Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tacloban Visit June 2014 - Where to Stay and Eat

Related posts: Trip Summary,  What to See   and What to Do
Granda Manor, a good choice if one is looking for a nice place to stay. A bit pricey (7500php for penthouse, 4500 for standard rooms) but nice and elegant.  This is a mansion converted as a hotel. I stayed for 1 night and moved to a mid-priced hotel on my 2nd night.

 There are many hotels and inns available in Tacloban.  Restaurants and coffee shop options are plenty as well. Surprisingly, most hotels are fully-booked due to huge number of NGO volunteers and employees.  For the next few months, tourists are advised to book in advanced to secure rooms, or risk hopping from one hotel to another.  Many budget rooms and dorms are available - given demand (mostly from incoming volunteers), some local businessmen started their hotel/ hostel businesses.

At the lobby of Granda Manor

Lounge area of Granda Manor, homey!

Restaurant at Granda.  Their breakfast of tapsilog was great!

Room's bed at the penthouse.  Step outside the balcony and you'd see the bay

a good, sparkling clean toilet is always a luxury..

window setting at Manor

wood furniture added appeal to Manor's interior

Lovely!  Granda Manor at night

Lorenzo offered clean and affordable rooms (2800php).  Most rooms were occupied by volunteers, many are from Samaritan's Purse (NGO). Their new, sparkling vehicles lined up the street.

Lorenzo's lobby area

Dinner at Cosina ni Juan with DOT Region 8

Canto Fresco was the first downtown resto to open for service after Yolanda. Food is nice (seems pricey), ambiance made up for the old furniture

Canto Fresco as seen from outside
Ocho Seafood Restaurant at night

I forgot to take photo before we devoured our meal, these are left-overs of the seafood dinner at Ocho. you can tell that food was good :)

the Barracks, near Calle Z restaurant, offered budget option, 500php/bed
Thanks to Cebu Pacific Air and DOT-8 for the support.

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