We define with room rates generally starting below $35 as “Budget”. Our categories are carved in stone based strictly on cost. Rates vary and may span more than one category. There are budget rooms and BUDGET rooms. Don’t be turned off by the term “Budget”. There are some very clean and comfortable rooms available at very reasonable rates. If money is not an issue, then go for the higher priced rooms. Either way, the fun is being there.
Brass Knob. The Brass Knob is a hotel, restaurant and night club located on Friendship Highway a few minutes walk from the center of the entertainment district. The restaurant offers international cuisine at affordable prices and the menu is available on their web site. The nightclub boasts ample seating, a pool table and over 100 dancers and plenty of seating. The hotel offers 18 rooms, 8 with king or queen beds and balconies. Comfortable setting, restaurant, nightclub, game room and accommodations conveniently located and reasonably priced.
Central Park Hotel. The Central Park has been around for many years, under many names and is located 1 block off Fields Avenue in the center. Rooms are older but are clean and fully furnished. I have stayed here a few times, but it has been a few years. They used to have a very small swimming pool, more like a large outdoor in-ground bath tub, but it has long since been filled in, but guests are granted pool privileges at the Pacific Breeze, one of my regular choices when in town. If you are looking for clean and comfortable rooms, where you can stumble back to your room after a night on the town, on-site restaurant wit 24 hour room service at very reasonable rates, the Central Park is a good choice.
Hotel Marquis. The Marquis is one of those small budget hotels that offers clean, comfortable rooms at very reasonable prices. These days, I tend to spend more money and go for the premium hotels, but I have not always had funds for these hotels and I have spent a few nights in the Marquis and have had no complaints. The staff are friendly and service has always been good. The Marquis is located within a 5 minute walk from the center of the entertainment district and they offer a free scheduled shuttle. They have a small, but very good, restaurant on the premises with 24 hour room service. They have a comparatively small pool, but for 900 Peso’s a night, pool is a plus. If you are traveling on a budget, the Marquis is definitely an option to consider.
Phoenix Hotel. The Phoenix is located about a 5 minute walk from the entertainment district on Friendship Highway. As with many of the smaller hotels, the Phoenix friendly staff provide excellent service. The restaurant is very good and 24 hour room service is available. The Phoenix also has a small pool and patio area just outside the restaurant. Each room has cable TV and most are Internet equipped. Security lock boxes are provided at the front desk. This is another of the hotels I used to stay when I was more budget conscious. Some of my best friends who frequent Angeles still stay at the Phoenix because of the service. The Phoenix should be considered when looking for quality budget accommodation.
PJ Inn Hotel. Formerly the Ramada Inn, the PJ Inn and Hotel offers upscale accommodations somewhat off the main stfip. Instead of farther down the main street, Fields Avenue/Perimeter Highway, the PJ is tucked away in a residential area surrounding. This hotel offers a lot for very reasonable rates, I would guess because of its somewhat remote location. It has a very nice restaurant, swimming pool, nice rooms, wireless Internet and more at rates ranging from 1,100 to 1,700 peso. The main drawback that I see is that although they will provide free airport pickup for a stay of two or more days, the hotel does not provide local transportation. You will need to find your own transportation to get around. It is not too much of a walk to the entertainment district, but you do not to be walking off the main drag alone at night. Overall a nice place to stay at reasonable rates if you don’t mind the location.
Sunset Garden. The Sunset Garden was the 1st hotel I stayed in the Philippines back in 1979 when I was departing Taiwan on a transfer to Korea after President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that the United States would be recognizing mainland China instead of Taiwan and U.S. bases in Taiwan were closed. Not that anyone reading this probably cares, but those few days changed the future of my life to be so closely associated with the Philippines. At that time, the hotel was named Randy Ram’s and it had one of the best swimming pools and open air restaurants in Angeles City. To this day, the pool and restaurant are just as good, but other newer hotels with lots of money to invest have eclipsed the Sunset in size and amenities. Still, the Sunset offers clean airy rooms, great service, 24 hour open air native style restaurant and room service, cable TV, in-room and internet. The Sunset is located about ¼ mile from the main entertainment district on Friendship Highway. An easy walk during the day, but plan on a trike to get back to your room after dark. With room rates at the lower end of our mid-range classification, the Sunset offers real value for your money.