Dumaguete is more than just a gateway to some of the Philippines’ best marine sanctuaries, stunning islands, and white sandy beaches. Dumaguete city offers a glimpse into the country’s past with centuries-old architectures and drool-worthy foods.


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Where to Stay in Dumaguete

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Luxury

Villa Pedro Boutique Resort

Guest Review: “Room was much bigger than expected, facilities were clean. Extra towels provided for the pool, filtered water machine provided in the room. Staff all super helpful and polite, couldn’t do more for you. All the food was delicious. Villa very secure, behind locked/guarded gates. The owner welcomes you on arrival, the staff were all welcoming. Unfinished food that you order can be taken back to the room if you cannot finish it. The swimming pool is lovely.”

Location: Star View Villas, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

What To Love: good coffee, classy interiors, and huge rooms

Sea Dream Resorts

Guest Review: “My boyfriend and I loved our stay here. It’s a peaceful, elegant resort with good food and helpful staff. The pool area is very pretty with comfortable loungers. It’s a very quiet resort and has the feel of a much more expensive place. You can snorkel in the marine sanctuary at the hotel beach and see fish, corals and occasionally turtles!”

Location: KM 18.5 Masaplod Sur, 6217 Dauin

What To Love: balcony sea view, great staff, and a large garden

Bravo Hotel and Resorts

Guest Review: “The place was amazing and we enjoyed our stay. If you like a quiet place where you can fully enjoy the beauty of nature, I recommend this place. The staff is very courteous and approachable. I would love to extend our stay if only we didn’t have prior commitments.”

Location: Pancil, Looc, Dumaguete, 6201 Sibulan

What To Love: nice view, friendly staff, and spacious rooms

Mid-range

71% Diving Resort

Guest Review: “The place was so very nice, we felt like wherein a paradise really. The pool with a nice and relaxing view was so wonderful. Staffs are so friendly and very accommodating. The food was great we enjoyed eating while looking at the seashore. It’s a quiet place and you will really feel relaxed and away from stress.”

Location: Marterese Street, South Poblacion, Bacong, Negros Oriental, 6216 Dumaguete

What To Love: helpful staff, spacious rooms, and amazing swimming pool

Henia Hotel

Guest Review: “Modern facilities and kind staff. They were all very helpful in terms of giving tips and information. Location is very good. Near to all kinds of establishments. Buffet breakfast is also good. Will definitely come back to HENIA.”

Location: LEU Bldg. Bishop Epifanio Surban St. cor. Real St., 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: accommodating staffs, delicious breakfast, and great location

Manhattan Suites Inn

Guest Review: “I really liked the location, next to Robinsons and near Ceres bus station, so you can come back from anywhere in Dumaguete and quickly rest at your hotel.
Plus you have a 7eleven next door.”

Location: South Road Calindagan, Dumaguete City, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: excellent location, friendly staff, and nice ambiance

The Bricks Hotel

Guest Review: “Breakfast is satisfying. A good location where everything is accessible. Staff are courteous, helpful when we asked for some recommendations.”

Location: Rizal Boulevard, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: fantastic location, great customer service, and nice interior

The Wilsons’ Shangrila

Guest Review: “We had a wonderful reception when we arrived, including a welcome refreshment, the staff and the property was exceptional, giving us that homely feeling. During our stay we could see that the most important to the owners was the ultimate guest experience, attention to detail was exceptional, all rooms are beautiful, property totally stunning, we greatly recommend a stay here, the breakfast for us was beautifully cooked, The Wilsons’ Shangrila made us feel special, very high standards here for us 10/10”

Location: Ajong Beach, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: exceptional service, clean rooms, and organic food

Hotel Nicanor

Guest Review: “We stayed in two rooms — the quad (two king beds) room was incredible, great bathroom, great air conditioning, very comfortable. The twin room (two twin beds) was fine but less comfortable. The bathroom had a strange smell, the room felt cramped. But all in all, we only thought less of it because we were spoiled by the nicer room our first night!”

Location: San Jose Street, Negros Oriental, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: big bathroom, friendly staff, king beds

1888 Beach Resort

Guest Review: “1888 Beach Resort sits in quaint San Jose, nearby Dumaguete but away from the city buzz. Its shoreline faces south of Cebu. A beautiful scene w/ safe parking, a huge pool & a relaxing cafe await tourists, local & foreign alike. Its rooms are spacious & have the nostalgic feel of the provincial throwback ’80s w/ updated amenities…a perfect getaway for those seeking quiet peace & warmth of the renowned Visayan welcome. 1888 is hands down our fave Negros Oriental refuge. A home better than home.”

Location: Km 15. Tapon Norte, 6202 Dumaguete

What To Love: huge swimming pool, friendly staff, and snorkeling area

Sierra Hotel

Guest Review: “Quiet location with, on the whole, very friendly courteous staff. Good facilities with exceptional food, although there could be more of a cereal selection for breakfast, and Tea as well as coffee could be offered”

Location: EJ Blanco Drive, Barangay Piapi, Negros Oriental, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: great food, accessible location, and clean rooms

Rovira Suites

Guest Review: “The hotel is very new so everything is perfect. The pool area is excellent and each floor has safe drinking water. The breakfast was tasty but best of all was the staff!! Super friendly and helpful. I was sick for a day and one staff member went to the mall for medicine for me.”

Location: L. Rovira Road, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: spacious rooms, fantastic location, and great staff

Wuthering Heights Bed & Breakfast by the Sea

Guest Review: “The room was big and well equipped. Location is very good, not too far from Dumaguete city and in the first row at the sea. It’s possible to swim a little and to snorkel as well. The staff was very friendly and kind. It was possible to get breakfast, dinner and lunch at the restaurant for reasonable price. They help you also with the airport pick up and scooter rental. It was pleasure to stay at your hotel. ”

Location: Km 15, Tapon Norte, 6202 San Jose Wuthering Heights Bed and Breakfast by the Sea, 6202 Dumaguete

What To Love: sea view, big rooms, and excellent service

PVL Suites

Guest Review: “Was really impressive. Clean, comfortable and modern. A very high standard. Staff were really helpful even helped put us through on a tour for Apo island. Has a handy 7-11 next door as well ”

Location: Aldecoa Drive Corner Ipil Street Daro, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: very clean, polite staff, and great value for money

Victoria’s Haven

Guest Review: “The open-air communal air was lovely. It was raining for most of our one-night stay, but we stayed amused and kept the kids busy and happy with all their board games. Craft beer on tap was a highlight for the adults! Our quadruple room was super spacious, perfect for families traveling. The TV had movies, Netflix, everything modern and the kids loved that too. Very helpful staff for coordinating a trip to the local hot springs, which I highly recommend.”

Location: 1259 National Highway, Tubtobon, Sibulan, 6201 Dumaguete

What To Love: friendly staff, great food, and huge rooms

The Bricks Hotel

Guest Review: “Super nice hotel in downtown Dumaguete close to the port where the ferries leave for Bohol, Dumaguete etc. Nice interior, very modern. Would recommend the hotel to anyone visiting Dumaguete.”

Location: Rizal Boulevard, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: excellent location, nice rooms, and delicious breakfast

Budget

Kingswick Residences & Lodge

Guest Review: “Very good room. Clean accommodation, and super helpful and friendly staff. The rooftop resto is nice for breakfast or dinner or just a beer at night.”

Location: Purok Cebasca, Bagacay Dumaguete City

What To Love: exceptionally clean, accommodating staff, and good food

C气泡潜水度假村 C BUBBLE DIVING RESORT

Guest Review: “I liked the fact that when I requested an early check-in and later a change of room to one near the water (beach) it was immediately granted. I booked a single room with a shared bathroom but since the resort was almost deserted, I had the bathroom to myself. The room itself was very clean and I appreciated the comfy bed. The furniture was obviously new as the resort began operations last Feb. 2019.”

Location: Bonifacio Street, North Poblacion, Bacong, Negros Oriental

What To Love: beautiful view of the sunrise, good location, and terrace

Sulit Budget Hotel

Guest Review: “Clean, contained, close to Dumaguete airport and port, comfy, hot showers and friendly staff! Special shout out to Bruce and Angel for their suggestions and assistance. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

Location: Western Nautical Highway 71 E. Rovira Road, Bantayan, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: clean room, friendly staff, and great value for money

Casa Arrieta Hostel

Guest Review: “Really friendly people there, you feel immediately that you’re welcome. The owner took good care of me and my friend. She has a lot of knowledge about the region and suggested us places to visit. I would highly recommend it to everyone searching for a good stay in Dumaguete.”

Location: 142 Hibbard Avenue Piapi, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: friendly staff, nice location, and good food

Dino Residences

Guest Review: “Had a comfortable stay here. The rooms are fine. A nice touch is a hot water heater for the shower. The hotel is not at the center but as the town is small it was easy to get anywhere by trike or hire a motorcycle. Would have no problems staying here again.”

Location: North Road corner Silveria Drive, (across CityMall) Bantayan, Dumaguete City

What To Love: strategic location, clean hotel, and nice staff

The Flying Fish Hostel

Guest Review: “We loved the interior design, the restaurant was amazing and the staff very helpful and friendly. We also loved the tour on Apo Island that they propose. ”

Location: 32 Hibbard Avenue, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: amazing food, fast WiFi, and live acoustic music in the cafe

D&D family Beach House Dumaguete

Guest Review: “Super nice staff and owner of the house. They did there best to make our stay great. They have a lot of dogs which we like. The room is nice and clean and the shower is with hot water. It’s just near the ocean so you have a lovely view. Would definitely stay there again – we had four nights here this time.”

Location: Melrose Road, Purok St. John, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: near the sea, comfy home, and lovely dogs

Blue Horizon Hostel

Guest Review: “It is very clean and quiet! It is very near to the port and airport! Very kind staff! If you walk for 5 minutes you can find some restaurants and also in the hotel there is a very good food service!!”

Location: Aldecoa Drive, Daro, Negros Orienta, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: prime location, great amenities, and friendly staff

Sam’s Bed & Breakfast

Guest Review: “Perfect place to stay, Sam was really friendly and welcoming we slept really well, comfy beds and the WiFi was really good! We got a tricycle to the port and helped us find tickets as some of the boats weren’t running and only charged us local rates – probably the first time and only time you will get a tricycle that cheap! Breakfast was good too!”

Location: Mayflower House, Neorunco Road, 6200 Dumaguete

What To Love: friendly staff, beautiful garden, and great breakfast

Airbnb Dumaguete

Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.

Get your P2,200 ($44) Airbnb discount here!

Responsible Travel Tips

When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can.

Related: 16 Eco-Friendly Travel Products for the Earth-Loving You

2. Avoid single-use plastic

Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.

3. Shop local

Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.

4. Always ask permission

Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children

What to Pack for Dumaguete

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