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The Royal Mandaya Hotel
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Davao City
Manila
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205 reviews
74 hotel reviews
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“Newly renovated rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised when I checked in recently at Davao's Royal Mandaya Hotel. The room I stayed in at the 7th floor was almost totally upgraded compared from our last visit just a few months ago (which was a different floor). I choose this hotel because of its price and good location for business travelers.

The bed, furnishings, LED TV, bathroom amenities all were upgraded. As a result, sleep quality is much better with the extra pillows, clean comfy sheets. Bathroom fixtures were totally changed, much better now. Wifi is available at the room and comes with a complimentary breakfast. There is also free bottled water & coffee.

I was impressed at how they made the bed when I got in after dinner, with some complimentary chocolates. Made me feel like it was a higher priced hotel, given that the room price was very reasonable compared to Marco Polo. Service is also good & they have free airport shuttles to & from the hotel.

All in all, this hotel should be one of the top choices for a business traveler's stay in Davao especially if Marco Polo is full or too expensive for your budget.

Room Tip: From experience, the rooms at the 7th floor new wing have been upgraded.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stayed last year at Royal Mandaya hotel. We luckily avail their seasonal promo. The hotel have a very good location. We had a chance to walk around the city at night. There are various restaurants near the vicinity. Not to mention, the Casino is also 2min walk from the hotel. The room is just fine and have a comfy bed. They have a pool and gym. They also serve buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner. You should try this! The staffs are very accomodating. Thanks Royal mandaya for a mini royal experience at Davao! :)

  • Stayed July 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Since we booked our wedding reception here we might have received special treatment, but the junior suite was beautiful, so well designed and decorated, clean with all the comforts and 2 CR's one was huge! We understand the room had recently been redone, and it was very fresh. All the food was great, service top rate. The two limos available are simply amazing.

Room Tip: If you can do one of the newly redone junior suites i don't think you will be disappointed.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

I stayed with a friend who had arranged the accommodations. As our flight was very early, we arrived at the hotel around 9AM, a far cry from the standard check in time of 2PM. We had resigned ourselves to waiting at the lobby for hours, when the front desk manager informed us that they would place us in a different room for the meantime while they got our reserved room ready.

This was quite a pleasant surprise. I always thought this treatment was reserved for guests who are deemed loyal and 'worthy' by hotels and not first-timers. In fact, by 11am, we were able to move into our 'original room.

There are two wings: while we were waiting, they gave us a room in the newer wing, but later transferred us to the older one. you may wish to request for a room in the newer ring if you are picky, but the reception and restaurant are in the old wing, and you may not fancy a little walk to get to those places. (I am not a fussy traveler: as long as I have a clean bed with working ventilation, I'm good to go.)

The front desk staff, wait staff, porters, everyone was friendly and put me in a good mood. It's true that the hotel needs updating, especially since they are located so close to Marco Polo Hotel, so comparisons will be inevitable. Minus for me was the spotty WiFi that would come in and out. If you need better WiFi, go to the lobby OK instead.

Buffet breakfast was included in our room and would serve to fill you up for the day. They had around 5 to 6 viands, various breads (including durian bread), congee, egg and fruit stations, two juices and cereals for those who prefer them. It was more than sufficient.

We opted to take the hotel service to the airport since it was raining on our last day. It only cost us 100 Philippine Pesos per head and we would have roughly paid the same if we took a taxi, and we got to ride in a spacious van with a good driver.

The thing that stays with you is how well you were treated, and for that, no one can ever say anything but good things about The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new wing if available, if you like more modern surroundings.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

i stay here 2 days, even room not that luxury, it is clean and comfortable., friendly staff, and good break fast and dinner,not much activities, only they told me attractions there when i check out.
i stay here 2 days, even room not that luxury, it is clean and comfortable., friendly staff, and good break fast and dinner,not much activities, only they told me attractions there when i check out.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

The Roayal Mandaya lies in the centre of Davao city. It is one of the older hotels. The lobby looks welcoming and fresh. The personnel at the reception is polite and forthcoming.
The room in the 7th floor was clean, but already worn out and lacks renovation, especially the bath room. The room is equipped with a flat screen TV and a water kettle but no safety box.. Internet is free of charge but I did not work during my stay .Actually I was told by other guests is hardly works at all. There are apparently some newly remodelled rooms,
In the lobby restaurant is a diner buffet served, but due a lack of guests, it seemed that many of the items were already not for the first time on the buffet. I thought to order a Club sandwich was a safer bet. It arrived after 30 minutes with cold and stale fries. The breakfast buffet was OK, except that the warm breakfast items were already too much time under the food warmers. Near the swimming pool is a bar where a band plays extremely loud music until late. Rooms giving onto the pool are to be avoided because of the noise.
In walking distance are some fast food joints, but no real restaurants. Just opposite and next to the hotel are some bars of doubtful reputation.

Room Tip: Ask for a new room
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Hotel has a very good location. There's a renovated wing and a non-renovated wing. The non-renovated wing was still okay however wifi signal was not very good. Customer service was excellent. The staff were very accommodating.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Property: The Royal Mandaya Hotel
Address: J. Palma Gil St., Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Sur Province > Davao City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Davao City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Royal Mandaya Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 181
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