Review: Check Inn Pension Arcade-Dumaguete

Any Siquijor trip is not complete without dropping by Dumaguete City since this is the doorway to that awesome island of fire. During our trip, we planned to spend a night in this small city to enable us to rest since traveling from Iloilo takes not less than six hours by ferry and bus. With this, an overnight stay in the city is very much needed to enable us to rejuvenate for the next days’ island escapade.

Given the volume of tourists (especially foreigners) flocking the city, finding a place to stay is less likely a problem since affordable hotels are almost everywhere. One of the those hotels is Check Inn Dumaguete. During a trip to Bacolod City, we have stayed in their Bacolod Branch (near SM Bacolod) and so far, we are satisfied with the hotel that the husband to book this. He initially booked a family suite room which is good for five persons but unfortunately, one of our companions backed out at the last minute thus we negotiated with the front desk if we can switch to a smaller room to save. Thankfully, they agreed without drama… or additional fee, cancellation fee or whatsoever.

Photo credit: Check Inn Pension

Rooms

The room we got is special deluxe good for three persons. It has one single bed and one double size, toilet and bath as well as cable TV. Wide enough for three persons, the room is on the 3rd (or was it 4th?) floor located near the elevator and reception area, where the router is probably located, hence we have internet access even inside the room. Oh yeah real time updates!

The toilet and bath is clean although the control of shower can be a bit challenging at first (to open/close the shower, you have to use the knob of the heater, not the knob of shower itself).

Overnight stay costs Php 1000 which became Php 333 when divided to three. Not bad, right?

Photo credit: Check In Pension

Amenities and services

The pension house has a cafeteria on the ground floor but drinking water and snack items can also be bought from the 3rd floor reception. There is also a money changer inside the building, near the front desk and just beside the stairs and elevator.

Restaurant/cafe

We ate breakfast here and I must say that I’m not quite satisfied. First, the food. Their bacon is disappointing. It tastes and looks nowhere close to the bacon we were used to. I think they are homemade but homemade bacons, or any food for that matter, are more delicious, right? The strips are so thin and the taste...oh well, they’re tasteless. Good thing the meal comes with an egg else I’ll probably order different food. Second, the waiter. I have explained my order to him many times but seems like he had a difficulty comprehending what I want and my order wasn’t even complicated. Maybe language/dialect barrier? But since they are working in the tourism and hospitality field, they could have at least work on that. 

Ambiance and location

Check Inn Dumaguete is conveniently located in the center of everything. It is walking distance from the church, Silliman University, Rizal Boulevard, food establishments and malls. Transportation isn’t a problem either. Outside the building, you can just hail a tricycle and get you to where you want in the city.

It is peaceful here at night but can get busy during the day since it is near everything.

Staff

I have no negative comments against the staff here except for the waiter due to the scenario mentioned above. The reception people are friendly, approachable and easy to negotiate with. They didn’t even ask us for cancellation fee or penalty when we cancelled the first room we reserved.

Conclusion

If you are looking for an affordable place to stay in Dumaguete, try Check Inn Pension. It is conveniently located in the business area filled with restaurants and grocery. It is also a few minutes ride to Dumaguete Port and walking distance to Rizal Boulevard, church and plaza.

Location:
Dumaguete Branch
POS Marketing Bldg., Cor. Perdices-
Dr. V. Locsin Sts., Dumaguete City, 6200
Telephone No. (24-hour Reservation):

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