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La Residencia Almar Hotel
Ranked #31 of 36 Hotels in Dumaguete City
Reviewed February 14, 2011

My friends and I were originally booked in an inn around 2 blocks away from La Residencia. I was terribly disappointed with the rooms we were given in that inn and as I was the one in the group responsible for our accommodations, I was likewise embarrassed. I was worried that the mis-hit would ruin what was so far a lovely holiday.

Walking back from dinner, we chanced upon La Residencia and thought of checking how much their rates were and to see if their rooms were better than the inn we checked in. To begin with, their facade was much better, having been recently renovated. Photos in Trip Advisor are outdated, making the hotel appear run-down. Their facade is now much different. Rates, we discovered, were only slightly more expensive than what we got our rooms at the inn for, but upon checking the rooms, were well worth it. The linen and towels were new, the rooms were equipped with a ref and flat screen, and the bathrooms were much, much, much cleaner and newer! We decided right then and there to walk back to the inn, check out and move to La Residencia. The rooms that are yet to be renovated cost less and are still better than the ones we were given at the inn, so best to check those out as well.

The staff were likewise very helpful and friendly.

There are two drawbacks however. First, the hotel is currently undergoing renovation, so the corridors are dusty. We requested the staff to sweep in front of our rooms to reduce the dust. We also requested for work to commence at 8am to allow us more time to sleep and they did not have problems with this. It will take some time for the renovations to be complete. The other drawback is that noise from Rizal Ave can be heard in rooms facing the street, so those towards the rear would be a better choice.

Don't miss the Japanese food at their Japanese restaurant. I now miss their sake marinated salmon with soba noodles. That was a pleasant treat.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

First of all, think twice whether you want to stay in Dumaguete or not. We decided to spend one night here encouraged by positive reviews Dumaguete being a vibrant university town and quite different to other provincial centres in the Philippines. We did not find the town particularly charming - almost to the contrary. This was the only town we visited in the Philippines where we were constantly harassed by beggars and street hawkers. Even the much renowned Rizal Boulevard promenade left us wondering what is so special about this and its evening stroll? It might be something quite unique in the Philippines, but in an international perspective its attractiveness is limited.

If you still decide to spend a night in Dumaguete, probably the nicest location to stay is somewhere along Rizal Boulevard where the nicer hotels also are located. We chose La Residencia al Mar as it is an old Spanish villa in a great location and staying in the most expensive hotel in town did not break the bank.

We had an executive suite, which had a lot of space and a balcony to the sea overlooking Rizal Boulevard. The furniture in the room were quite basic and not matching each other, but never mind. The room even had a safety box bolted to the floor. This was not the only interesting feature of the floor: the hotel being an old Spanish villa, time had taken its toll on the part of the floor where you probably will lay your feet when you wake up, and the floor planks were loose.

Beds were big and comfortable, and we really enjoyed a good sleep. The traffic on the beach boulevard was quite heavy at day time, but it quieted down nicely in the evening. There are also a number of bars and discos along the beach road, but we were not disturbed. You can hear loud talk from the door next to you, so if you are looking for a peaceful stay, make sure you have quiet neighbours. The bathroom was quite basic, but clean.

We left quite early and dined outside, so we can’t judge the restaurant of the hotel, Don Atilano. It looked quite nice and well run with white tablecloths, so it might be worth a try if you stay longer.

The reception staff was very efficient and business-like, and we even got our room immediately even though we arrived quite early. The hotel accepts credit cards and settling the bill was a hassle free event.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2008

Next to Kyoto and Paris, I would probably want to live in Dumaguete too, given the chance. This is one place that's got just the right balance in terms of population, traffic (their version of traffic would be Manila's version of no traffic at all--this place is civilizations removed from Manila), culture and arts and wonderful people. It has a mostly migrant population due to the city's 4 universities, most notably Silliman University, Asia's oldest Protestant school, and interestingly, a sprouting expat community. Perhaps it's the proximity of beautiful beaches and the easy access to the cool climate of the mountains that keeps them in Dumaguete. Personally, I think it's the people. Beginning with the downright hospitable folks at La Residencia Almar, who fed us, advised us, and really took care of us like family. A former residence of the province's first governor, Mediterranean-styled La Residencia has the good fortune of being at the city's beautiful boulevard by the sea. We had a deluxe room facing the ocean, and relished our mornings spent sipping coffee at our balcony, watching the sun rise from out of the ocean. And since we were billeted there during the night of a full moon, watching that fiery red moon rising from the calmest of seas from the Dumaguete boulevard is an experience I will never forget. The hotel staff arranged us to have a tour on a Spanish-era horse-drawn carriage or "tartanilla" around the Silliman campus, and we especially remember our hearty steak dinners at the hotel's restaurant, Don Atilano. Without a doubt, this is the city's best hotel, and we will be back, hopefully on a full moon again!

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6204, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City
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Ranked #31 of 36 Hotels in Dumaguete City
Hotel Class:3 star — La Residencia Almar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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