Had an amazing family vacation in Boracay and we stayed at Seabird International resort in January 2013.
We were a group of 5 adults, and 3 kids. We stayed in 2 family rooms A4 and A2 on the ground floor. And Seabird was a big part of why we enjoyed our Stay. Let me break it down for you.
1) Like the rest of the reviewers: Excellent location.
Its 30 steps for the white beaches on station 2. It is one resort behind the beach (Red Coconut is the resort in front). Its is 50 steps to DMall - which is ideal for food shopping.
Its a good 4 mins walk from the main road, along a small pathway, that has some construction ongoing right now.
2) The people: The front desk staff are the reason why I chose the hotel. I booked through email queries and out of the 30 or so resorts I emailed, they were the most responsive and the easiest to deal with. There are about 3/4 that will answer the mails at a given time, but each was as helpful as the rest.
You can email them via: firstname.lastname@example.org and Rosette / Nancy would respond to you.
The place is soo close to the beach, but is far away enough that its quiet at night for a good nights sleep. I don't think the resorts on the beach front itself would have been as quiet.
3) The people: Kuya Noy, who is the waiter, butler of the resort is great. He fixed our food, booked our tours, gave us tips on where to go and what to do, he was fun to talk with and was very friendly. Made us feel comfortable with all the barkers and people hounding you for tours and stuff along the beach.
4) The food: we actually ate there a couple of times. The food's ok, not wow. The calamares and the sinigang na hipon was well worth it. The breakfast is a bit small, but ok for the price. Expect breakfast to be about the 150 range and a lunch/dinner at 200-300 per order. The resto is open until late which was great for a midnight meal.
5) The Rooms: we got two family rooms, with two queen size beds in each room. The Beds are comfortable, with clean linen, towels (Bath and you can ask for beach towels when you go to the beach), hot water, cable, and internet. You can also ask for a hot water heater and borrow cups/plates for coffee at the room. The rooms were big, with room A2, being very nice, and A4 a bit dark for my taste.
a) The rooms are clean and spacious, but could use a bit of renovation. Its typical filipino craftmanship, the paint is chafy at places, the bathroom is ok, but could be cleaned/repaired more. If you're super picky, its not a 3 or 4 star hotel. If you're looking for a clean comfortable place to stay that isn't the hilton, this could be for you.
b) no beach front - which we knew from the beginning - but since they didn't have beach front we could not use the beach beds of the other hotels on the beach front, even if we bought food, the red coconut would not let use their facilities. The kids didn't mind staying on the beach itself, but the parents wanted more shade.
c) internet is a bit slow, but is free.
d) no pool, the kids would have loved a small lounge pool to swim at.
e) mosquitos, being a tropical place, its expected, ask the front desk to spray the room while we were out and problem fixed, we also bought some cirunella patches to place on the bed near the kids at night.
Our last trip to Boracay we stayed at station 3, and it was too far from Dmall, the restos and the activities. I would stay again on station 2, or maybe try station 1 next time i go back.
If you're budget concious, but want something near to the beach, comfortable with good staff then Seabird is for you. If you've got a bit more money to spare, might want to try some of the actual beach front resorts.
I would go back to Seabird. I actually booked this via cash cash pinoy and paid 14k for 2 family rooms for 4d3n. Which was an absolute bargain.
If you've been to Boracay before it was easy enough to commute to the hotel, but they also offer airport pickup and transfers, and they have a van you can rent for 1500 to go from caticlan to kalibo, which is much cheaper than what i found on the net.
Seabird, was a big reason why our stay was special, and why we enjoyed ourselves.
If you can overlook some of the cons, its well worth the stay, especially for the price we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seabird Boracay is a family owned and operated resort in the center of one of the world's best beaches, Boracay Island. Recognized with the Customer Service Excellence Award in 2011 Seabird has been serving guests since 1996 and continually is ranked as one of the "best values" on the island. The resort has a full service restaurant and bar along with room service, international telephone, Free WiFi Internet, Safe Deposit Box, 24 hour Security Services, Room Service and a Front Desk Staff who can arrange for air, boat and bus transfers to and from the resort. Centrally located between Stations 1 and 2, we are only 50 steps from White Beach close enough to all the action and far enough to ensure a quiet nights sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seabird International Hotel Boracay