The New Dawn is listed in Trip Advisor as a B&B. It’s not, it is a hotel. It is part of a group of accommodations linked to the Grand City Hotel and is a relatively new hotel in central Cagayan De Oro. Although allegedly built within the last two years, poor building practices and inferior fittings are starting to make the place look old and a little worn.
I stayed at the New Dawn for three weeks and occupied an Executive Room. The only thing that I could see that distinguishes the Executive Room from other rooms is a bathtub , refrigerator and a larger floor space. The term “Executive” is both ambitious and misleading. The room is simply a large room with the forgoing additions. The bathroom was large and clean but has extremely slippery floor tiles. Having done a considerable amount of tiling, it’s my opinion that they put the floor tiles on the walls and the wall tiles on the floor as the ‘wall’ tiles had a texture that would have made them ideal for a non-slip floor tile. Combine the slippery tiles with the absence of a bath mat and you had to step gingerly out of the shower.
There was an issue with the hot water, as there is throughout the entire Philippines. Sometimes it was scalding and other times it was not even lukewarm. The time of day did not appear to influence the variations.
One of the reasons I booked an Executive Room was for the fridge. Pointless exercise as the fridge goes off, as does every powerpoint, when the key is removed from the slot at the door.
The room had two beds, a double and a single. The bed was firm and good to sleep on, however as usual, pillows were very ordinary. The aircon was effective and not too noisy and the room did not heat up too much during the day when the power was off. 10 minutes of running and the room was cool again. I was on the 4th floor at the far end of the hotel and it was reasonably quiet – traffic noise could not be heard.
The biggest issue for me with the New Dawn is that the cleaning staff never left clean towels. On one occasion I rang three times and waited an hour and a half, finally I had to go to the lobby and ask for towels. From that time on, when I returned to the hotel I simply asked for towels at the front desk. On one occasion the woman at the desk said: “but sir, you have not been to your room yet to see if there are towels.” I bet her 100p that there would be no towels. Lucky for her she didn’t accept the bet as – true to form – there were no towels in my room.
The New Dawn is a 10 minute walk to both Divisoria and a Gaisano Mall. If you don’t mind walking, you can even walk to Limketkai Mall complex in approximately 20 minutes. Otherwise it is a 40-50p taxi ride to Limketkai. Beside the hotel there is small take out/dine in restaurant called Tapsi Time – avoid it. The food was terrible.
Across the street is a Caltex service station which is open 24/7 and there is a reasonable supply of essentials and non-essentials available, at inflated prices of course.
Pros: Clean, cheap accommodation with large rooms. It is centrally located and easy to find. If the taxi driver doesn’t know the place, just tell them ‘Philtown Hotel’ as they all know it and the Philtown is nextdoor.
Cons: Hot water and towels. The room had a serious ant problem, but if you don’t leave any food out, they are not too bothersome. No other cons really. It is value for money, otherwise I would not have stayed for three weeks.
Recommended accommodation for a budget traveller who likes a clean environment.
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