Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hotel and Inn Review: Pamulinawen Hotel (San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte)

Date of Stay: March 23-25, 2016

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ********
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: ********
Staff Performance: *******
Room Comfort: *******
Food and Beverage: ******
Other Amenities: ******
Value for Money: ******

Pamulinawen Hotel

Hotel at Night
24-hour Front Desk
This 3-star, 11-storey hotel, designed and built by E. Ganzon, Inc. and opened in 2011, has 181 well-appointed, fully airconditioned and spacious non-smoking rooms and suites with cable ready, 24-inch flat screen LED TV; keycard door lock; NDD/IDD telephone; writing desk; coffee and tea making facility; free bottled water; personal refrigerator and private ensuite bathroom with free toiletries, bidet and hot and cold shower (bathtubs for Deluxe and Executive Suites) with rainfall shower head. 
The spacious hotel lobby

Superior Room
Superior Room Bathroom
The 24.85 sq. m. Superior Room (we stayed in Room 209) has 2 double beds (75 x 48 x 6 inches); the 24.85 sq. m. Superior Plus Room has 2 double beds and a coffee table; the 24.85 sq. m. Deluxe Suite has 1 matrimonial bed (75 x 54 x 6 inches), coffee table and sink counter; and the 55.07 sq. m. Executive Suite has 1 matrimonial bed, coffee table, sofa bed, powder room and sink counter.
Deluxe Room

Superior Plus Room
Executive Suite Bathroom
Rates, inclusive of breakfast (7 – 10 AM) for two, are PhP4,500 or the Superior Room; PhP4,900 or the Superior Plus Room; PhP6,500 or the Deluxe Suite; and PhP9,000 for the Executive Suite.  

Children 10 years old and below are free of charge when using existing beds (but not eligible or free breakfast).  Additional 20% surcharge during holidays.  Extra person rate is PhP1,000 per night with breakfast.  Mattresses, upon request, are subject to availability.  Check-in time is 2 PM while check-out time is 12 noon. Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or cash deposit required upon check-in.
Executive Suite

It also has a 24-hour front desk, spacious lobby with lots of lounge chairs; a restaurant (open 6 AM to 10 PM) offering Filipino, Asian and Western cuisine; elevators; facilities for disabled guests; a capacious convention hall; function rooms; full size outdoor swimming pool with sun patio; free newspapers in lobby; and free parking at the basement (enough for 80-100 cars). 

Free wi-fi is available at the public area.  The hotel also offers airport transfer (PhP500/way), room service (during limited hours), tour/ticket assistance, daily housekeeping and laundry and ironing services. Fax facilities and luggage storage are available at the front desk.  The staff was friendly and accommodating.
Convention Hall

Function Hall
Outdoor Swimming Pool
The hotel is conveniently located about 3.8 kms. from Laoag City’s historical district (Sinking Bell Tower, Museo Ilocos Norte, etc.), 1 km. from San Nicolas Church, 2.1 kms. from The Robinson's Place Mall and 365 Plaza; 6.46 kms. from Laoag International Airport; and 17.2 kms. (a 20-min. drive) from Paoay’s Church of St. Augustine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Breakast at Pamulinawen Restaurant. L-R: Ms. Cris Caballero (hotel manager), Ms. Melissa Tinonas, Mr. Albert Tinonas, the author, Mr. Jandy Layug and Ms. Almira Tinonas

Pamulinawen Hotel: National Highway, Brgy. 22, San Guillermo, 2901 San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.  Tel: (077) 670-7719 and (077) 670-7710. Fax: (077) 670-6801.  E-mail: pamulinawen_reservation@yahoo.com and pamulinawenhotel@ymail.com.  Website: www.pamulinawenhotel.com.  Manila booking office tel: (02) 552-0023 and (02) 552-0047.