Bacolod City. It rained the whole night. Puddles were a dime a dozen on the uneven pavements of the city, like pieces of concrete puzzles strung together. I just came out of a late movie in SM and found Andok's on my way back to my hotel. I ordered the sour-flavored Lucban longganisa. Who does that in Bacolod?
After my late dinner, I leisurely strolled towards Gatuslao Street, the road facing the city park where many multicabs ply the Bago route. San Sebastian Church looked glorious at night. Its baroque architecture was a balm to my weary soul. Built in 1876, San Sebastian is one of Bacolod's must-see sites. After all, not a lot of coral-stone churches stay as grand or structurally formidable.
I saw a dining plaza, Terra Plaza Food Court (photo below) , filled with people at past 11 PM, just before turning to Calle Nueva where my hotel is, the Suites at Calle Nueva. Reviews seem to suggest that a great number of locals don't know where this hotel is, but so far, I've met 3 people who all knew where it is, including my shuttle ride from the airport. The hotel's name suggests South American courtyards, as those seen in Peru. The entrance may mislead you due to it's limited lobby/and restaurant, but when you get inside, you'll find a gorgeous receiving room with hanging lanterns and empty hallway. The rooms, spread on two levels, surround this foyer. Very quaint indeed.
I wanted to try a well reviewed hotel in the downtown area. What is a visit if I don't get to familiarize myself with the epicenter of city folks? Honestly, It took me three days to finally decide to make my booking and so far, it isn't something I'd regret when I look back. I've so far tried Avenue Suites at Lacson, and Circle Inn along Lopez Jaena. I keep forgetting that Go Hotel is one that needs checking out. Hmmm. Maybe next time.
A printed card accompanies them with a quote from Corinthians 13:4-8. Yes, love never fails. Now isn't that sweet? I have never been to a hotel where housekeeping works after 6 PM. The card and candies weren't there when I left at 6 PM so someone must have come in after.
Reviews for The Suites @ Calle Nueva are mostly glowing, generous even, but there's one that's particularly scathing. Thank heavens, that particular negative review prodded me to make the booking. I was curious. Why would 99 people say great things, and 1 couple supposedly well-traveled American couple (who could then give a more objective comparison among all the hotels they've tried in their world travels) spew enough vitriol to say otherwise. Clearly, this wasn't because this hotel "sucks".
Did I tell you that the hotel ranks 2nd among TripAdvisor's compendium of inns and guesthouses in Bacolod City?
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|Terra Plaza Food Court|