We booked this hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews and from a write up in the Lonely Planet Guidebook. Overall good value -- you can pay less at other nearby properties and you can also pay more, so what you are getting is pretty good value that is right in the middle of ultra cheap accommodations and luxury.
Location: Great. 10 minute walk to Robinson's Mall (plenty of stores and LOTS of food options) and a 5-minute walk to Rizal Park. A quick cab ride to Fort Santiago and Intramuros. At least 5 cheap massage places within a 5-minute walk (two offered one-hour massages for only 200 pesos) and two barbershops also a 5-minute walk away (100 pesos for a haircut! 100 pesos for a manicure!). Other restaurants just around the corner -- Café French Bakery, ChowKing, Chic-Boy, Max's, McDonalds.
Hotel: on our trip there were a lot of staff members in training. They always greeted us (we felt like we were on a cruise ship with everyone saying "Good morning ma'am") and it seemed like there was pretty good security. A big plus is WiFi available not just in the public area lobby, but extending to the room. Flat screen TV, decent channels. Beds and linens were fine. A/C blew cold air, shower was hot enough and good water pressure. Each room receives shower slippers to use during your stay, as well as bath towels and a small bar of soap and shampoo. Facilities were clean. Didn't hear noise from other rooms, but definitely heard the street scape -- honking, cars driving by, etc. No refrigerator. Enough plugs to recharge electronics. Bedside lamp, check. Our A/C unit wasn't completely sealed from outside elements, which probably explains the multiple mosquito bites I received at night. One mosquito can cause so much damage!! But I don't necessarily blame the hotel, it is the Philippines after all. I might consider bringing my mosquito net next time.
Food: Each guest receives a small breakfast each morning, with choices of a main dish, starch (rice or bread), egg (hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled or fried) and a drink (coffee, tea or juice). It was ample enough, service was quick in the restaurant. You also get water which I assume is purified since I didn't get sick after I drank it. Didn't try the restaurant food for lunch or dinner.
Overall, a good stay of 3 nights. Area can get a little dodgy late at night (like after 11pm), but we felt safe enough. Another nice part is that when a cab is hailed, the front door man tells the driver where we wanted to go and then he wrote down the cab information, I assume to keep the cabbies honest (of which we had one that took the very long scenic way back to the hotel in order to pad his rate). Based on the location, spartan but functional room, decent breakfast and good service from staff, we definitely recommend the Casa Bocobo Hotel.
Other tip: Watch out for pickpockets, not just in markets!! A ten-year old, who I assumed was begging for money, stealthily unzipped my pant pocket and stole all of my money while I was waiting to cross the street. My guard was down for just a few moments, and that is all that it took. I was prepared for the markets, but not for innocently crossing the street in Ermita!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect hotel for travelers who yearn only the basic in lodging but demand excellence in service. A no-frills hotel, we put emphasis on practicality and sensibility. Rooms are impeccably clean and comfortable, set in a safe and secure location. Ideally located along Jorge Bocobo Street corner Kalaw and Avenue in Ermita, we are in close proximity to business and commercial districts. Nearby tourist spots include Rizal Park, Roxas Boulevard, Intramuros, Manila Ocean Park, and Binondo (Chinatown). Manned by well-trained personnel whose mission is to provide guests service that radiates the warmth and efficiency of true Filipino hospitality - ensuring a stay so comfortable; guests will definitely feel right at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Casa Bocobo