Where To Stay In Davao

The allure of traveling comes not just from discovering new scenic spots or eating new food, it also stems from staying at new places. However, choosing the latter can also become a source of stress particularly when planning a trip for people who have different needs and priorities. Such was the challenge during my recent trip to Davao together with my friends and our favorite baby. Since our vacation lasted for five days, I had the chance to stay at more than one hotel, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. On this list of where to stay in Davao are accommodation options ranked according to how they’d figure in a traveler’s budget.

Where to Stay in Davao

1. Super Budget Accommodations: Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast

Before my friends even considered joining me on this trip, I had already booked a double room at Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast, a budget hotel that seemed to be really close to most of the famous tourist spots in Davao City. I was aiming for basic: a place to store my luggage, crash at night after I’ve gotten too tired from the day’s adventures, and also somewhere whose proximity to must-visit places would not leave me commute-weary. All these I got for P998 a night (later on to be split into two) with a couple of breakfast meals thrown in.

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: View from the streetLittle Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast Lobby Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast Dining Area

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: The Marilyn Monroe Room

Marilyn Monroe is there to welcome you to your room.

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: The Marilyn Monroe Double Room Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast Toilet and Shower

Pretty basic toilet setup… but be warned that unpleasant smells tend to come from here… even the mirror has an attitude.

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast Lobby

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Option 1

Breakfast Option 1

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Option 2

Breakfast Option 2

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Option 3

Breakfast Option 3

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast Option 4

Breakfast Option 4

Little Pink Houses Bed and Breakfast
17 Jacinto Extension,
Dona Vicenta Village,
Poblacion, Davao City,
Philippines

2. Budget Accommodations: Bahay Ni Tuding Inn & Resto

On our last night in Davao, we stayed at the very popular Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto. We opted for a rent-a-car while we were in Davao City so we were quite worried about where to park since Bahay ni Tuding is accessible only via a sedan-wide alley. Still, we were surprised to find plenty of other vehicles (including vans!) parked there. What’s more surprising was that Bahay ni Tuding, which looked like a simple residence from the outside, actually housed a lot of rooms. And these rooms were quite impressive, given their very cheap price.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto at night Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Reception Area

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto

The room was pretty spacious…

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto additional beds

…even with a couple of these added.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Kitchenette

Kitchenette with microwave, perfect for sterilizing implements for baby.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Toilet and Shower Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Complimentary Toiletry

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Hallway

The hallway was decorated with one-of-a-kind artworks.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Chill Out Area

Must be a great chill out area. Not much of a view though.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Dining Area

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto Continental Breakfast

Comes with juice and fruits. Do not be shy and ask for a refill if you must.

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto in the light of day

Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
160 San Pedro Street,
Poblacion, Davao City,
Philippines 8000

3. Not-at-all-budget Accommodations: Pearl Farm Beach Resort

In my very detailed post on the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, I recounted our staycation at this very posh resort in Samal Island. As a summary, let me just say that if you stay at this resort, it would do you well to maximize every minute of it.

P.S. Don’t miss out on the pain au chocolat!

Samal Suites Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

The iconic Samal Suites of Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao.

View from the Parola Bar of Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Pearl Farm from the Parola Bar.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Hiltop Balay Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Passing gray clouds make everything gloomy.

Hilltop Balay Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Common Area or the Sala of the Balay.

Hilltop Room Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

The king-size bed was two single beds pushed together.

Toilet and Bath Hilltop Room Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

The bathroom has a toilet and separate shower area.

Complimentary Drinks Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Toiletries for four Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Toiletries for everyone. I like the lotion.

Salad Bar Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Bread Basket Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

I just loved their pain au chocolat!

Fruits Galore Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao

Fruits. Fruits. Fruits. They just disappear too fast!

Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal,
Kaputian District – Samal Island, Davao City,
Philippines 8119

March 11-15, 2016

***Photos were taken using iPhone 6 and GoPro Hero 4

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Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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