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The capital of Negros Occidental province, Bacolod, is a highly urbanized city where you can try the delicious Bacolod chicken inasal (char-grilled chicken) and visit Bacolod tourist spots including the famous old structure but has a romantic story behind it called The Ruins in nearby Talisay City and the San Sebastian Cathedral, which features Spanish-period architecture.
The perfect time to visit is in October when Bacolod weather is expected to be not too hot nor rainy and when the colorful Bacolod festival, Masskara Festival, is scheduled. The smiling masks featured in the festival is also where Bacolod got its nickname, The City of Smiles.
Of course, you will need more than a day’s visit to fully explore all the attractions this city has to offer. To make it easy for you to find the best place to stay during your trip, we’ve created this list of the best hotels in Bacolod City that you can stay in:
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If you’re looking for a simple and affordable place to stay in Bacolod City, add Mahogany Tourist Inn to your list. It’s located around 2KM from the Pope John Paull II Tower and less than 3KM away from the San Sebastian Cathedral. Also near the hotel is a 24-hour convenience store, a money changer, and other establishments.
There are five different kinds of rooms to accommodate all kinds of travelers. The Economy Room is for those who just need a simple place to come home to after exploring the city. This room, as well as the two types of Standard Rooms, accommodates 2 people, but the Deluxe Room can fit 3, and the Family Room can sleep up to 4.
All rooms are air-conditioned, and each has its own cable TV and bathroom with a hot and cold shower. WiFi access is also available in all the guest rooms and common areas.
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A stay at Circle Inn - Hotel & Suites will give you a quiet time while providing access to the city’s establishments and services. The Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and 3 different types of Family Rooms can be found in the Main Wing. If you want to take advantage of the hotel’s full-size pool, book a Deluxe Pool Room for direct access.
If you can indulge a little bit, book any of the rooms at the Executive Wing. The Zen Rooms and Executive Rooms have a view of gardens and the pool, while the Executive Suite features a living area with a sofa and a coffee table, as well as an office desk and chair. All rooms have WiFi access, air-conditioning, cable TV, and a mini bar.
You can book breakfast with your accommodations, but the Circle Inn Coffee Shop also serves lunch, dinner, and light snacks. You can even order drinks at the on-site bar. The coffee shop is only open until 10 PM, but should you get hungry later in the night, you can check out the hotel’s 24-hour convenience store.
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Bacolod is known for its sugar cane plantations, and in Sugarland Hotel, you can experience that old-world hacienda atmosphere, with its nostalgic design and heirloom recipe dishes served in Twist Cafe. Modern furnishings and amenities can be found at the hotel as well, including a business center, a poolside lounge, and a massage service.
The Standard, Superior, and Superior Deluxe rooms all offer a roomy 26-square meter space, but if you wish to have more room, you can either go for the Junior Suite or the Executive Suite. The Junior Suite’s 40-square meter space comes with a rain shower, tea and coffee set, daily newspaper, complimentary local phone calls, and in-room massage service upon request. The Executive Suite is 52 square meters and comes with the same amenities as the Junior Suite plus a separate lounge area.
If you’re looking to host an event in the city, Sugarland Hotel is also a good venue as it has 2 banquet halls and 6 meeting rooms. Events can also be held at the poolside area.
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Acacia Hotel Bacolod has a convenient location for travelers coming from outside the city, as it is only around 300 meters from the port and 18KM from the Bacolod-Silay International Airport. Several restaurants and establishments can also be found in the vicinity of the hotel.
The hotel features 86 rooms and suites. Its Deluxe Rooms have a queen and twin bed options, so you can choose which is better for you and your traveling companions. It has 4 different types of suites, but if you’re looking for a luxurious stay, book the Presidential Suite, which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with a bathtub), a living room, and a dining area in its 94-square meter space. They also offer day rates for their Deluxe Rooms and Pool Cabanas, which could be a good option if you’re staying in the city for a short time.
During your stay, you can grab a quick snack or drink at the Panaad Lobby Lounge Cafe, have a nightcap at the Masskara Bar, or enjoy a thrilling dip at the Acacia Wave Pool.
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While it’s still located in Bacolod City, Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel will make you feel as if you’re away from the busyness of it all. The 5-acre resort faces the Guimaras Strait, which gives it some of the most spectacular sunset views in the city. You can take a dip in any of its 3 pools, while children can safely enjoy splashing in the 2 kiddie pools. There’s also a jogging path and a gym for those who still want to keep their fitness in check during their vacation.
Their accommodations range from budget rooms to 2-story suites, so you can decide if you want to save or splurge on your stay. Solo or couple travelers will be comfortable in either the Garden or Lagoon Rooms, while a traveling party of 4 will fit in a Villa Cabana, which has two bedrooms. If you want a more private stay, book either the Mediterranean or Iberian Suite, which each have 2 floors and a private dining veranda.
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If you’re looking to try the best restaurants in Bacolod, consider staying at Real Suites, as it is located in Lacson Street, which is known for its variety of dining places and cafés. You also won’t have trouble figuring out which place to try first, as the friendly staff will be willing to assist you with that and your other needs. You don’t need to walk far to get your fill though, as the hotel has its own café and the Urit Bar & Lounge, where guests can enjoy music and some drinks.
You can choose from 3 types of accommodations. The Deluxe Room is best for solo or couple travelers, the Junior Suite can accommodate up to 3 people, while the Premier Suite can sleep up to 4 people. All rooms have access to WiFi, cable TV, air-conditioning, and a hot and cold shower. Do note that the hotel has no elevators. While Real Suites only has 3 floors, guests who aren’t fond of stairs should request a room on the ground floor.
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Those who don’t go on vacation without some shopping will enjoy a stay in Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod, as it is connected to SM City Bacolod shopping center. If you’re in Bacolod for an event at SMX Convention Center, the hotel is also a convenient place to stay as it is also connected to the venue. You also don’t need to go far to visit some tourist attractions, as the San Sebastian Cathedral is less than 500 meters away while the Negros Museum is less than a kilometer from the hotel.
Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod offers its guests three types of accommodations. The Superior and Deluxe Rooms are both 25 square meters but vary in amenities, while the Junior Suite’s 49-square meter space includes a living room, a coffee machine, and a bathtub. All rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults, but if you’re traveling with a big group, simply ask for adjoining rooms, which is an option for all accommodation types.
The nearby mall offers several dining options, but if you want a more private experience, you can visit any of the hotel’s 4 dining outlets, including a pool bar and a café that is open 24/7.
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Whether you’re staying in the city for leisure or business, one of the Bacolod hotels you should check out is Seda Capitol Central. Even booking their most affordable room, the Deluxe Room, will make you feel pampered, as it comes with a king-size bed, a 40-inch HD cable TV, and a media panel where you can connect your gadgets. Of course, if you want to feel even more spoiled, you can stay at either the Premier Room, which offers more space, or the Suite, which comes with its own dining area, living area, and bathtub.
You can sample both local and international dishes for breakfast and lunch at Misto, Seda Capitol Central’s restaurant. Come dinner time, take in a light meal, drinks, and a view of Bacolod City at Straight Up Bar, which is located at the roof deck of the hotel.
Guests here for business can find some quiet time to work at the E-lounge or take a quick break by working out at the gym or swimming at the pool.
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L'Fisher Hotel is a good place to call your home in the city if you want to visit many tourist attractions or enjoy the Masskara Festival. The event’s festivities are centered around Lacson Street, where the hotel is located, so you don’t need to walk too much to get the full Masskara experience. Tourists attractions are also near the hotel, with The Ruins 2.3KM away and the Negros Museum just 1.6KM away.
After a whole day of exploring, you can relax at The Cocoon by L’ Fisher Spa, which offers massages, scrubs, and other treatments, or chill at the roof-deck pool, which has its own swim-up bar.
The guest rooms are also a great place to rest and unwind, as all have air-conditioning, cable TV, a hot and cold shower, and access to WiFi. The hotel has different kinds of accomodations for different types of travelers, including the Matrimonial Room for couples, the Deluxe Room for solo travelers, and the Royal Suite for those who want to indulge in their travels. You’ll still have a lot of room options even if you’re on a budget, including the Budget Room, the Economy Room, the Value Room, and the Super Value Room.
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There may only be 25 rooms in Stonehill Suites, but all of them are designed to let guests indulge. Most of the rooms in this luxury boutique hotel come with their own private balcony, and all of them feature a sophisticated design and have a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a mini-bar, and a hot and cold rain shower. The best hotel Bacolod City has on offer is also suitable for long-staying guests as they have the Executive Suite, which features a kitchen area with a microwave. They also have special rates for guests staying for 10 or more days.
No matter how long your stay here though, you should visit Vue Restaurant, located at the property’s sky deck. The main restaurant serves local and international fare like KBL (an Ilonggo stew made from pork, pigeon pea, and jackfruit) and grilled baby back ribs. The alfresco area features the Sky Bar, where you can take in views of the city while indulging in tapas and cocktails.
The hotel also has its own gym and offers spa services like massages and scrubs so you can truly unwind during your vacation.
Find the Best Bacolod City Hotels Near Tourist Spots and Masskara Festival Locations
Whatever your purpose in Bacolod City, you won’t have trouble finding a hotel that best suits your trip. Whether you’re looking to visit tourist attractions and join Bacolod tours or staying in the city to attend a function or event, you’ll find that the hotels in Bacolod not only offer clean and comfortable rooms, but warm and excellent service and hospitality that you can find all over the city as well.