This property is the only 4 star hotel in the city. So priced accordingly. The staff is very nice, security is excellent and the pool and gym are par for the course. However, for the price, not really up to snuff.
The rooms I stayed in could use a refurb - worn furniture - mothball smell in the closet, stained carpet and blanket. The one coffee and cake I had in the lounge were not very good and about 4 times the price outside or 2 times Starbucks. When I got the bill, they had added 20% to it in hotel fees - not posted on the price. So pretty shady when it comes to pricing. Everything is at least 50% higher than other hotels.
My issue is not the price - it is the hidden fees and lack of quality for what you get. I had to spend several hours getting the Internet working properly. Now, as hotels go, they have better internet than most - and had an onsite IT person who was able to address the issues. Had I not got on their case, they would have provided a basic dial up service level.
Again, the coffee at the lounge was very low end. Note to travelers - I do not know why, but coffee (just the beans) are both expensive and low grade throughout the country. BUT - when you charge $5.00 per cup for coffee, it had better be good coffee. By comparison Starbucks is about $3 for the same drink and very high quality. (Sorry, Seattle coffee snob - and as such know what cheep instant coffee in an espresso drink tastes likes)
If you are travelling here on business, there are very few choices - APO View, and some international brands. The costs are similar, so this is more "bang for the buck" in general. I'll try out the APO View, next.
Lastly- the staff is really friendly. Very nice, as are most folks in Davao. My suggestion, if something is not right - ask them to fix it. However, be prepared to wait, as no one has the direct authority to do anything.
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