Iloilo - Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to do

by - October 11, 2016

I have been wanting to visit Iloilo so bad because I want to try the original Batchoy. And luckily I have an opportunity to have a quick visit in Iloilo. Aside from Batchoy, Iloilo is also famous for its wide range of churches in the city. It is also the first to be a rural city in Panay island, no wonder the city has many shopping malls, establishments - restaurant, bar, hotels etc. and a big airport. 

Going to Iloilo via Manila:

Domestic direct flight from Manila to Iloilo is about 1 hr plane ride via CebuPac and PAL. 
If you want a quick stop to Guimaras you may do so as it is only less than an hour away from the airport going to the port of Guimaras. 


Because I only have 2 days to explore this beautiful city and I was really exhausted from my 5 days tour in Antique, a better way to relax and have a good night sleep is to stay at SEDA ATRIA ILOILO. SEDA is a Filipino word for "silk". This hotel is considered as a 4-star hotel and already operating for 1 year in Atria Iloilo. 

What I love about my room is that it have a contemporary, minimalist and very homey design that anyone will not want to get off their bed as its very comfortable with a soft duvet and very cool a/c. Well, I cannot do that coz I have limited time to discover Iloilo. My room costs around 4,000 PHP / 87.00 USD. Equipped with King size bed, seating area, computer table, coffee and tea maker, complete toiletries and enough size bathroom, with 40-inch LED tv and 2 bedside lamps. 

For bookings at Seda Atria, please call 506 8888 or email Other Seda hotels are located in Metro Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Laguna, with much more in development in selected destinations in the Philippines.

As I said earlier, I am anticipating to try the famous and original Batchoy here in Iloilo but aside from Batchoy, Iloilo is also known for Biscocho and other delicacies like Butterscotch, Mango tarts and a lot more.

While walking alone around the downtown I was able to see and appreciate these old structures in Iloilo. Some became a building establishments while others are government offices.

Atria is just beside my hotel - SEDA and I had lunch at Misono, a Japanese restaurant that offers affordable value meals. I ordered pork tonkatsu for only 99 pesos with free iced tea. Not the best tonkatsu but it fills my hungry tummy from my 2-hr ride from Antique to Iloilo.

I had dinner at Netong's in Atria Seda. For only 90 pesos I have a special Batchoy with noodle soup, pork strips, egg, and chicharon.

Found this local food along the streets of downtown - I actually have no idea what this is but it looks yummy, though!

The Miag-ao Church or also known as Sto. Thomas de Villanueva Parish is a Catholic church found in Miagao Iloilo. One of the famous Roman Catholic church in Iloilo for its beautiful intricate design. 

I will still have to go back in Iloilo probably next year to explore more the city and see other churches and tourist spots here. It was short trip yet I was able to see the beauty of this city (at least for a day).

Where to Stay - Seda Atria Hotel
Where to Eat - Atria Mall, Food stalls (street food), inside shopping malls like SM and Ayala Malls.
What to Do - street photography at downtown, visit churches. 

Iloilo - Where to Stay, Where to Eat, What to do

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  1. Nice shots. I have passed through IloIlo to get to some islands. A bustling city for sure just like Manila. The photos make me miss the food. Lovely photos.

  2. Wonderful guide made!
    I would like to do street photography first.

  3. The hotel looked really slick. Good find. I'm impressed at how cheap the food is as well. Also, that church is beautiful in the sunshine.

  4. Iloilo is another charming place, that I now know I must head out to when in the Philippines. The hotel looks elegant and really a cool place to camp and explore the treasures of Iloilo.

  5. Nice detailed guide for this place in the Philippines. The Miag-ao church is really beautiful and I think worth te visit. I plan to explore the rest of the Philippines as well and this guide can be handy. I like how you even put the cost for accommodation and food as well. Thanks!

  6. What a great resource for people visiting the area! The hotel looked lovely & the church is stunning! Looking forward to checking out more of your blog! :)

  7. Panay has always been a dream to me. I've always wanted to explore Aklan, Antique, Capiz and of course, Iloilo. The exquisiteness and popularity of the place makes it more interesting to visit - much more with how you featured it! And the food~ can't wait to taste bachoy here! :D

  8. Cool! Your photo of 'Batchoy' made crave for it! I have known Iloilo for its various beaches, this one just added up few things in my list to explore in Iloilo. Is Mararison/Malalison in this place too, would like to visit that as well.

  9. had no idea about Iloilo before stumbling upon this page. Thanks for puttng up this helpful gude. Next, we'd like to see more of the place, the first photo suggests that it has a lot of colonial heritage.

  10. Thanks for your recommendation and tips! I want to visit South-East Asia soon and this off-beaten place looks very interesting :) pics are definitely awesome 😉 best!

  11. I've honestly never heard of Iloilo! I love reading about hidden gem destinations. Would love to experience for myself one day!

  12. I have to admit it is the first time I hear of this place but it looks so different from what I've seen and an interesting mic of culture and architecture. The Miag-ao Church is amazing! The decoration on the facade is spectacular and would love to see it from inside as well. Seems like you've managed to find a great accommodation that looks very comfortable and with everything you need provided.


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