Iloilo’s Best Hotel, Resort, & Pension House Districts

Know the best place to stay in Iloilo for your next trip. Read this guide to make it easy to choose from Iloilo's different hotel districts suited to your liking.

Choosing the right area to stay in Iloilo City is very easy. The city is quite compact and uncongested to let visitors stay in any of its sub-districts yet still be able to explore the outlying areas. Budget and standards that you’re looking for should be the bigger consideration when deciding on a particular hotel, resort, or pension house. Each area in Iloilo does, however, have its own character.

Read on to know more about Iloilo’s hotel districts you might find better suited to your liking whether you want the convenience of staying in the city center, taking a short walk to a variety of prime nightlife hangouts, enjoying a beachfront or riverside location, or staying near the airport, land transport hubs, and ferry terminals.

Further readings: All Iloilo hotels and resorts, Iloilo travel guide.

Iloilo City

Most established hotels are clustered in City Proper while newer posh hotels continually becoming more commonplace in the up and coming business parks in Mandurriao. Budget-oriented hotels, hostels, and pension houses are spread across the districts of Iloilo City Proper, Jaro, and La Paz while resort-themed accommodations can be found in Molo and Villa Arevalo.

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Iloilo City Proper

This is the busy downtown area and central business district of the city. Most hotels in Iloilo are located here with options ranging from high-end hotels to backpacker-friendly accommodations. This area is perfect for those who prefer a central location that is near many restaurants, shopping malls, local markets, commercial establishments, government offices, and seaport ferry terminals. View all places to stay in Iloilo City Proper.


Smallville Complex is Iloilo’s prime nightlife and dining center while Diversion Road is part of the city’s new business district. These areas in Mandurriao are popular among tourists because of their easy accessibility to other parts of the city. It only takes 10 minutes to get to Downtown Iloilo by taxi. Many of the city’s best value mid-range and luxury hotels can be found in Mandurriao. View all places to stay in Mandurriao.

Jaro and Lapaz

Many of Iloilo’s cheapest places to stay can be found in the districts of Jaro and La Paz. This area is home to major schools, universities, hospitals, transport terminals, and residential subdivisions. Staying in Jaro district is also a great choice for travelers who want to enjoy the convenience of being near Tagbak Terminal, where buses bound for Boracay, Kalibo, and Roxas are stationed. View all places to stay in Jaro and Lapaz.

Villa Arevalo

Travelers seeking a beach vibe can stay in the many resorts and hotels along Villa Beach in Arevalo District. Although the beach isn’t popular for swimming, it is lined with some of the city’s best seafood restaurants. Some of the larger resorts have swimming pools, perfect for relaxing and cooling off from the tropical heat. Villa Arevalo is a bit farther from City Proper compared to the other districts but still within easy reach by taxi or jeepney. It takes around 15-20 minutes to get to most areas of the city from Villa Beach. View all places to stay in Villa Arevalo.


Primarily a residential neighborhood, Molo is home to a few yet remarkable budget and mid-range hotels. This district offers a quiet stay and easy accessibility to Iloilo City Proper, Mandurriao, and Villa Arevalo. View all places to stay in Molo.

Iloilo Province

Travelers seeking to unwind and enjoy the beautiful countrysides of Iloilo can choose from a variety of hotels, beach resorts, inland resorts, and farm resorts in Iloilo Province.

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Southern Iloilo

The coastline of Southern Iloilo are lined with many of the province’s most established beach resorts particularly in the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, and San Joaquin. They are quite popular with local weekend travelers because of their easy accessibility from the city. View all places to stay in Southern Iloilo.

Northern Iloilo

Increasing number of resorts have sprung up in Northern Iloilo following the tourism development in Carles, Estancia, and Concepcion. Accommodations in the islands remain quite basic. More comfortable options can be found in the mainland. View all places to stay in Northern Iloilo.

Central Iloilo

The central plains and cool mountainous areas of Iloilo Province is home to many inland and farm resorts. View all places to stay in Central Iloilo.

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Marcos Detourist

Marcos Detourist is the founder of Explore Iloilo. He loves to go on off-beat adventures to discover the beauty of Iloilo & beyond.

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