Mid-range hotels are defined as having room rates in the $35 to $90 price range. Many of these hotels have rooms in the $50 to $90 price range that compare favorably with some of the premium hotels. Premium hotels are distinguished by upgraded room interior finish and appointments, bathroom fixtures and plumbing, large screen LCD instead of older tube type televisions and room furnishings. In most cases, you will note the difference when you enter your room. However, many mid-range hotels offer rooms that are large, clean and comfortable, great restaurants, swimming pools and 24 hour room service and provide value for your money. Unless you are on an unlimited budget or plan to spend most of your time in your room, you should be able to find a hotel from the following listing that will suit you just fine.
Clarkton Hotel. The Clarkton Hotel has been around for as long as I can remember. Their website says they were established in 1992, but seems to me they were around in mid-1980 when I lived and worked in Subic Bay and spent lots of time in Angeles. I think 1992 might be when the new German management took charge. I could be wrong about this. I don’t think it really matters, but if I am wrong and anyone can set me straight, please do. The Clarkton is located on Perimeter Road quite a distance from the center of the entertainment district. Not a problem if you do not mind Jeepneys and trikes, which are very convenient and cheap. For my money, the Clarkton has one of the better pools and 24 hour restaurants in Angeles. The breakfast buffets are great. The Clarkton offers two on-site clubs, Mirrors Night Club with dance show Discovery Club Karaoke bar with a large canvas screen and pool table. A free shuttle service to Fields Avenue is available every 30 minutes from 6:00PM to 3:00AM. Room rates start at 1,650 pesos.
Orchid Inn. I used to stay at the Orchid Inn in the early 1990’s, when they had about 25 small, somewhat marginal, rooms to which a brand new wing and pool had been added. It was the place to stay located right in the center of the action with great service and an outstanding restaurant. They have since grown into the Wild Orchard Resort group with their flagship Wild Orchard Lagoon located directly behind the Orchard Inn and a smaller resort on Baloy Beach in Subic Bay. The rooms in the Orchard Inn are older and the pool area smaller, but still attractive and more reasonably priced than the Lagoon.
Pacific Breeze Hotel. The Pacific Breeze is located just off Fields Avenue in the center of the entertainment district. There are 58 rooms in the main building with elevator access to the roof and 50 rooms in the Oahu annex across the street from the main building. Rooms range from $48 to $85 US, are large and well maintained with remote control TV and DVD player, in-room direct-dial dial telephone and high speed internet and programmable laptop friendly safety boxes. An Admiral Suite overlooking the pool goes for for $105. The Pacific Breeze has a great restaurant and bar adjacent to a large swimming pool with outdoor Jacuzzi and fountain. The restaurant as a large menu with very good food and 24-hour room service. The Pacific Breeze is one of my favorites. Try and get in the main building if you can. The Jacuzzi rooms overlooking the pool are great.
Royal Amsterdam. Located on the main drag of the entertainment district, the Royal Amsterdam is an upscale facility with large elegantly appointed rooms, king and queen sized beds, LCD TV’s in most rooms, leather couches and chairs in the suites and a 24 hour on-site Black Angus steak and rib house. The steak house is a stop you might want to plan on even if you do not choose to stay at the hotel. The hotel offers private transportation services throughout Luzon at reasonable rates. Being centrally located, you may step out the hotel front door and into the action and after a night of partying, wherever you are, you are probably a few steps from home. If you don’t mind being on the main road and not having a swimming pool or outdoor relaxation area, the Royal Amsterdam offers excellent accommodations.
Swiss Chalet Restaurant and Hotel. Located in the center of the Balibago entertainment center, the Swiss Chalet is relatively new hotel with 22 rooms and 2 suites from 1,580 pesos (about $37 US). Old Angeles City hands will probably remember the Black Jack Swiss Restaurant. Black Jack had some of the best Swiss food in Angeles and the Swiss Chalet Restaurant, with the same Swiss owner, continues with some of the best Swiss cuisine in the Philippines. Rooms are European style, with king beds, block-out curtains, wireless internet, safety box, cable television and DVD player. There is no swimming pool, but there is a rooftop terrace. A free 24-hour shuttle service is available within city limits.