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Hotel St. Ellis
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Legazpi
Reviewed October 24, 2011

I have stayed previously in this hotel when it was the La Trinidad some years ago and was looking forward to seeing how the complete and substantial rennovation had gone. By all accounts it was a great job and very well done. The hotel is not large but the lobby is attractive and welcoming. Free shuttles to and from the airport, now served by a much larger number of both airlines and flights from Manila. The rooms are certainly of international standard. The hotel would boast a 4 star rating, maybe close but more like a 3 star plus. Location is everything, near to the new entertainment and shopping complex at the port area ( see my other review!), and local shops and the market. Transport is easy in Legaspi, and of course nothing could be created that could match the Mount Mayon Volcano that dominates the City. A nice buffet breatfast, with some international flavour but mostly local ( by the way of noteworthy quality and taste!) as is the lunch and dinner menu. The hotel restaurant is small, but the food and variety is particularly noteworthy. As is the service and both the friendliness and capability of the staff. Its a great and cheap soujourn from the heat and bussle of Manila for a long weekend or mid-week break.

Room Tip: The hotel is only 6 floors, and I was overlooking the main road. It was quiet enough and there was n...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank S_J_Whitworth
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

I have always had a good experience staying in Genesis-managed hotels and my weekend at Hotel St. Ellis was no exception. It was my first time to stay at this hotel and I find it comfortable and charming. I loved the hotel's modern and pretty interiors. The bed was huge and comfy. My husband and I stayed at a De Luxe room at the 3rd floor and it was very spacious, tastefully decorated, clean and cozy. Our room was facing the street yet we were not bothered by the noise outside. The complimentary pili nuts and native coin purse was also a nice touch. Breakfast service was quite good. They didn't have a buffet set up, probably because there weren't that many guests that time, but nonetheless, the selections available were delicious and served in satisfying portions. I learned that they can arrange day tours to Misibis Bay. The hotel also had a good location - just a very short tricycle ride to Embarcadero de Legazpi. I also find the hotel-airport shuttle very convenient. The downside is probably having just 1 lift servicing all floors. I can imagine the elevator waiting time to be a hassle when the hotel is fully booked.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank periwinkle124
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

My family and I stayed there for two nights and I think it was all that I would want to spend in the hotel. The receptionist was friendly and really tried her best to answer my queries. I pretended to be a difficult customer and asked a lot of questions -- I think the management can provide more training to ensure that customers get enticed to return (I'm a local and I do want to help the industry). Overall the front desk was friendly, the doorman was helpful (though a bit slow).

It used to be an old hotel and they did quite a good job in refurbishing and remodelling the rooms and the lobby. The roms are ok and the bed was nice. However, the location (along a busy street) makes it difficult for those who want to have a really quiet stay. Do request for a room at the back.

Breakfast was unimpressive and I was told that the reason was because of the low occupancy rate at that time. Thus, the management does not provide the staple breakfast buffet. They only provide buffet if there are at least a 20-room occupancy rate (?) To me this was a turn-off.

Over-all, however, I'd say that I'd go back to the hotel if only to feel the local hospitality that they give to customers.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank rower98
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

The St Ellis is an older establishment which is literally in the middle of a major street, across from an Isuzu dealership. Its about .5km from the Legazpi SM Mall area, don't bother with a tricycle unless its raining, turn right outside the door and walk down to it. Its just a couple minutes away.

Despite its central location, the rooms are clean and the beds comfortable. The rooms are insulated enough to dampen the street noise considerably. The showers are showing a bit of age around the seals (a little mold & mildew) but work well and have plenty of water pressure. The staff is friendly, the pool was a nice welcome. (its on the 2nd floor and very private) As another reviewer pointed out, there is only one elevator and its microscopic. 5 of us without bags were at the posted weight limit(!) and frequently it was off and we had to find someone to turn it back on.

There is a very small-selection buffet for the free breakfast and while a lot of things are not "out" but the staff is more than happy to fetch them for you. Hardboiled eggs for example (which my kids always seemed to want) were no problems.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank wylekyote
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

the hotel has the great lobby and good room. however it has only 1 elevator. during my stay, i stay on level 5 and elevator broken down for several hour. result, i burned 100 calories 4x. makes my stay very unpleasant. and the way the handle the matter is really a disaster in terms of service standard.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

I stayed in this hotel with my husband. The room was very new and you can still smell some paint. The restroom and shower is acceptable though I was expecting a bathtub. The food was nice where you have a choice of Filipino, Western and Italian cuisine. Our room's view is not so nice, just the busy street, old buildings and people.

The good thing about this hotel is it located in the center of the city where restaurants and malls is just a tricycle away.

There is a spa and small pool at the 2nd level of the hotel where me and my husband enjoyed massage at night.

In the morning, we really enjoyed the buffet breakfast with Filipino, Western and Chinese food were served.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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4  Thank honeyzel
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

i was actually reluctant about this hotel because i read a review that the people at the reception was snotty... to say the least. However, this was totally a different to what i experienced. The people were very warm from the security guard, to the front desk personnel.. down to the porters and drivers.. everyone was very accommodating, helpful and warm. The rooms were extremely comfortable and clean. Would stay here again.

Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
5  Thank neeroq
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Address: Rizal St., cor Gov Forbes St., Legazpi, Luzon 4500, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Bicol Region > Albay Province > Legazpi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Legazpi
Price Range: $54 - $78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel St. Ellis 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel St. Ellis is superbly situated along Rizal St., it is a short 3 kilometer drive from the airport. It offers rooms completely furnished with a 32-inch LCD television set with satellite cable TV connection, high-speed internet access, NDD/IDD telephone, in-room safe, and an electronic door lock system. Some of its amenities includes Essences Spa, Salon Mye, a fitness centre, and a kiddie activity room. ... more   less 
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