Just a few short months after the Bar exams, I was able to score free flights to Naga, Camarines Sur. Immediately I scheduled a four-day trip, fully intending to head to Caramoan, but I ended up staying in the city the whole time! Now if you’ve been to Naga, you would know that there is only one 4-star hotel in the area (Avenue Plaza Hotel) and when you discover that it’s fully-booked, like I did, you’re going to have to find somewhere else to stay. I checked out three different hotels during this trip: The ADC Hotel, Naga Land Hotel, and Villa Caceres.
PART I: The ADC Hotel
Aside from its modern, chic interiors, what I loved about this boutique hotel is its location. The ADC Hotel is conveniently located along Magsaysay Ave., a highway, but it was surprisingly peaceful and quiet at night. You would never run out of options for food or coffee when you stay in this hotel. The ADC not only has its own restaurant, Eight Spices, but there are other food establishments located in the ground floor of the building. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can check out various fast food chains and restaurants within walking distance.
Other than that, the experience was okay. The staff were attentive and helpful, and responded to requests quickly. They carried my luggage up to my room (Rm 306) on the 3rd floor, and back down when I checked out. I don’t recall seeing an elevator, so the elderly or the handicapped (or the incredibly lazy) may not enjoy staying in this hotel, but the stairs themselves are not so bad. The hotel has floor to ceiling windows so you get a lovely view of
McDonald’s Magsaysay Ave. while you walk.
The room looks exactly as it does on their website’s photos. I booked a Standard Queen for P2,000 and was quite content with it, in terms of size, mattress quality and room temperature (air-conditioning) but there were a few snags:
1. The bath towels in the room looked a little old, the kind that I would use to dry the floor, but not my face or my body. On the plus side, the lobby staff solved this issue for me by sending me newer, thicker, whiter towels (and a hair dryer, upon my request).
The towels that came with the room – mismatched and a little old
Well, these towels look so much better!
2. I had a scratchy throat at night, started sneezing, then had a full blown cold in the morning, possibly an allergic reaction to dust in the room.
3. Wifi was free, but I could only find a strong signal at the 2nd floor lobby.
4. Breakfast was included in the room rate and was served in Eight Spices restaurant. With sunlight as the main light source, the restaurant was a little dim. There was no music being played, and the only ambient noise was the sound of conversations in the other table. It felt like I was a crew member eating my meal before the restaurant opened. There were very few selections, but if you liked what they served, you’d be happy to know that it was an all-you-can-eat kind of breakfast.
The hotel interiors, the convenience of its location, and the warm treatment from the hotel staff do make up for the kinks, but the allergies were a major downer. I also felt that the building was safe and secure, and so was the neighborhood in which it was in, so that’s perfect for a solo female traveler.
P.S. They conduct airport transfers using a high-end van, not an old Vanette or old L300. Maybe I was lucky that day!
You can go on a virtual tour of ADC Hotel’s facilities and rooms here.
THE ADC HOTEL
Address: Magsaysay Avenue Corner Catmon II St. Naga City 4400 Philippines
Telephone No.: (054) 472-2328
Fax No.: (054) 881-7660
Mobile No.: +63 905-201-9225 or +63 949-361-7784
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org