Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: BODARE Coop Pension House in Tagbilaran City, Bohol

Taking advantage of the recent long weekend, Malou and I traveled to the paradise island of Bohol and joined the 2015 Bohol International Marathon. The race started and finished near the entrance of Island City Mall (ICM) in Dao District, Tagbilaran City. As with previous out-of-town races we joined, we opted to stay near the start and finish area the night before the race. Looking for a particular place to stay did not become a problem as I already knew one accommodation with affordable room rates and is walking distance to Island City Mall--BODARE Coop Pension House.

BODARE Coop Pension House is located in Dao District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. It is owned and operated by the Bohol DAR Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative. What I like most about this accommodation is that it is away from the noise of the bustling city yet only about 450 meters away from the Island City Mall, considered as the biggest and most modern mall in the whole province. It is also less than a kilometer away to the Tagbilaran City Central Public Market and Dao Integrated Terminal where you can find buses and jeepneys going to various towns of Bohol. Going to other establishments is also not a hassle since Tagbilaran City proper is only a few minutes of tricycle ride away.

We arrived in BODARE Coop Pension House at around 6 PM. Checking in was fast and easy as we made our reservation earlier through my college classmate who presently works in DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) Bohol. It was a good thing that we reserved earlier as I found out that the pension house is already fully booked and most guests are runners joining the Bohol International Marathon.

Reception desk and lobby

Adjacent to the reception area is the canteen

After checking in, we went up to our room located at the 4th floor. It is an Ambassador Room that has one double bed and a single bed. It is actually good for three persons and is very spacious. It is fully airconditioned with private hot and cold shower and comfort room, PABX telephone and a flat screen cable TV. It also has a large closet for hanging our clothes. Free WiFi is provided and as I personally tested, internet connection is fast in our room.

Brightly lit hallway leading to our room

The Ambassador Room perfectly fits 3 persons

Aside from their 19 well-appointed rooms, BODARE Coop Pension House also has a function room than accommodate up to 82 persons, a canteen that serves affordable meals and they also offer tour and airline and boat ticketing assistance.

Large closet to store your belongings

Clean and spacious bathroom

Overall, we have a comfortable stay at BODARE Coop Pension House. Their affordable rates perfectly suit my budget, the room is spacious and comfortable and their location is far from the city's hustle and bustle yet still close to the mall, public market and transport terminal. They also have a friendly and helpful staff which made our stay even more pleasant and hassle-free. So for budget travelers looking for an affordable place to stay in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, BODARE Coop Pension House is highly recommended.

BODARE Coop Pension House is located near the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Bohol Office.

BODARE Coop Pension House
BODARE Building, Dao District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Contact Numbers: (038)501-8463; +639064619359

Room Rates:

Dormitory - P299.00/head (minimum of 8 persons)
Executive - P1,999.00/night (good for 4 persons)
Ambassador - P1,399.00/night (good for 3 persons)
De Luxe A - P1,299.00/night (good for 3 persons)
De Luxe B - P1,199.00/night (good for 3 persons)
Standard - P999.00/night (good for 2 persons)
Extra Person - P199.00

Special thanks to Engr. Kerwin Pasoc for facilitating our stay at BODARE Coop Pension House.


  1. Nice review

  2. I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

  3. Gud eve sir/ma'am: Magpareserve ko sa inyong Dormitory, para karong October 4-5, 2018.We are 25 aults and 2 children... hoping for your immediate response.

  4. how I wish you have a globe /Tm numbers so I can call your office for some inquiries..


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