I've just returned from a 5 day stay are the Seabird International Hotel.
What a great little gem of a find!
Located behind the iconic Red Coconut, I was upgraded upon arrival to a Deluxe room due to no standard ones being ready. I immediately enquired "At what cost?", to be told: "Oh no, this is our fault so there will be no additional charge for you!" Just the sort of thing a seasoned traveller likes to hear who was spoiling for a possible argument if a charge had been levied.
I was in room 1A, with a double and single bed. LCD tv and a fully stocked fridge with a selection of reasonably priced refreshments. Upon checking the bathroom - it was spotless. All very clean and one of the first things I always check in any room. The bed was comfortable - my only quibble being daft foam pillows which don't conform to my head when sleeping. A minor irritation. They were not memory foam, but the type car seats are made from.
Located just a stone's throw from D'Mall and a great selection of restaurants nearby.
The staff were helpful and courteous in all my interactions with them. When I paid my bill I handed over a wad of fresh P1000 bills and the receptionist sniffed them! We had a little chuckle between ourselves as they were brand new notes and had that new money smell. The fact that this happened made it all the more homely and I would certainly visit again, and recommend to others.
The room rate during my stay was really reasonable, hence booking in the first place.
The only thing I didn't like - and this is no reflection on the hotel itself, more of Boracay overall - the sex workers plying the alleyway outside. I'm a single white guy, and hardly naive to the ways of the world, but the were transexual and female prostitutes congregating at the exit to the beach.
I don't feel they'd bother those with children, or couples, but this was certainly a blight on my experience here.
- 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