A place to stay is one of the primary concerns when traveling. I’m quite “maarte” when it comes to accommodations. I generally prefer a room with a private “loo” and if not too much, an air conditioning unit!
I booked my Iloilo flight sometime last July. I thought there was a lot of time to research, budget and finalize an itinerary. Time flies as they say. Ayun! before I know it, it’s time to fly na pala!. I had barely a week to find myself a place to stay while in Iloilo. I’ve read numerous blogs and articles online. I found Ong Bun Pension House. I was surprised to learn that they have one of the cheapest rates. I began investigating what they offer. Would you believe that the cheapest room they have costs P 150 a night! What’s the catch? Well…It’s a fan room and communal toilet and bath.
I’ve read a number of bad reviews after I finalized my reservation online. A lot was said about how old the building is and misleading information from their website. Customer service was one of the flaws mentioned too. So I did not expect too much about the place. I have to time to cancel the reservation and find a new one so I just hoped for the best and did not expect much.
I arrived in SM Iloilo (the end point of the shuttle service from the airport) at lunch time. After having a sumptuous meal, I went to find my way to Ong Bun Pension House (which has a story of its own). I sent an SMS to the Pension House’s contact detail to ask for directions. Apparently, SM Iloilo is sitting on the outskirts of the city proper near Jaro. I took a jeepney ride to the center of the city and found my way to Ong Bun Pension House.
|The Pension House’s Lobby|
The lobby was quite busy when I arrived. I confirmed my reservation. I signed the registration form just like any other hotels I’ve been in. I paid for the first night and got my key.
Room 101 on the ground floor.
|Room 101: L-R Aircon Remote, Light switch, Power key card|
The room came with a pitcher and glass as well as a cup and flask for hot water. Free hot and cold drinking water in every floor. Hence, the pitcher and flask. That’s a welcome surprise for me. Although I don’t smoke, an ash tray is also available.
|my messy bed pagdating ko, Sobrang pagod!|
The room was cool and clean. So is the bathroom.
Some things I wish could have been better are as follows:
- The blue blanket was comfortable but I don’t think it’s well washed.
- The linens were not as white. Maarte lang.
- The walls were totally bare. They could have at least hanged some cheap framed piece of art to create a home-away-from-home feel.
- Toiletries were not included. I was not expecting some so I brought my own. I was somehow used to having them available.
- No shower curtain to separate the toilet and the bathing space.
- The bathroom floor was not angled to contain water from the shower to go down the drain. When I am taking a bath, the water is flowing in every direction.
Overall, my two day stay has been comfortable. I’d say the P495 a night rate was fair. Actually, it’s still cheap.