The in-laws were itching for an overnight breather, and because they RARELY tread places other than their own house, we were compelled to bring them somewhere enjoyable yet arthritic-friendly. With its proximity to Bulacan, Subic became the most suitable option.
5. Most importantly, each standard room for 2 must cost between P2,000-P2,500 only.
Ranking 4th out of budget hotels along Bayfront Road, Subic Park Hotel became an instant option. We didn’t regret booking with this hotel. Upon entering the lobby, one gets a very homey sense of feeling with its lush, unpretentious decors and down-to-earth interiors.
The standard rooms are spacious enough for two, and offer more than the basic staples: a fridge, wooden cabinets and drawers, comfortable queen matresses, sheets and pillows, TV with cable, A/C, toiletries and clean towels, and a coffee table set for two should guests wish to surf the net (Yep, WiFi is free, although it doesn’t work all the time in the rooms).
The ensuite bathroom was nice. For people who can’t live without hot and cold shower and a bidet, you’d be delighted to know that Subic Park Hotel has both. Water ran fairly well, and surprisingly, it is potable. The shower area was a bit restrictive, but hey, if it fits a 7-month pregnant woman inside, it’s gotta be enough.
The second fun part: food. I didn’t expect much on food here as previous guests have complained that it was rather expensive yet forgettable, so we simply settled for the free breakfast plus a few sides. We ordered the Vigan Longganisa meal, ham omelette with eggs, Tocilog, some fries and melon shake.
The third fun part: the beach bar. Aiming for a Boracay feel, Subic Park Hotel sets up a beach bar fronting the hotel and the sea every weekend, complete with pillows and tables on the sand. One may choose from a flurry of booze and liquor shots: from beer to mocktails to the downright nasty hard ones. It’s open from dusk till 2am.
Hotel service is commendable. The staff, particularly those at the front desk, were generally attentive, courteous and prompt. None of us knew that my sister-in-law forgot some clothes in their room; housekeeping was quick to hand her over the stuff right before we took off!
If anything, the only downside we found is the paper-thin walls – which we already knew prior to booking. One can hear voices at the corridor and worse, bands playing till 1AM at the adjacent Gilligan’s. That’s especially true if your room is located on what the staff calls “the noisy side/ Gilligan’s side”, which included rooms 204 (ESPECIALLY Room 204), 209, and the Oceanfront rooms.
|Parking. Not exactly on the safe side on the road.|
Tip: If you can, book early. A week would be safe, as vacancies do get filled up rather quickly particularly on weekends. Request for rooms on the “quiet side” of the hotel, such as room 211 (this is where we had the elders stay) and those near the stairwell. Both are far from nuisances and noise.