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Tacloban Stay | Budget Stays at Primrose Hotel and Etsu Hotel

More than a year after Typhoon Yolanda struck Tacloban City, the city looks like it is still going back on its feet. Standing up is a slow process though as until now many establishments are still undergoing renovations. I wasn’t expecting much on some of the old established hotels here but the disaster could also mean a fresh start for them. I stayed at two more Tacloban stay within the city Primrose Hotel and Etsu Hotel aside from the one in the fringes Z Pad Residences. Here’s my take on these two city hotels.

My bed at Etsu Hotel
My bed at Etsu Hotel

Etsu Hotel

This is another one of those heavily damaged hotels since it is just beside the harbour. Etsu Hotel is the former Manhattan Inn now owned by a Japanese company also running the nearby Hotel Canelsa. It had its soft opening last November 2014 so its prices where discounted at Php 730 a night for a single room (Around Php 900++ on regular rates). I checked the room and decided to stay there for a couple of days.

View of the bathroom and desk
View of the bathroom and desk

The Room

My room is at the 3rd floor since the 2nd floor is still being heavily renovated. I could still see construction ongoing at that time on the 3rd floor on some rooms but at the moment 17 rooms are available for occupancy. My room was at the back facing the harbour which I thought was nice. My only problem was internet signal was quite weak and they don’t have any wifi yet.

The room itself is quite nice. Big bed, nice wooden furniture, probably used then by Manhattan Inn and running hot water in the shower. Pity is I only have one pillow but I do like that I have a bedside lamp and a working desk too. Cable TV also works but I had to use the CRTV buttons to change channels since there was no remote.

Another view of the room with the entrance door, tv and desk
Another view of the room with the entrance door, tv and desk

Stay Impressions

Like I said, renovations are still being done on the hotel and if you are bothered by the work which usually happens during the day its best to look for other options but at night I had no problem sleeping here. Location is also a strong point here. Situated along Rizal Avenue, it’s just beside the market and transport terminals and close to SM Savemore and other fastfood establishments. I was even able to use the gym just across. Downside is at the hallway I could sometime smell a faint stench from the sea at the hallway brought about by the breeze but its not that big of a deal as it doesn’t get into the room. The front desk staffs there was also very nice and helpful that time. It would be interesting to see how the hotel would turn out after a few months of work.

Etsu Hotel
Rizal Avenue, Tacloban City
Contact: (053) 321.4165, (053) 325.5900, 09052173026

View from the window
View from the window

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