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Dona Mecedes Country Lodge is one of those hotels which looks old and boring outside but nice and comfortable inside…..
Located in the heart of Sorsogon City. A five minute walk from Savemore Supermarket down to V. L. Peralta St., Bargy Talisay, Sorsogon City. Its a two Storey old yet well-maintained and clean hostel built in 1968. The building is antique, the grills are quite rusty, the style is obsolete, the architeture is of old time and the floor color is fading. Never the less the staff maintain the cleanliness and coziness of the rooms.
The hotel is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city. The bars and restaurants around it spoils the area. But once you get inside the room, the noise is at its minimal. The videoke kings and queens usually quit sometime between midnight until 3 am.
I arrived at around 7pm in the city. Tired and worn out from my journey up from Bulusan. But when I saw the sign on the reception desk giving a 50% at Midnight, I took advantage of it. The friendly staff let me stay in the lobby and watch television. I patiently waited until I checked in at 12 midnight.
Dona Mercedes Hostel has a surprisingly feeling like coming home. Maybe because of the warm ambiance of friendly staff just of my age. They shared laughter and jokes with me. The floor might look faded red color red and the building is obviously old, but each room is wide and comfy.
I chose the ordinary fan room. The shared bathroom was clean and there ain’t any problem. The ventilation inside the room was excellent. I don’t only look for a cheaper price, but also be comfortable and safe, and this hotel passes all the criteria. For backpackers, this is a good one.
My dinner was free, the best thing that happened to me that day. I ate it on their wooden table. I think this hotel looked gorgeous in previous times.It still does. The furniture is made of solid wood, I can’t tell what kind of wood but it gives the place an antique sophisticated atmosphere.
There is no free wifi connection however and bath towels, clean bed sheets and bath soap are provided. Gadget Charging is also free of charge. I am so prudent about these things because in some hostels, they extra charge, something that kind of rips the travellers off.
I couldn’t sleep on my first night. I still had an adrenaline rush that I couldn’t explain. The city seemed to be lively, and after I’ve been to the quiet town of Bulusan for few days where people sleeps at 7pm, I felt I needed to adapt a different environment.
But thanks to the nice and spacious homey room, I felt relaxed and slept 6 hours today. Not so complete but well rested. 🙂
How to get to there:
Jump off the bus at the city proper, preferrably near the catholic church, from there walk straight going to Peralta St. This is just in front of LCC Supermarket. You’ll see the green sign. Might seem nobody’s inside, just press the doorbell, the Lobby is located on the 2nd floor. The friendly young staffs await you. Peak season is during June- October when they celebrate their festivals.
Ordinary/ Fan Room good for 2- P300
Deluxe Room good for 2- P600
Contact Number: (056) 211-58-80