WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE: Harold's Mansion, a Backpacker's Accommodation in Dumaguete City

We safely arrived in Dumaguete City, after that stressful and vomit-filled afternoon ferry ride from Siquijor. Hahaha! We don't have any hotel in mind, so we asked recommendations form the tricycle driver that we hired from the port. The tricycle brought us to Harold's Mansion, we inquired about their accommodations and their room rate is just right to our budget. So, we decided to stay here for the next 36 hours before we go back to Manila.

We took the standard A/C room for PHP 1,125 per night which comes with a complimentary breakfast (toast and coffee). It was huge, comfortable and clean. It has one double and one single bed that could easily fit the 3 of us. It has a nice and spacious toilet and bath (with hot and cold shower), a television set and a balcony. Slow WiFi connection is also available.

The only problems that we encountered during our stay were the clogged shower room and some noise from the outside since we were staying at a room facing the main road. So, it would be best if you request for a room not facing he road.

They also offer a variety of trips to the surrounding islands with activities such as snorkelling, diving, trekking and more. All you need to do is to register your name on the list at the front desk, pay the tour fee and join the scheduled group tour. we didn't avail any of their tour packages as we just want to explore on our own.

The staff were helpful, warm and friendly. They helped us with information we needed to explore Dumaguete City and the nearby town of Valencia.

I heard they have themed nights and social activities at the rooftop during Wednesdays (BBQ night) and Fridays (Oyster night, hosted by the owner). Too bad we didn't experienced it. It could be a nice venue to mingle with your fellow guests and make new friends.

While writing this post, I remembered that I've read a negative review on Harold's Mansion last year and I even commented "Thank you for sharing your experience... at least may warning na kami... di ako mapapadpad dyan... hehehe!!!" Maybe I forgot about it, I don't know why our restless feet led us here.

Anyway, as for our stay last November 2011, we enjoyed our short stay in Harold's Mansion.

[ Click here to book a room at Harold's Mansion ]

This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Negros Oriental is the 49th province on my list. Join us as we enjoy the "City of Gentle People" in this one awesome trip to Dumaguete City and Valencia, Negros Oriental.
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  1. sayang. we had little information about where to stay in Dumaguete when we went there last year. we eventually stayed at the Bethel Guest House where the twin room set us back by P1300 per night. the good thing about the hotel is they offer free transfers from the airport or seaport to the hotel.

    1. i saw Bethel Guest house... mukhang ok naman from the outside... hehehe!

  2. Hahaha! Natawa ako dun sa comment mo sa negative review tapos nakalimutan na. lol

    I'm planning to stay here din kasi ok naman mga review na nabasa ko.

    1. oo nga eh... hahaha! i was just reading some feedbacks about the hostel when i remembered it.. LOL!

  3. Will definitely check this out when i have travel in Negros! Great post Mervs. This is a great huge. :)

  4. Since I'm from Dgte, many have asked ano yung affordable na place pero wla akong idea! Hahaha will refer this to friends :D


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