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Drifters Apartel and British Bar
Ranked #18 of 52 Hotels in Davao City
Nottingham
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5 reviews
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“Two week stay”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Ended up staying two weeks back in November 2012. The Apartelle is quiet situated in Tierra nova. There are 7 rooms available, with varying utilities, we stayed in one with a kitchinette. The staff were very helpful and the room had cable TV. Its easy traveling to downtown Davao, they'll call a Taxi if you need. There's a pool and we daily had an excellent breeze around the pool area, which meant we eat food outside the room or away from the pub which is in the baasement. The food is excellent and has both English and Philipino cuisine. Its one of my favourite places to stay for future trips to Davao.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were new lodger of them as a couple of husband and wife. We had been staying twenty-five nights at "Drifters" since from September to October 2012. It was unforgettable experience for us that wide clean room, comfortable kitchen and dining table, quiet safety location, reasonable room rate and mostly there were kindly staffs in house who were concerning well very much for our requests every time while we were there. I believe that it is peaceful accommodation for travelers in Davao, really feeling at home. We were able to enjoy our activities without any interference. We were satisfied their offering of sufficient level of quality services. Exactly, we would like to stay at "Drifters" repeatedly when we have to stay in Davao. Thank you for giving wonderful time!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Burnie Tasmania
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

I've been in and out of davao and Drifters for 3 years now, this time i spent most of Oct at drifters and from my previous trip in Feb all is the same Good service, Good comfortable rooms, Good food, plenty of people coming and going to befriend and talk to and have a nice cold beer with.
location is good even to go across the city in a taxi was only $6 im paying that on a flag-fall here in oz!! not all the taxis no how to get to Drifters but that's expected, its not hard to direct them when you where it is.
The city is creeping out more towards Lanang so things are getting closer all the time. the new malls are close by and i got some dental work done at metro dental at abreeza mall found them very good.
Another little gem i found was if you have to extend your visa go to Fastpass Tours its about 15 meters to the left of immigration right on the main road, They will do the extension for 500peso and the fee for the extension, you go in give then the money and sign the paperwork and they give you a txt when its done (can be done same day ) TOO BLOODY EASY and that's hard to find in the PI hahah.
Good vacation will be back again soon.
big shout out to Cecil,Abey,Ann,Lucy, for the nice cold beer and rhum coke, Ate Flor, Yollen and Kuya for the wonderful food , Ate ( the ghost who walks as u dont see her cleaning your room ) housekeeping and laundry and to Kuya Guard whos always there to let you in after a big night out
its a home away from home

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Canada
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I was in Davao for a few days and had previously met Bert the owner of the apaetelle and had to go there for a meal and drink. Being new to the area I phoned ahead and the very friendly receptionist gave the driver directions. My short stay was a very happy one with nice dood and conversation at the bar. The place is very neat, tidy and organised. Well worth a stay when in Davao.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Burlington, KY
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Drifters is indeed an apartelle. Personally, my wife and I liked the place. The only problem we had was a taxi that could not find the place bringing us back after dinner. Make sure that you have the address and phone number for the driver as it is in a gated community. I really liked the bar and the staff. They lost their wifi while I was there and I gave them some free troubleshooting and traced it to a dead broadband router. They had NO internet service. Glad that the credit card was handled via modem! No problems getting taxis right away. Good value for the money.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I had recently stayed at Drifters with my wife for a week. Pity I only found it after three weeks stay in Davao. Having traveled a lot through Asia & Middle East I would not hesitate to recommend this place to my friends and colleagues. Great staff, food, location & accommodation.
This is the only place I will stay in Davao from now on.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Bert, Marnet and the staff at Drifters Apartel & British Pub were welcoming, professional and are extremely at ease with making guests feel at home. We were pleasantly surprised at the safe & quiet location, all within a short ride from all Davao has to offer. Our unit had air conditioning, Sky TV, internet access, fully fitted kitchen, refrigerator, dining suite, hot water shower and they even managed to fulfil my request to supply a cot for our 10 month old daughter.
Because our stay exceeded 21 days we received a significant discount on a rate that I already thought was a bargain.
FREE extras included - pick up at the airport, supply of dry towels when swimming in the child friendly pool, use of the BBQ facilities and a billiard table in the well stocked bar (unfortunately drinks not free, but they are cheap and cold!). Do yourself a favour and sample the food at Drifters "Pirates Pub". Meals are the same price or cheaper than most European/American style restaurants in Davao and in my opinion the variety, portion sizes, ingredient quality and service is second to none (don't miss the Sunday roast!).
One last thing I would like to commend them on is the onsite shop that carries a good range of imported packaged foods and beverages for those who need a little “taste” of home or maybe introduce the in-laws to some saucy new flavours.
We could not have asked for more and recommend Drifters as the best family friendly accommodation in Davao.
Thank you and we will be sure to visit again soon.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Drifters Apartel and British Bar
Address: 39 Pili Street | Nova Tierra Sub Division Lanang, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Sur Province > Davao City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Davao City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Drifters Apartel and British Bar 1.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifters is a family owned hotel consisting of 7 fully fitted and serviced apartments, We can accommodate family's up to 10 persons. We are located inside Nova Tierra Village Lanang Davao City. Drifters provides free access to and from the airport and is approx 5km from Davao central. We are only 10 min away from Samel Island Ferry's. On site is the Pirates British underground Pub, serving freshly cooked traditional English / Asian foods. And of course a world wide selection of beers and wines. We can help you with travel plans both local or to any part of the Philippine Islands. We have free WIFI all over. Swimming Pool, Beer Garden. Please remember this is a family hotel. We are Pet friendly if you are Drifters friendly. ... more   less 
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