Cozy and budget friendly hostel in Tagbilaran

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Quite spacious private aircon room with en suite toilet and bath
Quite spacious private aircon room with en suite toilet and bath

I just love this hostel so much that I just have to blog about it. It’s cozy, easy on the wallet and has character that whenever I am in Tagbilaran, I always stay here. Marbella Leisure Hostel along Gallares St. is just so near major establishments that it’s just walking distance: St. Joseph Cathedral, BQ Mall, Provincial Capitol, National Museum and just infront of HNU-Main.

It’s actually an old building with an eclectic architecture. The hostel is at the second and third floors. Go up a flight of stairs for the lobby. While most modern hotels can be so impersonal, this one has beautiful and shiny wooden floors, wide staircases and really clean rooms. It has charm.

While the hostel offers cheaper aircon rooms, these have common toilets and baths, I prefer to stay at the P990 private rooms with en suite toilet and bath. It’s quite spacious, have queen sized, comfortable beds. Downside? On busy days, it can get noisy as the street is just infront and tricycles ply the route.

Wifi is available only at the lobby. However, when I reserve my room, I always tell the front desk in-charge for either room 201 or 301, and to some extent, if these two are not available, rooms 202 or 302. Wifi signal reaches these rooms.

Marbella Leisure Hostel is a sister and budget friendly establishement of Metrocentre Hotel and Convention Center. I came to know of this hostel when the much expensive Metrocentre referred me here. There you have it!

Beautiful old facade of the hostel
Beautiful old facade of the hostel
Hostel lobby and front desk
Hostel lobby and front desk
Hallway of the private aircon rooms with en suite toilet and bath
Hallway of the private aircon rooms with en suite toilet and bath
Airconditioned room for three, common toilet and bath
Airconditioned room, common toilet and bath

MARBELLA LEISURE HOSTEL
Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City
(63-38) 4122966
[email protected]
www.marbellaleisure.com

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3 thoughts on “Cozy and budget friendly hostel in Tagbilaran

  1. When in Tagbilaran, I always stay at Tavers Pension House – a bare inn along Remolador Street. Might try this one when I come back in July. Looks a bit classier.

  2. Currently checked in at El Portal Inn along Belderol St. My room with LCD TV, good wifi connection, hot shower, ref, and a really nice, thick mattress, plus spacious parking slot in front is worth only P1,000, a discounted rate from the usual P1,075, for comebackers. I prefer to stay here than Marbella even though my office is a stone’s throw away from that hostel because it’s more peaceful here. Also, El Portal is only an 8-peso tricycle ride away from almost everywhere. Really accommodating staff too. 🙂 Try it next time!

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