Every time we travel, we love visiting places out of the norm. When it comes to the Philippines, everyone has heard of Boracay and Palawan. After all, they are both ranked as two of the top 10 Beaches in the World. While we won’t be skipping out on those two hot spots, we also wanted to experience places off the beaten path. Olangapo was one of those hidden gems we discovered. It’s a small town a few hours north of Manila and sits just outside Subic Bay – a former US Base in Zambales. While it was once a bustling city that catered to American serviceman (ahem, wink wink), it is now a local tourist destination full of gorgeous beaches and tourist attractions.
We decided to stay at the Pub Hotel for two nights and three days. This hotel sits in a small area called Barrio Barretto in Olangapo. We chose it because it is conveniently situated a few minutes North of Subic Bay, one hour south of the surf town of Pundaquit, and an hour from Mt. Pinatubo – 3 destinations we wanted to visit.
Here’s our experience staying at The Pub Hotel!
Our room at the Pub Hotel was very CLEAN and very AFFORDABLE (Less than 30 US dollars a night or 1,500 PH Pesos) It was also fully equipped with air conditioning, flat screen HD TV, Wifi access, a personal safety box , fridge/minibar, a large bed, private toilet and bath with hot and cold shower (a luxury when traveling throughout the Philippines).
One of the things we did every morning was order a healthy breakfast at a local bakery called Angel’s Bakery.
Below: view from our bedroom window
Facilities and Services
We can’t compliment the staff enough for our stay. They helped us numerous times – from booking taxis, to doing our laundry, providing us tips to seeing the town & more! The customer service is way above par at the Pub Hotel. Here’s the services and facilities you can expect during your stay:
- 24 Hour Room Service
- 24 Hour Front Desk
- Airport Transfer
- Designated Smoking Area
- Non-Smoking Rooms
- PETS ALLOWED!
- Safety Deposit Boxes
- Currency Exchange
- In-Room Massage Service
- Free WIFI
- Free Parking
- Restaurant inside
- Dry cleaning service
Their restaurant downstairs had just opened. The manager and his daughter greeted us everyday, the staff cooked up a few meals for us during our stay and the prices are affordable! My shot of patron was $195 pesos or $3.83 US.
The mongos in Zambales have been confirmed by Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s sweetest! Don’t leave the area without trying one of these 😉
Sipping on coconut water everyday was a real treat!
Getting around the area is very easy. Take a tricycle or jeepney if you want to travel local. Expect to pay around 8 pesos for a jeepney or 30 pesos for a 5 minute ride on a tricycle.
Foreigners beware: Some drivers may attempt to charge you more if you do not look like a local. It helps to know the standard payment for transportation. Don’t hesitate to ask around.
Lucy absolutely loved the beach!
Thank you to The Pub Hotel for hosting us during our stay. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.