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Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Davao City
Melbourne, Australia
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“not so bad, not so good either”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I stayed here last month for a business trip, I found the place relaxing and quiet, rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. Location is very nice, nice sea view and picture perfect pool area.

some "miss" items - not so friendly staff, breakfast closes at 10AM so it is not good for sleepy heads like me.

will I stay there again? Sure, if it's for free :)

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Mahnomen, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

never regret for choosing this to Marco Polo .. the trees around it helps the hot weather not that bad.. breakfast is good and so many choices.. staff and workers are polite .. you cant swim the beach coz its dirty and polluted but there is a nice pool .. massage and spa are affordable.. overall you are secured.. transportation is not hard to find ..can call the taxi when its time to go somewhere.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Correct map position for Waterfront Insular is shown properly on Google maps. JP Laurel Ave, Davao City. By the water.

Food here is excellent, pool looks nice. Small beach area. Try the lunch buffet. On the pier nearby is another restaurant, otherwise its some walk to other choices.

You can walk to the pier for Blue Jazz resort. Also there is a small shopping center with groceries on the highway nearby.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This hotel is one of the higher priced hotels in the area, so you do expect a higher caliber of accommodations, food, and service. The room was outdated, with peeling flooring, a dirty, bathroom floor( which flooded after showering), and the food was average, at best. The last straw, for me, was being told that I would be charged 62 pesos for a bucket of ice, after spending several hundred dollars the previous night in their outdoor dining area. The staff is very friendly and helpful, although appear to be poorly trained for some of their positions.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Florida
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I am torn between this hotel and the Marco Polo. The rooms here are nicer, and larger, than the Marco Polo. Also this hotel has a lot of land that is beautiful, which includes walking trails and a private beach (although you can't swim due to pollution). It has several bars and restaurants, including a unique restaurant out on a jetty in the middle of the water (the food was just ok... the service was friendly though). But there are two big downsides to this hotel. First of all, the internet is terrible. Almost non-existent. It seems like the router was simply too far away. When in the room, there was little to no reception, but if you went into the hallway, there was better reception. Obviously the hallway is not the ideal place to be doing work. Also, the hotel has no gym whatsoever. It's rare to find a hotel that doesn't have even a hint of a gym. So, if you are staying here just for an overnight, like I was, it's a great stop. If you are planning on staying any length of time, I would probably go to the Marco Polo.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

A perfect choice for business and pleasure. Our suite was just a few yards from the sea so while my husband had several meetings here, I enjoyed sitting on our patio watching the ships, boats, divers, and ferry slowly pass by. Good AC in the rooms, bathroom was superb. Both my husband and enjoyed our walk along the pier and around the beautiful grounds each morning before breakfast. Their breakfast buffet was superb: especially the local sweet pineapple! YUM! It's an older facility, but kept very clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. We look forward to returning. Thank you for a wonderfully relaxing few days!

Room Tip: Corner suites are large and sunny
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

After 15 years, I'm back at Davao City. Of course, I had to see the classic Insular Hotel which is now Waterfront. The place is uniquely serene, perfect for relaxation. This is my first stop at Davao City, on my way to another classic resort- Pearl Farm. I felt quite nostalgic, memories pouring in when I first stayed there late 90s. The food was fabulous with the sea breeze gently blowing your face. It so quiet, you wouldn't know your in one of the best city in the Philippines. We had some pictorials for me to show my friends back in NY. The accommodation was fantastic, the room was spacious with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea going to Samal Island. In the next few years I'll be back and hope they would maintain the ambiance.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
Address: J.P.Laurel Ave, Davao City, Mindanao 8000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Davao del Sur Province > Davao City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Davao City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao 3.5*
Number of rooms: 159
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Waterfront Insular Resort Davao
Davao Waterfront Insular Hotel
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