- Reviews: 1
Patrice Sloan's Villa: Borocay Beware. Patrice Sloan Villa Warning.
Avoid wasting your hard-earned money and holiday time renting Patrice Sloan's Villa on Borocay.
You may be considering renting Patrice Sloan Villa based on the owner's web site postings. We did, and followed through with a booking in December 2008. We left a few days after arriving. It was better to leave the place and lose our money than stay in what turned out to be one of the worst holiday rentals you can imagine.
What the owner's advertising fails to disclose is the fact the villa is located in what is essentially a slum. Tragically, people around the world are faced with horrific living conditions and many of us do what we can as relatively rich westerners to help with the underprivileged at home and abroad. The question is, do you want to spend your holiday in such a neighborhood? On the owner's web postings, carefully angled photos of the Patrice Sloan Villa - which itself is a very fine house - crop out the corrugated tin roofed shacks next door, the plethora of garbage strewn about, the farm animals roaming the streets with their feces everywhere, the gangs of shirtless children marauding day and night. A giant septic-smelling pond sits across the street - beside which is something that would be laughable at best, if you didn't spend your holiday time and money across the street from it: a cock-fighting farm. Yes, meters away from the house are located literally dozens of roosters being groomed for cock fights, sitting out of doors day and night. And if you think one rooster making noise is an issue, try dozens, day and night. This noise is inescapable anywhere in the villa so peace and quiet are out of the question. And if you think roosters start crowing at dawn, try again - more like 3:30 am until well after nightfall. For anyone with animal rights concerns, having animals in your full view throughout your holiday which are being groomed to be abused for the pleasure of gamblers is just plain depressing.
In such a neighborhood, you may think that extra attention has been paid by the owner to securing the villa. Every lock on every window was broken. While bars exist on the lower story windows (and you've got to ask yourself why they are necessary to begin with) there are no bars on the upper story windows. Neighborhood residents (or perhaps not neighborhood residents…) marched through the yard at will. A fence surrounding the villa can be easily scaled - we watched people do it. There is no safe in the house for passports, cameras, wallets, etc. So if you are concerned about your physical security or the security of your possessions, our advice is to be wary.
After having such a unexpected and unpleasant stay, we complained to the owner. While we asked for a refund, we really weren't expecting one; we thought at least though the owner would acknowledge the issues. Like the worst of any bad service experience, the individual responsible for the lack of disclosure about the villa's setting and the poor state of security in the house simply took no responsibility. Tough luck, essentially was the owner's response. No wonder the owner demands payment in full before arrival...
We went to Borocay at the worst time of the year for crowds, and the weather was relatively poor - neither issue of course the responsibility of the owner of Patrice Sloan's villa. We felt though that posting a full disclosure of our experience would help any future holiday renters know exactly what they were getting into if they rented the place. The owner of Patrice Sloan's villa certainly isn't prepared to do that…
You've got choices on where to stay. Why risk it?
- Reviews: 39
Shenna's place: Budget Accommodation
at 800 per night..this place is worth it. We arrived @ Boracay November 2008. We did not have advanced reservation so we just looked for the most affordable beachfront place. We saw Shenna's and the caretaker brought us to the resort good for 2 and costs 800p. it's about 10 feet away from the beach and is just beside Summerplace. Room good for 4 costs 1200. They also serve great mango shakes so you dont have to go to Jonah's fruit shakes late at night. They are also very accommodating, they let us borrow their umbrella when it raining like hell and when we left the key inside the room, they didnt mind.
- Reviews: 39
Sunshine Place: Sunshine Place
Middle of Station 1 and 2. Place is clean. has lots of space. neat washroom. it's so clean that you'll feel bad if you get some sand in the floor. the only thing is it's sort of far from the d'mall and some bars especially if you need to pee after drinking bottles of beer.
- Reviews: 1
GP'S RESORT IN BORACAY: RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF WHITE BEACH
the first time we stayed at GP's was way back in 2002, 800 pesos a night for a native (nipa) hut, 700 pesos if paying cash. stayed again in 2005 at a native hut but back then they were starting to demolish the huts and build a condo-style dwelling.
preferred the native-style accommodation but in the name of progress and more rooms in such a limited space came out the condo-style accommodations.
the owner has a variety store infront of the resort in case you need snacks, soap, soda, etc. and was very accommodating, back then you can buy the produce in the market and they willingly cook it for you for a nominal fee, sometimes we'd purchase charcoal and grill it ourselves.
as soon as you get out of the room, you're in white beach and right in the middle of the action.
you'd be better off to bring towels and toiletries. they do supply a towel and a small piece of soap, other than that if you were not able to bring them then the variety store can supply them, if you think about it, the prices are cheap and the white sand beach is just a few steps from your front door.
the beach is a few steps from your front door and a number of restaurants are in store for you. i loved the massage by the beach.
- Reviews: 1
Villa Simprosa Boracay: WORST RESORT
I don't recommend Villa Simprosa. Don't ever stay here.
We were robbed while we're all sleeping! we reported it to the owner and they just don't care.
full story here: http://modista.multiply.com/journal/item/39/NEVER_EVER_STAY_AT_VILLA_SIMPROSA_RESORT_BORACAY
be safe everyone!
- Reviews: 3
Station 1 General Advice: Can You Relax or Party at Station 1?
Looks like you already have come and gone to Boracay, however, this might help some others travel here. For June & July it is the low or lean season in Boracay and you can get a beach front from for 2,000 to 3,000 pesos. Mito's place is nice, they have a room with a 32' LCD, Air Conditioning, Hot Water, and a large bathroom for 2,500 pesos and it's on the beach. There are a lot of hotels to choose from on station 1 ranging from 2,000 pesos up (to 15,000!).
Station 1 is pretty big and it ranges from the somewhat secluded places like Fridays and Waling Waling (due to thier prices well above 2,000 pesos!) to the hotel above. The high priced places are typically further away from shopping, restaurants and bars. Check a the hotel website to see the location, D-mall is a a good entertainment center with a lot to choose from. Station 1 starts just after D-mall, however it goes on for a few Kilometer (3km I think). If you want more action stay closer to D-mall, so you don't have a 15-20 minute hike to hang out at a bar besides the one at the hotel. If seclusion is what your looking for, the hgh priced places are your better option.
Frendz looked like more of a hostel to me, than a hotel. If I wanted to get the whole room with 5 beds it would be 2,000 (400 pesos per bed), as they sell bedspace and not rooms. But, I didn't need five beds and would rather be on the beach with one queen size bed. I don't know about Boracay Plaza as I haven't seen it and don't know where it is.
Hope you had a great time in Boracay, it's a buetiful and fun place!
- Reviews: 22
Fairways and Bluewaters: Fairways and Bluewater
The villas are in need of repair,the staff said that a renovation is scheduled this year (2008)....
the master bedroom's aircon is not working properly (can't adjust the temperature)
the land line phone inside the villa was out of order, but you can use the guard's phone at the gazebo
# only golf course in Boracay Island,8 hole golf course designed by Graham Marsh
# free shuttle up to d'mall,but beyond d'mall ,you have to pay extra
- Reviews: 9
Shenna's Resort and Restaurant: Affordable Beach Front Room at Station 2!
Up Side: At a room rate of P2,000 per night good for 4 person, I must say that it is a very affordable accommodation in Boracay. We stayed at the resort for 5 days and 4 nights. Rooms are furnished with 2 Double size beds, Cable TV, Ref, Aircon and Hot/Cold Shower, and a Balcony overlooking the beautiful beach of Boracay!
Down Side: They don't regularly change the deddings, towels and sheets. As per the housekeeping personnel, they only change the sheets after 3 days(2nights) or for every check out!!! Room cleaning are by request!
* Affordable Beach Front Room at Station 2!
* Grocery store
- Reviews: 2
booking your accomodation - what to watch for!
When booking on Boracay, many places seem to want you to pay up-front before you even arrive. I did so and stuck in a room that I would not normally stay in, but I can't get my money back. There are plenty of options when you arrive - especially if you arrive mid-week so only book 2-3 days somewhere and/or tell the place you want to book and only pay those days so you can see the room first. Accomodation here is very expensive. Don't compare prices with other asian countries and think you are getting the same. $100 US here gets you a nice place but anything below that is likely 2-3 star only and not very nice.
Station 2 is noisy. Station 1 is completely walkable to all the action but far less noisy. Station 3 looks run down.
very few places have a pool but it is required if you come during the algae (which I unfortunately did!). I checked out the Red Coconut and would highly recommend it for the pricepoint and location and the pool although I did not stay there (see previous paragraph).
- Reviews: 14
Orchid's Resort: Excellent service & cheap accommodation
Service is superb
Native nipa hut rooms with aircon
Minute walk to the white beach
- Reviews: 4
Blue Mango Inn: A great place to stay!
I stayed at this wonderful little place twice in 2007. The first time in April, I was alone so I got a modest room. Boy, I loved the location and the hospitality of the staff. The owner Vaughn Pratt and his wife Dolly were so wonderful, I had to stay there again! In December 2007, I brought my girlfriend to Blue Mango and she also loved it since we got the ocean view room.
The staff is great and it's easy to meet a lot of people at Blue Mango Inn. I also like the ocean view and hearing waves in the morning.
- Reviews: 41
Many choices to choose from actually depending on your preference. Numerous hotel, resort, inn, located near the beach. Better to have a reservation ahead during summer and you could walk-in as guest in some hotel during lean season.
Tip: choose a beach front hotel/resort. It;s so relaxing to wake up each day with a beach waiting for your gaze.
- Reviews: 20
B&B Beach Resort: Resort
We stayed in this resort for a few days while in Boracay. One of the workers or the owner was a relative of my friend and her family whom I was traveling with so we got a discount, though it's not too expensive to stay. It's not along the beachfront like the other much more fancy hotels and resorts but that only means it's not as expensive. It was still beautiful and quiet there. Less touristy and was filled with plants and flowers. You rent a hut with a room of beds/bunkbeds and a bathroom and a porch. You can order some food/drinks at the front desk and put loads on your phone etc. If you sit down for a while a nice lady will come and talk to you about your stay and your trip so far. The workers are nice and the resort is pretty. It's just a 2 minute walk to the beachfront.
- Reviews: 9
Eriko's/Tan's Boracay: One of the Most Budget Friendly Guesthouses
The first time I stayed in this guesthouse, I was travelling with friends. Since we were staying for 1 week, we got one family room (2 twin beds) with kitchen so we can save some by cooking our food. I'd say we got a pretty good deal. So when I came back the year after, I stayed there again. Though my second stay was not as good as the first one because there was a typhoon and room number 1's AC unit leaked. But their boy, Tonton, was able to fix it. This guy is good and very accommodating.
Eriko's/Tan's guest house is a good choice. It's in station 2, near d'mall - where most restaurants are located. It's in the "middle", which makes it very accessible both from station 1 (where most bars are) and station 3 (where d'talipapa or flea market is).
I believe I was able to get "room A" for about PhP1800-PhP2000/night (about US$50) during low season. It has a balcony, kitchen and room separated by a sliding glass door, airconditioning unit, two twin beds, spacious bathroom with hot and cold water. Don't hesitate to contact the owner, Net Sacapaño - 0920-920-2481, for discounts.
As soon as you reach Boracay Island, you may get a tricycle (costs PhP100pesos or US$2.50 per ride) to bring you to "Crafts of Boracay", which is also situated in D'mall. That's the nearest route to Eriko's/Tan's. From there, walk towards the beachfront area, turn left, walk a few steps then another left at Shenna's (there's a grocery store in one corner and a diving shop on the other).
When going to Boracay on a DIY travel itinerary, ask the owner to send someone to meet you at "Crafts of Boracay" to bring you to the guesthouse especially if you're not yet familiar with the place. Might as well give you their boy's number: Tonton - 0906-645-6086. If you have any problems with the unit, I suggest you talk to him. He's the most accommodating staff they have.
- Reviews: 89
Beachcomber Resort: Luxury small hotel
We were collected at the airport by a very nice member of Beachcomber staff and taken to the hotel. When we arrived we were welcomed with a fresh mango juice. First impressions are really good. It's a small hotel, right across from the beach and there's a small pool out the front.
Our room was the real highlight; a balcony, 2 big double beds, lots of space, a small kitchen area, a lovely bathroom with a great shower, aircon, a safe, a tv and an ipod dock! It was everything you'd expect and more. Breakfast is served wherever you want it, so we had it in our room, on the beach and on the roof terrace.
Beachcomber is close to all the action but still very quiet at night.
The view out to sea from the terrace is beautiful. The staff here are very sweet, friendly and helpful.
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