Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Where to Stay in Angeles

Budget is always a factor when creating a travel itinerary. Oftentimes, accommodation takes the bigger slice. However, if you are clever and patient enough in browsing through the numerous options in the internet, you will certainly find a good one that fits your budget and hopefully tidy, secure, and accessible.

In Angeles, Pampanga the one that fits this description for me is Gani Hotel. Although, more of a hostel, it still managed to leave us a good impression. I merit their establishment even from the first day I contacted them through their published mobile number. They replied earlier than the other 3 pension houses I reached on the same day. Some do not even have the courtesy to answer. When asked about reservation down payments, they didn't even require it. I was told that I can pay in full upon my arrival.

Ate Teresa (3rd from left) was our contact person for Gani Hotel

On the day we were expected to arrive, we did as told, settled the full amount for 2 nights stay and was escorted immediately to the room reserved for us.

Gani Hotel has a total of 6 air-conditioned rooms with 2 queen-sized beds which can be converted to 2 single beds, if preferred. It was pretty much complete with amenities like: own bathroom, large wall-mounted television, dim lights, and cable connection. Lodgers are provided fresh blankets, towels, a soap bar, and tissue paper. The WIFI connection is also available for occupants use. The wall is concrete and the door looked secure with installed locks.

The building looks like a house that was converted to a hostel so it can become income generating. It had a sala where you can relax and sit with friends and a cold and hot water dispenser which you can take advantage for free when making coffee or cold juice. The disposable cups for both purposes are also provided. Adjacent to the sala is their Captain Davo's bar where you can purchase and drink shots of whisky and cold beer. For the non-alcoholics, the same area keeps a huge fridge where you can buy sodas and other bottled juice.

Captain Davo'sBar

On accessibility, Gani is located about 5-10 mins away from SM and Fields Avenue (a park) in Angeles by foot. It is not situated along the hi-way but not necessarily far from it which was a plus to keep dwellers isolated from disturbing noise of passing jeepneys and other vehicles.

Consider it also a plus to be serviced by a few of their staff who speak Bisaya esp. if you come from the Visayas region. On service, I would say that they are a team of approachable and friendly crew.

Room Rates
Queen Deluxe Room (Single Bed for 2 persons) - P1,200.00/day
Twin Deluxe Room (Double Bed for 2 persons) - P1,200.00/day
Extra bed - P350/night

Tip: Try to get your negotiation skills at work. It does not work all the time but I did manage to get the room booked for 4 persons at P1550.00. You might get lucky yourself.

How we reached Gani Hotel:
  1. From Diosdado International Airport, ride an air-conditioned jeepney going to SM Angeles. (P50 per pax)
  2. Ride a tricycle from SM to Gani Hotel. The tricycle drivers know where it is and can take you there at P50 per ride regardless of whether you ride solo or with friends. They impose that fixed price when riding in a trike around Angeles City.

Gani Hotel
3757 Third St., Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines 2009
Phone: (63) 892-5177 or (63) 889-5344
Cell: +63 0928-651-5548
E-mail: ganihotelphilippines@yahoo.com

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  1. Yayyy! This will be helpful if and when I go to Clark. Thanks! Post about your Pinatubo trip... I wanna go there!!


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