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“Cool place for young, funloving people” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Harolds Mansion
Ranked #12 of 47 Dumaguete City B&B and Inns
Helsinki, Finland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cool place for young, funloving people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights. First 2 were quiet and nice but on the third, Friday, they have a celebration up on the roof (free oysters, buy your own drinks from the restaurant) and the partying continued until 01.30, after which everything suddenly fell silent. Until that people screaming at the corridors, having a good time - but it meant no sleep. And in the morning there was a lovely puddle of vomit on the corridor.

But the good things were: extremely, unbelievably nice staff. They really work hard to try to make everyone enjoy their stay and to get people acquainted with each other.

Do not miss the Wednesday night barbecue (also on the roof). Where they take you in a group to the local market to buy your own food (whatever you want to barbecue, they will help you to choose and buy), then they have people there to grill it for you. And all of this is free of charge. You only pay for what you want to buy from the local market. You can buy drinks from the restaurant. An excellent way to meet other travelers.

We also dived Apo Island with their in-house Harold´s dive shop and it was an all-around good experience with good-quality dive equipment.

So if you are young, party (and drink) - loving and especially if you are traveling alone - this is the place for you.

If you prefer a good nights sleep than maybe not. Even though the room was a good size and ok in every aspect.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Harold's is a great hostel, with a lot of activities for guests. Too bad I wasn't able to participate in any of them. I got the snorkeling package (not too sure about the price, between P850-P1,000) and we went with some divers to Apo Island. We waited at least an hour before the boat went to shore and we didn't have anyone to guide us in the island. We got a guide for P300 at the registration for two people. He was very helpful. After we got on the boat, they didn't even tell us we can still snorkel, so we already gave back our life vests to the registration booth at the island. We just slept for almost two hours at the boat.

I hope they told us we just PAYING FOR THE BOAT, FLIPPERS AND SNORKELING GEAR. We had to depend on what the divers say. We were just able to snorkel for less than 3 hours. Not worth it. :(

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Poyt
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Ko Lipe, Thailand
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12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2011

Basic, but comfy, clean, really fair-priced rooms and dorms with fan or A/C. Friendly staff with good enough english.
Wednesday: roof top BBQ; Friday: oysternight; Sunday: fun diving and snorkeling.
All in all the owner, staff, friends and guests get along really really well. And it is a place where a lot of people overtsay their 2-3 day/night stay by a week or even a month. It's also a place where people go back to as it's a good spot to use as "home-base" while travelling the island and/or surrounding islands.

Room Tip: As it's occupancy rate is very high in general, call ahead or send an e-mail.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelbum83
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HaroldsMansion_Mgmt, Manager at Harolds Mansion, responded to this review, September 4, 2011
Dear Beachbum,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our guests become a part of the Harolds Mansion family. We appreciate the support and hope that we will welcome you back soon.

Cheers!
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Tokyo, Japan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

The staff at Harold's will make you feel like part of their family from the first day. Their level of hospitality is uniquely warm, setting this spot well above the standards of any other hostels I have stayed in the Philippines. The weekly activities and great value diving are reasons to extend your stay here. You will make great friends, have a safe, clean room, enjoy free coffee and toast every day, and unlimited use of wifi anywhere in the hostel. My trip in the Philippines was certainly enhanced by the good fortune of discovering Harold's Mansion. This place adds to the charm of Dumaguete, leaving one anxious to return.

Room Tip: If you dont want to stay in a dorm, 204 and 304 are excellent fan rooms
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank darylstar
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HaroldsMansion_Mgmt, Manager at Harolds Mansion, responded to this review, September 4, 2011
Dear darylstar,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are a happy bunch at Harolds Mansion and try to extend our love to our guests. Yes, our guests are like our family and we love to pamper/spoil them with what we can.

Thank your for being a part of us and I hope that we will see you soon. Cheers!
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Buckinghamshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2011

Staff - Amazing
Rooms - Pretty Good, Clean
Tours/Diving - Fantastic
Grill/Oyster Nights - Brilliant Laugh

Quite simply there's nowhere else you should stay.

It's THE place in Dumaguete.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravelJunkieMonkey
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HaroldsMansion_Mgmt, Manager at Harolds Mansion, responded to this review, September 4, 2011
Dear TravelJunkieMonkey,

Thank you for taking the time out to write a wonderful review for us. We also enjoyed your company as much as you enjoyed ours. We hope to see you back soon. Cheers!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2011

Harolds Mansion is a popular Backpacker destination in the Dumaguette region. It's fairly cheap; we paid 800 pesos (around $20) for an air conditioned room with free breakfast and free high speed WiFi.
The room was ok, I have travelled enough to know what you can expect for that price, and it was good value, except for the breakfast. The factory quality white bread toast with jam is a very poor breakfast in my eyes. Some fruit would have been nice, it was available but at extra cost.
There is a local eatery just outside the hotel which serves Filipino food, it's cheap and clean, don't be afraid to get lunch or dinner there.
As in so many places in this region, the staff seemed to not have a clue. A bad mix of poor training, low motivation, and poor language skills - I understand one might think of it as incompetence, but remember that this is Filipines and these people don't rationalize every step down to the smallest detail the way most Westeners do. So just go with it, and prepare yourself for the level of service and accommodation you are paying for.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hariko
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Cebu City, Philippines
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2011

Purpuse for visit Dumaguete and Harolds Mansion were diving. It's a cosy and cheap place to live when you traveling around the philippins. You get a very good service there and it's a great place for diving.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Majka7
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Property: Harolds Mansion
Address: 205 Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Dumaguete City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Harolds Mansion Hotel Dumaguete City

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