Thursday, May 12, 2011
SEARCA Residence Hotel - For Transients in UPLB
We just came back today from the University of the Philippines Los Banos Campus. Ikee had 2 interviews there and I was the chaperon. The interviews were on a first come first served basis and we wanted to be sure that she had an opportunity to be interviewed so we opted to stay nearby.
Prior to the trip, I searched for where to stay and found out that the most recommendable accommodation was that of the SEARCA Hotel. I reserved for a double room which I was told was the last one remaining for the period I needed it. However, a few days after I called them, they called me only to say that there was a problem in the room and that they would try to fix it. Another call was made and I was told that they could not fix the room in time for our arrival but that they have already reserved a room for us at the SEARCA Guest house. How nice of them.
When we got to UPLB, though, I opted to stay at the Residence Hotel instead because it is nearer to the places we needed to go to. It is conveniently located at Duhat Street about 100 meters from the men's dorm. We were given an economy room which is rather spacious but didn't have its own toilet and bath. The T&B was shared among 4 rooms. We were fortunate that there was only 1 other room occupied apart from ours.
The hotel is rather small. It only has 16 deluxe rooms and a few more of the economy room. It caters mostly to the visitors of SEARCA but they extend this facility to those who need to stay in UP for a few days. Its other facilities are the guest house and the Apartments although I was told that the latter caters only to those from the graduate school.
Our room was spacious. It had two beds - one double and one single. The furnishings are rather old but everything was clean. My impression is that they really cater to those guests who have bulky stuff like books and other educational tools. The room has wi-fi unfortunately we didn't bring a laptop.
There's a small cafe at the hotel. They serve local dishes and some snack but it is best to have some snack bought outside the hotel in case you get hungry and there's no food left to order. So far, the meals that we ordered from them were cheap and delicious. There 's small television, 2 huge cabinets, 2 big tables with a small lamp shade. The accommodation was rather basic but ample.
The one thing that I think needed attention are the bugs. Nope, they're not roaches nor ants even. Those critters were the type that you find on plants. SEARCA is surrounded by trees and other foliage where the bugs might have come from. I did give this feedback to the manager so they could address it. Despite that, I still would go back to stay with them.
If you're interested to contact them, their website is at http://www.searca.org/web/facilities/tariff/.