I’ve been really, really planning to write about this but I only got the time, drive, and resources right now. Hopefully I can finish blogging about all the memorable and unforgetable experiences I had during those 24 days.
An Opportunity to Travel for the First Time in Batanes
It was around January or February last year when a friend asked me if I would like to go with her to Batanes. I grabbed the opportunity without a lot of thinking.
Batanes is part of my Travel bucketlist. Thus, when an opportunity came, I didn’t have any second thoughts.
There’s so little time to prepare. Our scheduled flight from Manila to Basco was on March 1. We need to be in Manila the day before our scheduled flight. This means that I needed to book an overnight accommodation near NAIA because our flight schedule was around 5 in the morning.
Unfortunately, I had the dates (of our depature to Manila and departure to Basco) jumbled, and ended up needing to book for a 2-night stay. Clumsy, disorganized me. ):
Searching for a Budget Accommodation near NAIA
Agoda is my most favorite hotel search engine when it comes to booking for accommodations that brings value for my money.
After careful filtering and scanning of guest reviews, I booked a 2-night stay at DG Budget Hotel NAIA.
You can never really find a decent accommodation in Manila under one thousand pesos.
DG Budget Hotel costs 1.3K plus per night despite the fact that it is a semi-hostel with no private bathrooms. But, despite these, the good things about this accommodation completely outweigh the bad ones.
DG Budget Hotel is only 5-minute away from NAIA Terminal 4 via taxi. Location-wise, this is one of the nearest accommodations to the airport if you are flying to Basco.
The place is near convenience stores and there is a bank and ATM at the ground floor.
Our room is quite clean and their common bathrooms are odor-free. The corridor leading to the information area is also well-maintained.
The only bad thing is, they don’t provide a trash container in our room. We have to make use of a plastic bag as a replacement.
As a budget inn, it provides enough comfort for travelers on the go. The 2 single beds room that we booked are not that spacious, but it doesn’t matter because we didn’t stay there all day long. We went out most of the day to the mall.
Their standard room with double bed though is quite comfortable. We booked that room on our last 2-day stay in Manila before we returned to Cebu.
They also provide a free hot and cold water station which is really helpful especially for someone like me who need more than 1 serving of coffee when I’m working.
The staff are okay. There’s not much things to do other than man their mini grocery area where you can buy instant coffee and cup noodles.
Because I bring my work anywhere I go, internet connection is a crucial factor I consider when booking an accommodation.
DG Budget Hotel NAIA has above average internet connection speed. It’s also satisfying that they have two WiFi connections. This is one of the major reasons why we stayed again there before we went back to Cebu.
Value for Money
Definitely one of the best choices when it comes to budget, location, and of course, internet. Be sure to book the standard room with the double bed. It’s bloody comfy.
I highly recommend this place for fellow budget travelers.
Next: My First Flight to Basco, Batanes Aboard SkyJet Air.
[Screenshot photos used in this blogpost are all from Agoda.com]