When it comes to tourism in Mindanao, Philippines, nothing comes before the durian capital itself – Davao. You’ll love it more when you realize just how cheap cost of living is, especially when you’re spending Philippine pesos converted from a foreign Western currency.
Indeed, it won’t take much to round up the city’s sights, sounds and gastronomics, and you can begin drawing up your budget right with your accommodation.
But then, even if you’re on a mission to relocate permanently in the Philippines and are temporarily in need of accommodation – when finding a place to stay for a few days in Davao, you have a whole range of options, depending on what amenities you’re looking for and how far you’d like your money to go.
We have gathered information that you can review as you look for the accommodation that best suits your plans. As you will find, there are many nice places to consider, and we have grouped them into three categories according to cost (all rates pertain to single night/single guest bookings.)
5 Star Hotels & Accommodation in Davao
In Davao, there are five large hotels considered executive class, namely:
The Waterfront Insular Hotel is a 5-star hotel that is 20 minutes away from the Davao city center and about 10 minutes from the Casino Filipino. Among its offerings are a jogging and exercise trail, swimming pool and beauty salon, as well as tennis courts and amenities for massage and sauna, golf pitch and putt, snorkelling and other aquatic activities. The hotel, located at JP Laurel Ave., also provides in-house babysitting services and facilities for differently abled guests.
Rate: US $ 97-200
Marco Polo Hotel
The other five-star hotel in Davao, aside from the Waterfront Insular, is Marco Polo which is located right at CM Recto Street and is about a ten-minute ride away from Magsaysay Park and San Pedro Church. It has a fitness centre, a swimming pool at the rooftop and facilities for massage and sauna. Like Waterfront Insular Hotel, it also provides babysitting services and facilities for the differently abled.
Rate: US $ 117-120Apo View Hotel
Right in the business district of Davao City is the historic Apo View Hotel which has been providing accommodation to tourists since 1948. From its beginnings in the post-war era up to its 4-star status today, this hotel has become a Davao landmark and is the second oldest hotel in the entire Philippines. Located at Bonifacio Street, the hotel houses a beauty salon, a fitness gym as well as a swimming pool-bar among others, and provides babysitting services to guests.
Rate: US $ 100
Grand Regal Hotel
A mere five-minute drive away from the Davao International Airport is the Grand Regal Hotel, a 4-star hotel that houses the Casino Filipino and offers a range of luxurious amenities, including a fitness gym, swimming pool and facilities for sauna and massage, among others. Located along Km. 7 JP Laurel Ave., it also provides special facilities for differently abled guests and is rather popular for its cheap rates, considering its 4-star status.
Rate: US $ 85
Grand Menseng Hotel
Located along the very busy Magallanes Street is the Grand Men Seng Hotel, a 3-star hotel which is particularly famous for its tour desk which assists tourists who would like to climb Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, or visit the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Calinan. The hotel’s Le Grandeur Cafe serves delectable Filipino and Chinese fares for snacks, while the Poolside Grill entices guests with its barbecues and drinks in the evening.
Rate: US $ 71
Medium Star Hotels & Accommodations in Davao
We found well over 20 smaller hotels in Davao City whose rates range from US $18-64. The following is information on the 5 least expensive options, starting with the cheapest:
The Oroderm Beauty Hotel (Magallanes Street)
55 guestrooms with hair dryer, jacuzzi bathtub, air conditioning and safebox
Wi-Fi in public areas
Spa and massage
Rate: US $ 18-24
Tinhat Boutique Hotel (Artiaga Street)
Received multiple local awards for hotel services and amenities
Guestrooms with LCD cable TV
Rate: US $24-26
Sequoia Inn (Monteverde Avenue)
Spacious and secure parking space
Houses a bank, beauty parlor, a clinic, and Ombu Chicken House, Sequoia’s very own restaurant
Rate: US $26
Blue Velvet Hotel and Cafe (Rizal Extension corner C.M. Recto Avenue)
Massage and spa
20-minute drive away from Davao International Airport, 15 minutes from Abreeza
Rate: US $30Humberto’s Hotel (Jose Palma Gil corner Padre Gomez Streets)
Airport transfer and shuttle services
Authentic Shiatsu massage
Rate: US $31-44
Other small hotels which are a bit more expensive than the first five enumerated above, but not nearly as expensive as the big ones are the following (listed from least to most expensive:)
Villa Margarita Hotel
La Anclar Hometel
Linmarr Davao Apartelle and Suites
Home Crest Residences
Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel
Red Knight Gardens
Crown Regency Residences’ Mediterranean
The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases
Microtel Inn & Suites Davao Hotel
Discount Or Budget Hotels & Accommodations in DavaoTravelers who prefer budget and discount accommodations in Davao will still get pleasant rooms and amenities in the city’s different inns. Typically offered in these places are Wi-fi, full air-conditioning, telephone, room dining and other essential bed and breakfast services. Some of them may also offer non-airconditioned rooms for as little as US $4 per night. Here’s a quick list of these budget hotels, whose rates typically start at around US $12:
Midland Inn (Anda Street)
The Manor Hotel (A. Pichon Street)
Roadway Inn (Km. 4 JP Laurel Avenue)
North Zen Basic Spaces (Sobrecarey Street)
Royale House Travel Inn & Suites (CM Recto)
Las Casitas de Angela Hotel II (Obrero)
Viajeros Economy Inn (Matina Aplaya)
Casa Ruby Bed & Breakfast (Dona Vicenta Village)
Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel (Dona Vicenta Village)
C5 Dormitel (Roxas Avenue)
Sunny Point Hotel & Apartelle (Maa Road)
Mt. Apo Highland Resort (Kapatagan)
The rates reflected above may vary from time to time, decreasing during off-season or increasing during certain times of the year, specially on popular Davao City festivities such as during Araw ng Dabaw or the Kadayawan Festival. In any case, finding a place to stay in Davao City is no feat, whatever type of accommodation you’re looking for.
From 5-star hotels to cheap yet decent inns or apartelles, you know there’s a nice and comfortable bed for you to rest the night away on, as you prepare for another day of fun and thrills in this vibrant city of the Philippine south or as you search around for a long-term place of your own in preparation to moving or living permanently in Davao city, Philippines.