Background of the City
Dumaguete City has been cited by Forbes earlier in 2015 as one of the best 7 places to retire around the world. It is considered by locales as a quaint University town housing one of the oldest American Institutions in the Pacific- Silliman University (1901) and St. Paul University Dumaguete (1904), with the latter founded by St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) Sisters from France. It is also known as the City of Gentle People and home to an innumerable amount of motorcycle users.
Being the Capital City of Negros Oriental, Dumaguete is a key gateway to other equally breathtaking destinations such as dive spots, beaches and eco-adventures within the province and to neighboring islands of Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Apo Island, Sumilon, Northwestern Mindanao and Negros Occidental.
One of the Topmost Visited Tourist Destinations in the Philippines
Statistics from the Department of Tourism show that Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental has secured a spot in the top ten most visited tourist destinations in the Philippines. Unlike other cities in the country, Dumaguete offers a laid-back island life vibe while keeping a youthful and fun atmosphere. This marriage of urbane and calm island energy coupled with affordable cost of living are reasons why the city currently houses around 4000 expatriates from across the globe as it continues to exude confidence in the gentle smiles of its people, historical landmarks, travel locus, unique food and hundred-year old universities.
Quality and Cheap Hotels
After it was cited by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top retirement hubs, international hotel chains are now inclined into putting up hotel accommodations in or near the city.
Currently, there are 69 hotels available within the city including traveler inns and dormitories that cater to backpackers and tourists with prices ranging from 11 USD (495PHP) to 91 USD (4 095 PHP). As for room type and accommodation, the list is endless. There are best-value 1-starred to 3-starred resorts and sea-side hotels for solo backpackers, couples, families and large group of travelers to choose from. The city also has a bed and breakfast type of accommodation that typically offers Filipino-style breakfast or silog, Mediterranean and American-style meals, among others.
The close proximity of historical eco-adventure sites to most hotels within the city has been a source of great convenience as travel time is reduced to a brisk walk or 5-15 minute motorcycle ride.