I recently stayed at the north zen hotel in Davao city Philippines. The hotel is rather new and is about 30 min. from the airport. The hotel sits on a rather quiet street with homes and small businesses. It's about 10 min. from the new breeze shopping mall and about 15 min. from the SM city Mall. The staff there greeted me very warmly they were aware of my reservation they spoke terrific English and were very friendly and accommodating. in the same complex are a couple of other shops downstairs including the restaurant right next store was very clean very reasonably priced has a very friendly staff. The food is Filipino and the breakfast is a very good deal. I stayed in the Zen suite which is their top room available, it's on the ground floor has a clean bed and the 32 inch television.
Clean, air-conditioned, and all new fixtures, in fact it's still smell of freshly painted.
Here are the positives -
New new new. New air-conditioning, new television, all new fixtures in the bathroom.
Excellent staff, Jeffrey at the front desk, both of the security guards, the cleaning staff, and I can't forget the two young ladies at the front desk in the morning they were both so friendly and also so intelligent, very helpful.
clean and very new. Also including the restaurant next-door very clean and also a very good value.
Excellent television, with a lot of excellent television stations, the very best of my month-long travels throughout Asia.
free Wi-Fi, strong and very thankful for that.
Here are the negatives –
Horrible water pressure. The lowest water pressure I experienced on my month long travels.
Poor lighting. Both in the bathroom, and also in the living area.
Not enough electrical plugs were available. 1 plug in the living room, and zero electricity plugs in the bathroom.
No safety box in the room.
Incorrect bedding in the living room. The blanket did not cover the entire bed. Only one sheet covering the mattress, therefore the building was incorrect.
Air conditioner, although brand-new, was so noisy I thought there was a pickup truck inside the room
Overall review –
I paid $47 for the Zen suite a special price discounted from $82
If the ownership or the management was to change all the negative aspects which I have mentioned above. I would then say that this is indeed a very good value. With the changes in place I would say that the Zen hotel could be a five star legitimate boutique hotel. This would make it very unique in the city of Davao. If the changes were not made, then I would say that the Zen Hotel is a three star hotel at best, and I would not say that it was a very good value at that.
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