Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel: An inexpensive but comfortable haunt in Davao City

Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel is perfectly placed for travelers who want to explore Davao City’s shopping and nightlife on a budget, without sacrificing too much comfort.

Facade of Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel - Image Mike Aquino

The hotel stands in a very convenient location, next to the People’s Park and just a short walk away from the Ilustre shopping precinct. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are studies in modern comfort: WiFi; clean, comfortable (if compact) rooms; and surprisingly great food on the premises.

What makes it special?

The low-to-middling price point delivers basic business-class services to the Casa Leticia’s guests: free WiFi, comfy beds, LCD TVs, and clean bathrooms. An ongoing refurbishment is busy replacing some of the carpeted floors with wood parquet and upgrading the electronics; some rooms now have Philips iPod docks.

With two restaurants attached to the hotel, guests at the Casa Leticia have a good dinner selection before them: Sagay Restaurant at the lobby serves “Ilonggo” cuisine (from the island of Negros in the Philippines), while the next-door Tsuru Restaurant serves Japanese cuisine. The highlight of Tsuru’s calendar may be the once-a-month Japanese buffet that remains popular among Davao’s foodies.

Sagay Restaurant interior - Image Mike Aquino

Casa Leticia primarily targets business travelers from Manila – they get access to the hotel’s Katrina conference room for small meetings, or the larger function room at the top of the hotel for conferences not exceeding 70 people.

A small business center stands ready at the lobby area, providing guests with Internet and printing services.

Casa Leticia Suite, work desk and TV - Image Mike Aquino

What to expect?

The rooms are relatively small, with the studio rooms providing just enough space for a single bed and a bathroom en suite. You’ll need to pay for additional space, either by securing a suite or by booking adjoining, connected rooms for larger parties.

Rooms overlooking J. Camus Street get more light and a view of the People’s Park outside, but also get an earful of the ambient noise, particularly during rush hour. This is not a peaceful refuge, but an urban haunt for business travelers and tourists looking for adventure in the city. If you want peace or nature, go elsewhere.

Casa Leticia Suite - Image Mike Aquino

Casa Leticia’s central location by Camus Street places it across from the ever-crowded People’s Park and a few minutes’ walk away from Ilustre Street’s shopping and dining scene. A number of interesting restaurants are also a stone’s throw away – Penong’s next door is famous for its grilled chicken with rice. You can also visit the casino at the Apo View Hotel across the street and gamble the night away.

Casa Leticia Lobby facing Sagay entrance - Image Mike Aquino

What’s the damage?

Rates for the Casa Leticia’s rooms start from $67 for a studio room, breakfast included. Discounts may be available for early booking. Even at full price, Casa Leticia offers surprisingly great value, with comfortable rooms, the really scrumptious spread at Sagay and Tsuru, and the central location in Davao’s bustling downtown.

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