Cheap Hotels in Roxas City: Wallabies Hotel and Novotel

facade of Wallabies hotel Capiz

Since we planned to take the Roxas City route to Islas de Gigantes, one of our concerns was to find the cheapest hotel there is in Roxas City where we will stay overnight before heading to Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. During my first visit in Roxas City, I stayed in relatively cheap accommodations. I stayed at Roxas President’s Inn Hotel at 2,217.00 Php for two nights and Premierre Inn motel at 700 Php a night. Since it was already my second time to visit Roxas, I wanted to try other cheap hotels or accommodations. We made a quick research while we were on the Roxas City airport. We found the rates of Wallabies Hotel and Novotel in Roxas City a good deal for budget travelers and backpackers.

Cheap hotels in Roxas City Capiz

Wallabies Hotel Roxas City

Wallabies Hotel is one among the budget friendly and cheap hotels in the seafood Capital of the Philippines. Located along Washington St. Corner Zamora St., Wallabies hotel is just few minute tricycle ride from Roxas City airport and is roughly 5 minute walk from the Roxas City center where restaurants and plaza are located.



Wallabies Hotel Rates

Regular Room (Queen Sized Bed) – 699.00 Php
Premier Room – (2 single bed) – 799.00 Php
Deluxe Room (3 single bed) – 899.00 Php
Extra Bed/Person – 150.00 Php



Our room was a Regular Room at only 699.00 Pesos. Surprisingly, the room was very clean and looks relatively new. The room comes with a very small LCD TV, small dresser, 2 chairs and a mini table mounted beneath the TV.  I felt like the 2 pillows were too small for the queen sized bed. Nonetheless, the bed was very comfortable considering the affordable price of this hotel.  This budget friendly hotel also offers 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping and is also PWD friendly as the hotel is wheelchair accessible.

Wallabies Hotel Online Booking HERE

Wallabies Hotel
Washington St. Corner Zamora St., Roxas City, Capiz
Contact number: (036) 6211489 / 09107512772

Novotel Hotel Roxas City

After our 3 day Gigantes Islands visit, we headed back to Roxas City where we will be staying overnight before our flight back to Manila. We decided to check-in at Novotel hotel Roxas City.

Novotel hotel Roxas City is located along Arnaldo Boulevard and is few minutes tricycle ride from Roxas City Airport, Roxas City center and the famous food destination Baybay. Being along the main road, Novotel is just few steps away from Gaisano mall, Roxas Provincial Hospital and various restaurants and bars. The hotel’s facade is barely noticeable as it shares the same building with its sister company NOVO department store.

Since we were no longer new to Novotel hotel, as expected, the room was decent. The queen-sized bed and the pillows were very comfortable. There is an LCD cable TV. The room was very clean and well maintained. I just noticed that the doors used to be powered by keycard locks but for some reasons were converted to the traditional door knobs. Nonetheless, security will not be an issue in the hotel.

Novotel Roxas City Room Rates

VIP Room- 1,050 Php
Family Room- 1,050  Php
Deluxe Room- 800 Php

Novotel Roxas City is under the hotel chains of Asia Novotel which is also has hotel chains in Caloocan City, Kalibo, Dumaguete, Sorsogon and General Santos City.

Unfortunately, Novotel hotel does not have an online booking facility. You may book other Roxas City hotels HERE. 

Asia Novotel Roxas City
Tanque, Inzo Arnaldo Village, Roxas City, Capiz
Contact Number: (036) 6320869

5 Things To Do in Roxas City Aside From Eating Seafoods

largest bell in catholic church in asia

Roxas City, Capiz is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines. Located in Western Visayas, Roxas City is 3 hours away from Iloilo City and an hour and a half way from Kalibo, Aklan.

I was very excited to visit Roxas City. As usual, having no concrete plans makes the adventure more exciting. After touring Iloilo City and the town of Miag-ao in Iloilo, I was ready to visit the seafood capital of the Philippines!

Aside from eating sea foods, here are the 5 things to do if you are backpacking in Roxas City, Capiz:

1. Night strolling at Roxas City proper

I was looking for a hotel in the heart of Roxas City. Luckily, I landed in  Roxas President’s Inn which is just few meters away from the city center.

Surprisingly enough, Roxas City is beautiful especially at night. With the absence of high-rises and modern structures, the city is very simple yet looks very elegant.

capiz night tour

Late night strolling at Roxas city bridge. It was fascinating that you get this Spanish-colonial mood by merely walking around the city proper.

capiz night tour

Was first built in 1698, Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan cathedral was destroyed by a typhoon and was rebuilt in 1728.

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Capiz Provincial capitol. This Spanish-Filipino architecture was built in 1915.

roxas city fountain

The iconic landmark of Roxas City. This fountain forming a rotunda was built-in 1925.

I enjoyed my night strolling at the city proper. The place is relatively small and you can actually walk around the city center and check out the old structures in 20 minutes. The entire place is safe too.

2. Visit Roxas City People’s Park (Baybay)

This is another surprise as I did not expect that there is a park by the bay in Roxas city. Like the city proper, the park itself is simple but truly a must visit if you want to simply relax and breathe fresh air.

Roxas City People’s park is Capiz’ version of Manila Bay. Well, except the fact that this park is undoubtedy cleaner and the bay is unpolluted.

baybay roxas city capiz

It was fun to watch Capiznons enjoying the bay. Baybay beach water may not be as clear as Sarangani’s, nonetheless it is very clean and abundant of marine life.

roxas city DIY tour

There is a long walkway by the bay and there are also benches in the area for the park visitors.

vacation roxas city

This is my favorite spot in Baybay. In fact, I visited here 3 times during my 3 day visit in Roxas city. Aside from the fresh sea breeze, Roxas City People’s Park or Baybay is also known for its seafood restaurants. Please visit my separate post –  where to eat in Roxas City, Seaffod Capital of the Philippines.

How to get to Capiz People’s Park or Baybay

From the city proper, ride a tricycle and ask the driver To bring you to Baybay. A special tricycle trip costs 40-50 Php. Travel time from the city proper to Baybay is approximately 5 minutes.

3. Visit Panay Church and See the Largest Catholic bell church in Asia

Santa Monica Parish church or popularly known as Panay church or Pan-ay church is actually located in the town of Panay in Capiz and is only 30 minute tricycle ride from Roxas City proper.

Panay church is a popular Roxas City tourist spot as it is the home of the largest Catholic bell church in Asia.

pan ay church capiz philippines

Built in 1774, Panay church has a 5 storey belfry where the largest Catholic bell church in Asia can be found. Made up of white coral stone, Panay church is built-in a colonial baroque with neo-classical influence architecture.

panay church biggest bell philippines

It was a Sunday when I visited Pan-ay and I arrived few minutes before the last morning mass ended.

When I arrived inside the church, I started looking for the entrance of the belfry. I asked a local how do I get upstairs to see the gigantic bell and I was pointed to the admin office where a guide was waiting.

According to Ariel, the tour guide, the belfry used to be open for public but the church admin had to keep it locked to secure the bells. He unlocked the gate of the belfry and we started climbing to the top.

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With Ariel, Panay church tour guide

I was stunned to see the gigantic bell being sorrounded by smaller bells. According to Ariel, the largest bell is made up of 70 sacks of gold and silver coins donated by the locals. It was built in 1878 and measured 7 feet in diameter, 5 feet in height and weighs 400 Kilograms.

largest bell in catholic church in asia

Apart from the largest bell, the belfry is also home of the 8 smaller bells. According to the guide, each bell is used for different occasions and events. For instance, a particular bell is used for when a wedding ceremony is being held.

How to get to Pan-ay Church?

From Roxas city proper, ride a tricycle and inform the driver to bring you to Panay church. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes. Fare is approximately 200 Php to 400 Php for one way trip.

4.  Visit Weny’s Garden

After visiting Pan-ay church and seeing its bells, I asked the tricycle driver to bring me to Weny’s butterfy garden. The garden is 5 minute tricycle ride away from Pan-ay church.

Weny's garden panay capiz

When we arrived, I was greeted by sir Weny, the owner of the garden. He  looked very happy and delighted to see someone visiting his garden.

“Taga saan ka sir”, he asked. I immediately replied, “From Manila po”. “Buti nagvisit ka dito sa Capiz. Di ka ba natatakot sa aswang?” he said jokingly. I replied in a soft voice, “meron po ba?”. He actually did not respond as he was hurriedly directing me inside his butterfly garden.

Instead of feeling scared, I felt sad for Capiz. Tourists and travelers avoid this beautiful province due to its reputation. I just realized it by merely looking at sir Weny, he was very happy that someone from Manila came to visit his garden. I asked him how often he gets visitors to his garden. He said that he gets maximum of 4 visits a week and not all visitors are from outside Capiz.

butterfly garden in capiz

Sir Weny was very accommodating. All throughout the tour, he kept on sharing facts and information about the butterflies and plants in the garden. I didn’t know that butterflies have a short lifespan and can only live up to a month.

weny's garden capiz philippines

Sir Weny also provided a quick lecture about the life stages of a butterfly. I already forgot my science back in elementary
black butterfly philippinesThere are actually many species of butterflies in the garden and this is only the good shot I got.

Apart from the butterflies, Sir Weny also has a wide array of plants and flowers in his garden.

5. Visit President Manual Roxas’ Ancestral Home

Apart from being the seafood capital of the Philippines, Roxas city is also known as the hometown of Manuel Roxas, the 5th president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Manuel Roxas ancestral home

For some reason, the ancestral house was closed when I made a visit. I tried asking locals around but no one can tell why it was closed. Nonetheless, from the outside, the Roxas ancestral home looks well-preserved. I’ll definitely visit this place the next time I travel to Roxas City.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay in Roxas city. I know there are still many places to explore not just in the city but in the entire Capiz province. If you are visiting Roxas City, I would recommend Roxas President’s Inn hotel. Alternatively, you may check other  Roxas City hotels here.


Cheap Accommodation in Roxas City: Premiere Inn

Roxas City Motel Room

Premiere Inn is probably the cheapest and most affordable accommodation in Roxas City. Located in Bangbang st., Premiere Inn is few minutes away from several Roxas City tourist attractions such as the People’s Park and Provincial capitol.

After my 2 night stay at Roxas President’s Inn, I decided to try a budget accommodation. I asked several locals where can I find the cheapest yet decent accommodation in Roxas City and I was advised to check out Premiere Inn.

I tried searching for the rates via Agoda while I was on my way to Premiere Inn. Unfortunately, this budget accommodation seemed to be unlisted in the hotel booking site. I then started to think that Premiere Inn might be a motel. Recalling my unforgettable experience in Iloilo where I unintentionally checked-in in a motel (Dragon Lodge Iloilo), the experience was not bad at all. For the sake of budget traveling, I was willing to stay in a motel for the second time.

Premiere Inn Roxas City

Entrance of Premiere Inn, Roxas City

Counter at Premiere Inn Motel

Premiere Inn Roxas City Room Rates

Single bed  (for 2 persons)
3 hours – 300 Php
12 hours – 500 Php
24 hours  – 700 Php

Double bed (for 4 persons)
12 hours – 750 Php
24 hours – 1,000 Php

The room rates confirmed my suspicions. Premiere Inn is indeed a motel! Nonetheless, rates are very cheap and affordable! If you are on a tight budget, non-airconditioned rooms are available too!

Premiere Inn MotelHallway Premiere Inn Roxas City

The entire place is clean. The 2-storey building looked newly painted.

Room at Premiere Inn  Roxas City Motel Room

I took a single bed room for 24 hours for only 700 Php. I must say that the room is clean and quite spacious. The vibe is more of a pension house room than of a motel.

capiz motel room

The room comes with a cable TV.

Toilet and bath premiere inn capiz

The toilet and bath has hot and cold shower. Faucets need some repair though. I was satisfied with the room itself but the toiled and bath is nothing to  rave about. Nonetheless, this Roxas City accommodation is very affordable. Well, we at times get what we pay for.

Since this is a motel and most motels in the Philippines are built for short time pleasure, they do not issue room keys to guests. If you are leaving your room to tour Roxas City, once you return, you have to ask the counter to open the room door for you.

If you are looking for a cheap accommodation in Roxas City, Premiere Inn will definitely not empty your pocket. Don’t want to stay in Premiere Inn? You may check other Roxas City hotels here.

Capiz Hotel: Roxas President’s Inn

Hotel room in Roxas President's Inn

Since I did not have any hotel reservations, I had to quickly research for a good and decent hotel the moment I arrived in Roxas City bus terminal. Well, Roxas President’s Inn must be a very popular accommodation in Capiz as there are countless of good reviews and feedback about this hotel.

Getting There

Note that there are no jeepneys or taxis in most of part of Roxas City. The only way to get around is via tricycles. If you are coming from the Roxas airport or Roxas city bus terminal, inform the tricycle driver to bring you to Roxas President’s Inn.  I paid 50 Php/$1.00 for the tricycle ride from bus terminal to the hotel.

Roxas City Hotel

Located in Rizal street corner Lopez Jaena, Roxas’s President’s Inn is is situated in the center of Roxas City. It is few meters away from a number of tourist destinations in the city such as Manuel Roxas ancestral home, Capiz Museum, provincial capitol and the iconic Roxas City fountain. If you get hungry, this hotel is also nearby a number of restaurants such as Spanngo Cafe and Raffy’s Bistro.

Roxas President's Inn Capiz

The Spanish-Filipino architecture of Roxas President’s Inn

Dining are Roxas Inn

Dining area and concierge

Staircase at Roxas President's Inn

At night, guests get to feel the traditional and warm ambiance of the hotel.

Chandelier at Roxas President's Inn

There are also elegant antique chandeliers. There are actually made in 1920s.

roxas president's capiz

You also get to see a number of displays showcasing Spanish-Filipino culture. In fact, there is a rare finds art gallery beside the concierge (which I was unable to take a photo). By the way, the Machucha floor tiles reminds me of Hotel Felicidad in Vigan City.

All rooms in Roxas President’s Inn are named after Philippines presidents. I checked-in at Osmena Suite.

Osmena Suite at Roxas President's Inn  Hotel room in Roxas President's Inn

The room’s Spanish-Filipino interior makes this hotel unique. The bed partnered with a headboard made of Capiz shells is very comfortable. Room flooring is made of hardwood Molave.

Roxas President's Hotel Room

Guests can also enjoy a high-speed Wifi internet access, cable TV, 24 hour room service, laundry service in-room massage service and daily newspaper.


Few minutes after entering the room, the bellboy served this as a complimentary welcome drink.

Roxas President's Inn toilet Toilet at Roxas President's Inn Hotel

There is nothing special about the toilet except for its hold and cold shower. Nonetheless, it is very clean.

Roxas President’s Inn Rooms and Rates

  • Deluxe Single has 1 single bed and is good for one person (Aguinaldo Suite, Osmena Suite, Estrada Suite)
  • Deluxe Full has 1 full-sized bed and is good for one person (Laurel Suite)
  • Deluxe Matrimonial has a 1 queen sized bed and it good for two persons (Magsaysay Suite, Garcia Suite, Aquino Suite, Marcos Suite)
  • Deluxe Twin has 2 single beds and is good for 2 persons (Arroyo Suite. Quirino Suite, Macapagal Suite, Quezon Suite, Ramos Suite, Arroyo Suite)
  • Presidential Suite  has 1 queen sized bed, 1 single bed and good for 3 persons (Dinglasan Suite, Roxas Suite)

I stayed in Osmena Suite and paid 2,217.00 Php/approx. $44.34 for a 2-night accommodation. I was given a PWD discount by the very  welcoming and accommodating concierge. As for the rest of the rates, please contact Roxas President’s Inn toll free number – 1-800-843-4343 loc.3349 or (036) 6210-208 or  e-mail them at [email protected].

You may also check the rates/book a room here.

Overall, I had a great time staying in Roxas President’s Roxas Inn. The staff from security guard to the concierge are very friendly. With the affordable room rates and superb customer service, I would highly recommend this Roxas City hotel.

Where to Eat in Roxas City, Seafood Capital of The Philippines

meal at Baybay

I was very excited to visit Roxas City, Capiz as it pegged as the seafood capital of Philippines. Having one normal arm, it’s really challenging for me to eat any shellfishes. Nonetheless, I was really looking forward to discover Roxas City top food finds.

During my 3-day visit in Roxas City, below are my top 3 places and restaurants that are worth visiting in the seafood capital of the Philippines:

 1. Baybay

Baybay is a Visayan word which means seashore.
Located within the Roxas City People’s park, Baybay is undoubtedly the most popular food place for both locals and tourists. Baybay has an array of restaurants and stalls offering the fresh seafood.

seafood court at roxas city people's park

On the right side of the park is Baybay’s seafood Court is an open area where diners can enjoy the sea breeze while having the freshest seafoods Roxas City offers.

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I immediately visited Baybay during my first day in Roxas City. I was surprised that at 8:30 AM, most of the restaurants/food stalls in the Baybay sea food court are still closed. I was lucky though that the staff of Rhiane’s Grill & Resto have already started displaying fresh sea foods in front of their stall.

breakfast at baybay

I ordered for a grilled fish, 2pc. Pork barbeque, talaba (oysters), buko juice and a soda. I was surprised that I just paid (190 Php/$3.80) for a generous amount of food. Apart from the cheaply priced fresh and mouth-watering sea foods, the staff of Rhiane’s Grill and Resto were very friendly and accommodating too.

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With Rhiane’s Grill & Resto staff, Baybay, Roxas City

On my second day at Roxas, I tried the a restaurant situated on the left side of Baybay. This time I ordered my favorite calamares and this fish that they call “Kilo-kilo”.

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Calamares (190 Php/$3.80) Grilled Kilo-kilo fish (120 Php/$2.4), 1 Rice (12 Php/$0.24), 1 soda (12Php/$0.24) = Total 334 Php/$6.68

The best time to visit Baybay really depends on your preference. If you love quiet and peaceful athmosphere, visit Baybay for your breakfast. If you love to witness some sort of seafood festival/bazaar, Baybay is the perfect for dinner.

I have to say that Roxas City People’s Park/Baybay  is my favorite place in Capiz. Apart from the relaxing atmosphere, fresh sea breeze and friendly locals, you will surely have a satisfying gastronomic adventure in Baybay.

Operating hours: Some stalls open as early as 8:30 AM, most stalls close at 12:00 AM
Budget: Starts at 150 Php

2. Raffy’s Bistro – Buckets-Sizzlers-Coffee

Raffy's bistro in roxas city

Unlike Baybay, this is one among the few high-end restaurants in Roxas City. Located in Halaran Plaza, Raffy’s Bistro is just a few walks away from Immaculate Concepcion Metropolitan Cathedral and the Capiz Provincial Capitol. It is also within an arms reach from Roxas President’s Inn.

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The restaurant itself is very clean and the staff are very friendly. The interior was a fusion between old and modern American Bistro. Raffy’s Bistro serves American-Mediterranean cuisine. They offer salads, handcrafted burgers, pastas, artisan flatbread pizzas etc.

I ordered Seafood Pesto Pasta, Scallops Rockefeller and a bottomless iced cold house tea.

Raffy's Bistro Seafood Pesto
Seafood Pesto Pasta (175 Php/$3.5) – Shrimp, fish, squid in creamy pesto sauce

Scallops Rockefeller
Scallops Rockefeller (210 Php/$4.20) – Fresh Capiz scallops topped with Bechamel , bacon bits and lots of cheese baked to perfection

Please check out my separate post for the complete Raffy’s Bistro Menu.

Operating Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Contact number: 036-6213976
Budget: starts at 250 Php

3. Spanggo Cafe & Pasalubong

From a failed Pres.Manuel Roxas ancestral house tour, I was heading back to the hotel when I saw the attention grabbing name  and architecture of this restaurant. Related: 5 Things to to do in Roxas City aside from eating seafood

Spanggo or Spanish-Ilongo is located along Rizal St. and is also few meters away from Raffy’s Bistro.

Spanggo Cafe in Roxas City

I did not think twice and hurriedly checked out the Spanggo Cafe. From the name itself, Spanggo serves Spanish-Ilongo foods. Aside from this, they are also popular for their “pasalubong” items and their delicious homemade pies.

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I ordered “The Big Meal” (195 Php/$3.90)- Pinoy arroz la Cubana: danggit, 2 sunny side up eggs, banana fries and chorizo rice

breakfast at Spanggo in Roxas City

Please check out my separate post for the complete Spanggo Cafe & Pasalubong Menu.

Operating Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Contact number: 036-522 8848
Budget: starts at 200 Php

Visiting Roxas City? Hotel online booking here.