Where to Stay in Laoag, Ilocos Norte: Java Hotel (A Review)

I went on another business trip, this time to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. My trip was so much more comfortable compared to my previous trip to the north since I took the plane and travel time was much shorter. As with my first business trip, I didn’t get to tour around Ilocos Norte. I spent the majority of my time in the office and at the hotel so I’m sharing my experience with Java Hotel.

First Impression:

Reception

Reception

I was picked up by their transfer service from Laoag International Airport. I felt guilty for making the driver wait because our flight got delayed by 30 minutes. He told me that delays for the flights to Laoag happen almost everyday. The delay I experienced was nothing compared to the usual delays which take 2-6 hours long. So I was one of the luckier ones.

java Hotel at night

Java Hotel at night

The hotel was 15 minutes away from the airport. As we approached the hotel, I was struck by how unique it was. The design is inspired by the traditional nipa huts. I was a bit turned off by the fact that a gasoline station was directly in front of the hotel so I couldn’t see the whole exterior without seeing Petron’s sign as well. Lol. My colleagues told me that Java Hotel was one of the nicer hotels in Ilocos and had one of the most unique designs. It is a favorite wedding reception venues among couples and tourists who stop by to replenish gas at Petron alight from their vehicles to take a photo of the hotel.

This is a good representation of Java Hotel's outside appearance. Without the gas station ruining the ambience. Lol.

This is a good representation of Java Hotel’s outside appearance – without the gas station ruining the ambience. Lol.

What the rooms at Java Hotel look like from outside

What the rooms at Java Hotel look like from outside

Java is an open-air hotel, if you know what I mean. Only the guest rooms are air-conditioned. The lobby, reception, restaurant and all other areas of the hotel relied on the natural breeze to ventilate the areas. I had to spend most of my time at the lobby and had to find a place where the air was cool. Good thing that I traveled during the start of the rainy season. I couldn’t imagine myself going outside my room if it was in the summer.

This was taken when I was staying at the veranda/lobby so I can check my emails at night

This was taken when I was staying at the veranda/lobby so I can check my emails at night

There was a swimming pool at the hotel which saddened me because I didn’t know there was a pool so I didn’t bring any swimming attire with me 😦

Swimming pool!

Swimming pool!

Aside from the pool, the hotel has a gym, tennis court, playground and wall climbing facility to entertain the guests.

My room:

Main entrance to the hotel rooms

Main entrance to the hotel rooms

I was given a standard room which was enough for me. I loved the traditional vibe it gave off and the unique touches for the decor.

Banig covered my headboard

Banig covered my headboard as well as the lamp stand beside my bed.

I had a TV to entertain me, a mini refrigerator to keep my drinks cold, a large bed with the comforter to keep me well-rested and a bathroom which had everything I need.

All mine for 3 days <3

All mine for 3 days ❤

My favorite thing in the room was my clothes hanger. My room didn’t have a cabinet or closet but it had this cool bamboo hanger where I hung my clothes to wear for the office.

Clothes hanger. Love this!

Clothes hanger. Love this!

Even though I really liked my room, I have to be honest with 2 things I didn’t like about it. First, the hotel’s wifi signal doesn’t reach my room and my Globe’s data signal is so weak inside my room. I had to go outside to get a decent signal. I was a bit disappointed about this since they are a preferred hotel of the company where I work. A good wifi signal is a must for any business traveler.

The second thing I hated about my room were the bugs/insects. I killed many of them in the bathroom and sprayed alcohol in my room. I still found myself waking up in the middle of the night feeling itchy from the insect bites 😦

Bathroom with hold and cold shower

Bathroom with hold and cold shower

Toiletries provided by the hotel

Toiletries provided by the hotel

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