Perhaps one of the most recommended, if not the most recommended budget accommodation in the Asia’s Latin City is the Atilano family-run lodging house. During my research for my first solo trip to Zamboanga, I found out that the place was bombed a year ago – talk about safety. But other than that, I read no other negative reviews about them.
So when the day I set foot in the city, I first went to the Atilano Pension House. It's a 5-8minute- jeep away from the airport. Take Canelar jeep and tell the driver to stop at the Atilano compound. Let Gerry’s Grill restaurant be your landmark and you’ll see a newly painted building near it.
I walked in and got myself a fan room with tv and private cr for 420 pesos per night.
If you're travelling solo, and 350 is a little out of your budget, you can skip dropping the front building, and walk inside the compound, at the back of Atilano Pension House, you’ll see the Casa Don Atilano. It’s a little old and smelly, but a-50-peso cheaper for a solo non-AC room.
But wait there’s more…
Just beside the Atilano Pension House, there’s another newly opened Atilano-related accommodation – Chang-V Atilano Pension House.
The cheapest rate among the three accommodation in the compound: non-AC solo/double room – 280 pesos only. Kung nakita ko lang agad to. Tsk tsk.
Alavar’s restaurant doesn’t only serve curacha, they also offer bed and breakfast where comfort comes first. And if budget isn’t much of a problem, they can be one of your options.