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“Beachfront resort, good service and very accessible!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #38 of 132 Hotels in Boracay
Boracay, Philippines
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Beachfront resort, good service and very accessible!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Standard Boracay Resort with excellent for those who wants to stay where the action is.

Front beach location, near D'Mall (souvenir shops & restaurants, etc) and other restaurants & bar. They have comfortable beach bed/chair where you can stay and enjoy the beach view from sunrise to sunset. They can serve or set-up dinner right on the beach, if requested.

Rooms has basic amenities such as Cable TV, A/C, Telephone, Hot & Cold Shower and refrigerator. Their one and only Deluxe Room has a spacious verandah overlooking the beach -absolutely beachfront. They have 8 Standard rooms located on the ground floor with porch facing the beach and 8 Superior Rooms at the 2nd floor with balcony overlooking the beach.

Restaurant serves Filipino food and some international dishes. Guests could dine either in their air-conditioned Capiz Restaurant or at the beach.

However, the review from Per-Inge is true, while having lunch in their open-air dining area, there were kids begging for coins and a lot of vendors selling watches, hats, sunglasses, towels, even DVD's along the beach which is annoying. Kids/Blind keeps on insisting for coins or fodd and when you give them, other kids will come too. I hope the management can work on this.

We stayed for two nights and all went well. Good value for money considering its excellent location and good service as well.

Room Tip: Please request rooms away from the kitchen. Better yet, choose Deluxe or Superior Rooms on the 2nd f...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

In my first trip to Boracay in 2001, this hotel came highly recommended. It is indeed beachfront and elegant. Even got more appealing when they built a Starbucks nearby. It has an outdoor dining patio fronting the water; it is steps away to bars and restaurants, and kid/elderly friendly. This is our family favorite. I love everything about it except for the touristy crowd and daily rate. Although somewhat pricey, you do get your money's worth.

Room Tip: If you're traveling with children, best to book the rooms facing the outdoor patio.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

After being away from college buddies for 18 years, we arranged for a getaway to reconnect and renew our friendships. Although we came at the busiest time in January, we got a great price for a 3 day 2 night stay because we were checking out on Saturday, which was just in time to avoid the onslaught of numerous tourists celebrating the Monday Chinese New Year holiday! The hotel was in a great location for me because it was steps away from the shopping area (D'Mall) but far enough away from the noise and heavy foot traffic. A security guard was always on duty and helped ward off annoying vendors peddling hats, sunglasses, beads, boat trips, etc.).
The hotel staff was very helpful but discreet. Free Breakfast was part of the hotel stay and we were not disappointed. The Wireless Internet connection worked well and the hotel provided lounge chairs and beach towel service which was so convenient. Great views of sunsets right in front of our hotel mesmerized us and we never got a chance to enjoy other dining venues because we had a great table under neath their well-lit palm trees. Our first floor rooms were so convenient. There were several areas to rinse off before entering your rooms. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were very clean. There was ample closet space for us and a mini fridge in our room kept our snacks & bottled water quite chilled! Rooms are air conditioned and hot water was plentiful! Highly recommended just for the price alone. But the customer service was quite exceptional, too!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011 via mobile

Simple standard hotel, good Phillipine standard. The value of the hotel is mainly the location, friendly service minded staff. The hotel is facing an excellent relaxing beach. (However, you need to enjoy kids and blind begging for coins and salesemen proposing bargains for watches, hats, sunglasses etc. )

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

You know when you say you want to get away and just relax. This is the place. No side trips no tourist days, just sit on the beach and relax and watch the sunsets. The most beautiful white sand. I went in November the perfect weather for the area. Fly from Manila to Caticlan on Cebu Pacific, take a motorized tricycle to Jetty port than on to Boracay Island, don't take the fast ferry, you can't see anything. The hotel, Crystal Sand, clean, spacious and inexpensive, truly on the beach. When you sit on the beach, merely raise your hand and someone will be there to get you a drink, or any food you want. Go pick out dinner from a multitude of vendors, and it will be brought to you on the beach. Every night new sand castles are built and lit up. There are all kinds of water activities. I just love sitting and enjoying the beautiful ocean and weather. This is truly a relaxing vacation.

Room Tip: Room 105 is the best for a couple or solo
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Stayed there several times already. Special about Crystal Sands is first of all the location, right on the beach. Then the staff, great and always supportive. Finally the food, try banana or chocolate pancakes, very special.

Rooms are simple and clean, all you need for a stay on Boracay.

Special tip: Book the transfer to Catiglan together with the room, You will pay 550 PHP, Stressfree transfer from the airport straight to the back entrance of the hotel.

We are always happy to go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Stayed here twice. Not the best hotel on the island, but be sure, it is the best location. Very close to the beautiful beach and ocean. As the island is getting more and more crowdy, the location is remarkable quiet as there is a short distance to bars and other restaurants. Rooms are in need of some paintwork and renewal. But you will like it here!!! Nice and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Front rooms 2nd floor. LARGE balcony!
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Balabag Boracay Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Boracay
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Ranked #38 of 132 Hotels in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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