SULIT is a Filipino term that generally describes a “good deal” or something that is worth having or doing. In most cases it may also mean VALUE for money.
So that’s really what I have expected when I booked for a stay at SULIT PLACE HOTEL, a budget hotel located at No. 41 Bulacan Street, Barangay Bungad in Quezon City.
My quest for new places and things to explore this new year has led me to one of the lowest priced budget hotel in the area of Quezon City. You can get a room for as low as 1,560 Pesos – ALL IN. And with an address that’s within walking distance from SM City North EDSA, that’s actually a steal. But is it really sulit to stay at Sulit Place Hotel?
Let’s start with the location. In my opinion, this is their strongest selling point. The 3-level hotel is near SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, Ayala Vertis North Mall, Waltermart North Edsa, EDSA MRT North station, Roosevelt LRT 1 station and Cloverleaf, Balintawak NLEX. If you’re from the north and you have businesses to conduct in Metro Manila, this would be the most ideal location on the map for you to stay.
Sulit Place Hotel is surrounded and near some of the biggest malls in Mega Manila so that means you’ll never run out of things to do and places to eat. If you’re into something more local, there are a couple of “karenderia” just outside the hotel that serves grilled food and other popular Filipino dishes like Tapa, Kare-Kare, Adobo and Sinigang at budget prices.
ROOM & AMENITIES
Sulit Place Hotel categorizes their rooms into Superior Double, Deluxe Twin and Premium Double. When you’re reviewing “budget” hotels you should always check for the “budget” rooms first of course. I got the one at room 216 tagged at booking sites as Superior Double Room.
Over-all the room is very decent and clean. However, the bed advertised as double is a bit smaller than what I have expected. I think that I got used to sleeping in queen-sized beds advertised by other hotels as double that I forgot what a double bed actually looked like. The one that I got from Sulit Place Hotel is just a little wider than a single – I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed.
Anyway here’s a summary of my impression of the room and amenities:
- sheets are quite ordinary but clean enough
- spartan slippers
- vinyl floors
- ample lighting
- aircon is okay
- hot & cold showers work just fine
- towels & toiletries available
- Flatscreen TV with a couple of cable channels (HBO, Fox Movies, PBO, etc) works fine
- rooms are not sound proof, you can hear the noisy neighbors from the hallway
- they have clothes racks
- no hair dryer, safety deposit boxes and table
- they have wifi – but signal is bad inside the room
According to the booking site, Sulit Place Hotel has rooms with balconies. They also have a terrace at the third floor – nothing special, just a bunch of tables and seats. I’ve seen some of the hotel’s old photos, it looked much nicer then.
Room is pretty much ordinary but I did like that my room has a small vertical window on the corner. Rooms with a view from the outside and lets in some sun or moon shine is always a plus for me.
So that’s about it. The 1,560 pesos price package doesn’t have a free breakfast so it’s basically only a room to stay and bed to sleep on for the night.
Is it sulit to stay at SULIT PLACE HOTEL? Let me put it this way – the deal could’ve been much sweeter if this hotel was situated in Baguio, Pampanga or Tagaytay because Sulit Place looks exactly more like an Inn than a hotel.
Now there are other budget hotels in the area – GoHotel, Eurotel, Sogo Hotel, H Hotel – these are bigger hotel groups that directly competes with the price packages offered by Sulit Place and that’s why I suggest that they innovate and get more creative in offering their guests with more value for their money or else they’ll be crushed by the competition.
Sulit Place Hotel is a decent place to stay in but they should improve their amenities (start with the wifi) and should add more guest-centered features to attract and keep their customers – how bout an indoor pool or a mini sports bar at the terrace?
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