Recently, I had to travel back and forth to the Metro (Manila, Philippines) for a series of job interviews. I only stayed for a day at a time, so I was looking for a cheap overnight hotel that is accessible and near the Main Office of my possible employer.
I asked friends who are currently residing at the Metro for their suggestions and Go Hotels was recommended a lot. It probably is the cheapest among the list of suggestions and so I had to look it up: gohotels.ph - A place for every Juan!
April 18, 2011 at around 5AM, my cousin, her husband, and I arrived at the hotel. The staffs greeted us "Good Morning" and were quite accommodating. We didn't have any reservations and it was a relief that they still had rooms available.
The hotel's website indicated that they only had choice options of rooms either with 2 Twin Beds or 1 Queen Sized bed, and a maximum of 2 people per room. We got the room with 2 Twin Beds which had crisp white covers and 2 soft pillows per bed. The room had an LCD TV mounted on the wall, air conditioner, safety deposit box, wall mirror opposite the bathroom door, an electrical socket, and a side table. It had a keycard lock system and energy saver switch, as well.
What lacked in the room is a closet or even a cabinet to place your clothes and belongings in.
The bathroom is quite nice for a "budget" hotel. It is spacious, has a glass sliding door that separates the toilet and shower, has a rain shower head with warm water, and the usual hotel-provided toiletries like bath towels, foot towel, toilet paper, shampoo, and soap.
The color scheme of green and yellow inside the room is the same as the lobby and lounge. Eating inside the room is not allowed so they have designated areas on every floor where guests can eat on full dining sets. Breakfast sets are available with their affiliate coffee shop, Tokyo Cafe, which is located just beside the main entrance. However, breakfast is not complimentary.
Make up room service is only available from 11AM to 2PM. Guests can also request for a hair dryer, flat iron with board, or additional make-up room, with a corresponding fee.
Wifi is also available inside the room.
The first time we stayed there (April 18, 2011) it cost us a total of Php 2, 773.12 ( *US $63 ) including Value Added Tax and some extra charges for early check-in (We checked-in at 5AM. Their Check-in Time is at 2PM.) and additional person.
The second time (June 1, 2011) only cost us Php 2, 300.oo ( *US $52 ) inclusive of tax. We got there around 4.30AM, checked-in and we did have to check-out the same day before 11AM, which is their Check-Out Time. So, technically, we had to pay for an overnight stay, since they do not have wash-up/hourly rates.
Go Hotels is an affordable, conveniently located, accessible place to stay.
*Prices were converted at a rate of USD 1.oo = Php 44.oo