A family owned and managed hotel located in the town of San Miguel, Jordan, the capital town of Guimaras, Zemkamps Chalet B&B is a 10-bedroom hotel which really fits those looking for a quiet and peaceful stay.
All rooms come with air-conditioning, cable TV, toilet and bath with heater, a pitcher of drinking water, complimentary wifi, which had a strong reception even inside my bedroom, and coffee or tea set.
Christine, the bubbly, cheerful and one of the owners of the chalet was really helpful in making my arrival in Guimaras and my check-in process a breeze.
Upon arrival at Jordan Wharf in Guimaras, arrangements have already been made for Ruth, one of the tourism staff to receive me and lead me to a tricycle already parked out at the exit to bring me to Zemkamps Chalet. This was really a good point for me. Being a first timer in Guimaras, there’s nothing more welcoming than a warm and an organized reception.
Christine was also a big help for ideas on where to go, where to eat and even offered me her bike I can use for going around San Miguel. And even more heartwarming was this message board prepared for my arrival! I think it was so sweet of the entire ZC team.
Every hotel staff had the same cheerfulness and energy as Christine. I sometimes see them having some free time in the afternoon and it was kind of wonderful to watch them. They speak in their native sweet tone that its hard to imagine what it would be like if they were angry or irate.
The entire chalet had a somewhat periodic theme or motif. The country-style building houses 10 bedrooms, a reception and seating area and a spacious dining hall. The location of the chalet has easy access to tricycles and jeepneys, there is a supermarket and a bakeshop just a few steps from the gate.
Here are some photos of my roomy and cozy green bedroom.
My favorite spot was idling in its garden and lounging at this hammock. It seemed to beckon me to lie and relax in its arms every afternoon.
My relaxing stay at the chalet includes a complimentary breakfast. I had the option of having my Filipino breakfast at the dining hall or at the gazebo. I really liked their toast and jam, which is sourced from Trappist Monastery, a popular destination in Guimaras where monks makes and sells their fruit jams. The serving was really too much for me, talk about big breakfast! Enough to last me the whole day and energized me for a long walking tour of Jordan.
Since the chalet is a B&B which served only breakfast, the staff offered to order lunch and dinner from the nearby diner for me have it delivered to my room.
Oh meet my new friend, Stella.
Prior to my arrival to Guimaras, I backpacked from Bacolod to Iloilo and all that island hopping tour I joined in zapped out all my energy so I opted for a hotel that is far from the crowd of beach goers. I am glad that I booked with Zemkamps Chalet. My 3D2N stay was really recharging!
There is really nothing bad and disappointing about my 3 day stay at the charming Zemkamps Chalet. Seriously.
Since I had to mention at least one, I think it would be the bad cable TV signal in my room. But I’m not really a TV person so this is really minor for me.
On my check-out, Christine called for a tricycle to bring me to Jordan Wharf for my trip back to Iloilo. The staff even gathered around me for a cheerful sendoff. Stella was barking loudly when the tricycle started to drive out the gate.
I highly recommend Zemkamps Chalet for a relaxing, quiet and peaceful stay in Guimaras. I have never seen such hospitality, cheerful and accommodating staff in all of my travels. Not to mention that delicious energizing breakfast.
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