The Pacifico Boutique Hotel is a quaint and beautiful hotel in the heart of the city overlooking the city skyline and the Cagayan River.
It is the perfect destination for both leisure and business travelers seeking out the accommodations, service, and amenities of a four-star hotel minus the big prices. The affordability of the Pacifico accommodations and food is what attracts both regular and new clientele, both local and foreign as well.
The Concept and Experiencing the “Boutique”
As far back as 2011 the idea and concept of building a hotel such as the Pacifico was slowly growing in the mind of the owner who was originally working and doing business in the United States for 25 years, but decided to come home to open up a business. The present location of the hotel is the former location of the owner’s ancestral homes.
Hotel Side View
The “boutique” concept of the hotel means that the overall size of the hotel contains less number of rooms compared to the larger hotels around the city. However, the rooms and amenities are equal to those of a four-star hotel.
Pacifico Hotel Room
All rooms contain beds using thick 12-inch mattresses, probably the only hotel in the city to do so. The bed sizes have also been patterned to American sizes; this means that their “king” beds are really king in size. All their bed sheets are made from bamboo silk imported from Hong Kong. All the rooms are slightly bigger than normal four-star hotel rooms.
In terms of service, since the hotel manages 12 rooms, the staff are able to provide personalized service and is able to look out for the clientele’s needs and amenities. The original idea was to build a four-floor building for the hotel, but this changed and the hotel went up to its present six floors plus the rooftop.
Instead of using ordinary hollow blocks for the walls, the owner used a material called “Perlite.” It is volcanic ash from Mayon Volcano that has been heated up and baked with heat up to a thousand degrees, and this is then mixed with the cement and fine sand. Normal hollow block PSI strength is around 700; with Perlite the strength goes up to 2,100.
The concept is like the hardening of Lahar that is used as bricks after it is baked. Perlite is a great fire retardant because it won’t burn since it’s already been burnt and it won’t readily absorb heat that may transfer beyond the walls. Pacifico is the only hotel, and probably the only building in the city that uses Perlite. A lot of the Mahogany lumber used in the hotel was recycled from the owner’s ancestral home when they were torn down to make way for the hotel.
The hotel was built in dedication to the owner’s father, hence the name, “Pacifico.” August 2014 finally saw the hotel on a soft opening, but it wasn’t until October 2014 that its operations went full blast, with the formal opening even attended by Mayor Oscar Moreno, some high ranking government officials, and Binibining Pilipinas USA contestants.
Rooms come in:
Standard – P2,399
De Luxe – P2,799
Suite – P3,499
All room bathrooms contain “rain shower,” Wi-Fi internet, wide screen TV with cable channels, and black out curtains.
The suites offer a coffee/tea maker and a breathtaking open air balcony for a great view of the city and river.
The Roof Deck E-Bar
Because of the strategic location of the hotel, when the E-Bar opened on the roof deck, it was an overnight sensation. The bar would usually be filled up during weekends.
It became a popular hangout for all ages due to its breathtaking near 360 degree view overlooking the city and the Cagayan River.
Originally playing somewhat loud dance and upbeat tunes, it has toned down to a more lounge type of music, though the number of its clientele hasn’t tapered off, but rather has picked up.
The owner now calls it a “talking bar.” In the near future the bar might accommodate an acoustic band or two during the weekends.
Meet the Owner
Eleanor Pabayo comes from one of the old family clans in Cagayan de Oro. She is a graduate of AB-Economics from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
She experienced several jobs in the city and Manila before going to the United States to work and even dabble into some business before finally settling into the mortgage and real estate business.
Coming Events and Features
Crema Café and Restaurant at the ground floor of the hotel will be formally launched this coming November 2015.
A second floor extension of the restaurant has also been built so as to accommodate more customers or as a function room that can house up to 35 persons. The second floor function room also features a keyboard accompaniment and projector for singing.
The menu will be a fusion of Italian, French, American, and Filipino dishes.
Crema Bar Menu
Here are some of the delicious foods we tried at Crema Cafe.
Crema Cafe Carbonara
Crema Cafe Pizza
Crema Cafe Calamares
Brownie Ala Mode
For its room deals and promotions:
- Local Special starts a P2,159 for two with breakfast.
- Weekend Sale (Fridays-Sundays) for two without breakfast.
- Stop-over Rate (10 hours) starts at P1,488 for two without breakfast
Starting November, the hotel will be holding “Dark Chocolate Special” that can be ordered either at the Crema Café and Restaurant or at the E-Bar.
Local entrepreneurs from Cagayan de Oro will never cease to amaze, and The Pacifico Boutique Hotel is a testament to this. The hotel combines both traditional and new ideas and concepts blended well to present a new and unique style of hotel unheard of in the city. It only goes to show that when Kagay-anons want to create something, it usually becomes a reality.