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Drifters Apartel and British Bar
Ranked #19 of 52 Hotels in Davao City
Reviewed October 27, 2008

Stayed here with my girlfriend in a Studio Unit with kitchen for 20 nights from 10/6/08 - 10/25/08. Paid 1200php per night.
Room was very clean, staff was exceptional and most accomodating, cooked most of our own meals but did order off the menu a couple of times and the entrees were good.
Location was very quiet which I appreciated. Taxi fares were no more than 120php to most of the malls/downtown area.

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Reviewed September 11, 2008

Bert & Marnet, the owners of Drifters Davao Apartel and British Pub are kind and caring people that genially are concerned that your stay with them is comfortable and worry free. It was clear to me and my wife that the owners and staff at Drifters follow the golden rule; they treat you like they would want to be treated. The staff that helps them run the place follows their lead and it was service with a smile when ever we asked for anything at all. I would say that you can’t ask for better then that.
The rooms are clean and well thought out, along with very reasonably priced, the one that we chose didn’t have a kitchen but came with a good size Ice Box for cold drinks. I was really surprised it was so nice, large and comfortable costing just P 1,350 per night, the bed was large as well and had nice comfortable softness about it, unlike many that I have encountered that cost more and just had a foam slab that hurt my back.
The food that they offer was such a great unexpected surprise, the selection and quality, as well as the portion size, was all right in line with the noticeable golden rule mind set of the owners Bert & Marnet, to serve people a good selection of high quality food that they would want to eat if they were staying at Drifters as a guest.
In conclusion I am a frequent vacationer to Davao, so I have stayed at every nice hotel along with a few not so nice ones in Davao, and I wouldn’t stay at any another place in Davao again, unless there was no room at Drifters, for over all value, and general experience of our stay there it was 5 out of 5 stars across the board. I will be back to stay at Drifters no question about that.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank forrestpt
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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.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled solo
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10  Thank outriggerman
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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.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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9  Thank jhaddy_the_great
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Reviewed March 24, 2016
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  • Stayed: January 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 29, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2015
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  • Stayed: February 2015, traveled on business
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Additional Information about 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: $22 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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