My fellow TA-members here already said most of what needs to be said about that property. it is an inexpensive place in an excellent location. while the rooms are nothing to rave about (but who would expect that at that price), they are clean and well-maintained. the bathroom was spotless. if you still didnt know that they want you to turn off the AC when leaving the room, they will remind you.... again and again - there were no less than FOUR different signs in the room where they clearly stated that in BIG BIG letters. childish ;-)
as has been mentioned before, try to avoid the rooms facing the noisy street (I wasn't lucky enough to do so, as I stayed there for only one night - they probably wanted to give the better rooms to long-staying guests). No breakfast included, but I had stayed in Ermita in more expensive hotels before, where only a very basic complimentary breakfast was on offer, so thats still acceptable.
the bar downstairs seems to be a popular hangout for middle-aged (and older) single-male travellers and Expats, but hassle-free and relaxed.
the only strange thing during my stay was, that after checking in as a single male, I immediately got an sms within 5 minutes by an unidentified female, asking me "whats ur name" and the such....
my HP-number, that I had to write down on the check-in-form (never will I do that again in the Phils!) must have been shared with other female staff there (or it was the girl-receptionist herself), as I had only bought this Philippine-SIM-card the day before, and only my friends in Manila (a middle-class family) already knew about it.
So I assume, the staff at the hotel was trying to find out if that single-male-foreigner was "available" for whatever, or was requiring "special services".... odd.....
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