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Drifters Apartel and British Bar
Ranked #19 of 52 Hotels in Davao City
Queensland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
Reviewed July 27, 2008

I stayed at Drifters Davao for 16 days. It is a small privately owned and operated apartel which includes a British style basement pub. The rooms are of an excellent standard being very large and spotless and some include kitchen facilities. Importantly the shower has good water flow and is actually hot. The staff are all friendly,efficient and can't do enough for you. My room cost only 1350 pesos a night and there are significant discounts for extended stays. Philipino and British/Australian meals are available all day at very reasonable prices and are served in the bar or your room or by the pool. It is located in the northern area of Davao close to the airport (but no noise) and near the beach and access to the Samal island resorts in a quiet upmarket residential estate.
I have travelled widely in the Philippines and would rate this establishment as one of the best value for money hotels I have found.

  • Liked — Spacious and clean
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2008

My wife and I stay here whenever we visit Davao. Drifters is basically 5 or 6 apartments in a complex with a British style bar underneath. The place can be hard to find as it is located deep inside a residential village but the advantage of this is that it is quiet. They usually pick us up from the airport anyhow which is good as we wouldn't find it ourselves! The rooms are spacious and most importantly clean, and we always rent the studio with kitchen and en-suite, advantage being that we can cook our own food, saving money. They do however serve food in the bar which seems to be reasonable. The place is close to Hagars place (a popular expat hangout) and about 15 mins to downtown, depending on traffic of course. In the past they have arranged boat trips to Talikud island for us which can only be described as an undiscovered paradise. We're planning to go back this coming Sept.

  • Liked — Nice rooms and good bar
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Drifters Apartel and British Bar

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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