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Harolds Mansion
Ranked #15 of 54 Dumaguete City B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Harold's Mansion is pitched as a "backpackers' hostel." For "regular guests, if you are looking for clean, air conditioned, comfortable and CHEAP rooms, this is THE place in Dumaguete. Free breakfast and desk top internet too, plus central location. For backpackers, there are dorm rooms: safe, clean and comfortable, if you don't mind snoring. I feel sorry for today's younger generation. I the late 60s, there were many hotels in Asia that catered to "travelers" with cheap rooms and good cheer - a $1/night was about par for the course (now equivalent to about $7.). Harold's is about the only hotel in the Philippines where this experience can be replicated. GO.

P.S. I have no idea what caused the negative reviews about sounds in the walls or dirt. Mosquitos can happen anywhere if you open the window in the late afternoon. Easily fixed. Rude staff:not out experience.

Room Tip: Try to get a roon facing the back, not the road.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Harold was the nicest guy, friendly and helpful, and he took me by motorcycle on a tour of Valencia, a small town nearby, where, if ever I visit Dumaguete again, I will stay next time because the town was so quaint. Harolds is painted in vivid colors, which I liked. It's still a backpackers place, inexpensive, and a great place to meet other travellers. From Dumaguete, I went to Siquijor Island, which was the best thing I ever did for a vacation. For pictures of Siquijor, which is one hour by ferry from Dumaguete (or less) see this site:
http://www.womentravellingalone.blogspot.com/2009/09/siquijor-philippines_04.html

Room Tip: Try to stay in the back away from the road
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Nancy O
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This place is a great starting point for trips in - and around Dumaguete.

First of all the people that work in Harolds Mansion are genuinly friendly and determined to help you with your needs. This draws a nice outgoing crowd that chills at the rooftop terrace (wednesday BBQ night, friday oyster night).

Secondly, the rooms are well priced for their quality, although there is some difference in room quality(street side vs non-street side rooms). Breakfast is included and wifi access is free.

In addition to that, Harolds organizes several good trips a day. Ranging from diving at Apo Island(Also consider staying on the Island itself: Mario's Scuba and Homestay is a good place to visit and the Island is just too beautiful to visit only once); snorkling with Whalesharks in Oslob(Remember they are fed there and this is NOT their natural habitat); visit to twin lakes etc.

In short, this is a great place to go to if you are outgoing and wanting to meet other travellers. The vibe is outstanding and you will certainly have loads of fun while staying here. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lars L
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This place is a great deal for backpackers on a budget yet still maintaining a 5 star cleanliness. The staff and owner are so helping and friendly. Harold's also offers amazing dive tours around surrounding islands for great prices. I was very happy with my experience here and would recommend it to anyone - backpacker or flash packer.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank Stephanie6789
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Nice place to stay, very accessible, friendly staff/ crew and clean surroundings. wl def stay at Harold's Mansion again! The ladies at the front desk greeted us everyday with smiles on their faces. They are ver helpful we I look up for phone numbers. The servers at the restaurants are always ready to prepare our breakfast for us and they always smile wen they brought us our food...

Room Tip: any room will be fine because they always have them clean and ready for their guests...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

good place to start a party from, especially on wednesdays and fridays, when they have oyster and barbecue nights. A good place to meet new people on their rooftop terrace.
Staff has this eye-rolling attitude sometimes.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Gytiss
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Harolds Mansion was a great place for us.
It is a real backpacker place with cheap accomodation, a small breakfast, free wifi connection
and a common restaurant and balcony's to meet fellow backpackers etc.

Reading all the bad reviews really makes me think what people expect from a budget place like this. For Philippine standards it is great value for money and some of the rooms might be a bit noisy but if you have stayed in a few Phillie cities before you know this is often the case.

For the price you pay here it was the best deal in town.
If you look for something more fancy then you should go to one of the other places up the street and pay 3 or 4 times the amount.

Staff was friendly to us so nothing to complain here.

Have a wicked trip and visit Siquijor island when you are in Dumaguette. It is wonderfull!

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
4  Thank Ties L
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Address: 205 Hibbard Avenue, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #15 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Dumaguete City
Price Range: $15 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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