La Residencia Al Mar Hotel : A cozy home away from home
La Residencia Al Mar Hotel
La Residencia Al Mar Hotel

Home is not a place… It’s a feeling!

Filipinos love good festival. We tend to visit places during the festivities to witness the rich culture the place has to offer. Dumaguete city is not an exemption for it is known for their Buglasan Festival.

Dumaguete City is a component city in the Province of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Being the capital and the principal seaport, it is one of the most populous city in the province of Negros.

Visiting a place during festivities or on their peak season is exciting and fun. But one thing that needs consideration is the accommodation as it can be a real challenge to get one due to the volume of people who flock into hotels, transient houses and the likes. Booking a hotel accommodation will be a race for the visitors. On our jaunt to Dumaguete to witness the Buglasan Festival and visit some tourists spots in the province, we stayed at the La Residencia Al Mar Hotel. The hotel is our cozy second home – for 3 days and 2 nights.

Experience in La Residencia Al Mar Hotel

This is not a low-priced hotel but the look and feel is so homey. The rooms are stylish and contemporary. The interior has some sophisticated decors and the modern architecture with a Spanish hint provides an overall sense of well-being. It’s a rainy weekend and I just wanted to sleep all day if only I could. Anyway, what I like most was the view at the balcony. It was an added value for enjoying the panoramic view of Rizal Boulevard with the turquoise bay waters on the back drop. It is also a nice place to watch Mr Sun greeting everyone his warmest hello every morning.


The carpeted stairs in green from second floor down to the reception area.

The hotel is good for tourists and business people alike. With its seamless services the place is idyllic for leisure and business settings. The hotel is located along the famous Rizal Boulevard. It is just a few moments away from Dumaguete’s commercial district and attractions like the Siliman university.

Hello Rizal boulevard. A great place for a short walk early in the morning.

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms provide tranquil for business and leisure alike. It is spacious and has a cozy ambience thoughtfully designed to provide maximum comfort to guests. It is equipped with an air-conditioning system, a mini bar, comfy beds, free WIFI access and other room standard services.



Fine Dining

La Residencia is the heart of Dumaguete’s culinary heritage serving an array of gastronomic specialties with a touch of local color giving its guests a decade of fine food and exceptional services.

The hotel has three on-site restaurants that serve Filipino, Western and Japanese cuisines. There is also a bar and customized catering services for private events and meetings. These three restaurants are the Don Atilano Fine Dining, The Filipino and, Wakagi (Japanese). Too bad, we’re not able to try these restaurants as we had a different itinerary to follow. Maybe on our next visit. 🙂

Function Halls and Meeting Facilities

The function rooms offer a convention and banquet space as needed. It provides function organizers the flexibility in setting the size of conferences, events and meetings of up to 200 persons.

Room Rates:

Superior Executive  – Php 2,900
Family Room             – Php 2,750
Executive Suite         – Php 2,600
Executive Deluxe      – Php 2,300
Deluxe                          – Php 2,000

Check in 2:00 PM
Checkout 12:00NN

Other Hotel Services:

Free Wi-Fi
Wake up Call
Standby Generator
Spa Services
Laundry Service
Safety Deposit Box
Cable TV
Room Service

For Inquiries and reservations contact La Residencia Al Mar Hotel:



I would like to thank the Office of NEGROS ORIENTAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (NOCCI) for sponsoring this trip and to Province of Negros Oriental Tourism Office for the assistance as part of the celebration of Buglasan Festival 2016. The Buglasan Festival will run from October 14-23,2016. For more updates visit their Facebook page at Buglasan Festival.

One thought on “La Residencia Al Mar Hotel : A cozy home away from home

  1. I really love how they handle their guests. They seem to don’t care on the side, but they’re really attending to whatever their guests needs. The place itself looks like a big house and that makes it more comfortable to stay. Real simple, but appearing to be elegant when you get in.

  2. I love hotels that feel like home. After all, it’s part of the experience when traveling. We’ll surely check this place when we get the chance to visit Dumaguete. 🙂 Thank you.

  3. I am not very choosy when it comes to hotels but I do love a good place to stay in where I can rest properly with, if possible, immaculate bathroom/restroom with no traces of ancient activities. Nyahaha. Looks like you’ve found a proper one during your visit. I forgot the name of the hotel we stayed in when we were there some years ago but it was also nice.

    I get that feeling too when you just want to sleep the entire day but you think that it defeats the purpose of your visit so you get up and go out instead. LOL.

  4. The rate is quite pricey but since it’s clean and it is located near the Silliman University and the boardwalk, that’s fine. Is the ambiance in the room “pumpkiny” or is it just my eyes AJ?

  5. The hotel looks nice and has a mix of Filipino, Spanish, and Western influences. It’s a hotel worth considering when you stay in Dumaguete! Thanks!

  6. I always walked past through this hotel when I was having my nursing review in Dumaguete. Now I can see the interiors and I guess the price is as well worth it. Great strategic location too. 🙂

  7. That’s a bit pricey but I think the location is pretty awesome. I really hope that the industry will be able to lower the prices so that it can entice more people to travel around the country.

  8. A little too expensive for our taste haha but I looooooove the clean bathroom. And you should have added the view from the balcony, too. They’re always the main selling points.

  9. Gotta agree with the others, the place’s rates is kinda steep, but I guess it does make up for it a bit with the strategic placement. Overall, it still seems pretty decent!

  10. The moment I see the first photo, napa-“wow” jud ko because it looks elegant and I thought pricey sya but when I look at the rates, wow jud, kaya raman diay! Great place to stay while in Duma jud!

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