Hotel Le Duc is a new 30-room hotel in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The hotel, which opened in 2014, is owned by the Lyceum-Northwestern University and is managed by the university's College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management. Located right beside the university, along Tapuac Road (officially Dagupan-Binmaley Road), Hotel Le Duc was primary built to support the training program of the university's hospitality management students. The hotel caters to both leisure and business travelers visiting Dagupan City.
The hotel got its name from Dr. Francisco Quimson Duque and Mrs. Florencia Tiongson Duque, the founders of Lyceum-Northwestern University, where le duc is the French translation of el duque, the later being the Spanish word for the duke. The 5-story building is painted blue and yellow to match the color of the university's main building.
The blue-yellow theme extends to the hotel lobby with the use beige walls and floor tiles accentuated with blue chairs, blue wall panels, blue ceiling beams and blue lights. The chandelier at the entrance lobby gives a rather golden hue in the area.
The choice of the colors blue and yellow has nothing to do with design. I honestly think that blue and yellow are not appealing to the eye. For me, blue and yellow is not the most elegant choice of color theme for a hotel. But it was explained to us that these colors were personally chosen by the owners following the advise of a feng shui consultant, blue and yellow were considered the lucky colors for 2014, the year when the hotel was opened, where blue represents water and yellow represents earth.
Aside from the sculpture of a wooden horse that you will see at the lobby, you will also notice this zen ball water fountain that enhances the element of water, the feng shui symbol for abundance and prosperity. Setting aside feng shui, the color blue has a rather calming effect to the eye and to the mind, making the lobby area feel very peaceful and serene.
It was lunchtime when we arrived in Dagupan and we were too early for check-in at 2:00pm. We decided to have lunch first and requested the hotel if we could leave our stuff at the reception before we head to Jacobo's where we would have our lunch. Fortunately, one room was already available so we were able to check-in early. The front office receptionist was very helpful and efficient. Checking-in was uncomplicated and quick.
We stayed in a Queen Deluxe Room during our 3-day visit to Dagupan. It's a room located on the fourth floor facing the highway. The glass window pretty much filters most of noise coming from the busy street outside. Roller shades are also installed so that guests can manage the natural daylight in the room. The shades also provides privacy to the guests inside the room.
The room is very spacious that it could fit a queen size bed, a coffee table with two chairs, a study table, a closet tower and two bedside tables, with so much space left to move around. The room is also installed with a remote controlled split air conditioner. The room also has a smoke detector so smoking is not allowed inside the room. Guests can however smoke at the room's small veranda.
There are a number or corner lights in the room, and a cylinder drop light in the middle of the ceiling that gives warm lighting in the room. The study table is also very spacious. The room has an LCD TV with cable channels and complimentary WiFi access is also provided. There is however very limited number of power outlets. There's none beside the headboard of the bed, so you will have to use the power outlets at the study table or those located near the foot of the bed.
The queen size bed is topped with a regular mattress that provides a fairly comfortable sleep. Two pillows are provided as well. Just call the front desk if you would want to request for extra pillows. Linens smelled clean and fresh, and so are the pillows and pillow covers. Unfortunately, duvets are not provided, so on a cold night, you might need to adjust the temperature of the A/C as the blanket won't be enough to keep you warm.
The en suite bathroom is also spacious. The tiles looked clean and well-maintained. There's hot and cold shower and the water pressure is fairly strong considering we are on the fourth floor of the building. The shower area however lacked a soap dish and a rack where you can place your toiletries. The toilet is equipped with a bidet so that is an extra plus for the hotel. Aside from basic toiletries (bath soap, shampoo, dental kit), clean towels are also provided. We hope that could also include a foot towel.
The Double Suite is an equally sized room as the Deluxe Room. The only difference is the bed configuration. A Double Suite has two double beds which can accommodate two adults and two children which makes it ideal for small families.
The Standard Room is a more affordable alternative to the Deluxe Room. The air-conditioned room has a double bed, LCD TV with cable channels, and an equally big en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower. The room can accommodate two guests.
|Presidential Suite | image source: facebook.com/hotelleduc|
Here are the published rates as of January 2015. Room rates already include applicable government taxes. Room rates are good for single up to double occupancy. Extra person charge applies. Breakfast is not included.
|Standard Room||double bed||P1,400.00 / night|
|Deluxe Room||queen bed||P1,700.00 / night|
|Double Suite||two double beds||P2,000.00 / night|
|Presidential Suite||king bed||P4,500.00 / night|
|Extra Person||one extra mattress||P 300.00|
Hotel Le Duc currently does not serve breakfast, but the hotel's F&B outlet is set to open this first quarter of 2015 where guests, both checked-in and walk-in, can enjoy new culinary creations. Bistro Florence features a modern, fresh and hip design, with some accents of elegance and class. The restaurant's culinary team developed a menu of international and Filipino fusion dishes that will surely add more excitement to the Dagupan dining scene saturated with traditional family-style restaurants.
More Photos of Bistro Florence
Located on the fifth floor of the building is the hotel's ballroom which can host around 300 guests. It is an ideal venue for wedding receptions, debuts, and conventions.
During your stay at Hotel Le Duc, you shouldn't miss the sunset viewed from the hotel's roof deck. The golden sun reflecting on Dagupan's fish expansive ponds was such a sight to behold. Just approach any hotel staff and they will gladly assist you to the roof deck.
In summary, here's what we liked about Hotel Le Duc Dagupan:
- It is located away from the busy and noisy area of the downtown district, but is easily accessible via public transportation. There are restaurants nearby, as well as a 24/7 convenience store.
- The room is very spacious and clean. There's enough lighting and air-conditioning works perfectly. Bathroom is also spacious, water pressure is strong, and the toilet has a bidet.
- Bed is fairly comfortable. Linens are clean and smelling fresh. Additional pillows are available upon request. Elevators works all the time. Noise coming in from the street is minimal especially at night.
- Customer service is average. The front desk receptionist is efficient, helpful when approached. House keeping staff are courteous.
- Considering the size of the room, Hotel Le Duc's room rates are very reasonable.
Here are some areas of improvement:
- It's an added plus if the hotel could provide foot towels. For added safety, the closet should be mounted to the wall. The hotel can also consider upgrading to electronic key cards.
- It would be nice if there's a power outlet next to the bed's headboard. The soon to open Bistro Florence will definitely add more comfort, especially during breakfast.
- The front office receptionist should be able to provide directions on public transportation. Security guards should assist the guests when getting a trike, and should be updated with the trike fares.
Hotel Le Duc
Tapuac Road, Tapuac District, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Contact Number: +63 (075) 515-8684
Tip: Hotel Le Duc is really very new that many trike drivers in Dagupan haven't event heard about the hotel. So if you are coming from the bus terminals in the city center, just tell the trike driver to bring you to Hotel Le Duc, the blue building right between Lyceum and Rubis Restaurant. Trike fare is between P20 to P25 per person.
Disclaimer: Hotel Le Duc hosted our accommodation in Dagupan during our 3-day stay in the city. No incentive or payment were made to us. Opinion in this review are ours and are not influenced by the hotel.