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Access Road 2, Batangas City, Luzon 4200 Philippines
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Access Road 2, Batangas City, Luzon 4200 Philippines
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Iliketocallhimsteve wrote a review May 2020
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In a way, my stay here was the result of a mistake I made in my itinerary. My plan was to get a bus from Manila in the morning, travel south to Batangas City and get a ferry from the port there to Puerta Galera on the island of Mindoro. I wasn't sure how long this would take so I arranged to stay at Ranchotel in Batangas so that I could get the ferry the morning after. In fact the bus I caught from Manila went direct on the fast route and there were no holdups. It went straight to the port rather than going into the city too. So I actually arrived at the port early in the afternoon which would have left plenty of time to catch a ferry to Puerta Galera, and then I could have easily checked into the hotel there in time for dinner. However I had reserved the room, and my stay at the hotel in Sabang, Puerta Galera was booked to start the day after so I thought I’d stick to the plan. From the port then, I caught a trike (Filipino motorbike and sidecar taxi) to Ranchotel in the Santa Clara area of Batangas city, about a kilometre away. So I was backtracking, which tends to feel wrong. The driver seemed to know Ranchotel and I was dropped off right in front, paid him, then walked inside. I was greeted by a friendly woman and I told her I had a reservation. She looked on her list but couldn't find me. She asked if I'd got the right hotel. I looked at the hotel sign and said yes, then I looked again, and instead of saying 'Ranchotel' it said 'Ranz Hotel'. I asked if there were two different spellings. No. Ranchotel was a different hotel. The driver had delivered me to the wrong hotel and now he’d gone! But there was good news. Ranchotel was about four buildings away on the same side of the road. Hurray! It may be that to people in the Philippines the two names sound very different but to me they were two similar sized hotels close together with two very similar names. Next I found my way (successfully this time) to Ranchotel and had an equally nice welcome at the front desk and started the same check in routine. Again I was told I had no reservation! This time I was in the right hotel with exactly the right name but there was no record of the booking I’d done online. Was this really happening? I was starting to wish I'd gone straight to the ferry. My face must have been blank because the nice front desk person reiterated gently "you definitely have no reservation". Then she said "but we do have a vacancy". I said “I’ll take it”. I took the room with glee and we all lived happily ever after. Plus, it cost about 300 Pesos less than the one I thought I'd successfully booked. “GOAL!” The room with en suite shower and toilet, was small, basic, clean and in good condition. There was also a desk and a wall mounted television. The staff were friendly. I didn’t have any food during my stay so I can’t comment on that side of it. On the opposite side of the road I found a nice café bar restaurant called Jovita Café where I had coffee in the afternoon. I returned later on and had dinner there too. I’ll try and write a separate review for Jovita. Ranchotel was well located for me to have a walk into Batangas city, have a look around and go shopping for items needed for the trip. Batangas city is quite a large busy place with a lot of facilities. Eg there are several shopping malls. So although I didn’t need to be there I was pleased I was because it was an extra travel experience for me – an extra place I’ve enjoyed visiting. In the morning I easily caught a trike near the hotel to the port. However, at a push I could’ve walked it. I mentioned the problem with the reservation to my online booking site and about four days later I was texted by someone from Ranchotel, which seems to be a chain. They did receive the booking information but there had been some kind of mix up with dates. Or perhaps it was a mix up with my booking people. Anyway I wasn’t charged for the online booking. The mixup doesn’t put me off at all, and I would stay there again. I would actually have been happy to stay two nights. One further thing, I think that this hotel is also listed under another name - Batangan Bayview Hotel & Restaurant. So it may be that Ranchotel is the new name. A couple of extra points to end with. It seems that some of the Batangas trike drivers try to overcharge. I don’t mean adding ten per cent as a surcharge for foreign tourists. I mean quadrupling the price. Also, I had a bit of minor trouble at the port. On my way in a man greeted me and said he would take me to the boat or something similar. There seemed to be another man with him. At first I thought they perhaps worked for the port or one of the ferry companies. After I’d been led in and bought the ticket, they made it clear that they expected money, so I just said thank you, kept going and went through security to the waiting area, leaving them behind. I think these chaps are known as ‘fixers’. If they had carried some heavy bags for me or sorted out a problem I was having I would’ve offered them payment for service anyway – but they didn’t sort anything for me. There was a warning sign about this at the port so maybe it’s a regular nuisance.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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PRICE RANGE
US$28 - US$29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesLuzonCalabarzon RegionBatangas ProvinceBatangas City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Conveniently located restaurants include Johanna's Grill, He Brews Café, and Jovita Cafe.