When it comes to local destinations, it's seldom that you will find me at the same place for a consecutive time just because I tend to do everything (eat, tour, etc.) on my first visit. I mean, what's the point of taking things slowly when there's so much to discover in the Philippines?

But if you do find me back for a second time, and another, chances are it's because of work. Perfect example was my recent trip to Iloilo.

I've been to Iloilo a couple of years back and for my first time, I basically did what needs to be done when you're in Iloilo. Tour, eat, name it, I did it. So what's left for me to do? Stay in.

At the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, of course.
At the heart of the budding economic district and cultural hub of Western Visayas, Philippines is Richmonde Hotel iloilo, the third property of the homegrown Richmonde brand.
It was not my first time to stay at a Richmonde hotel and having experienced the hospitality and comfort of their Ortigas property, I know I'm assured of an equally good stay. Actually, I expected more because I was in the "City of Love" after all.

And I was not disappointed.

So let me be your personal guide on "What To Do, Inside Richmonde Hotel Iloilo". (Yes, there's a part two for this feature. Watch out for it.)

Don't worry, we'll just cover the basics. At least, the things that matter to me: Sleep and eat!

1. Stay in one of the 149 rooms of Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. For availability and prices, check out
Typical Guest Room Amenities: Electronic key card system | Centralized air-conditioning with individual temperature control | Telephone units in bedroom and bathroom | Wi-Fi internet access | 40" LED TV with cable channels and USB port | Mini bar refrigerator | In-room safe | Hot/cold shower | Complete toiletries | Writing desk and chair | Universal outlets | Hair dryer | Iron and and board | Baby crib (upon request)
Obviously, my room feature is not as extensive but you can find everything at their website. Believe me when I tell you that what you'll see (on their website) is what you'll get.

Now for the other exciting feature, let's talk about what and where to eat! Let's start from the top, at the 7th Floor where you can also find the best view of Iloilo's sunset.

The Pool Bar
With its charming al fresco setting, you can delight in the locale's fresh breeze as you check-out the scene at the swimming pool while savoring refreshing drinks and cocktails and all-time favorite snack items.
And let me take you where most of the fun I experienced, happened: At the Upper Ground floor where BizBar...
Snug yet stylish, BizBar is a bar cum entertainment lounge where you can enjoy a wide range of sights and sounds as you wind down the day with fine drinks, tasty food, and good company.
...and The Granary are located!
The all-day dining restaurant of this Richmonde Hotel in Iloilo City was inspired by the reputation of the region as the rice granary of the Western Visayas. And similar to its inspiration, The Granary also aims to be place where cravings, from comfort food to exquisite dishes, are satisfied. Serving an array of sumptuous international cuisine from morning 'til night amidst a brightly lit yet cozy atmosphere, it is definitely your go-to place for a gratifying meal.
First day meal:
Kap Ising Molo Soup
Fresh Spring Roll on Herb Crepe
Sisig Wrap
Pan Fried Fish with Fried Banana in Lemon Butter Sauce
Marinated Boneless Chicken
Fried Ibus with Mangoes and Cabatuan Tsokolate Dip
And for afternoon merienda, do not miss the signature pastry of the Richmonde Hotels, its ensaymada! Pair it with a good cup of their traditional Cabatuan Tsokolate. You can thank me later.
Mini Ensaymada, Pavlova, Carrot Cake, Mini Sloppy Joes, Mini Philly Cheese Steak
Cabatuan Tsokolate
THE Richmonde Ensaymada
Let me end the food segment in my post with the last meal I had at The Granary before I flew back to Manila.

Bitin ba? I know, I feel the same way too.
Here I am, sadly checking if it's already time to go.
Get a taste of the Richmonde experience first-hand and live a life that's rich! Book at the hotel's official website,, for instant confirmation and the best rates online. You may also call to inquire or reserve at +63 33 38 7888 or send an email to

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Boulevard cor. Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City 5000, Philippines. Be updated with the hotel's promos and offerings at the hotel's official Facebook page,, and Instagram (@RichmondeRHI) and Twitter (@Richmonde_RHI) accounts.


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