Why You Should Stay at Hotel XYZ in Tacloban
After spending three days in Biliran, we journeyed back to Tacloban for the last night of our birthday vacation. We left Naval at around 10:00 am and arrived in Tacloban after lunch. From Van Van’s terminal, we walked two blocks until we reached Zamora Street where Hotel XYZ is nestled. From Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, Hotel XYZ is a mere 20-minute drive by private car or public transportation. The hotel also offers airport transfers at Php 350 per car, one way.
Hotel XYZ is conveniently located near the city center so it is perfect for leisure and business travellers alike. If you wish to explore Tacloban’s tourists sites like the San Juanico Bridge and the McArthur Park, you can just walk towards McDonalds (about two blocks away) near the port and from there you can take a jeepney. That’s how convenient the location of Hotel XYZ is. Or, if you are looking for somewhere to eat, the famous Ocho Grill is just a few steps away, same with SunziBar (Mexican cuisine) and Giuseppe’s (Italian cuisine). Banks and grocery stores are also nearby so you won’t have a hard time. Also two blocks away are the pasalubong (souvenirs and local delicacies) stores where you can buy Leyte’s fabled moron (glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk and chocolate) and binagol (a local delicacy made of talyan root, coconut milk and sugar) to bring home. And, should you want to explore Leyte, Samar and Biliran, shuttle terminals like Duptours and Van Van’s are just walking distance.
The Rooms, Café and other Facilities
Hotel XYZ is a boutique hotel that radiates a chic and cozy appeal. Upon arrival, a modern lobby welcomes you, leading you towards the Xdesk (their reception area). The staff here is efficient and their smiles are so heartwarming.
Just a few steps from the Xdesk is the ABCD Café, where my dear friend, Chef Michael Bautista, works as a consultant. I was actually dying to try out his pad thai (Chinese and Thai cuisines are his specialties) but it was already closed for lunch when we arrived. There were delectable cakes displayed on the vitrine, which they serve at an affordable price of Php 120. I also heard from Chef Myke that their moron and binagol ice cream are to die for.
|Inside ABCD Cafe|
|Classic black forest|
Our room sits quiet on the fourth floor. The plush beds with soft pillows surely gave us a sound sleep. The room looks modern, too, with its warm lighting and LED television on board. A fast WiFi connection is also provided to guests 24/7.
|The hallway at the fourth floor|
|Plush beds in our room|
|Cozy and modern|
The bathroom is yet another eye candy. Its clean, sleek lines give a contemporary vibe. The vanity mirror has built-in lights and the bathroom amenities are superb (they have their own line of toiletries). Taking a shower here is more of an experience than a mere necessity.
There is also complimentary coffee- and tea-making facility, and a well-stocked mini bar should you crave for something in the middle of the night.
|Coffee- and tea-making facility|
Hotel XYZ also has a spa – The Zpa by Nuat Thai – for your relaxation and wellness needs. An hour of signature Thai massage here costs around Php 350 per hour. You can also use the sauna for a minimal fee of Php 150. There is also a fitness gym where you can shed those pounds you gained from eating too much seafood in Tacloban. Opening soon is an outdoor pool and a pool bar perfect for bonding with family and friends.
For the price of the rooms, food and add-on facility like spa services, and for its convenient location, Hotel XYZ is definitely worth checking out. And by the way, Hotel XYZ is owned by the same group as Zpad Residences, another cosy and modern accommodation in Tacloban.
P. Zamora St. Tacloban City, Leyte, 6500 Philippines