We just returned from a 2.5 week trip to the Philippines. We were lucky enough to stay at the Astoria Boracay thanks to an aunt who let us use her time share.
Right off the bat, I want to say that using the hotel service to pick you up from the airport is worth the money!!! They escorted us and took our luggage every step of the way. There is a boat you need to take to get from the airpot to the Boracay island. It can move quite fast if you are not careful. The pick up transporation service was the best way to do this for us who were new to the island.
When we first arrived at the hotel, I was quite confused because it did not have a beach front view from the lobby. Most beach resorts that I have ever stayed in, always made sure to show off the beach. I understood later that the hotel is built in a way that has limited beach front view due to the space limitation on the beach front properties. This really does not deter from the greatness of the property, but if you want beach front view, then this hotel is very limited.
We stayed in a double queen room. I wish that I would have upgraded to a larger room. This room had no natural light and was quite dark due to the entrance being the only window. I would NOT recommend this size room. Get a room with a balcony, or some outside space or else you won't be using your room much (which is not necessariy a bad thing).
We had bought a bunch of beers upon arrival to Boracay. We did not even get to drink much of it because you cannot consume outside beverages on this property (except your room). This is something to note. Having said that, the drinks are reasonably priced (about $4 / drink) and they serve it to you poolside which was wonderful!
The bathroom was large, and the rain shower was amazing. Definitely the best part of this room was the rain showers, very large and the staff kept the room quite clean. Also they give you complimentary bottled water every day, which was a necessity.
The pool is awesome. Very clean (all the time) and well appointed to. There is a reserved beach area for the hotel which has a staff member to set up the umbrella and towels for you. Great touch.
The best service was in the restaurant. The breakfast buffet is worth every peso. It is just wonderful! We cannot say enough about how clean, quality of food, staff service. All perfect.
The location of this hotel was my only negative part. It is great that it is a short distance from all the bars, and located right on the beach. But the beach location is in boat station 1, whcih is where all the sailboats and motor boats park their boats while they wait for tourists to take excursions off the island. It really is so annoying to have so many vendors on your beach front, but this could be the case on this island.
We also took advantage of the all you can drink nightly happy hour from 7PM to 9PM (excludes beers). And they had nightly specials on beer buckets. Very reasonably priced in comparison to the other bars on the island.
One tip is that you make a trip to Puka beach, it is quiet and peaceful and the hotel will drive you and pick you up for a fee. Worth it!
I would definitely stay at Astoria Boracay again, but will make sure to get a better room next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious contemporary resort sits on a 3,500 square meter beachfront prime location. Conveniently situated on the island's Station 1, it offers guests an ideal retreat on the world famous White Beach, within close proximity to shopping, popular restaurants and the hottest bars and lounges. The resort's 71 sound proof and non-smoking rooms and suites provide the perfect island setting, with an inspiring tropical atmosphere ideal for romantic getaways or lively nightlife activities. Astoria Boracay's spacious accommodations are all modern and stylishly designed with a local twist and range from 26-50 square meters that offer private balconies or terrace views, individual climate control air-conditioning, 32" LCD TV, DVD player, complimentary internet access, personal refrigerator, electronic room safe, telephone and voice mail, tea and coffee making facilities and complete bathroom amenities. The resort offers it's unique Tropical Free-Style Cuisine and Fresh Catch of The Day at White Cafe, it's own al fresco restaurant and coffee shop. Relax, unwind and catch the breathtaking views at the end of the day at Vibe, providing the perfect ending to a day of activities with your favorite drink in hand. There are function rooms for social events, beach weddings and parties, corporate meetings and launches. In-room dining is also available at Astoria Boracay. Together with the beautifully landscaped gardens and unique cocoon loungers, guests can also enjoy the resort's 22-metre long swimming pool and laze on their wonderful crescent or submerged pool loungers. Astoria's Guest Service Agents can book reservations for all guests wanting to sample water sports activities (banana boat rides, jet skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, kite-boarding, sailing, scuba diving and courses) island tours, trekking, hiking and local tours. The resort is currently fully accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism and enjoys a AAA rating (equivalent to 5 star category). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Boracay Hotel Boracay