Looc is a small town on the west coast of Tablas Island, the largest island of Romblon. It is a pleasant and friendly town, which boasts a marine sanctuary just five minute’s boat ride away that is well worth visiting. It is also a convenient place to stay overnight if you are planning to catch the 9am ferry from Santa Fe to the emerging beach destination of Carabao Island the next day (there is little in the way of accommodation options in Santa Fe itself).
Probably the best accommodation in Looc town is at Angelique Hotel. This hotel is located conveniently in the town centre on the square, close to the tourism office and markets. The building is two stories and easily spotted by its white paint.
There are around 6 rooms available, starting from P300 for a double fan room. The rooms are basic, but clean and perfectly serviceable, although the bathroom is communal (shared with the other guests of the hotel). The hotel is well appointed and constructed, and still seems to be quite new.
The restaurant downstairs serves reasonably priced food, although the menu is a little limited. It seems to be popular with the locals in the evenings as well. The staffs are very friendly and accommodating, and even helped us move to a new room when ours was overrun by mosquitoes after we left the windows open after dark.
The town is pretty much quite at night. But if you are after some nightlife or videoke, ask around for Robert’s Bar, which is not too far from the hotel.
Looc is a friendly and laid-back town and well worth a visit if you happen to be in Tablas Island. At P300 for a night, Angelique’s Hotel is good value for money and recommended, although if you like staying in budget hotels in Philippines, other options are available in the town as well.