in Surigao City

Sea view suite with balcony, the most expensive room in the hotel

Sea view suite with balcony, the most expensive room in the hotel

I like Hotel Tavern. From the looks of it, grand, modern, has sophistication and finesse that comes as a surprise in Surigao City. And if one is along the port of this city early in the morning, where motorized pumpboats are docked, it rises above the low lying and drab buildings, it can impress. Come night time, its architecture, size and the lit windows can be an attraction in itself.

Hotel Tavern has come a long way. From its early days as a wooden structure, a rented house with nine rooms back in 1948 is now a modern hotel that has a newer wing but still preserving its charm. From a humble 300 sqm space, to 6,000, to what it has now.

View of the sea from the balcony

View of the sea from the balcony

The high ceilinged lobby is spacious, with contemporary decor which I like very much. The high glass panels let in daylight that cuts down on lighting costs. Furniture? It espouses modern Filipino contemporary which usually translates to great design, marrying modern and indigenous materials.

Muted hues and minimalist approach is what I like in this hotel. From the lobby, to the corridors and into the rooms. Comfortable beds ensure that you have a good rest but the best ones are in the new building especially facing the sea with a veranda. But because it is one of the tallest in Surigao City, the higher floors do give you a good view of the nearby islands if you’re facing the sea or of the city, at the other side.

Exterior of hotel as viewed from the boardwalk

Exterior of hotel as viewed from the boardwalk

Facade of hotel at night

Facade of hotel at night

Hotel Tavern is more of a business hotel, catering more to the mining industry but is also a good choice for tourists because of its location, far from the center where its quiter, but still very accessible, great views, modern and good value for money. Its also a short walk to the pier for roadside eateries where one of the best barbecues in the city are found!

It also has function rooms and is a bit popular with weddings. Breakfast buffets are served and comes with your room. However, their restaurant food for a la carte meals needs to be improved. When in Surigao City, do check out this premier hotel.

Corridor design of hotel

Corridor design of hotel

Furniture at lobby

Furniture at lobby

Mezzanine and stairs leading to lobby

Mezzanine and stairs leading to lobby

Hotel Tavern
www.hoteltavern.com
Borromeo St., Surigao City
+63 86 826 8566

Hotel Tavern Surigao hosted me for two nights in 2012.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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3 Comments

  1. Bonzenti,Con Tour
    January 24, 2013 @ 20:20

    Very Neat and Clean. With great vantage point for a great view of sea scape at the higher level. High Ceiling is now the trend to cut cost on electricity. :-). At least naa nako idea bai. thanks ani.

  2. estancabigas
    January 24, 2013 @ 21:12

    Welcome bai

  3. jason james
    May 22, 2013 @ 17:46

    In my opinion best hotels never disappoints their customers, they provide everything their customer needs and this should be the main motive of every employee in hotels.

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