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“Very accomodating staff & a good place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel

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Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   Station 1, Balabag, 5608 , Philippines   |  
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Ranked #15 of 110 Specialty lodging in Boracay
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very accomodating staff & a good place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

It was my first time to visit boracay. So we found a good deal and booked a flight via tiger airways. Next step was to look for a hotel accomodation. We were advised to book at Boracay Courtyard. Upon reading reviews and looking at the posted pics, we got dismayed and decided not to book there. We searched the net on hotels that would cater to our projected budget. We came across the hotel named Isla del mar. We looked at the reviews and pictures at trip asvisor. The reviews were great and the rooms looked just fine. So we texted the posted number to inquire. Kuya Noli emailed the room rates. The rates were within our budget. But our problem was the transfer from kalibo and vice versa. So we talked to a travel agent within our area and she gave us a good deal with free breakfast and hotel transfers included. So we decided to book with the agent because we thought it was a good deal. After paying in full, we called Kuya Noli to confirm our said booking. He quickly informed us that they weren't affiliated with any travel agent and that booking is done directly with them. Good thing Kuya Noli informed us about this. We then cancelled our booking with the agent and luckily got our refund unscathed. We booked directly with the hotel and bank transferred our downpayment. If not for Kuya Noli's advise, we would've been outsmarted by the agent. Upon arrival at Boracay, we were received warmly by the staff and accompanied/assisted all the way to the hotel. The keys to the room was given. The room and hotel looked and felt the same way as it was described in the net. We were given good deals for our chosen beach activities. The staff really treated us as family. Overall, the stay with them was great and we're looking forward on booking with them again in the future. Thank you! Thanks again Kuya Noli for the heads up!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We really appreciate your feedback!

It is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with a travel agent, but we are so glad that we could help with the situation. We care about our guests and are always here to assist you with whatever services you need (transfers, activities, etc...). We will also refer you if we cannot provide the services ourselves. Please feel free to book directly with us on your next stay and we will do our best to accommodate your stay!

We hope to see you again soon! Thank you again for your review of Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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English first
San Pablo City, San Pablo, Philippines
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed here with a couple of my friends, accommodations are great, the location is great, not to mention the staff and manager (kuya noli) makes you feel like you are staying with family. Very reasonable price..all in all you'll get a good bargain for your money.

  • Stayed August 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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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback. We are so glad you had a wonderful stay. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Boracay!
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Luzon, Philippines
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

first, we were having some difficulty in finding one room that is suit for 7 persons with 2 kids until I heard this place Isla Del Mar and I search it on their FB account and inquire about the rate of their rooms... Kuya noli (manager) was very accomodating and he even called me to answer all my questions..then we booked 3 rooms for our family get together.. The place was so nice and relaxing, their room rate was reasonable and affordable.. all the staff was friendly especially kuya noli.. so i definitely recommend it to all my friends.. and we're planning to go back there next year! :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay here! Please feel free to reach out to us for your next visit! We'll see you next year!
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights during CNY 2013. It was a bit hard to find as not many locals knew about it, but once we found it it was great. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The rooms were nice and clean and its located perfectly, close to everything. Only little complaint is about the towels which left us fool of soft white fluff after drying off, but that was nothing really.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us! We're glad you enjoyed your stay! We apologize that the hotel is a bit hard to find, but we like to think it adds a nice mystery to our little establishment. We are always more than happy to send maps or have our staff assist you personally to the hotel.

We are in the process of finding better linens that our guests will love and we hope you will be back to try them and let us know what you think!

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
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Manila
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We were having some difficulty finding accommodations for our group at such short notice when we finally chanced upon this small hotel, and I'm glad we did. The place was really as stylish and fresh-looking as the photos on their Facebook page, and everyone was friendly and accommodating. Our room was satisfactory with all things clean and in working order: AC, hot/cold shower, fridge, cable TV, comfy beds. The location was good; just a leisurely 2- to 3-minute walk from Starbucks. All this at an affordable rate!

FYI, there was a lot of construction going on at the entrance of the small alley leading towards the compound where Isla Del Mar is located. Still very passable and safe though.

I will definitely consider staying here again in the future, and recommend it to budget-conscious friends.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay!

We do like to make sure that the rooms we advertise look exactly the same online as they do in person. We value our guests and want to exceed expectations!

It is unfortunate that there was construction occurring during your stay, but we hope you had a fantastic time with us otherwise. We hope that you will come back again soon when there is less construction and more peacefulness.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

My friends and I were set to stay at La Carmela, but then we heard about this classy little hotel centrally located on the island. I always prefer staying somewhere smaller because you always get better customer service, but I didn't expect it to be this fantastic! First of all, the rates are a steal, considering it's about a minute's walk away from the white sand beach! It was the perfect location. Had we been at a beachfront hotel, it would have been too noisy to sleep, but we were able to walk back from the Boracay nightlife and get a peaceful night's rest. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, but the rooms were so clean, with fresh towels to greet us from out crazy flight and boat ride. Our room had a small balcony, which was great because we weren't expecting any outdoor space. By the time we got there, we were already starving. Already steps away from all of the restaurants, we weren't worried about finding a place to eat. When we asked the manager for a recommendation, to our surprise, he showed us some menus of restaurants nearby and told us that there was a discount for Isla Del Mar guests. He also said that if we didn't feel like going out, we could also have the food delivered. AMAZING! We ended up eating at Red Coconut, which was only a stone's throw away. Our FREE discount 'bracelets' were honored there and we were able to chow down right on the beach in lounge chairs! We were too tired to go out that day, but the days following, we sifted through activity pamphlets in the lobby and found out that the hotel arranges everything for their guests. We even got a discount on the activities! We never wanted to leave! Our stay was great. The staff is great. The island is SO beautiful. You don't have to stay at a five star hotel to get a five star experience and that's what Isla Del Mar is. I'm suggesting this to everyone and anyone who is planning on going to Boracay.

Room Tip: Any room is great, but we LOVED the rooms with balconies to take in the nice island air.
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  • Stayed November 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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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your flattering review!

Thank you for appreciating the peacefulness that comes from a hotel that is not a beachfront location. Many guests have mentioned that they prefer it!

We are always happy to recommend places to eat and our discount bracelets are readily available for all guests. In addition, room service is available with partner restaurants as well!

We're so glad you had a wonderful experience and enjoyed your stay with us. Come back again soon!
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
1 review
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Perfect for family vacation. Very affordable and Sir Noli and his family is very accommodating.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IslaDelMarBoracay, Public Relations Manager at Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We're glad that you enjoyed your stay with your family! It is important to us that each and every guest has a great time on the island of Boracay. Also, we're glad you found our manager, Noli, to be accommodating - we think he is too!

Thank you again for this wonderful review and we hope to see you on your next visit!
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Additional Information about Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel

Address: Station 1, Balabag, 5608 , Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Boracay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 110 Specialty lodging in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Isla Del Mar Boracay Beach Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amongst beautiful greenery and palm trees and just seconds away from the water, we offer affordable and comfortable experience in the tropical Island of Boracay!ONLY STEPS AWAY FROM BORACAY'S FAMOUS WHITE SAND BEACH!!!Rooms are fully equipped with:AIR CONDITIONINGFREE WiFIVERANDA*CABLE TVMINI-FRIDGEHOT&COLD SHOWER*only specific rooms. Dorm-style rooms are also available for booking.We also feature a function room for any parties, meetings, or gatherings. For your convenience, we may also able to arrange land transportation for you : Kalibo-Caticlan ... more   less 
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