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Fri. May 14th, 2021
Great rooms at The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras

I’m  a simple man. I like my beer cold. And I like to drink in pleasant surroundings with a fan blowing a cool breeze on my fat face. I can have all of that and more, at the brand new Shirven Hotel in Guimaras, our mango island home province. 

Now regular readers of Philippines Plus might recall past articles I’ve written about The Shirven located in beautiful San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, on the way to the Raymen Beach Resort in Nueva Valencia. But why the “brand new” moniker? This beautiful hotel, with undoubtedly some of the best rooms on the island, has been at their location for years.

Well, owner Joy Shirven, along with her partner, the ever likable Dave,  have been busy revamping the hotel and the menu. Their new manager, Michelle, has been branding the hotel as a “unique hotel at a most desirable and affordable price.

A superior room for one to two people comes with a free breakfast and has a queen-sized bed, air con, cable TV, a HOT shower and bath tub for only 1,900. My asawa and I have stayed in one of these rooms and I can assure you they are well worth the price. Don’t want breakfast? Knock 200 pesos off the price.

A deluxe room has two full-sized beds and also comes with a free breakfast. It, too, has air conditioning, cable TV, and a hot shower and tub. For only 1,700 pesos, it’s a bargain. Again, take 200 pesos off the price if you don’t want breakfast.

Are you a back packer or perhaps looking for a less expensive room? Try The Shirven Hotel’s Garden Room. Only 800 pesos overnight for air con and 500 pesos overnight for a fan. Want an even shorter stay? You can rent an air con room for 3 hours at 450 pesos or fan room for 3 hours at 250 pesos.20150401_141645

I can say without reservation that The Shirven Hotel serves the best fish and chips in Guimaras, if not the whole of the Philippines. But don’t take my word for it. I’ve heard this straight from the mouth of a man born in the U.K. If anyone should know fish and chips, it’s a Brit, right?


Why not take advantage of The Shirven’s new Happy Hour promotion? Your group can order five cold beers and get one free. What’s better than a free cold beer on a hot summer’s day?

I don’t need some fancy, overpriced import beers. Remember, I’m a simple man. I can buy a frosty bottle of San Miguel Light for 45 pesos. Some places in our region charge 50 pesos, some a little less. But they can’t match the ambiance and comfort of The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras.

You will find yours truly at The Shirven every Wednesday around 3 pm. I meet with other expats in the area and we quaff a few cold ones and spread around a lot of B.S. Why not come and join us some time. The new management and staff are quite friendly and have been instructed to serve us the coldest beer possible. What more could you want?

I often take my asawa to dinner on Friday nights at The Shirven, which is without question, the best venue for any expats or locals in the area. In fact, we’re heading out there tomorrow, Good Friday, for dinner and drinks with other expats.

So if you haven’t been to The Shirven Hotel in awhile, why not pay it a return visit? If you’re a simple man (or woman),  like me, I don’t think you could go wrong.

Update: Had a great fish and chips dinner at The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras this past Friday. Met some new expat friends and had a good time. You can’t beat their Happy Hour Promo. Nothing like having a cold, free beer.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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