I have stayed at this hotel 3 times. First you have to understand that San Jose isn't a tourist town and there isn't a lot of choice with accommodations. Other higher end choices are Villa Paulina and El Morra. Both of these hotels are in the 3,000 to 4,000p range. Rooms in the Sikatuna run about 1,000p about $25 a night. The Sikatuna has a nice location right on the beach with views of the ocean from some of its rooms. This place can get very busy, unlike the other two places I mentioned. Most of the rooms are very basic. You do get a TV, bathroom, bed and aircon. Twice my rooms didn't have hot water. That's not as big of a problem as it sounds as the ground water temperature isn't very cold. The staff is friendly and the service is usually ok. The restaurant is fairly decent. Again there aren't any high end places to eat in San Jose and your choice of food is mainly filipino food, maybe you can get a pizza around town or pasta. Forget, Northern Italian, French, Indian, etc. This is the hot spot to stay in town, just don't set your sights up too high. The standard of living in this part is not very high. For the most part the people living in this area live in very basic homes and the pay here is much less then the bigger cities in the Philippines. What can I say, this town isn't ripe yet for tourism. If you want to see what its like to live in a small town in the Philippines, this is the place. There is a nice sense of innocence about this place, almost untouched by the west.
- Also Known As:
- Sikatuna Beach Hotel San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines