There are not so many places in General Santos city that you can choose for your accommodation needs. Also, there are only quite a few lodging places with big venues that you can use if you have plans of having an event in Gensan.
That’s where Family Country Hotel and Convention Center comes in.
They have a separate convention center which is just right across their hotel rooms. They serve good food and they have friendly and accommodating staff.
Inside the hotel is Cafe Leticia where they serve nice breakfast. They have Filipino, American, and i think Oriental breakfast with different combinations. I was able to taste two of their Filipino Breakfast set meals. The first one was composed of:
- a small serving of Bangus belly,
- 2 eggs, (your choice of either scrambled, boiled, or sunny side up)
- Fruits – i had 3 slices of pineapple,
- steamed rice, (or fried rice)
- instant coffee, and (or juice or tea)
- a glass of water.
I was also able to try their Hungarian sausage which was yummy.
The second Filipino breakfast that i got to try was the Pork Tocino Meal which had the following:
- An ample serving of pork tocino (tell the waiter not to overcook it.. right Blogie?)
- 2 eggs ( same choices as above)
- Fried rice (or steamed)
- Instant Coffee (or juice or tea)
- A glass of water
The food takes quite a lot of time to prepare. But i should really point out that all their waiters were nice and courteous.
One thing Family Country can improve on is their rooms. Since they are a hotel, their rooms should be their main focus. If I’m not mistaken, they have a regular, a Standard, and a suite. I think we got the regular room that was good for three persons and costs P995.00.
I was SHOCKED to see the sample pictures on their website. It was waaaaaaaayy far from what we actually saw! The pic on the left is from family Country’s Website, the one on the right is the actual pic.
Below are pics taken from two regular rooms including my recommendation/suggestions:
Make some repairs on your rest rooms like changing the curtains, replacing the tiles on the floor, always make it look clean, change your toilet bowl if it already lost one of its components. I think the towels were supposed to be color white and not grayish.
Change the shower nozzles. I laughed hard when i found out that the shower nozzle only had 4 holes which provides low water pressure. At least it emits sumtin.
Change the bed… from the bed sheets/bed cover, blankets, the mattress ,and the pillow. It seems that these stuff have not been replaced for over a decade.
The rooms that i had been to did not have a cable TV nor a landline phone which the front desk officer already told me before she handed me the keys to the room.
All in all, the rooms that i was able to try looked like a public hospital ward.
One thing more, they should not allow pets to roam round the place. Cats and dogs were like already residents of Family country. I was compelled to asked the guard in duty if it was really a hotel and not an inn or a pension house.
I hope you find these suggestions useful.
Oh, I enjoyed Family country’s free fast wi-fi at the lobby and at Cafe Leticia!