Sunday, October 7, 2012

Zamboanga City Cheap Accommodation - Atilano Compound


It was one hot Saturday afternoon, me and J were about to embark on our Mindanao trip - Zamboanga City that is. I did some research about hotels and lodging houses prior the trip. And I found out that there are some cheap room accommodations that can fit anyone's budget. It's the Atilano compound in Zamboanga City, an area where there are about 5 pension houses to choose from. 

How to get there? If you're arriving from the Zamboanga City airport, just walk up to the airport's gate and look for a jeepney with the signboard "CANELAR". Tell the driver that you are going to Atilano compound or Gerry's Grill in Mayor Jaldon street. The fare is 7 pesos each person and travel time is about 15 minutes

You can also take a tricycle from the airport but prepare to pay a "special-ride" fare which of course is more expensive than taking the jeepney. You can ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at the Atilano compound. You can also stay at the right side of the jeepney (facing the driver) and look for Gerry's Grill Restaurant at the right side of the road and don't forget to knock on the jeepney's ceiling when you alight - all this time I thought you have to yell PARA for the driver to stop because their main dialect is Chavacano which is practically a Spanish-based language. When you're already at the restaurant, just go straight the road. At the end of the road you have to turn right and you will see the cluster of inns and pension houses around the area. For visual learners check this out:


ride a Canelar-bound jeepney from the airport
pay 7 pesos each person
alight on this street right beside the restaurant
go straight ahead
turn right at the end of the road
and there you will see the cluster of pension houses
There are about 5 pension houses in that area and almost all of them offer cheap rates for either 12-hour or 24-hour stay. There's the N. Atilano New Pension House, Chang-V Atilano Pension House, Atilano New Pension House, KNC Atilano Pension House and Casa Don Atilano. I noticed that all of those are bearing "Atilano" on their names only to find out that it was a surname of a former mayor in the city. 


N. Atilano New Pension house
Chang-V Atilano Pension House


Atilano New Pension House
KNC Atilano Pension House
We checked out all the pension houses and we ended up with Casa Don Atilano to be our temporary refuge for 3 days. We booked an Aircon room for 2 nights for 600 pesos per night. The room that was assigned to us was huge. I think it's really meant for a family. There's a double bed on one side and a single bed on the other side. There were also two bathrooms in the room - funny, I know! It made us scram to choose our "own" bathroom (which is great because we sometimes fight about it when we travel). We also had a TV in that same room but the room was really huge for the two of us. I still can't get over with the size of the room. 


Casa Don Atilano

the Aircon rooms
our room is on the rightmost side of the photo
double bed/ TV/ Aircon/ bathroom
some kind of a kitchen with a sink/ two more doors/ mirror/ tables and a space for ballroom dancing
single bed and J's bathroom
my bathroom
What I love about Casa Don Atilano is that their pension house is a bungalow-type and the location is just perfect. It is far from the downtown and there's this feeling that you are just at home in your own neighborhood. Also, you can ask for a free hot drinking water anytime for free (even at wee hours of night, the thermos pot is just on the front desk). 

What I don't like about the place is the water supply. They turn it off sometimes and when we needed to take a shower one night, we can't seem to figure out where to go to ask for a help because there's no one in the front desk. Good thing we stocked up some water in both bathrooms. The next day we even have to ask them for the water supply in our room - they might have forgotten that they have guests because we were the only ones who were occupying the pension house. 

Going back to the airport from Casa Don Atilano pension house you just need to go to the main highway and wait for a jeepney with the signboard "AIRPORT". Hop on the jeepney and pay 7 pesos each person and within 15 minutes, you'll find yourself in the most visually and aesthetically appealing terminal in the Philippines. 


Casa Don Atilano
Atilano compound, Mayor Jaldon street, Zamboanga City
Contact Numbers: (+63) 92.990.1962 | (+63) 917.303.48.79
Check out Zamboanga City Accommodations here





48 comments:

  1. Bookmarked! Will consider this for my Zamboanga trip hopefully next year. Thank you.

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    1. Hello po thank you for the info.may napansin po b kayong delicia atilano boarding house?
      Thank you po.

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    2. Not really sure about that boarding house in Zamboanga.

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  2. pati ako nabulaga sa kwarto niyo. hanglake! at kailangan talaga magkahiwalay ng kama at CR?! chos!

    I miss you madam carla! Nagkita nga pala kami ni marx nung thur. Mukang may pinaplantsa na naman kayong lakad. hihihi!

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    1. tama! kailangan humiwalay ng banyo. haha. miss na rin kita car! masiyado mo kasi kina-career ang solo traveling eh. yung unang kita ko sayo yun na rin yug last. hahaha

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  3. Parang GenSan lang din ang mga rates ng room.

    Pedeng mag party sa laki ng room! Hehehe! :D

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    1. korek! pwede nga gawing classroom marx. haha

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    2. Hello po!may napansin din po b kayong delicia atilano boarding house po?

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  4. wow..thanks bliss for sharing..this will help us for our trip this week.. muchisimas gracias amiga!

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  5. Carla sa laki ng room niyo, pwedeng-pwede mag taguan og kaya habulan.

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  6. wow sulit na laki ng room kasu yung tubig may problema.. parang napansin ko wala ka pa ilocos ma'am tara ilocos tayo gagalugad din sana ako dun :)

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    1. tama ka manong. di pa ko nakakaapak ng ilocos. boo me :(

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  7. grabe, ibang iba na ang Atilano Compound... may gerry's grill na din sa labas... Sa Casa Don ako nag stay last year... good to know na ok na din yung nasirang Atilano lodge... :)

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    1. hi mervs. yep. mukhang bago nga lang yung gerry's sa kanto, what happened sa atilano lodge dati?

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    2. heard that there were bombings in the area.

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    3. talaga ed? hmm... check ko nga yun..

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  8. stayed in Zamboanga recently and also went to this compound and got the cheapest room (fan room) available in the first pension and in Chang-V. I was not satisfied with both places.

    Judging from your pictures, I should've stayed in Casa Don! hay. sayang. laki ng room and I would gladly pay 600 even for myself compared to a single fan room (350 Php) in other pension houses in that compound. next time na lang.

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    1. di ko nacheck yung ibang pension houses dun eh pero swak nga sa budget yung room namin, kasya ang 10 persons :)

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  9. Hi there, thanks a lot for the helpful info. I am planning to have a stay for just a night. Just wana know, is it really safe?

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    1. i cannot vouch on the safety thing. maraming isolated incidents pero kahit saan naman may ganun di ba. let's just be keen on our own safety :)

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  10. Hello again, How long does it take to get to the city proper? What's gonna be the jeepny's signboard?

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  11. planning to visit zamboanga alone heheh..
    nd stay their for a month of summer..
    hmm..thankz sa info. ^_^

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    1. wow! 1 month. ang saya! :) enjoy zambo...

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  12. Hi ma'am, wanna ask po kung ok ba mg stay sa casa don for about 3 days.. mgkano po ba? Single bed lng po

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    1. hi po. ok lang for 3 days. i don't know if they still have the same rate. you can contact them at 0917.303.4879 :)

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  13. hello po me and my girlfriend are planning on going to zamboanga....sa nkita q po sa pictures at info ng iba n pension house per 12hrs so pnaka cheap po tlga ung casa don atilano? we're planning to go there this tomorrow and probably be arriving sa atilano compound mga tomorrow na ng 5pm then we are staying till june 27 so swak po ba tlga pra samin yang casa don atilano? gusto po namin ng aircon hehehe
    un po bang iba 12hrs lng lahat?>

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    1. hi yanz. sorry for the super late reply. i think they all have overnight rates. balitaan mo ko sa trip nyo ha? :)

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  14. How far is this from zamboanga city medical center?

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  15. Im here now checked in at casa don. Black out walang gen set. 2 beds lahat sila. Walang single. Sa chang v meron but poor ventilation pag mura tiis ka.

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    1. hi there! mukhang panget nga ang ventilation sa chang v. ganyan din kami sa surigao dati. madalas mag-brownout...

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    1. hi good day! will be going to zamboanga this 16 with my bf :) and plan to stay here at casa don :) super helpful nitong post mo :) ask ko lng if malamig ac nila sa room? at may hot and cold water ba sila? may towels ba na available and other bed linens? lastly ung kitchen ba nila sink lng or may pag lulutuan tlga? plan kasi namin mag luto din.. thank youuu!

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  18. hi po...my friend and i are planning to visit zamboanga city 3 days and 3 nights. And we are looking for a place to stay. Yung aircon po sana, safe at mura.. Any advise po at magkano po? thank you.

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    1. I've only stayed in Casa Don and it was ok (3 years ago) :)

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  19. It nice to hear that people are coming to visit our place. Mas maraming ng mapasyalan now ang zamboanga city. Try pasonanca site, paseo del mar near Our lady of Pilar shrine.

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  20. It nice to hear that people are coming to visit our place. Mas maraming ng mapasyalan now ang zamboanga city. Try pasonanca site, paseo del mar near Our lady of Pilar shrine.

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    1. Maganda naman talaga ang Zamboanga City Shiela :)

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  21. Meron po bang short time ? How much po for 2persons

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  22. Gud pm po mgkano pamasahe galing terminal ng bus papunta sa casadon

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  23. Hindi ba sya malayo from ZAM downtown?

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