What Bacolod City lacks in 5-star accommodations, it more than makes up for in beautifully designed stays available.
Just like the Masskara Festival that the City of Smiles is known for, these B&Bs, resorts, hostels, and boutique hotels are colorful and worth several posts on your Instagram feed. Whether you’re looking to commune with nature, immerse yourself in art, relax in a modern space, or experience hacienda living at the Sugar Capital, you’ll find your picture-perfect staycation spot on this list. The best part? They’re all really friendly on the pocket!
1. The Hostelry
Conveniently located close to shops and restaurants, this new hostel redefines backpacker inns with rooms and common areas that look chic and possibly pricey but are actually meant for budget travelers. The lobby and all other communal places like the media room are designed to be picture-ready—from the sofas and bean bag chairs in playful colors to the vibrant murals and paintings on walls that complement the delightful decor. Think comfy corners with pink flamingos against a cool blue and green backdrop paired with pastel sofas! These are the ideal spots for guests to relax and lounge, read books available on pillar shelves, and mingle outside their rooms.
The rooms are basic yet clean and comfy. The popular bunk bed rooms and single shared rooms are particularly cute and perfect for groups of friends. The latter has five single beds partitioned, with your own bedside light, shelf, locker, and enough space to move around. The best part? A stay would set you back less than P1,000 per day! If you decide to stay at this inn, don’t forget to grab some of the famous Napoleones from Roli’s Cafe, located at the ground floor.
La Salle Avenue, Bacolod
0966 368 3296
Practically every inch of this quirky cafe-B&B is Insta-worthy. The owners used mostly recycled items and materials to turn this house into a kitschy art space of sorts. You’ll have a hard time staying put in one corner, as you get carried away exploring and taking photos of all the adorable knick-knacks, colorful decor, fun murals and slogans on the walls, and the tranquil garden.
Each of the guest rooms have their own sitting area; some even have patios offering calming glimpses of the lush vegetation. There’s a shared bathroom, kitchen, and lots of common areas for guests. Spend a relaxing day resting in a hammock, playing darts, or chilling out in one of its many cozy spots. Your stay comes with American breakfast, and the cafe serves delicious comfort food. Probably the only thing you’ll miss is WiFi, but that’s not so bad. As one of their painted signs declares, “We have no wifi. Talk to each other, pretend it’s 1995.”
Memory Lane by Esperanza Cafe Bed & Breakfast
Block 6, Lot 6, Homesite, Bacolod
0917 304 5005
This relaxing resort-style hotel located right smack in Bacolod City features Mediterranean-inspired architecture, complete with the sea as its backdrop. One of its three swimming pools brings Greece to mind, in particular, what with fountains and sculptures that spew water from jars they are holding. It’s a sight to behold at night, when the pool glows azure against the surrounding space ablaze with fiery torch lights. The Bridge Fountain across the free-form island pool is another popular photo spot.
Its 55 well-appointed rooms and suites may look a bit dated yet charming and colorful. It’s the grounds and facilities that are truly worth posting on IG. The sprawling 5-acre property is surrounded by verdant gardens and a stunning view of Guimaras Strait, especially at sunset, when the sky is a blend of bright purple, pink, and orange hues. There are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy—“for the ‘gram”—like playing billiards and table tennis, fishing at the lagoon, splashing around with their children at the two kiddie pools, taking a dip in the two jacuzzis, boating, or even following the jogging path that winds through the property.
Palmas del Mar Resort Hotel
J.R. Torres Ave., Bacolod
034 479 7172
As the name suggests, this laid-back abode features homey, pristine white interiors and wooden floors. However, it’s embellished with vintage furniture and relics, decor with vibrant prints, and an impressive collection of art that tells a story. After all, before it was converted into an elegant bed and breakfast, this was once the ancestral home of a prominent family of sugar planters and later, a museum. It’s the perfect living space for art lovers and Instagrammers with minimalist, predominantly white feeds.
If you want to experience “Old Bacolod”—especially at a heritage house along Bacolod’s Millionaire’s Row on Burgos Avenue, where most of the old opulent families used to live—this hotel is for you. The owners maintained the original facade of the two-storey structure, which also has a garden. Inside, all of its unique rooms are spacious and comfortable, each with a sitting space. The quaint common areas and lounges make you feel like it’s your private vacation home in Bacolod. Don’t worry: It’s fitted with modern conveniences, including reliable internet.
White Hotel Bacolod
42 Burgos Avenue, Bacolod
034 705 8869
Nestled in Talisay, a mere 3.5 kilometers from Bacolod City, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find this quiet place that will indeed allow you to reconnect with nature. Its rustic accommodations sit amidst a captivating garden landscape, with the majestic Mt. Marapara in the background. The vast property features two large swimming pools and parks ensconced by lush plants and trees. Its chapel and outdoor event venues for 80 to 250 guests round up the list of reasons why this spot is a top choice for garden weddings.
While the surroundings provide a wealth of material for Instagram posts, what makes this resort stand out are its one-of-a-kind guest rooms, ranging from a mud house and budget rooms to premiere suites. Negros Island-inspired murals by local artists adorn the walls of its Village Hotel - East Wing, complemented by hard wood furnishings. Look out for the resort’s collection of distinct tapestries from around the world. Don’t forget to take an #OOTD pic by the grand staircase at the reception area. And you know what else you can add to your digital vacation album from here? Snapshots at the iconic The Ruins, just a 7-minute drive away.
Nature’s Village Resort
Talisay Highway, Talisay City, Negros Occidental 034 495 0808
BONUS: These Resorts in Negros Occidental Will Take Your Breath Away, Too!
If you're already in Bacolod, why not make a quick trip to Punta Bulata at the town of Cauayan, just south of Bacolod City? Among Negros Island’s beach resorts, Punta Bulata is one of the most picture-worthy of them all, boasting a full kilometer stretch of beach with the finest and whitest sand, mesmerizing cerulean waters teeming with colorful marine life, awe-inspiring sunset views, and pretty greenery. This eco-friendly boutique resort offers a sanctuary from the bustling metropolitan and the picturesque beach escapade that will inspire vacation-envy in all your IG followers.
This 20-hectare tropical paradise bounded by the Sulu Sea is energizing, relaxing, and designed to be Instagram-ready from any angle. Punta Bulata’s spacious Filipino-themed cottages with nipa and Capiz shell accents are adorned with modern furnishings, complemented by luxurious amenities. Its sea-facing infinity pool with an adjoining whirlpool and wading pool has appeared in many digital postcards. Even the in-house restaurant and spa are beautifully designed and offer amazing vistas. And when you’ve exhausted photos of the property, hop onto a boat and take your waterproof camera to nearby Danjugan Island, one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the country.
Punta Bulata Beach Resort and Spa
Barangay Elihan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental
0917 848 3558
A few hours away from Bacolod City is another Negros Occidental hidden gem, this time at a beautiful cove on Campomanes Bay in Sipalay. Meaning “abundant” in Hiligaynon, Bugana’s name alludes to its surrounding waters rife with marine treasures and landscapes rich with wonders of nature, making it the ideal setting for the island getaway you plan to immortalize on your IG feed.
Snap away as you recline on one of the daybeds lining the coast, stroll on the enclosed beachfront, marvel at the priceless panoramic sea vista, paddle on the transparent kayak that offers a clear peek at the underwater scenery, take a dip in the hot jacuzzi or infinity pools that are lit at night, or even while you sip a cocktail at the in-house Balas Bar. Every moment is easily Instagrammable! Not to be outdone, the accommodations—whether a Terrace Room with a balcony or a luxurious villa with a private dipping pool facing the sea—wow with sleek modern Filipino design, tasteful furniture, and wooden accents that blend in with the natural surroundings.
Bugana Beach and Dive Resort
Barangay Maricalum, Campomanes Bay, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
0917 519 8265
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