What is it about Iloilo City that makes it so deserving of being considered the Philippines' very own City of Love? Is it the exquisite colonial buildings and churches that make us feel like we're in a period drama? Or the sumptuous Ilonggo dishes that can entice even the pickiest taste buds? Or even its geographical location right in the heart-shaped island of Panay? Well, it's certainly worth sticking around long enough to see for yourself! But first, you'll need to decide where to stay in Iloilo City.
If you plan on staying for a while or simply visiting for business, then Citadines Amigo Iloilo is the way to go. Situated in the heart of the city, it's your best bet for absolute convenience while discovering what this charming destination has to offer! We love how it boasts sleek contemporary interiors that are equal parts bright, cosy, and elegant. During our visit, we even noticed the touch of local culture to the overall design. Think bright sunny hues, tropical accents, and woven handicrafts on display! Not to mention, the facilities and services of this Iloilo property are hard to beat. We especially adored the pet-friendly amenities, which is great if you'd like to bring your furry friends.
And in keeping with the current times, this serviced residence in Iloilo City also implements the Ascott Cares nine commitments to hygiene, cleaning standards, and physical distancing. How's that for a safe hospitality experience? To top it all off, it has a total of 121 serviced apartments, with three types of units that cater to your varying needs. So, if you find yourself never wanting to leave, then we definitely wouldn't blame you! Keep reading this Citadines Amigo Iloilo serviced residence review to find out more.
The Studio may be Citadines Amigo Iloilo's most basic accommodation, but it has enough space to comfortably fit two guests looking for a homely stay. Take your pick between a queen-size bed or two single beds, both with down feather comforters that promise you a good night's sleep. It also comes with a cosy armchair for when you'd like to sit back, relax, and enjoy the flat-screen TV.
Feeling like levelling up your stay in this Iloilo serviced residence? The Studio Executive is a fully urnished apartment that comes with a modern kitchen. Equipment includes an induction cooker, coffee maker, rice cooker, and microwave oven, so you won't have to worry about bringing anything else. Another cool touch would be the bay window with a view of the glimmering blue sea. Surely, this close attention to detail makes it worth your while.
What certainly stood out the most during our visit would be the One-Bedroom Deluxe. For busy corporate executives and travellers looking for an extended vacation, this one's the ultimate place to stay! Not only does it have a fully-equipped kitchen, but it also has a well-decorated living room area, a spacious bedroom, and even a laundry machine. Meanwhile, the elegant interiors are more than enough to make you feel like you're in a home away from home. Not to mention, this room can accommodate up to three guests.
The newly renovated pool area of Citadines Amigo Iloilo is a great spot to relax and unwind. Featuring a classy, minimalist tropical design, the lush surroundings offer an escape from the bustle of downtown Iloilo City. Whether you're planning on swimming or simply lounging around, this gorgeous urban oasis has the perfectly serene ambience you're looking for.
Need an endorphin boost while staying in this Iloilo serviced residence? Thankfully, they've got a top-notch fitness corner that any health buff would enjoy. Take your pick among the selection of equipment and accessories that you need. Yes, staying in shape while travelling has never been better! So, make sure to leave some space for sneakers and workout clothes in your suitcase.
Doesn’t matter whether or not you’re bringing a pet with you. Chances are, you’re bound to run into some cute critters who are tagging along with the guests. We recommend heading over to the outdoor lounges to socialise and maybe even meet an adorable dog or two. After all, Citadines Amigo Iloilo is one of the few pet-friendly serviced residences in the city — making it an ideal pick when choosing where to stay in Iloilo.
Or as we like to call it, a “workation.” Citadines Amigo Iloilo offers a business corner to cater to your workation needs. Aside from high-speed WiFi and broadband internet, they also have secretarial and business centre services to ensure you have fewer things to worry about. Alternatively, there are also common lounges if you'd like a more laidback setting. Either way, the place's ambience and design are clearly conducive to getting things done!
It's not every day that you come across a serviced residence in Iloilo that allows guests to bring their dogs or cats, with no additional fee! In fact, there are rooms specifically designated for those travelling with a furry friend. Guests can have a maximum of one pet (up to 75lbs) per room, but must not leave them unattended. The place also has pet-friendly amenities for added convenience. So, yes, prepare to see some adorable critters during your stay!
Feeling lucky? Well, better bring your A-game when you head over to Casino Filipino Iloilo, which happens to be in the same building. Although, if that's not your cup of tea, you can also check out the Provincial Capitol and the Museo Iloilo. Both these popular tourist spots are just a walking distance away!
Feeling right at home has never been easier when you stay at Citadines Amigo Iloilo. With their Ascott Host service, you won't have to worry about planning your itinerary around Iloilo City! Arrangements will be made for you, from city tours and shopping recommendations, to restaurant reservations and event organising. All you'll have to do is make yourself feel right at home!
If you're wondering where to stay in Iloilo City, then you might as well opt for a place that's right in the city proper. Citadines Amigo Iloilo is located along Iznart Street. It's only a 30-minute drive from Iloilo International Airport, and a 20-minute drive from Iloilo International Port. While the property offers a shuttle service to and from the airport, you can also take a taxi. The nearest taxi terminal from the property is the Light of Glory Taxi Services. The property is also within walking distance to tourist go-tos Casino Filipino Iloilo, Provincial Capitol, and Museo Iloilo. Currently, bookings are subject to IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) guidelines for travel in Iloilo City. So, make sure to check for updates regularly or reach out to Citadines Amigo Iloilo directly here.
If you went to Iloilo without exploring the gastronomic scene, then did you really go there at all? Hailed as one of the culinary capitals of the Philippines, it's famous for mouthwatering delicacies like pancit Molo, La Paz batchoy, KBL, and kansi. And given that it's a coastal destination, it goes without saying that fresh seafood are also a must-try! So, it's a good thing that there are a handful of delightful eateries near this serviced residence in Iloilo. We recommend Netong's Original La Paz Batchoy at La Paz Market, Breakthrough Seafood Restaurant, Original Biscocho House, and Tatoy's Manokan Seafood Restaurant.
After getting your fill of Ilonggo dishes, burn the calories by touring Iloilo's heritage sites. To start off, make your way to the Provincial Capitol and Museo Iloilo, both of which are just a walking distance from Citadines Amigo Iloilo. Then go on a quick drive to the neighbouring town of Molo, where you'll find the Molo Church, Temple of Goddess Mother, and Molo Mansion. Since these architectural gems have been expertly preserved, visiting them will feel like travelling back in time to the Spanish era. For more colonial mansions that are now open to visitors, head to Nelly's Garden (formerly the Vicente Lopez Heritage House), Ledesma Mansion, Lizares Mansion, and Casa Mariquit.
Nearby tropical paradises also await! For most travellers, the best part about staying in the coastal Iloilo City would be its proximity to many beaches and islands. Each of these offers a relaxing escape, what with their crystal clear waters, powdery white shores, and overall serene ambience. They're also relatively under-the-radar (compared to more popular spots like Boracay and El Nido), so there's a good chance that you could have the place all to yourself! Make your way north to the scenic Islas de Gigantes, a remote group of 10 islands that you should definitely take the time to see. It also happens to be part of the Coral Triangle, so you can expect biologically diverse marine life. There's also the Concepcion Islands, which is a good place for both island hopping and hiking!