Our road trip last March 23,2011 took us to a second class and the largest municipality in terms of land area in the province of Pangasinan - Mangatarem (or "mango plantation" in Pangasinense.
My paralegal (actually my blood brother Mike ) was staying for the night in Mangatarem for his assignments around Mangatarem, Aguilar and Bugallon. There are no known accommodations in the area and so he was very lucky that Nica's Palace Inn opened its doors on that day.
Nica's Palace Inn is a small transient hotel located along the Mc Arthur Highway (in between Camiling and Lingayen). The hotel has only twelve (12) rooms, all with parking garage, intended for those taking road trips to central or western Pangasinan.
Since I need some documents from my brother Mike, we decided to drive to Mangatarem and stay for the night at Nica Palace Inn.
I was the very first guest to occupy Room 7! (my driver and father occupied Room 1 (double occupancy) and Mike occupied Room 6).
Two thumbs up for Nica's Palace Inn! A hotel that highly values the balance between price and quality!
The overnight rate (12 hours) is only Php 650, while the regular rate for a single occupancy is Php 850 and Php 950 for double occupancy. Php 1,100 for a room with a complimentary breakfast for two.
Cheap rates? Oh yea. But that's not all. My room is spacious and gave me the convenience of an office, since it has a receiving area (center table with two cushioned chairs), a built in table for computers and gadgets, plugs and sockets, and an in-room internet access (wifi!)! Perfect for the work I needed to do with my brother!
My room also me gave the comforts and warmth of a home with a queen size bed with clean (and brand new sweet smelling sheets!!), two comfy pillows, air-condition, telephone, big flat-screen TV with cable channels (for watching my fave Korean soap opera,Baker King,can't miss it!), and a private bath ( with hot and cold shower,mirrors,etc.)
And for toiletries? The overnight rate of Php 650 surprisingly comes with two towels,two toothbrushes,two toothpaste tubes, two soaps,two shampoos, hangers, and two pairs of unmatched colorful slippers (a cute way of saying " please don't take me home! hahha)
With the cheap rates and amenities that comes with it,I couldn't help thinking that "it is just the introductory rates which would double in just two months".I was wrong, according to my brother who spoke to the manager. Good news is that business travelers in the central or western Pangasinan can continue to enjoy the same rate for a "home that comes with the convenience of an office"!!!
Nica's Palace Inn and Restaurant
Owner's Name: Harlene Nica
Address: Umangan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan
Telephone No.: (075)5464033