Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Where to Stay in Zamboanga City: Jardin de La Vina Hotel

This wasn't our first choice. We were looking to stay in a cheaper place and planned to book with them. But after reading some articles, we learned that it has been a target of terrorist groups before and was actually bombed twice already. Nyay. It was a group decision to just book another one. There were two other hotels that was being recommended by friends. One is already fully booked and the other one is not on the affordable category. We opted to search for another one and this is how we found this hotel in Agoda.

Jardin de La Vina isn't that cheap either. But based on its location and good enough reviews, we chose it among the others. The hotel is located in the heart of the city so it is very accessible. We just took a passenger jeep outside the airport with a "Canelar" sign board and we were dropped at Gov. Alvarez Ave where the hotel is located. It is so easy to reach.



We booked a Superior Matrimonial Room. The room is very spacious but dated. Even the furniture and the electronics seemed to be very old already. Anyway, the bed is big enough for 2 people which is good. It also has fresh and clean sheets and pillows. We slept well through the night. A/C is also working well.



There's also a little dining table for two. I think the hotel also offers room service so you can eat in your room. We never tried it as we were always out. The TV set is so old we never had interest to operate it. Another thing I didn't like about the room is its poor lighting and ventilation. No big deal since we just come here to rest and sleep.



The toilet and bathroom was very clean which is fantastic. Hot and cold shower are both available. Towels were provided upon check-in.

It is basically a no-frills hotel. You'll get very basic amenities, just enough for you to have a comfortable stay in the city. The staff are nice and hospitable. The place felt very safe and secured. Most of all, you can easily get whatever or go wherever you want since it is located in the city center. If these are the things you're looking for in a hotel, then this could be the right one for you.


Accommodation Information:

Jardin de La Vina Hotel
Address: 149 Governor Alvarez Avenue, City Proper, Zamboanga City, Philippines 7000
Contact No: N/A
Website: none but they can be booked through Agoda
Rates per Night: Php 750 for Superior Twin Room; Php 900 for Superior Matrimonial Room

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥