There are 2 words that best describes Gabby’s Bed & Breakfast: Art and Creativity! It would be an understatement to say that this hostel is overflowing with inspiration. The fusion of tropical bohemian vibe of this hostel has not only captured the market of locals in Dumaguete City but charmed the tourists alike. Aside from their hostel accommodation, there were also countless folks from all walks of life who regularly hang out in their all-day breakfast café for coffee, chitchats and good food.
I personally find the whole place perfectly instagrammable. Every nook and cranny brings you a tropical vibe of summer- beach, palm trees and the sun. Their café is a perfect place for friendly meet-ups, barkada hang-out or if you just want to spend some time alone looking for inspiration to fuel your creative juices. Their lounge is also great to spend a lazy afternoon eating their famous Bod-bod and Tsokolate with ripe mango snack or arrange a game night with your friends where you can play Jenga, Domino and other board games provided. It is also quite spacious where my boyfriend and I used to practice Bachata (Latin dance).
The Homey Ambience
Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast is a good place to stay while in Dumaguete with a tropical bohemian design that gives you a comfortable homey-feel while the budget remains friendly to the pocket. I am so in love with their interiors where everything artsy and cutesy can be found. The deco’s are simply wonderful. Ma’am Eva, the woman in charge in the reception, told us that the owner, Mrs. Del Prado, the mother of the owner who is also a painter herself, did all the concept and designing of the place.
Breakfast All Day!
What else would you have in a Bed and Breakfast place? A good breakfast, of course! They offer their guests a complimentary light breakfast either a choice of Toasted Bread with Strawberry Jam or Butter or Bod-bod and Tsokolate with ripe mango; drinks comes with the choice of Coffee, Tea, Juice or Bottled Water.
Their classic breakfast meals such as the pinoy “silog” meals, pancakes and my man’s fave – their superb waffles are also a big win which they can serves for the entire day. Other than their breakfast meals, their menu also include a variety of pizza, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. Price starts at Php 100.00, depends on what kind of breakfast you’re in the mood for, I could say that is fairly affordable for a good hearty meal.
Aside from the fantastic decors and lively interior, what makes you feel at home is the excellent hospitality of their staffs. Yeah sure, you’re a traveler to a new place unknown to you but having them around doesn’t make you feel estranged at all. They are very welcoming, accommodating, kind and helpful in providing all your needs and answering your queries.
They also took care of us more than they should compared to their usual guests since we’re on a very challenging situation when we got to check-in their place. My boyfriend got sick during our trip the moment we got to Dumaguete and they have been very helpful in assisting us during our one week stay. They never fail to check on us if we’re doing alright and we’re very grateful for them. Many thanks to Ma’am Eva, Ate Raiza, Ate Celine and other staffs who assisted us.
Tariff: Hostel Rooms and Rates/ Night
All rooms come with air-condition, cable TV, free WIFI, hot/cold shower (except for the single occupancy) and a private bathroom. Their amenities also include a stand-by generator, 24-hr security, common lounge area and an all-day breakfast café.
How to Get There:
Once you arrive in Dumaguete City (whether in the bus station, airport, or pier) you can flag down a Pedicab to take you to Gabby’s B&B. However, this might be tricky because they might take you to Gabby’s Bistro which is a restaurant with the same owner, only that it has a different location. You need to emphasize to the driver to take you to Claytown, Daro – Felomino Cimafranca Subd. Useful landmark would be the Shell Gas Station from the highway and Gabby’s B&B is just few meters from the Isuzu showroom. The driver should know by then but if not, you can use Waze GPS app to guide you around, that’s what we did and the app comes quite handy. The driver will most likely charge you for a double ride or contract you for a fix rate of Php 50.00 since that location is quite far and hard to find but still worth it.
Staying there is also quite convenient when going around. It’s only 10 min. away from the airport and pier and 5 min from downtown but if you’re going somewhere quite far like Robinson’s, it will take you around 10-12 min., same with the bus station. Pedicab is the main transportation and will cost you Php 8.00/pax as regular fare.
Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast also own Gabby’s Bistro which is a very good restaurant having similar theme of artsy and crafty tropical ambience which also serves good food but it’s located along Rizal Boulevard. It also has a sister company known as Florentina Homes, unlike Gabby’s B&B, this one is more of Mediterranean inspired apartment hotels.
Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast
Felomino Cimafranca Subdivision, Claytown, Daro, Dumaguete City
mobile: +63 906-328-3374 (globe) | +63 949-470-3299 (smart)
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