The City of Iloilo is rapidly expanding. There are new developments being built everywhere, from condotels and residences, to high-rise commercial buildings.
At the moment, however, there is only one structure that dominates the skyline of Iloilo. At 21 floors, the Injap Tower Hotel is the highest building in Western Visayas.
Injap was also our host during the Blog the City of Love Campaign, a gathering of top Filipino travel and lifestyle bloggers (or so they say :D) from all over the Philippines who were shown the beauty of the province and the city of Iloilo.
Injap is very conveniently located along Diversion Road across SM City. If you’re coming from or going to the airport, there’s a shuttle in the transport terminal in SM for only P70 per trip. It’s also walking distance to Smallville, the place to be if you need a range of options for evening entertainment in Iloilo.
Going downtown? Just hail a jeepney outside the hotel and you’ll get to wherever you want to go.
Managed by Hotel 101, this 194-room hotel is actually a condotel; its units have individual owners who bought the property as an investment. Each 21-square meter room—called the Happy Room—has one queen size and one standard bed, a big closet, a kitchen sink with microwave, a mini-bar, and a 46-in LED cable TV.
The bed is very comfortable; it’s firm and pretty good for your back. The duvet is thick, too, and the pillows are fluffy. A huge window ensures sunlight when you need it, and there is also a desk and a chair if you want to work, plus lots of shelf space if you want to spread out your things.
Wifi is supposed to be available. Unfortunately, my room was the farthest from the elevator where I assumed the router was placed. In my two nights’ stay in Injap, I wasn’t able to connect to the internet when I was in the room.
If an internet connection is necessary for you (as it is for me as a freelancer), ask for a room nearest the router. I brought a pocket Wifi but for some reason, I wasn’t able to get a signal as well. Talk about stressful!
What I loved about Injap was its facilities. They have a swimming pool in the 5th floor, as well as a fitness center and a spa called the Spa Circle. Due to our hectic schedule, I never got to try out the pool nor the gym, but I did make time for a massage.
I was surprised at the price; for an hour’s combination of Thai and Swedish massage, the rate was only P400. Not bad, especially since my masseuse was pretty good. Her strokes were even and the pressure was just right. I fell asleep after a few minutes and she had to wake me up when the massage was done.
Injap also has an in-house restaurant specializing in Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. The Horizon Café at the 21st floor of the hotel has an excellent view of the city.
I highly recommend the Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Pork Medallion, and the Creamy Seafood Marinara. I loved the grilled chicken with mango slices, too, as well as their coffee and iced chocolate drink.
Looking for dessert? Order chendol, Malaysia’s version of the Filipino fave halo-halo. Order some kaya, too, for a truly Malaysian food experience.
If you want to have the best views of the city, ask the front desk if you can go up to the helipad. For security reasons, the door going up there is kept locked, but they do open it to visitors who want to see an unparalleled view of the city and the neighboring island of Guimaras.
Just be careful, though. The winds up there can be pretty strong. Obviously, I don’t think you should bring your kids there, unless you want to suffer from a heart attack if you see them running around the helipad.
The best thing about Injap is definitely its price. A room, complete with breakfast and complimentary use of gym and lap pool, as well as a discount to the services in the Spa Circle, costs only P1,250 per night. Talk about high value!
As a budget traveler, I would probably not stay in Injap if I were traveling solo; certainly, there are much cheaper hostels and guesthouses in the city.
If I were traveling with someone else or with my family, though, I would definitely choose Injap Tower Hotel. Its location and its facilities, not to mention its affordable rate, make it the perfect place for family and friends visiting the City of Love.
Injap Tower Hotel
West Diversion Road, Iloilo City
Phone: (+63 33) 330-7111
If you’re going to Iloilo City soon, look for other hotels in Iloilo and Guimaras.
Disclaimer: While I was a guest at Injap Tower Hotel together with other bloggers, all opinions in this post are mine alone. The hotel management has had no influence in writing this review.