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    No Casino at Monte Carlo Hotel, Santiago, Isabela

    After finishing what needs to be done in San Mateo and a brief stopover at Magat Dam, Tutubi looked around for a hotel to stay for the night not wishing to immediately return to Manila by traveling through the night. He already saw several hotels and inns on the road and set his sights on one that's somewhat the newest of them all in Santiago City very near the home of his driver.

    monte carlo hotel isabela

    On seeing Monte Carlo Hotel sign, he instructed his driver to park in front to inquire for prices and inspect the room. He was offered a standard room at P800/night but opted for the deluxe one priced at P950. He could have stayed at a suite room since his budget allows it but did not since all he wanted was a nice place to sleep a few hours and again hit the road.

    monte carlo hotel santiago Isabelathe facade of the hotel hard to miss on Santiago City's main highway

    On seeing the room, he immediately booked one where the lady at the frontdesk gave him a key to room # 7 to which he inquired if he needed to pay a deposit. The lady just replied "Di naman siguro kayo tatakbo, sir (you probably won't run away)," to which he replied at the back of his mind "I won't run but will drive away."

    They trust their customers or maybe Tutubi really is afflicted with agerasia making him look trustworthy :P

    the front desk with too trusting staff
    the fountain and lawn near Tutubi's room
    Tutubi's deluxe room for a few hours sleep

    Monte Carlo Hotel Review:

    The hotel seems fairly new including the rooms were nice. The only difference between the standard and deluxe rooms is that the latter's floor is carpeted. Breakfast, inclusive in the price, can be taken near the front desk or delivered to your room; in this case, Tutubi had his daing na bangus delivered at 6am and it arrived on time with sun side up fried egg, fried rice and coffee. The only minor thing he noticed was the absence of a chain lock on the door or a peep hole to see first who's on your door before totally opening the door (for security reasons). Lots of parking in the hotel for they seem to cater to drive-in customers.

    No Casinos in Monte Carlo though so better go to Las Vegas or Monaco, both gambling capitals; only karaoke/videoke there.

    Monte Carlo Hotel
    Telephone number: +63.78.682.3303
    Address: Purok 3, Rizal, Santiago City

    Room Rates:
    Standard: P800
    De Luxe: P950
    Suite Room: P1500
    Family Room: P1500
    Extra Mattress: P150

    with inclusive breakfast.

    Where to stay in Isabela alternatives:

    Diocita's Hotel
    Address : National Highway, Rizal, Santiago City
    Tel. No. : +63.78.682.7717
    Remarks: a few meters from Monte Carlo Hotel

    Rosato Hotel, Cafe & Restaurant
    Address : National Highway, Magsaysay, Alicia, Isa Rizal, Santiago City
    Tel. No. : +63.78.662.7322

    Honey Lodge Suites
    Santiago City

    Santiago Spring Garden Resort
    Address : Sinsayon, Santiago City
    Contact No. : +63.78.682.3082

    Cauayan Grand Hotel
    Address : Don Jose Cancillier Ave., Cauayan City, Isabela

    Ilagan San Antonio Hotel
    Address : 12 Burgos St., Centro Ilagan, Isabela
    Tel. No. : +63.78.624.2170

    There are also lodges and inns you can see on the highway and in the town centers for various accommodations. No information yet on room rates, prices and if cheap enough for you. Hotel and resort listing from the DOT website. please call the hotel contact number for the latest information

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:11 PM,


    At Sep 6, 2008, 1:29:00 PM, Anonymous Norly said...

    there is another really nice hotel near Santiago (10 mins away). it's in Cordon, Isabela. it's called Villa Diana.

    great post!

    At Sep 6, 2008, 3:20:00 PM, Blogger Pinoy Niche Blogger said...

    norly, i think it's near the boundary of nueva vizcaya, right? thanks

    At Sep 20, 2008, 12:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    In San. antonio Hotel, do they have internet connection in their rooms.

    At Sep 21, 2008, 6:01:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Unique style this building!

    At Sep 29, 2008, 5:02:00 PM, Anonymous shaun said...

    i'm surprised that villa diana hotel & cafe is not even listed here. i've been there a couple of times and it is comparable to 5 star hotel in manila considering the price is very affordable. i recommend this place. the best in isabela!

    At Oct 3, 2008, 9:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    shaun, the best in isabela? have you been to all hotels there? :P

    At Mar 23, 2010, 7:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...





    At Jul 13, 2010, 1:08:00 PM, Anonymous Jessica said...

    If you are planning a trip in Isabela, Villa Diana Hotel is probably the best place to stay in Isabela. That's just my personal opinion since i travel a lot to the north.

    At Aug 16, 2010, 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous azure said...

    is that the montecarlo right now?(on the pictures)

    At Apr 27, 2011, 2:17:00 AM, Anonymous Thunderbird Poro Point Casinos said...

    Wow, great to see that there are state-of-the-art hotel there in Isabela. I live there in Isabela when I was a teenager. Good to see that my province Isabela is improving. Thanks.

    At May 19, 2011, 11:53:00 AM, Anonymous Thunderbird Casino said...

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    At Jun 5, 2011, 8:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the comments on the Monte Carlo Hotel. As of this date , the hotel is just the same but was face-lifted in the second floor . It opened its new and bigger function /seminar/reception hall that can accomodate more than 100 persons. COME AND SEE for yourself something different in its interiors! SEE YOU THERE!fROM A REGULAR GUEST

    At Aug 2, 2012, 4:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HI There was a new BUDGET Hotel in Santiago City named JUBILEE Hotel located right in the heart of the City. Rooms were equipped with aircon, TV, WI FI , CR .and AFFORDABLE ROOM RATES


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