This is a difficult question to answer. There are many places here in Davao. For Hotels there are many from high rated Hotels to small inexpensive ones.
If someone is planning to stay for a few days or just one or two weeks I would suggest a hotel and there are many sites that list the hotels and give discounts.
For someone planning to stay for one month to a few months, a hotel can get quite expensive.
Also if you planning to move here and need time to look for a house or apartment rental, you need time to learn the city and decide what part or area you prefer to live.
I do suggest if you’re looking to buy or build a home, taking the time to look around the different areas of subdivisions are even more important since you do not want to buy and then decide you prefer to live elsewhere.
One nice option here for monthly rates if you’re visiting, or just a decent place and price as you get your bearings is an Apartelle. An apartelle is a term for a small efficiency type of apartment. They come in different sizes and amenities.
As a way to help and advise some of the email queries I received I had visits a few of these places and I found one that I was impressed with. It is called Jun-Del Apartelle. It is in Bajada in the Rivera Village Subdivision. They have two buildings, one when you first enter the subdivision and one around the corner.
All of their units have cable TV, an aircon unit, a decent size CR (bathroom) with lavatory, flush toilets and a shower with a water heater unit, a refrigerator, queen size bed, built in wardrobe and a table with chairs. They also have wifi for internet access. Rooms are cleaned daily and bed linens changes every week.
They also have at both locations a small store to buy drinks, snacks and some canned items.
The location nearest the entry to the subdivision has nice and comfortable size rooms with all the items listed. Out front they have a nice area to sit, a TV and a pool table. There is also a community kitchen to use for cooking and an area to do your laundry with clothes lines to dry. They also have a covered roof deck to relax with an area for a massage therapist on call to come and relieve any tensions.
The other location has 2 size rooms with kitchens. The bigger accommodation has a Queen size bed, small couch that can be opened for an extra bed and phones. The kitchen comes with a rice cooker, electric burner to cook plus pots, pans, dishes, flatware and glasses.
It also has a nipa style gazebo to sit out at and parking inside the compound.
Both locations also have nighttime security. Laundry service is avaliable for a small fee. During heavy rains, at times, it is difficult to get a taxi. If this happens the owner will come pick you up with their vehicle.
Currently the rates per month are as follows:
Units without kitchens: 12,000 Php
Larger Units with kitchen:
Ground Floor: 21,000 Php
Second and Third Floor: 18,000 Php
Small single bed units w/ kitchen 12,000Php
As you see from the photos both locations are bright and clean.
I have gotten to know the owners and if you need, I can contact them and check availability and make reservations for you. If you’re already in Davao, I would be happy to drive you there and make introductions to get you the best deal.
When checking in they need one month’s deposit and a months advance.