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Hotel Alejandro
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

I've been traveling to Tacloban for almost four years now and wrote my first review of this hotel in 2009. As the years have passed, only good changes have taken place. First off - the water pressure in the showers is better! We stayed in two 4th floor rooms this time, and the pressure in both was excellent. Hot water is plentiful, and you get more than just a dribble now! Both rooms appeared freshly painted and the bathroom fixtures were definitely updated. They still don't have reliable WIFI in the rooms, one of the rooms had it and the other didn't. But if it doesn't work in your room, you just take your laptop or tablet to the lounge area on the first floor and you're in business. The restaurant has modern-style plates and plating of the food now, another noticable change.

They city itself continues to develop (traffic lights now!) and the Hotel Alejandro, while not losing it's Old World charm is continuing to develop too.

Room Tip: Room 412 had WIFI, room 417 did not but was very quiet.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MichiganTed
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

An old colonial house turned into a museum, and a hotel built around it. It's a fascinating concept, and one which will give you a glimpse into the reason how this part of the country played an important role in its history.

The location is also ideal, as it's easily located within the heart of Tacloban. Avail of the hotel's pick up service from the airport, although it's a separate payment from your hotel room fees. The room we got was located in the newer wing, and still smells strongly of paint. There's a cable television, a telephone but the free Internet/wifi service works only on the ground floor. Folks at the front desk are helpful when asked for directions, but it would be nice if they had maps or other guides so you don't have to wait for them to finish some other task before they can help you. The restaurant is all right, but if you're adventurous, it'll be good for you to explore the city for other places to eat.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank lunedi_enair
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

The staff were really great, the room was very clean and large rooms. We were there for two nights and food downstairs were delicious and really cheap too! Can't wait to come in 2014. We stayed there from 11/21 & 11/22 of 2012

  • Stayed: November 2012
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4  Thank Myah W
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at the hotel just a few days before Christmas.

Pros:
The hotel is clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. The food and service is also good and reasonably priced. The Christmas decorations were exceptional. Even if one is a non-believer in Christianity they would certainly appreciate the beauty of the decorations and the enormous amount of time and effort put into displaying them. There are several hundred WWII photos on display throughout the hotel since Leyte is the island that General MacArthur landed on to commence his liberation of the Philippines during WWII..

Cons:
We had one major complaint. There is a floor to ceiling size window on each side of the room (see photos). They are made of a white frosted glass and have a salt and pepper color roll up/down shade on them. Even with the shade down The amount of light in the room at night from the hallway ceiling and/or hallway table lamps made it near impossible for us to sleep. The shade made little difference in blocking the light. The larger of the two beds is right next to one of the windows and we had to hang a towel and bed blanket on it to block the light. A drape is very much needed on these windows in lieu of those shades.

Visiting the MacArthur Memorial is best in the early to mid afternoon so that the sun is to your back and on the memorial for the best photos. We also visited the San Juanico Bridge connecting Leyte with Samar.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BoholanoJim
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

This place is well worth a visit to see the 400-odd photos of World War 2, even if you don't stay here.
My room (111) was on the ground floor not far from the lobby and restaurant, but the free wifi did not work in the room. The furniture and fittings are quite old, but clean and still serviceable. My room had a frosted glass window with no view, and a strong smell of fresh paint. It was not good value at P1675 per night with no breakfast or bottled water.
The restaurant is very expensive; I paid P99 for pancit noodles in a gooey sauce or gravy, and P69 for fresh calamansi juice (I just paid P18 for calamansi juice here in Baguio).
The staff are friendly and smiling, but the WW2 taxi tour they arranged was very expensive at P1500 for two hours. I knew his was too much, but I did not feel well and did not feel like bargaining with other drivers outside. And the driver at least knew the places to go.
Some guests might be delighted with all the Christmas decorations and Christmas carols ( especially White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer) playing most of the time, but to me this was a big turn-off and showed how derivative the Filipino culture is, with its diet of hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and doughnuts, and its religion imported lock, stock and barrel (and snow, sleighbells and reindeer) from overseas. This criticism applies to many other hotels as well, and I wish this country could come up with some ideas of its own instead of just copying from overseas. Hoping and praying for wealth and miracles can only divert the country from its real problems of tackling poverty, inequality and corruption.
Please disregard my rating for the fitness centre and room service...I didn't see any fitness centre and didn't use any room service, but could not delete the ratings shown.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank Stickman1
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