There’s more to the western part of Panay than Boracay. In fact, there are many interesting places in the provinces of Aklan, Antique and western Iloilo that just amazes without driving all the way to Caticlan. Ruins, churches, food and rowdy festivals are there waiting. Whenever I’m on the road, I still look for a comfortable place to stay but something that is not too expensive and not too cheap, lest it makes me room mates with rats and other vermin. But I don’t refuse good and descent but cheap rooms.
While I stayed for four nights in Kalibo, I only had one night each in San Jose, Antique and in Iloilo.
2nd Floor, CHVH Building
Bantayan, San Jose, Antique
(063) 927-219-8524 (Mobile)
There are only a few accommodations in San Jose de Buenavista, the capital town of Antique province but I was told that most of the pension houses here have hotel like amenities. I chose Centillion House since it offered me P750, compared with another one which was P1,000 (but made a counter offer of P900 when I said that its expensive) including wifi.
The building is quite imposing with large letters emblazoned at its two entrances as it is in between two converging streets. Downstairs are a series of shops and stalls that includes some eateries. Rooms are located at the second floor.
The room given to me was quite spacious, in fact, there used to be two beds. However, the spaciousness can’t make up for the rather narrow bed which was just okay. Foam’s not too hard or not too soft. One pillow can’t give me a good sleep though.
This accommodation includes continental breakfast and by that, it’s usually just two slices of toasted bread, butter and jam with coffee and sugar sweet powdered juice. There is wifi but it’s P50 for one whole night.
Iloilo Midtown Hotel
The Summer House
Yulo Street, Iloilo City, Philippines
(033) 336-6888 / 336-8888
Whenever I’m in Iloilo, I usually stay at the budget accommodations of Ong-bun Pension. It’s clean and spacious but quite popular with travelers that it easily gets full later in the day. As I arrived late afternoon in Iloilo and didn’t make any reservations, I was left to look for other accommodations.
Unsure, I just asked the taxi to take me to a descent one and the driver took me downtown, to Iloilo Midtown Hotel. I’m not really sure if this one is in any way an affiliate of the Midtown Hotels in Cebu or Manila but the rooms are okay.
For a single accommodation, I was given a double at a discounted rate of P1,050 which already includes breakfast. It’s cozy, the yellow room lights including the lamp makes the small space inviting. I really like the bed which is comfortable but the rectangular pillow, however, needs getting used to.
The hotel has both paid and free wifi, however, as I was at a corner room, the free signal was a bit erratic that I only relied on my mobile internet stick. As I vowed to do Dinagyang 2013, I already made reservations in this hotel, at the same room. Their towels are also good.
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