When I attended my friend JM’s wedding in Kidapawan, my friends and I decided to look for a hotel on our own to avoid adding stress to JM. Their rustic-themed wedding was entirely DIY and she was already too busy. She offered her own home to us but we declined, knowing it would be teeming with relatives and well-wishers. So, the hotel hunting began!
After a series of phone calls and inquiries, we finally decided on a new hotel with good reviews that looked lovely but had reasonable rates: Hof Mansion Inn. We booked the deluxe room good for 3 persons at P1,800 per night.
The hotel is quite far from Kidapawan’s centre; however, everything is accessible with a tricycle so it was just one tricycle ride away from the major establishments. From the plaza to Hof Mansion Inn, we were charged by the tricycle driver P20 per head. Not bad at all!
Upon arriving at the hotel, we were just awed at the place. The grounds were lush and wide and the structure itself was beautiful. It looked like a mansion, indeed, thus the name.
We were greeted by a polite receptionist and, I assume, the manager when we went in.
The lobby looked grand. It had none of that modern, minimalist vibe that most hotels have, but it’s a welcome change. I can’t say I prefer this over the usual all-whites of modern hotels, but I really liked how the place felt like home. Well, your rich grandmother’s home!
After settling the payment (we decided to pay before checking in instead of after checking out), we immediately went into our room.
It’s not the biggest room but it was actually for P1,800 a night — more than fine, actually! The room had one queen-sized bed and a single bed. It was clean and the A/C was new (ergo, it was cold). The room just had a comfy feel to it.
There’s a closet for your stuff and two armchairs (pictured is my favourite of the two), tables, and a flat screen TV.
The bathroom is spacious and super clean. No complaints! I love it when bathrooms are all-white but floral accents are welcome, too, tee hee.
The girls woke up late the following morning haha, so instead of going to Lake Agco, we decided to just lounge around and explore the place. At the back of the hotel, there’s a lot of greeneries. It’s not exactly picturesque — it was not maintained — but it’s a good place to relax and get your thoughts together.
There were several tables with umbrellas and a hammock (which we didn’t get to use because kuya guard decided to nap there). I’m not sure but I’m guessing the big, empty space at the back will be developed to have a swimming pool? That’d be great if it’s true! The hotel is new so it’s possible.
It was a Sunday morning and the function room was being used as the venue of a church service. I wanted to join but the service had already started way before we even went out.
We were able to eat a total of two meals in the hotel: breakfast (which was already included in our payment!) and lunch before checking out (because we were already too lazy to go out).
For breakfast, we were served a normal Filipino breakfast of rice, sunny-side egg, Spam, corned beef, and dried fish. I don’t eat dried fish and traded it for half of George’s dried egg. George and Hazel divided my dried fish amongst themselves haha. Food was great, but then again, can egg, Spam, and corned beef taste like anything else?
I regret not being able to drink my hot chocolate, though. I completely forgot all about it! I didn’t even remember my hot chocolate until I got home in Davao. Why am I so forgetful?!
We originally planned to eat lunch in a restaurant in Kidapawan but we got lazy and decided to stay in and order. Here’s their menu:
Initially, I thought these were single servings. But each serving was actually good for 3 people! How affordable! We ordered rice, garlic fried chicken, and mushroom soup. We asked if they can be served inside the room and they said yes. Woot! I swear, this hotel is perfect for lazy people.
When our lunch arrived in the middle of Frozen, we immediately dug in. The chicken was crunchy and tasty but my favourite was the soup. It was so yummy and hearty! Slurping a bowl of that soup (really carefully) in bed was just the perfect way to end our stay in Kidapawan.
So sorry, Lake Agco, but we’ll just have to visit you next time! (I’ve been to Lake Agco almost 2 years ago but my friends haven’t yet so I’ll be taking them the next time we go to Kidaps!)
If you’ve read my review posts before, you would know that I’m a sucker for good service. And we were treated rather grandly in Hof Mansion Inn! Service is truly superb; each request we made (which were not out of the line, of course!) were granted with a smile. Everyone was friendly and was even enthusiastic enough to share with us the story of the hotel.
There was no single negative thing that happened during our stay there, and I can attribute that to the awesomeness of the hotel staff. The hotel was beautiful on its own but it was the people there who made it feel like home. Yes, I’m aware I just sounded like an ad, sorry hahaha.
Long story short, when you find yourself in Kidapawan, please consider staying in Hof Mansion Inn! This isn’t even a sponsored post; I’m just a totally satisfied and happy client. I am highly recommending them. Visit their Facebook page here!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.