Where to Stay in Laoag City When Traveling on a Small Budget: People’s Inn

When I was browsing for a place to stay in Laoag City the other day, People’s Inn appeared on the list of hotel recommendations in Booking.com. I wasn’t looking for something fancy, just something decent to stay for a night. I was going to attend my cousin’s funeral and I didn’t want to bother my relatives anymore so I decided to just book accommodation for a night. My siblings suggested hotel names but I didn’t even consider checking them out as the hotels they were suggesting were already there when I was still in high school which was 20+ years ago. The rooms might not be in good condition anymore.

Pictures of People’s Inn looked nice so I checked out the reviews. The reviews were good. The price was cheap, Php 875 (~US$ 17.50) for a night for a private room for one person. It costs almost the same as a dorm bed in a hostel in San Juan, La Union. The inn is centrally located (a few minutes walk to the city center according to reviews). And it comes with a free breakfast. My brother told me that sometimes pictures look better than that in real life. And I agree with him. I’ve tried one in Boracay that looks completely different from those in the pictures. But I still took the risk and booked anyway. So how was it in reality?

The Room

The room was very clean and spacious. It has a flat-screen TV, kitchen sink and cabinets, a dining table set for two and a balcony. Note though that there are no kitchen utensils and mini ref in the room. Wifi is available. The bed is comfortable and the size is just right for one person (I booked a room for 1 person). Maybe for people with bigger built the bed might be small.

The balcony

The single bed

The kitchen sink and dining set

The room also has got a big mirror

They only provide one pillow. The air condition was working fine, but it was a bit noisy. Complimentary bottled water was provided. There were plenty of electric sockets in the room.

The bathroom was also big and clean. There was hot and cold water in the shower but not in the sink. There were anti-slip mats but no shower curtain. Towels, bedroom slippers, and toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo) were provided.

At a very low price, I was surprised to see this in the room. Some fancy hotels don’t even provide bedroom slippers

The Location

People’s Inn is located near the city center, at Brgy. 20 General Luna St. Laoag City. It takes around a 10-minute walk to Laoag City Public Market. Golden Cow, a Chinese restaurant is just walking distance. There is also a coffee shop beside the inn. Banks and convenience stores are also walking distance.

The Breakfast

As mentioned earlier, breakfast is included. It’s a very simple breakfast but with a very cheap price that you’re paying for the room, I think free breakfast is already a bonus. And you can request to have your breakfast in the room if you’re feeling lazy to go down.

Breakfast choices are silog meals (silog comes from the words sinangag (garlic fried rice) and itlog (egg)). Choices were tosilog (tocino + garlic fried rice + egg), cornedsilog (corned beef + garlic fried rice + egg), hotsilog (hotdog + garlic fried rice + egg), and longsilog (longganisa + garlic fried rice + egg). I choose longsilog because I wanted to eat Ilocos longganisa. The food was fine. It would have tasted better though if it was still hot. For the drinks, you can choose coffee, tea or juice.

The egg’s a sunny side up but doesn’t look like one šŸ˜‚

The Staff

The staff were very courteous and accommodating. One of them carried my backpack to the room even though I insisted that I will carry it as it was small and light anyway. They were also very polite in answering all my queries.

Some Useful Information

  1. Rooms available in the inn are Standard Single (1 pax), Standard Twin (2 pax), Standard Double (2 pax), Standard Queen (2 pax), Standard Pull-out (2-3 pax), Family Room (4-5 pax) and Suite Room (6 pax). For prices, check out Booking.com.
  2. Check-in time is 1:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  3. The half-day rate will be charged for early check-in or late check-out.
  4. The inn has no elevator, so request a room from the lower floor if you find it difficult climbing stairs.
  5. Not sure if this information helps, but the inn is relatively new. It opened in 2018.

Summary

Overall, I had a good experience staying at the People’s Inn. It had everything I needed for my stay. The bed was comfortable and the room spacious and clean. Their staff were very courteous and helpful. It was worth every peso. A perfect place for budget travelers who are looking for a comfortable place to spend the night in a great location and with great service. I highly recommend it to anyone going to Laoag City.

P.S.

This is not a sponsored post. But I did use affiliate links in this post. If you found this post useful and would like to help me, I would appreciate it if you book your accommodation through the links. I will earn a commission from your purchase, but it won’t cost you extra. The commission I make will help in maintaining this blog. Thanks for your support!

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