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“homey atmosphere you'd want to go back to” 4 of 5 stars
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Isla Gecko Resort
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Station 2, Balabag | Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #29 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
manila
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“homey atmosphere you'd want to go back to”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

went to boracay last week for work and a little pleasure on the side. on the last minute, we opted to move-out of the hotel we booked initially. on the spot, my group (around 12 pax in all) looked for a place to stay and we stumbled on isla gecko on the internet. we called the number and inquire. we had a pleasant talk with their manager (joey luna) and we were in luck as they were able to swing the room bookings to accommodate our group for the dates that we needed to stay. we dropped by the place like 20 minutes after that and simply love the place. it's homey and the staff was very helpful! to make the story short - we moved to isla gecko right then and there!

the place has around 12 rooms and each has it's own AC and even electric fan as a back-up. the hot and cold water was also working. i personally loved it that the sheets and the towels were 'pristine' white. (for me it's a sign that the place is clean and hygienic). all rooms had tv but who watches cable tv in boracay! :-) isla also offers simple breakfast and main entrees to their guests for an affordable cost. their brewed coffee was specifically good!

the management (led by owner, tito teddy macabeo, its manager, joey) and staff are very friendly, helpful and nice. they try to assists the guests in whatever way they can by giving us referrals in terms of the stuff we need to locate for work and by giving us tips where to go which is less people congested. the only downside of this place is it's location. it's a small alley that leads to the main seashore of station 2. unfortunately, the alley isn't cemented. it's rocky and parts are even muddy. the way going to isla is also dirty and dark during night. to counter the 'unsafe' feel during night time, isla has a guard on duty from 7pm to 7am.

we love the homey atmosphere and of course, the very friendly price. told the owners that we'll share their numbers with friends and family in manila. the place is worth recommending!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed four nights @ Isla Gecko...Too bad that we had to catch an airplane...otherwise we would have loved to stay longer. The hotel is clean (nice warm shower!) and perfectly located (not in the center center of the crowd, but just a minute away from the beach and center). Above all, the management was so nice and helpful!

The place just suits the island: wonderful :-)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, null, Singapore
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed here for about a week and so far I have very few negatives and sooo many positives. If you are worried about location, stop worrying. It is about a minute from the beach (probably less) and just a few seconds from d* mall, the large shopping area. Since it is at beach station two, it isn't too far from any of the bars along beach station two and a few minutes from one of the more popular clubs - Summer Place. The single disadvantage is being about 10 minutes from club Paraw but that is a negligible downside comparatively.
Service is also top notch with clean rooms and a very filling meal every day (even for us fatty Americans!). We also got to know the owner and his son for a while and they are great people. They also help us set up activities at good rates and there is round the clock security so no worries there. All in all, a great experience for a very cheap price.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Yamagata, Japan
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012 via mobile

I spent a week here with two friends over the Christmas period. We had a very enjoyable stay. The man who runs this place is very friendly and was always happy to chat. He said he has only recently taken over ownership and so I think he is in the process of making some changes, so hopefully it will further improve.

I wouldn't say this is a hotel exactly, and the name 'resort' is a bit misleading; it's more like a guesthouse or B&B. We got breakfast included, which was nice - there wasn't a huge selection but you could choose between a couple of Filipino dishes, pancakes or eggs.

The guesthouse itself is small, with rooms on two floors around a central communal area where we ate breakfast (on the ground floor). It felt very tropical as the building is open to the outside - the courtyard area has a roof but upstairs there is a balcony overlooking the little street below. It is quite quaint! And, true to its name, there are lots of geckos scurrying around.

The guesthouse is located down a narrow lane that can be reached from both the main road and White Beach. The lane is really just a dirt track with no space for cars, although the occasional tricycle did venture down. It is lined with other small hotels and guesthouses, although I would say that at night it could feel a little dodgy as there isn't much in the way of lighting, so it's best to take a torch. White Beach is less than five minutes walk down the lane, and you step out straight onto the sand. D'Mall is also very close, probably about five minutes away. So, despite the lack of a beach view, you are still in the heart of all the action.

We had a triple room, which consisted of a single bed and a double bed, meaning two of us had to share. The room itself was relatively clean although it was a bit gross under the beds ... I accept that in a place like this it's very difficult to keep out the constant flow of sand, perhaps they could implement a no shoes indoors policy like in other Asian countries. The bathroom was fairly basic but the shower was warm and it was fine for what we needed (higher quality toiletries would have been appreciated though). The walls in the room were very thin and this meant that we could hear the people next door to us quite clearly, and when people gathered in the common area the sound did travel. There was also a very bright light outside our window that stayed on most of the night, and the curtains were too thin to be of much use.

Overall, however, we enjoyed our time at Isla Gecko. It's not the most luxurious of places, in fact it is quite basic, but welcoming and unpretentious. If all you want is somewhere comfortable and safe to sleep, this is a good choice.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grande Prairie, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Isla Gecko is not only in a great location(not even a minute's walk from the beach, but yet still away from all the traffic) but the staff are fantastic. My boyfriend and I stayed here for 6 nights and never had any issues. Rooms and bathrooms are clean, and you really get a homey feel. I most definitely hope to stay here again in the future and would recommend! Thank you Joey, Jimmy, June, Joy, Teddy, Theo, and Natalie for a fabulous stay in Boracay :)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Woodford Green, United Kingdom
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

The location is only a minute walk to the beach, great staff, and the rates is as good if not better than the more expensive places on the beach. Had a great stay here and met amazing people! Would highly reccomend to everyone.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kyoto, Japan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

we stayed at Isla Gecko Resort for 4days/3nights. At first, i don't like the place because it is none beach front but because of their cheap price, i chose to booked with them. My first impression of Isla Gecko is already not good. But then, when we came in. I didn't realize that the location is exactly just perfect. Isla Gecko Resort is near to the shopping mall and the restaurants are just a minute walk, it's like a nextdoor for everything. What I like most in this hotel is that, they service the room everyday provided with fresh towels. The owners and staffs are all nice. They always made their way to entertain their guest/s. Looking forward to stay at this place again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Station 2, Balabag | Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Isla Gecko Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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