Stayed here last week of April 2009 for 3 nights visiting friends in the provence... First thing is that the hotel has a very nice-- if not imposing-- front view.. It is a historic site for Tacloban town and has history that you can see for yourself in the many photos on the walls and a Tacloban history book in the lobby area..
Check-in is swift and a bellboy takes your bags.. I reserved a basic standard room. and was quoted a off-peak rate of PHP1000/night nett.. Luckily at check-in I got a room that had been renovated about a year ago (according to front desk staff).. The room is--like virtually all of the Philippines-- hard tile. this is nice as it keeps the room cool.. It was suprisingly large for the room category.. Basic small bed-- like a US twin size or similar.. like almost all beds in asia-- it was firm-- to say the least.. light blanket and pillows.. A/C was overhead type and strong and quite.. TV was a smaller (maybe 25 in or so) color with remote.. all your standard cable channels including english movie and news channels.. some programs in Chinese/Japanese/Russian too.. Only one small desk by the bed-- not enought space to work from, but enough for your basics..
Bathroom was a western style with only a standup shower. The hot water was a "water on a wall" type of hot water system... It had decent pressure, but like all "water on the wall" systems, the water never gets really hot-- some dont care, but for me I like a nice hot shower.. All fixture worked and were very clean..
Overall the room was basic but very clean, no signs of roaches or similar and everything worked-- no exceptions..
Hotel does have an odd "swimming" pool on the roof.. I'd suggest you go look for yourself.. Why is it "odd"? Well, when you look at it.. It's small... and it looks out-of-place... It looks like it was an "after thought"... It ocupies one corner of the rooftop.. Shaped in an "L" shape that wraps around the corner of the hotel.. no diving board and it can only be 5ft deep or so at best.. There are a few small tables with chairs next to it if you want to have a bite to eat or drink.. Nice place as most of the hotels in Tacloban dont have a pool at all-- it's just a funny looking set-up... Like someone thought to add a pool AFTER the hotel was done..
Hotel facitlites are suprisingly good.. a restaurant that is 24/7 (room service 24/7 also) that has a very diverse menu-- western/philippino and thai foods are featured.. A feature that I like-- I call it "off-menu" ordering.. I asked the hotel for a simple grilled cheese sandwich, it's not on the menu. But they made one for me. A nice touch.
The front desk staff were very helpful in anything I wanted.. They even called the airline to confirm my seats for my departure, arranged for a taxi to the airport.. everything..
The hotel is in a fairly good location and is walking distance to most things in downtown Tacloban..
- Also Known As:
- Alejandro Hotel Tacloban
- Hotel Alejandro Tacloban, Leyte Island