That was a tiring day for us. We’ve toured Gigantes Islands in the morning till past noon, and then traveled for about 3 hours from Carles to the Iloilo City. Thank God, the roads were good and the van sped up like an ambulance, our trip turned out shorter than we predicted. Past 4 PM, we reached the city.

The day ended with a beautiful sunset. Pastel colors bathed the sky, and the long and winding river was the grand witness. With that beautiful view from our room’s terrace and that soft, comfy bed waiting for the night, we were quite convinced we’ve found a place close to home—Hotel Del Rio.

It’s easy to see where the hotel got its name. It sits beautifully along the banks of the Iloilo River, one of the cleanest urban rivers in the Philippines. A short walk from the hotel is the Iloilo River Esplanade, the best place for an afternoon jog or early morning stroll. Since 1965—reads the tagline on its logo. At more than 50 years old, Hotel Del Rio is also the oldest hotel in Iloilo City.

Hotel Del Rio has about 60 rooms. We stayed in one of their Deluxe King rooms, which has a queen bed, a private bathroom with hot and cold shower, and its own balcony. Other room types—the Presidential Suite—has a bathtub. I have no idea though if all rooms have a good view of the river like ours. Each room has the essentials for a comfortable stay including a mini bar, safety deposit, a working space, fresh towels, and toiletries. In all fairness, I didn’t feel any clue of 1965. The hotel and the rooms are very modern, the fixtures and amenities are first class.

The hotel also has an outdoor pool that has a view of the esplanade, a restaurant that serves Filipino and international dishes, a cafe, elevator, and wifi. Most guest reviews praise the excellent customer service and the sumptuous breakfast of the hotel. And based on our experience, a short overnight stay, Hotel Del Rio deserves the good reviews it’s been getting.

H. Del Pilar St. Molo Iloilo City
Tel: +63-33 3351171 to 74
Manila no.: (02) 425 1340
Facebook: Hotel Del Rio

How To Get There
Iloilo City is about 75 minutes from Manila, 55 minutes from Cebu, and 70 minutes from Davao. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily trips to this city. From the airport, Hotel Del Rio is about 45 minutes by taxi or private car. There are also commuter vans that plies serve the airport to SM City route. From SM City, one can take 5-minute jeepney ride to the hotel.


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.