Before considering a stay at this hotel, it is important to understand what you are getting yourself into! This hotel is located in Smallville in Iloilo City and during the day is very quiet and inactive. Some of the Smallville restaurants don't even open until dinner time. But when night falls, the people arrive and the whole area springs to life! It also becomes very noisy.
Important tip: Request a room facing away from the club (unless you want to sleep with earplugs in, but that may not even be enough to quell the rhythmic thumping emanating from the hotel owned club across from the lobby called MO2 Ice).
My family and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in December. We were able to get promo rates so the hotel was very affordable. The first night we stayed in a deluxe room facing the club (oops). The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The hotel staff were very helpful for any requests we had. A few of us were sick and we ran out of toilet paper in the middle of the night. Staff brought us a new roll within minutes of making the request. The only problem with the room was the rhythmic thumping that began around 9 pm from the club. Everyone in my family was exhausted and had no trouble sleeping (especially our kids, 10, and 2) except for me as I had a mild flu that in combination with the thumping prevented me from getting almost any sleep.
For our second and third nights we upgraded to a Junior Suite facing away from the club. The room was huge and had a center partition with the beds on the right of it and a small living room with a chair, couch, center table, fridge, and LCD TV. The TV was on swivel stand so you could flip it and watch it from the beds. Our older daughter loved going back and forth from the beds to the couch watching cartoons. Our youngest daughter loved running around the room giggling. The bathroom was clean and large, and the shower was fantastic. I believe the rooms have individual hot water heaters as the hot water would run out after about 5-10 minutes of use.
The WiFI network was not very stable and I had a lot of difficulty keeping our devices connected to it whenever it was available. We frequently had to go to the front desk to use the WiFi as it was more stable. The hotel staff did everything possible to help but I think the problem is the devices are low quality (Linksys Wireless G routers for the visible ones). The internet was down only for an hour or two during our entire stay.
The area around the hotel called Smallville is fantastic for restaurant options during the day and clubs at night. Although we had children with us and didn't use the clubs except for a brief visit on our last night, we walked around the Smallville area and ate at a few of the restaurants. They were very reasonably priced and the food quality was exceptional! One restaurant we highly recommend is the Filipino restaurant called Bauhinia. You will not be disappointed! Another plus is the river boardwalk which is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We didn't realize it was within walking distance until late on our last night! The next time we stay at Westown, we will definitely spend a lot more time here!!!
There is also a water-park at this hotel which the kids will just love. With your room reservation, you get 4 tickets per day for the water-park. You can also get your hand stamped for re-entry.
We ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant each morning and it was decent. There is not a lot of options but the staff are friendly and attentive and the food was acceptable.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Westown but it is not for everyone.
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