We were on a trip to Bacolod City with some friends from Guimaras, the island province we call home. We didn’t feel like paying 3 or 4 thousand pesos to stay at some ritzy hotel. Why fork out 60 to 80 bucks for a place we were only going to sleep in, take a crap, and shower? A three-night stay would have set us back close to 240 US dollars. That’s why we opted for more affordable lodgings: “Cheap & Comfortable Mo2 Days Inn Bacolod.”
No Luxury Accommodations but the Price was Right
In contrast, we stopped at a cheap joint for 990 pesos a night. That’s only about 20 dollars a night. The place, Mo2 Days Inn, had a good air con in the room. It was quiet.
The CR, Comfort Room, shower spewed out hot and cold water.
The television worked. It wasn’t a flat screen. But who cares? Some moron on Trip Advisor complained the hotel didn’t have a flat screen in his room.
Above all, the hotel staff were helpful and friendly.
Furthermore, the place had a decent restaurant inside where you could get a cheap American breakfast for under four US dollars.
Honestly, what more could a person want? The Crusty (Cheap) Old Expat was happy.
The Goldenfield Commercial Complex Mine Field
OK, the hotel, about four kilometers or so from downtown Bacolod, wasn’t the best place to hang out at night. Not unless you like girlie bars and ladies lining the streets looking for “dates.” That said, we never encountered any problems on Friday night when we went to the nearby City Mall.
Saturday night was red-light action night at Goldenfield. While the guys stayed in our rooms to rest, after a taxing day hiking at Mambukal Falls, our wives wanted to check out the local discos.
After being turned away at The Bunny Ranch for not having any male companions, our spouses returned to our hotel. That’s when my wife informed me that there was an abundance of ladies of the night and their “agents.”
However, again, we did not see any of these women on Friday or Sunday evenings.
While Goldenfield does have an aforementioned City Mall, I wouldn’t recommend staying at any of the hotels located there if you have a family. Not especially child-friendly.
However, since two of our crew had brought along their vehicles from Guimaras, we needed a place that offered plenty of secure parking spaces. And the Mo2Days Inn provided that.
Check-Inn Arcade Pension House
Finally, I would instead recommend visiting the Check-Inn Arcade Pension House in downtown Bacolod City. We’ve stayed there several times. It’s only a short five-minute walk to Bacolod SM City.
The accommodations have a good aircon, quiet sleeping quarters, a decent restaurant and most importantly of all, reasonable rates.
Rooms for a couple start at 900 pesos a night. That’s only about $18 US dollars.
And remember, The Crusty Old Expat, does like to save a buck or two.