We went to Boracay for 3 nights at the start of November 2012, for our first wedding anniversary. Obviously there are loads of resorts competing for everyone's business, and for me (being based in the UK) I was looking for somewhere which stood out from the beginning, to take the worry away of whether we would arrive and like the place or not... and the reviews on here for Dave's Straw Hat Inn were enough for me.
Dave's was everything I was looking for - for a start the booking process was very easy and being able to pay in advance using Paypal was a big plus - even the door-to-door transfer from the plane to the room was arranged and paid for in advance, which worked like a dream and on the day all we had to do was sit back and enjoy! The transfer from Caticlan was as quick and easy as possible and very well arranged by Dave's.
Some of the reviews on here have mentioned the rooms being basic, however we were very pleased with what we had here, I think it was the biggest type of room and it was actually nicer than I was expecting, clean and a nice bathroom, we didn't even see so much as a single bug in the room. The mini-bar was a nice touch especially being priced the same as in the outside world instead of what alot of places do with rip-off prices.
My only issue was that it was further than I expected from the more lively areas of Station 2 and beyond - we did alot of walking! - however as long as you know this then it should not be a problem, and of course you get the benefits of being a bit out of the way and a bit of peace and quiet. At night we got a tricycle back a couple of times, which saved alot of time although I did feel sorry for the poor bloke trying to cycle with 2 of us.
There is actually a nice bit of beach right out of Dave's, the first place you get to when you get to the beach ie 1 minute walk from Daves, we spent a couple of afternoons at Chantels beach bar which did the most beautiful buko shakes and had a great sunbathing and swimming spot.
The staff were great, we didn't get round to any 'activities' but it was clear that if you do want to do that stuff then the staff can arrange good deals for you - which is good to know when there are so many people on Boracay trying to sell you the same activities.
Generally, highly recommend the place, do bear in mind that this is not located anywhere near Station 2, but the great value and fantastic staff more than made up for this. Oh and don't even think about trying to eat the pancakes on your own - we just about managed them between 2!
Would not hesitate to go back - thanks very much!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Charming Resting Place, which offers a serene and intimate tropical nirvana, located less than a minutes walk to the beautiful Boracay Island "white" beach. Allow the staff to cater to your needs while you spoil yourself in the beauty of Boracay. Enjoy the family atmosphere and those amenities that most big Boracay resorts offer without the high prices. We have been referred to as the "best budget hotel on Boracay," but without skimping on the comforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dave`s Straw Hat Hotel Boracay
- Daves Straw Hat Boracay
- Daves Straw Hat Hotel
- Daves Straw Hat Inn