The overnight stay in Ilo-Ilo wasn't included in my flashpack itinerary. I originally planned to leave Bacolod in the morning, renew my license and fly to Tacloban in the afternoon. Plans changed when my Mom suggested that we should travel to Ilo-Ilo one day ahead. Indeed, mother knows best! We could have missed our flight if I didn't listen to her!
Bringing the whole family to a flashpack trip requires a lot of budgeting skills; something I wish I am good at! For an 8-day trip, I tried my very best to be on the right track. I scouted for clean, accessible and most of all affordable accommodation in Ilo-Ilo three days before our trip. I found several cheap hotels in the net, but my top choice doesn't have an email ad for inquiries and reservation. I settled with my second choice. I sent an email to Riverside Inn and they answered my inquiries promptly; rates and discounts for Senior Citizens included! A good sign for a good service!
Riverside Inn is easily accessible. We rode a cab and the driver immediately took us to the place, no questions asked! It is located along the busy General Luna street, exactly in front University of San Agustin. Riverside Inn is very simple. The lobby is clean, the check-in process was smooth, the staff were accommodating and the room is basic, yet bursting with colors! The neon green wall and yellow beds were enough to brighten someone's day. :)
|Family Room: 1 single bed, 1 queen size bed|
The downsides? No free WiFi. No free breakfast. But hey, what would you expect from a room rate of P1,400? Anyhow, breakfast wasn't a problem as there is a coffee shop in the the same building. A breakfast meal costs P45 only!
Riverside Inn fits right within the budget! It is just what I wanted; clean, decent, accessible and affordable. Oh, and I also got my simple pleasures: hot shower, comfortable bed and a good night sleep.
Riverside Inn Rates
(as of March 2013)
Times Square Building
General Luna Street
Ilo-Ilo City, Philippines
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