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 Photos in Trip Advisor are outdated, making the hotel appear run-down.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.
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- Also Known As:
- La Residencia Al Mar Hotel Dumaguete City