I stayed at the Swagman on & off for several nights, using it as a base & taking advantage of their laundry & safe facility (at the front desk) as we traveled around the Philippines which worked well. Some of the hotel staff were great, & really helpful in assisting with our plans - always greeting us with big smiles upon our return & questions on how our trip was. The free airport shuttle was also very helpful. It is a budget hotel, but we found it to be clean. I must admit I did see at least 2 couples arrive on the shuttle; only to be ask to be dropped off somewhere else once they saw their surroundings & were bombarded by the street vendors - I dont know what they were expecting! At the time of our stay there were quite a few street vendors & very young beggers (who were all lovable & we knew by name by the end of our trip), homeless children & families. Humbling is probably a good word to describe the area. Its very convenient & I found it to be safe with general street sense. Ironically - the thing that really ruined this place for us were the solo 'older' Australian patrons. We witnessed them on many occasions requesting for locals - including kids to be sent up to their room. Is was frustrating & so depressing to just have to watch.. It was my first experience the night we arrived at the hotel & I have never been so disgusted. I haven't seen many other posts mentioning this - so I really hope that this is no longer the case. NB: Actual travel date Jan 2008.
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