As mentioned in previous post Marlene, the owner, from MB’s picked me with one of their girls at the airport in Mactan. As we were driving down the main road i was astonished – houses and shops looked like in some older suburb of a German or Austrian city – only Philippino style decorated – meaning brightly and contrasty painted and signed. My general perception was: “almost European”. But just a turn to the local road and we came to the hut area – the cross section to the third world. Like the poppies in wheat villas rised above simplest of wood and metal homes, new ones being built all over and empty lots being advertised. I guess in ten to twenty years this place will be high property value district like in any European coastal town, and noone will even remember the huts.
MB’s Garden Inn was at the and of the road inside a decently (in local terms) housed area – a complex of buildings that looks like an organic form of some urban life form, taking shape as it develops around the central point – dining area and bar. But all is cossy and friendly looking in colours and plants used almost as a part of the building itself – a sort of “outdoors inside” – more then less just what the name promisses.
As i have no point of comparisson it is hard to say if my room and bathroom are above or below average, but both are big and clean, and the bed is firm as i like it.
The girls here are nice and friendly, always smiling and laughing, just as expected in this part of the world. Dinner here is almost too european – offering anyting from vienna schnitzel to gulasch – not surprsing though as Michael aka Mike – the owner – is German.