Let me start by saying I like this place. So, you know at the beginning that I'm going to praise it. I think its hospitality is its greatest charm. It is pretty affordable, and you're not going to get the amenities of a 5-star hotel, but you know that going in, right?
I happen to be an Ermita bum, and I know all the places in the area (i.e. Swagman, Slouch Hat, Southern Cross, Sandico Apartelle, the old Black Stump, Amazonia, etc). I have stayed in 'em all. I would have to rate the rooms at the Duck Inn as perhaps better than them all. Now, the amenities are spartan, but the rooms are clean and I never got that "creepy" feel that I have in some other budget inns. I have always got a room with a window, because frankly without a window I feel like I am on a Navy ship. Anyway, again, the rooms are clean although simple and spartan.
Know what? It's the ambience of the place that really sells it. The bar/restaurant area is about as hospitable as it gets. I have never met an employee there with a sour puss attitude. They all act like they have the best jobs on earth. The door guys treat you as a valued customer every time you come in. You just feel like you're coming home to your friends when you walk into the place.
Good food is served here. Never had a bad meal, or even a so-so one. The fried rice is excellent, as is the chicken adobo. The tables abut the pool tables so you can watch folks playing pool as a diversion. Or, you can watch the nice large screen televisions which predominantly play Aussie rugby (I can't figure the game out, I'm American), news, or live rock musical concerts from the 80s...very good.
I kinda consider the Duck Inn to be a port in a storm, as it is a haven off the streets of chaotic MH del Pilar and all the hustle and bustle in the area. Its hospitality, charm, and friendly atmosphere sell it. Again, the rooms are nothing exceptional, but they are clean and basic enough. I gotta mention that getting to these rooms by the rather steep staircase can be kind of laborious, especially if you've had a few to drink. Just remember to put on your navigator hat before ascending it.
I'll give it 5 stars as a budget location, for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duck Inn Hotel has 13 rooms , 4 Standard rooms 3 smoking with windows and 1 non smoking without windows. 7 Superior Rooms 3 smoking with windows and 4 non smoking without windows. 2 Deluxe room both smoking with windows. All rooms equipped with Queen size bed, Cable TV, Air Conditioned, Safety vault, Mini Bar, Hot and cold shower and Intercom to call for any assistance needed.Laundry Service is also available. Check inn time is 1pm and Check out time is 12noon. We also have transport to the airport ranging from 800 depending on the time of arrival.We have affiliation to assist with any travel tickets reservation and visa extension if required. 24 hours security. We have 24 hours Bar and Restaurant serving first class Western and Filipino Food. Two pool tables, 3 LARGE SCREEN TV Showing all the Major Sports Event. Live music on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. ... more less