Davao Hotels, Guesthouses and Resorts
Because it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations the Philippines, Davao has all sorts of places to stay. Boasting both high class resorts and tiny mom and pop establishments, Davao has something for every type of budget and every type of traveller.
It seems that Davao does not have much of a backpacker scene as there aren’t really hostels in the city. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t cheap lodging options; quite the opposite. The Hotel Uno on C.M. Recto Street next to the Lawaan Theater offers cheap rooms at just PHP900 nightly. Even though it’s an extremely reasonably priced hotel it has free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and is non-smoking as well. You’ll be able to choose two twin beds or a larger queen sized bed depending on your needs.
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, check out the Red Planet Davao on J.P. Laurel Avenue, which is within walking distance of many city attractions and restaurants. For PHP1400 nightly, you can get a room with two twin beds or one queen-sized bed at the hotel. Unlike some hotels in Davao, every room is a non-smoking room, so you can be sure that your room won’t smell like an ashtray upon arrival. If you are a smoker, then of course you can smoke outside. Every room also features air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, and there’s a restaurant on site. While technically, it’s only a two-and-a-half-star hotel, it’s very highly rated.
Western hotel chains have made their way to Davao and one of the top rated hotels in the city is the Park Inn by Radisson located on Asian Highway 26 J.P. Laurel Avenue. It’s not a cheap option at about PHP3000 per night, but it does feature free Wi-Fi, an LCD television in every room, a refrigerator and minibar, and the option to upgrade to a Junior Suite if you're looking for more room. The hotel also features a pool, business centre and multiple restaurants on its well-appointed property.
One of the coolest places to stay in Davao is the Gumamela Maverick Farm Resort. Located on Purok 3 Tolosa, Barangay Matina Biao, in the Tugbok District of Davao, the resort is spread out over many acres of land. The resort is built on the land of the Tools family and was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. There are beautiful creeks, springs and caves on the grounds of the resort which make it an absolute pleasure to walk around. The spa features a naturally warm swimming pool with water drawn from the springs on the grounds. Birds flock all over the gardens, and the rooms and cottages are decorated in a traditional Filipino style. The restaurant serves local food and if you feel like getting some exercise, there are tennis courts and a workout room. To relax after a long day you can also use the resort’s billiards table and their dart board. It’s truly a respite from the craziness of the city and if you get the feeling like you need to get away from the city, book a night here. A night in one of the bungalows can be quite romantic as well, especially if you book the couples spa option! Rooms feature beautiful jungle views and almost every guest who stayed left positive reviews of the resort. The unique resort has many types of rooms at many different prices, but the rooms start at PHP2900. It’s a more expensive lodging option but totally worth it.