During my first trip to Dumaguete early this year, I stayed at a budget hostel - the kind of place a traveler would just sleep on, take a shower and that's it. That's why my second trip to Dumaguete, also of this year was like Mr. Chow and an average Joe apart. I got the chance to stay at GoHotels Dumaguete, it is advertised as 'a place for every Juan' but without the torturous state of accommodation, because in actuality, the place can really compete among the priciest hotels all over the country. It is best described as a boutique hotel - fancy looking, neat, stylish and most of all very affordable.
The GoHotel's concept is "we want you to sleep like royalty, but we wont ask you to fork over a king's ransom". Which is true, since the walk-in rates are already reasonable, guests can even avail of a cheaper rates when booked online in advance. The hotel primarily encourages booking transactions online, riding the fad of modern hotels around the world, the earlier you book a room, the cheaper the rates can be.
Another thing to take note of is the advanced booking promo rates which they announce to the public through the hotel's official website. So be sure to regularly check their website or subscribe by emails for room-sales. Going back to the Hotel itself, the branch in Dumaguete is located beside the Robinsons Mall and is walking distance from the new integrated bus terminal slated to open later this year.
The hotel is designed in a post-modern style. The lobby's interior is spacious and the open-air setting creates a more welcoming atmosphere for the arriving guests. The rooms are more thoroughly detailed from the curtains, mirrors, lightning fixtures it all all conjures a more than homey environment. For a traveler such as myself used to cheap and ragged hostel rooms, I find the rooms at GoHotels more comely and makes me wanna spend more time inside it as opposed to just sleeping and taking a hurried bath.
|Fancy clothes hanger, flat screen TV and folding side table|
It gives a traveler a securing thought, no matter how tired one get in exploring and walking around, one will go home to a very comfortable hotel room to re-energize for the next day by getting a great rest and lengthy sleep.
Which I did after the two whole days of traveling around Dumaguete our group would always look forward to coming back to our temporary home.
To date, GoHotels have branches in Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Mandaluyong and is well on its way to open 30 more branches in the next five years. That is awesome news for budget travelers whose idea of 'budget accommodations' is not the roach infested, hardwood-bed and sleazy inns, which I used to torture myself a lot before.
To be updated with latest promos and to book early, visit the GoHotels website and "Like" their Facebook page or follow them on twitter.