Zamboanga City – This charming often-misunderstood-city is bursting with all kinds of accommodations – from cheap hotels to mid-range and high-end. It is by far, one of my favorite cities in Mindanao – south of the Philippines because staying here won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and I find it safe despite its negative publicity in the mainstream media.
Atilano Compound is known to budget travelers headed to Zamboanga city for its cheap hotels. To get to Atilano Compound in Zamboanga City can look for jeeps with Canelar sign board outside the airport. Tell the driver to drop you off at Atilano Compound. Landmark is Gerry’ Grill in Mayor Jaldon Street. Fare is Php 7. I suggest sitting at the right side of the jeep so you can see Gerry’s Grill, the landmark. Walk to the street beside Gerry’s Grill until you reach the dead end where you will see the first pension house, turn right to check out other cheap inns in Atilano Compound. But just a little warning, the rooms here are usually used for you know what I mean, they have 3 hours and 12 hours rates. I stayed in this area the first time I visited Zamboanga City in 2012 as suggested by my friend James, we were there a few weeks after one of the inns there was bombed.
I would recommend booking a budget hotel instead since the price difference is just little. You can get decent rooms at some hotels for as low as PHP 500. On my third trip to Zamboanga City, I stayed at the Garden Orchid Hotel, a luxury hotel conveniently located at the city proper.
Here’s a list of Zamboanga City Hotels, I recommend booking online ahead as rates here are oftentimes cheaper:
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Governor Alvarez St., corner La Purisima St., City Proper, Zamboanga City, Philippines
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Casa Canelar Pension
Mayor Jaldon st., Canelar, City Proper, Zamboanga City
Hamilton Business Inn
Gov. Camins Avenue, City Proper, Zamboanga City
Gov. Lim Ave., Zamboanga City, City Proper
Zamboanga Town Home Bed and Breakfast
Juana Bulahan Drive, San Jose Road, City Proper, Zamboanga City
Grand Astoria Hotel
Mayor Jaldon St., City Proper, Zamboanga
Ever O Business Hotel
Tomas Claudio Street corner La Purisima Street, Zamboanga City
Garden Orchid Hotel
Gov. Camins Ave., Zamboanga City, City Proper
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