Quick trip to Davao City

3-day 2-night business trip to Davao.


Location - its boon and its bane

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by marseilles on May 29, 2011

Metropolitan Davao is one of the largest cities in the world by land area. Ulas is a district of Davao City that is at least half an hour--probably more--from downtown Davao City.

Hannie's Inn is the only hotel accredited by the Department of Tourism in Ulas, and this is why its location is its boon. A lot of Davao's tourist attractions are near Ulas, and staying here gives you easier access to those areas, compared to the downtown. If you're in Davao for the Philippine Eagle Center, the wakeboarding water center or Eden Nature Park, you'll be much closer to those locations if you stay here, than if you stayed in the city center.

However, Hannie's Inn's location is also its bane. One drawback of staying so far from the city center is that there aren't any major shopping centers and restaurants within walking distance: the nearest major commercial center is a taxi ride away. The hotel is also right on the highway, near a busy intersection, so there is some street noise, though it does get drowned out a bit when the air conditioning is on. There is also a bar next door that has a bit of karaoke going on--a little annoying, but not completely intolerable.

The rooms themselves are decent. I got their cheapest room for US$20 a night, which included a free breakfast. My room had a full (twin) bed, air-conditioning, a small television (with cable TV), and a private toilet and shower. The room did not have a proper window (instead it had frosted glass which let a bit of sunlight in during the day), nor did it have a cupboard for clothes, but it had a huge mirror.

Freebies in the room were a tiny bar of soap, two sachets of conditioning shampoo, instant tea and coffee, and a toothbrush and toothpaste (upon request). The staff was professional and friendly. There is a PABX in the room and another in the bathroom. And--a big thing for me--there was free WiFi throughout the hotel.

The hotel features a business center on the ground floor, as well as a coffee shop/bakery.

The big disappointment during my stay was that the hot water in my room wasn't working properly. I checked in on a Sunday, and the front desk told me that their maintenance staff wasn't onsite to fix it and I would have to wait until the following day for them to be able to have it fixed. Since they were fully booked, they couldn't move me to a different room either. I asked them instead to bring up a pail of warm water I could bathe with, and they did.

Taxis are readily available right outside the hotel, and jeepneys to different parts of Davao can be hailed outside the hotel as well.
Hannie's Inn
Macarthur Highway
Ulas, Davao City, Philippines
6382 2973315

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