We stayed at Panda Tea Garden Suites during our first two days in Bohol. It’s a 5 minute ride via tricycle from the airport. We chose this hotel mainly because it’s near the Island City mall and the transport terminal. We booked their standard room via Agoda. It is walking distance from the Island City Mall and the transport terminal and is situated right in front of NIA.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by tons of Panda stuff. Living up to their Panda theme, yeah? We had a morning flight so we arrived at the hotel at 7am. Their check in time is 2pm so we asked for the fees for early check in and the lady receptionist told us that we need to pay 100php per extra hour. She is not the nicest though and I even caught her giving me a side eye so we just left. By that time, I wasn’t able to mention that we’ve already booked a room via Agoda. Needless to say, she kind of ruined my mood so I just shrugged it off and we headed to Island City mall to eat breakfast and kill time.
We came back at 10am because we’re so tired and we wanted to get some sleep already. We decided to just pay the extra 100php per hour and I let Earvin talk to the receptionist this time because I’m not really in the mood to deal with her anymore. Surprisingly, she became extra nice once Earvin mentioned that we already booked via Agoda. I don’t really have any idea what’s the deal with that.
The Panda Tea Garden Suuites standard room is what we booked. The room actually looks much better in person than the photos featured in Agoda.
It’s quite a surprise, we’re not expecting much from it because it’s really cheap. We didn’t really looked forward into booking a fancy hotel ’cause we were thinking we’ll be there just to rest. We will be out exploring most of the time anyways. We’re wrong as usual, we slept almost our whole first day in Bohol, we just take short walks outside the hotel during the afternoon. But don’t blame us, we were so tired ’cause we didn’t really get sleep the night before our flight.
I like these thick curtains, it managed to block off the heat of the sun even if it is directly hitting our room during the afternoons.
There’s a little TV right across the bed and a table where we placed our things.
Right next to the TV area is a cute little vanity area. This is my favorite area next to the bed, I loved doing my makeup in that vanity area.
Upon entering the room is this closet, they provide hangers and extra pillows which is placed in this closet. We didn’t really get to use it though ’cause we’re too lazy to transfer our clothes. Haha!
Their bathroom is small but is clean so it’s fine. The shower head is not really the nicest one to use though. I feel like it’s clogged in some parts.
Panda Tea Garden Suites:
- We booked their standard room for 2108 for two nights. That includes the 12% Hotel Tax and the 10% Service Charge.
- They don’t offer free breakfast in the room rates that we availed. No worries though ’cause there’s a cafe where you can eat located at the first floor of the hotel.
- I suggest booking via Agoda because their staff seems to be nicer when you booked online.
Panda Tea Garden Suites Location:
Panda Tea Garden Suites, J.A. Clarin Street, Tagbilaran City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Overall, I’d recommend staying at the Panda Tea Garden Suites. They have affordable rates and you’ll have easy access to a mall and the transport terminal.
They also offer massage services by request. One thing to note if you’re a smoker is that they strictly prohibit smoking inside their rooms. They also don’t allow you to bring outside food to your room but Earvin and I brought a few snacks in our room. Haha! Just kept in in my bag when we’re crossing by their lobby/reception area. 😀
If you’re going to ride a tricycle from the airport or from anywhere really, tell them that you’re going to NIA instead of Panda Tea Garden Suites because once they realize that you’re a tourist, they’ll charge you three times of the amount you should actually pay. From the airport, we were charged 100php and we later found out that we should’ve paid 30php only.