After relatively roughing it up for a few days in Surigao del Sur for Cantilan Beach and Hinatuan Enchanted River, the Travel Mindanao team makes its way down south to Davao City. While we did stay for a night at EscapeManila’s crib when we arrived, Marco Polo Davao was our abode for two nights after. This chain hotel’s trademark elegance was a welcome comfort after a long travel.
Marco Polo Davao
How can one go wrong with an established name like Marco Polo? Its 245 non-smoking guest rooms and suites are housed in a white-washed building along C.M. Recto in Davao City, quite a convenient location near universities, souvenir shops, eateries, parks and where regular transport pass by. The benefits of a chained hotel is the standards we expect from different locations are there. We checked in at their Twin Superior Rooms and got really comfortable with their beds where I can sing to the tune Maroon 5’s “Never Gonna Leave this Bed”, really warm and sleep-inducing lighting, temperature control and a bath ideal for some bubble bath. Business traveler would have peace of mind as they have a workspace desk and internet connectivity in room.
I knew from the lobby with its inviting sofas and eclectic taste on paintings that Marco Polo Davao wouldn’t disappoint in offering more than its bed experience. On our floor we had easy access to the pool area which we thoroughly enjoyed swimming at night. I checked out the fitness center and was surprised at the equipment they have, a good set of cardio and weights for moderate and maintenance training. The locker room also has a spa and sauna. What the Travel Mindanao team unanimously enjoyed was the decent choice and offerings at their breakfast buffet.
Business and Leisure
I’m not surprised why Marco Polo Davao is a popular choice in Davao as it caters for a variety of market. From a leisure traveler like me, I would enjoy the extra facilities like the pool and fitness center. The strategic location makes this a smart choice for business travelers as they would find Marco Polo Davao an effective venue for a work and play, with easy access to meeting and function rooms and reliable connectivity. As for us Travel Mindanao team, our stay here was enough for recharge us for another leg of adventure.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.