Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Jan: Philippines: Albay: Ellis Ecotel

After several cancelled flights of Naga and Legazpi due to experienced cold front and rain showers in the early weeks of January, glad that we were able to depart from Manila in a sunny Sunday morning this week.

From the airport, there is a free transport service going to Ellis Ecotel with 10-15minutes travel time.  It is located in Embarcadero, a mall in seaside with several restaurants (Bigg’s Diner, Gerry’s Grill, Inasal, etc.), shops (Cinderella, Plains & Prints, etc.), drugstore (Mercury), grocery (Puregold) and Duty Free.  The noise from the mall is not heard when you are already in the hotel lobby or room.  The area is very accessible by tricycles and jeepneys, so it means that you can easily visit the tourist destinations from this accommodation as well.

We were allowed to check-in at the Ecotel as early as 9am.  We had limited choice of room, because we booked a bit late, we had Superior Queen no windows (1800php/night).  Designing the walls with mirrors facing each other gave the room a bigger perspective.  I’m not surprised that the sink is outside the shower room, I had seen that same setup the first time at a cheap hotel in Macau.  Two things I see on it: it could be time saving so if one is brushing the other is taking a bath; second, it can be a bit unhygienic to see a sink on same room with the bed.  Aside from that, all is good: the bed is soft and clean, there is split-type air conditioner, the rain shower has cold and hot water, toiletries are provided, and water dipper (tabo) is available upon request.

 As for the improvements that they can add: include more lights on the bedside or ceiling, slippers on the room and bathroom, add more English or cable channels to satisfy the needs of the foreigners.  The free breakfast at the seaside is very disappointing; the food is too oily and has very limited choices.  Instead, they can use the bar area of the hotel to serve better and well rounded variety of menu.

If in case you are interested to have a day tour or overnight stay in Misibis Bay, you can contact their sister hotels at Legazpi - Hotel Venezia, Hotel St. Ellis, and Ellis Ecotel.

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