My family and I stayed here for a little under 2 weeks for vacation from the States during the rainy season. This hotel is cheap for its value! The room we stayed in was very clean, and the shower had hot water with great water pressure. Something that may be of issue to some though is that some of the rooms have a very strong ammonia smell due to their rigorous cleaning. I've been to hotels with similar prices and ratings but none compare to Franchise One in terms of cleanliness.
Now, you've heard all the pros that I and several other posters have stated. People searching for reviews tend to look at the negative comments so let me talk about the very few and minor gripes I had about the hotel:
The internet. Their "broadband" is pretty slow. They also have this stupid system where you have to ask for a new log-in and password for every hour of wireless internet you want to use (you can also access the internet in your room but there's a fee). Why not just have a dedicated log-in and password for everybody at the hotel? If you're worried about security issues, change it every week. This will remove such inconvenience.
The soap-dish. They have these soap dishes in the bathroom that is structured with metal bars, and their handsoap is tiny so as a result the soap is constantly falling out if you don't take the needless effort to position the soap correctly.
The food is ehhh, but is really cheap. You're paying what you get for. However, they take FOREVER to make you food. There were various days where it would only be 3 of us in the dining area and they would take half an hour to make the food. It's really not that hard to make scrambled eggs and toast.
The location. I'm not talking about where the hotel is located geographically, it's actually in the middle of everything in so is a perfect place to stay if you plan on going places! I'm talking about the street it's on. We stayed here during the rainy season and if it rains hard and it starts flooding, best believe that you will be stranded here until the flood goes away. This has happened two nights to us during our 2 week stay. So if you're here during the on-season, please disregard this issue.
But besides those minor issues which are easily fixed, this hotel is PERFECT if all you need is a clean and quiet hotel to sleep in! I am definitely staying here again when I come back to visit the Philippines!
Tip: If you rely on taxi's on transportation, bring one of the brochures at the front desk with you. It has a map on it. Some taxis, whether they actually know where the hotel is located or not, will get lost trying to get here. Bring a brochure map and you should be good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy reasonably priced accommodations for budget conscious travelers who don't want to bust their wallets for a decent hot shower, a clean comfy bed in a sound proofed air conditioned room without windows to completely shut out city noise! Free Internet in the lobby coffee shop but wired Internet in rooms with small charge.You will get what you,pay for and as long as your expectations match the price paid, you'll be satisfied with the accommodations. Thousands have stayed with us and if we get 10 complaints out of a thousand, this can't be too bad, can it? Give us a try and if you find the reviews incorrect, please let us know!!Cheers! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Franchise 1 Hotel
- Franchise One Hotel Makati, Metro Manila