No-Frills Stay at Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San

The facade of Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San

It was mid-day when we arrived in General Santos City—a highly urbanized first class city in the Southernmost part of the Philippines.  The scorching sun, unforgiving as it was, kissed our already tanned cheeks from having explored the beaches of Glan, Sarangani the previous day. I felt a sigh of relief as soon as we reached the van terminal beside KCC Mall and Veranza. Though SoCSKSarGen (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City) is generally peaceful, it was no secret that Mindanao was under red alert at that time, and so we were kind of anxious having to pass through some sleepy towns along the way. We were so glad to be back, safe and in one piece, to the metropolis.

Besides being primarily a business hub in Mindanao, General Santos is also the perfect gateway to many tourist destinations in SoCSKSarGen. We stayed in the city for two nights because we thought it was a wiser choice as it would give us the flexibility to adjust our itinerary depending on the weather and the actual travel time. Our home for the next two nights was the Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San.


Location
Nestled within Valley High, a famous lifestyle destination along the National Highway, Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San is accessible via private and public transport. For your convenience, the hotel can arrange airport transfers for you. A well-maintained van complete with lounge music similar to what is being played at the hotel lobby will then pick you up and bring you to a 30-minute picturesque journey to the city proper.

Should you prefer to commute, here’s how:

  • From the airport, take a multi-cab to the city proper or KCC Mall. There is a terminal just outside the arrival area, right after you cross the street to the parking area. Fare is Php 50 per person. Please take note that a multi-cab does not have ample space for bulky luggage, so it is best that you travel light.
  • From KCC Mall, take a tricyle to Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San. Tell the driver that it is nea McDonald’s, in front of St. Elizabeth Hospital along the National Highway. If you can speak Cebuano (their dialect), better. Fare is Php 10 per person.

The hotel’s location was one of the reasons why we chose to stay there. Valley High, the compound owned by the Floirendos where it is located is home to famous local dining outlets such as Big Ben Steaks & Grill (best for carnivores), Red Trellis (fresh seafood), C Bistro (best ribs and grilled salmon), GoodFellas (Italian cuisine), Mama Paulita’s (comfort food), and Café Amoree (24 hour dining). We were able to dine at Café Amoree and I must say their pork and tuna sinuglaw is delectable and reasonably priced. If you’re more comfortable eating from fast-food chains, there’s a McDonald’s, Jollibee, Chowking, and Mang Inasal nearby.

SM Gen San is only a few minutes’ walk away, and the terminals to Sarangani, South Cotabato, and other parts of Mindanao are just about five minutes away by car or public transport. Port to Balut Island is about 10-15 minutes’ drive.


Dining hubs in Valley High
Checking In
As soon as we entered the vicinity of Valley High, the guards thoroughly checked our vehicle, and the same procedure was done to our bags as we arrived at the hotel’s entrance. “Strict security measures are being enforced here. In fact, even our own vans have to be checked by the guards, too,” said Luigi Valdez, operations manager of Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San, who reassured us that the compound is one of the safest spots in the city.

At the lobby, wall accents and furniture from TADECO Home, an offspring of the community development program of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. TADECO Home creates pieces t’nalak, a fabric made of abaca fiber that is intricately woven by the region's ethnic indigenous people using traditional techniques passed on from many generations.

Right next to the lobby is the Skyline, the hotel’s breakfast nook.

Checking-in was fast and hassle-free. We were handed our digitized key cards as soon as finished presenting our identification documents. Niez, the staff at the reception was very helpful in suggesting things to do and where to eat in the city. She used to be a tour guide, so she knows the place very well.

TADECO furniture and wall accent serves as the focal point in the waiting area

Interesting living chairs at the lobby
Our Room
We stayed at a double room at the third floor (it is a low-rise hotel, by the way), which has two plush queen beds with chiropractic-approved mattresses, an individually-controlled aircon, a personal refrigerator, and a safe. There’s a hot and cold shower, immaculately clean towels and premium bath amenities. On the wall hangs another framed t’nalak accent. The interiors evoke a cosy atmosphere that lured us to a quick nap before exploring the city. Everything in the room is at par with global standards the hotel brand is known for. There’s complimentary in-room wireless internet access. Regular price of the room is Php 3,500 for two adults and two kids below 10 years old, buffet breakfast included. 

Two queen beds

T'nalak all over the place

Spacious room

Clean and modern toilet and bath

Bath amenities



Wardrobe and safe

Free-flowing supply of drinking water and ice
Other Room Option
We also had a chance to see the other room the hotel offers, the queen suite. A bit bigger than the double room, the suite has a kitchenette complete with a microwave, a personal sink, and a dining area for two. Regular price is Php 4,500.

The queen suite

In-room breakfast nook


Kitchenette

The queen suite has a bathtub
Dining
All rates are inclusive of the buffet breakfast at the Skyline. The choices are pretty decent with an assortment of breads, a soup, three main courses, an egg and omelette station, cereals and coffee corner, and a salad and fresh fruits corner. The food is outsourced from a caterer, usually from the restaurants within Valley High. During our stay, Big Ben Steaks & Grill provided the food for the buffet breakfast.

And if you couldn't go out for a bite, the restaurants in Valley High can deliver food right at you doorsteps. Just call the hotel’s reception and they will be happy to assist you.



Skyline

Corned beef

Spaghetti

Bread corner

Fried Tuna

My plate, day 2

My plate, day 3 (hotdogs, chicken adobo, and burger patties)

Fresh fruits

Soup corner

Egg-drop soup

Eggs and omelette station
Coffee and cereals bar

Other Facilities
Microtel by Wyndham Gen San is also a perfect place to host business and personal events with its modern function rooms complete with audio-visual facilities. The hotel is also set to build a swimming pool soon.

One of the two function rooms
Overall, Microtel by Wyndham in Gen San offers straightforward accommodations suitable for both business and leisure travelers. The impeccable service is heartwarming, the rates are reasonable, and the location, very convenient.

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Microtel by Wyndham - General Santos
Valley High, National Highway,
General Santos City 9500, Philippines

Tel.: +6383 5538080
Mobile: +63917 3197447 
Email: gensan@microtel.ph

Manila Sales Office
Tel: +632 8997171 / +63917 8881800
Fax: +63 (02) 870 0319
Email: sales@microtel.ph / reservations@microtel.ph


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