At Embarcadero de Legazpi (Mall), along the waterfront of the provincial capital of Albay, you can get a good view of the famous perfect cone Mayon Volcano, with a partial view of the city landscape and the Albay Gulf. It is at the heart of the city and accessible by public vehicles like taxi, jeepney, and tricycle. Embarcadero also provides free shuttle to downtown Legazpi via electric jeepney. For guests coming in by plane, Ellis Ecotel likewise provides free shuttle to and from the airport, which is just about twenty minutes away.
Standard room where I stayed is just right if a good night’s sleep is all you need. It has a great interior design. The creative use of mirrors and glass project an impression of space, which also complements the dominantly white color. Open shelves further enhance the illusion of space and depth. They have well-kept bed linens. You will miss the view of the Mayon from my room, The rooms at the loft offer a better view of the volcano.
It’s a bed-breakfast rate. They’ll take off a few pesos from your room rate if you prefer to eat your breakfast somewhere else. They prepare plated breakfast, where you have no choice. Buffet breakfast is also available on some days. Good food stalls are available at the ground floor of Embarcadaro. For those new in town, you can try Bigg’s or Cysid (pronounced seaside).
Massage service is also available up to 9:00 pm. Be sure to book your massage session much earlier, if you want it past 9:00 p.m. Thei boulevard right along the beachfront is just right for those who love early morning jogging or just walking to enjoy the sight of Mayon volcano and feel the cool morning breeze.
The coffee shop-level floor is not for you if you’re a light sleeper and your neighbors happen to stay up late talking or doing something else that would keep your ears open. The wooden walls let you hear the voices and other sounds from the adjacent rooms. I hope there’s some acoustic solutions for this.
The elevator was not working at that time. Escalator to second floor was likewise out of order. Not to bad for a light traveler. Also needs more “easy-to-see” directional signs from the ground floor up. Overall, I find it economical and strategically located.
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