My second visit to Sabang in Puerto Galera. After considerable searching, I decided to stay at Tropicana, I emailed the hotel directly to book and they wanted 5.5% surcharge on credit cards, so I booked thru Agoda without the premium.
Paul the owner is a a nice and helpful person. He was able to arrange a private van to transport me from Manila to Batangas Ferry Terminal. Hotel staff picked me up at Sabang on arrival, but I had to pay the porters to carry my baggage to the hotel. It is a 3-5 min walk from jetty to hotel.
I had a King Suite. Nice room, beautiful bathroom. TV is a 20" tube Standard Def. Bed is 4-poster King size bed. There is a mini refrigerator in the TV armoire. Bonus was they have an Internet Cable connection in the room, so I could hook up my personal router. There is a small Window type Air Conditioner in the room, which does an poor to average job in keeping the room cool.
Some of the towels are shredded and have been patched up. Soap are small slivers. No Shampoo. So bring your own soap and Shampoo.
The Staff if good and helpful. Food is passable. There is a pool on the 2nd floor. The Scuba Shop is not the best, though their Dive Master, Johnee, was very accommodating. The boat they used is a tiny row boat with an outboard motor. It does have a ladder though. The engine was constantly quitting. They do carry you gear to the boat. There is no drinking water on the boat, so take your own water if you need it. I did a few drift dives, and the boat was never able to follow our buoy. Every time on surfacing, we ended up waiting 5+ minutes for the boat to show up. The Hotel website also falsely advertises 'Free Nitrox' which I was told is extra charge.
Street in front of hotel can be noisy from motorcycles all day and late night. The hotel has a generator, but will NOT power the elevator (I was on the 4th floor). The stairs are steep and awkward to climb. I recommend getting a room in front of the pool on the 1st floor. The Internet quits every 5-10 minutes.
I ended up eating and drinking at the Big Apple Bar most of the time.. bigger, better wi-fi, more people and crowded. Beside, the Tropicana Restaurant closes by 10:30-11pm. We were in the middle of a meal and I asked for a soup and I was told the kitchen was closed! Big Apple bard & Restr. is open 24 hrs. There is a Sabang Restaurant (approx.100 meters/yards away) has good food at very reasonable prices. Try their Lomi Soup. A popular drink on the island is Mindoro Sling (local rum + pineapple juice + mango juice + sprite). Of course, Tropicana does not have it on their menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropicana Castle Dive Resort in Sabang, Puerto Galera. It is a romantic castle resort in tropical surroundings of Sabang Beach. The hotel offers spacious well-furnished rooms, scuba diving activities and its roof-garden restaurant with a great variety of local and international dishes on the menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropicana Castle Hotel Puerto Galera