We stayed one day more in Mactan, but at this time, not anymore in a luxury accommodation like Plantation Bay. We transferred to a budget hotel near Gaisano Mall which was referred to us by a taxi driver.
The Hotel Europa is a three story building offering 1,100 pesos deluxe room with a refrigerator and flat screen TV. The building has no elevator and it only has one staff in the morning, the receptionist. She will assist during check in and will also check the room upon check out. The room has limited space because of two chairs and a table. The bed is a bit high so it is not advisable for those who have little kids.
It is a five minutes walk to the mall. It is also few minutes walk to Manang Fe BBQ, a cheap but delicious restaurant offering grilled chicken parts and rice cooked in coconut leaves called “puso”. On the ground floor is the hotel lobby and a pizza store. On the left side is a bakery and a burger store.
The hotel was near to everything we needed but during check out, I found it hard to find a taxi. I walked to Gaisano Mall and from there I rented a taxi passing back to the hotel to pick up my family whose waiting for me in the reception.
The hotel check out time is up to 2pm. We left the hotel at 12:30pm to catch our flight to Davao.
Orchard Hotel. We arrived in Davao at 5pm. We booked in Orchard Hotel which I found through Internet. Their website was not working, but their mobile number was luckily posted in Facebook. This is a new hotel in Davao near SM Lanang Premiere. A budget hotel which has a nice building design. The family room which is good for four adults is 1,600 pesos. The parking space is located at the back of the building. The room is wide but has basic facilities and no refrigerator. However, it has a big chance to upgrade into the modest one.