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Sampaguita Tourist Inn
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Sampaguita Tourist Inn
Ranked #89 of 124 Davao City B&B and Inns
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Cheap, nice location”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

This inn is budget-friendly, but there are other place to stay with the same range of price with much better service. The hotel staff is not that friendly and accommodating. The rooms are not so huge but its clean and silent though. But the hotel location is really nice very near to major locations and easy to ride a taxi or jeepney.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2013

The inn's perfect location and cheap price is the best come-on of Sampaguita. I'm a budget traveller and these two are main reasons why I chose to stay here.

PROS:
-cheap
-located in the downtown area; close to everything
-easy commute to anywhere because of location

BUT, as the title says, if you can afford to pay an additional P200 or more for a more decent and secure lodging, do so and avoid this place.

Sampaguita Inn has no security parameters and the receptionists' attitude are very lousy. They are all wearing make-up maybe as a requirement by the management for them to look presentable but they badly needed to be trained in customer relations. Maybe it's because this inn caters to poorer [?] travellers that's why they don't look enthusiastic in dealing with clients. It always seem as if they have better things to do [such as talking to one another] than answer queries. Without exaggerating, The receptionists were really masungit. But the cleaners are very nice and accommodating. A simple smile would sometimes suffice.

As I've already mentioned, Sampaguita has no security measures. They only have the security guard at the entrance BUT for you to be able to get your key, all you need to do is to go to the counter, dictate your room number and voila, the room key is handed to you. No questions asked.

So if someone is out to steal some things, they can just very well do that.

This is a very serious issue because after a few days, I tried checking in here again. I already filled out the form and was given a room key [the room number is 219]. As I opened the door, here's what I saw/felt: A black trolley suitcase that was opened, a cold room because the A/C was turned on, a laptop with the power on lying on the bed. SO, IF YOU VALUE YOUR THINGS, DON'T CHECK IN HERE.

I went back down and told the lady that the room was already occupied. She checked her records then told me that there are no more rooms available indeed. I walked a few meters and there's the old Sampaguita Inn. Fortunately, they weren't fully booked and I was able to get a room from the nice clerk [the first receptionist I saw smile] and was able to rest peacefully. Not. Because there were a lot of cockroaches. :) I saw 3. At least the air-conditioner was working. :)

To the management: what happened to me was a very serious security lapse. If I were a bad person I would've taken 219's gadget.

Oh. The thing I liked best about this place is that they serve free water. Cold water.

Room Tip: They don't accept advance reservations [without payment, presumably] and as already mentioned, t...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2013

this hotel is recommended if you're travelling on a tight budget and just needed a place to sleep at night and put all your things before wondering around davao. there are different kinds of room depending on your needs, from single to family rooms or fan to aircon rooms.

the hotel's dining is open 24 hrs a day and they offers free wifi. what i don't like is the receptionists, they are all snobby and not easy to talk to. they also don't even smile or greet their guest. i don't even remember they greeted us. the guards are a lot better and easier to approach and you can ask them directions to places you're not familiar with. they are even more friendly than the receptionists!

also, they requires P500.00 deposit for the remote control which i think i a large amount but refundable upon check out just make sure you don't lose your deposit slip which is just a little piece of paper so, good luck in keeping that!

the place is walking distance to peoples park, one of gaisano mall and davao's doctors. there are also food stalls near the gaisano mall. it is also located along the highway so jeepneys and other transport is easy.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank tindichoso
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General Santos City, General Santos, Philippines
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62 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2012

these hotel is not recommended for those people who always complain. because this hotel is not that nice it seems old. the room and bed are small. there is no elevator. but if you are travelling on a tight budget and just need a place to rest at night and put your belongings this place is exactly what you need. it is also a walking distance to peoples park and barbeque stalls if you want to eat delicious food.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank Sheryl Rose C
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Davao City, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2012

I have stayed at both the Sampaguita tourist inns in Davao city.
the one on mt mayon street. and the one on Quirino ave. both have the same owner.
there is a total of 200 rooms. and they are 200 m apart.
both are clean. both have free wifi.free soap and tissue.
the cost of a Fan room with own bathroom and tv at the Sampaguita tourist inn on Quirino
ave was Just php325 a night.
and a Fan room with own bathroom and tv at the Sampaguita tourist inn mt mayon street
was from Just php300 a night.
A air.con room with own bathroom and tv and hot water was from php525
there are also Sampaguita tourist inns with the same owner in Naga 2x Legaspi. masbate. and Nabua. and with same name in Cebu 2X and Daet.

Room Tip: try to be at the sampaguita before 3pm as rooms fill up fast.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Belfast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2012

In many years of travelling this is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. I once stayed in a B & B above an abbatoir and the experience was more pleasant than staying at the Sampaguita.

Blood on the walls, cockroaches a go-go, no towels, seedy characters hanging out in the foyer and most incredibly, an earshattering vibration from the bowels of the building every 20 minutes or so. I think they must have an earthquake machine in the basement.

I stayed for one night and ran screaming from fear in the Morning. The place is a living hell. Avoid at all costs.

Room Tip: Rooms on the North side have marginally fewer cockroaches.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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18 Thank himselfetc
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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167 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2011

first of all there are two sampaguita tourist inn in the same area sharing the same owner only 30 meters apart from each other. i am writing about the large one that is located at the main highway which is called quirino ave. the location is perfect: close to everything in walking distance. this hotel will not accept reservations in advance, whoever shows up first will get a room first. rooms are simple but rates are very cheap. they have double rooms and rooms for families with multiple beds.
the hotel is mostly frequented by filipinos. when we stayed there we also met many people from all over the world and made friends with them. the coffee shop in the lobby is a very good place to communicate with other people, it is not cozy but for any reason it makes people talk to each other. if you do not want to talk to anyone, you can use free wifi. also the girls behind the bar are very friendly and jolly. unfortunately the women at the check in are exactly the opposite.
if you want a cheap hotel in davao with basic comfort you will hardly find a better place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sampaguita Tourist Inn
Address: Mt. Mayon Street, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Sur Province > Davao City
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Ranked #89 of 124 B&Bs / Inns in Davao City
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