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.
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.
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.
Borromeo St., Surigao City
+63 86 826 8566
Hotel Tavern Surigao hosted me for two nights in 2012.