Went "resort hopping" during our last Boracay trip mid November 2006. We didn’t actually stay here, but since this was one of the resorts we were considering for the trip, and since it was quite near to where we stayed, we decided to might as well take a look.
The place looks great! It's a well-designed boutique hotel. The front desk staff attended us to quickly as she showed us one of the vacant rooms. We were surprised to learn that they were about 90% booked and that was the middle of the week. Most of their guests are Japanese and Koreans, we were also surprised to learn that not too many Filipinos stay there.
Maybe it’s because of the same reason we didn’t choose to stay there. It isn’t close to the beach (although their brochure says its only a 3-minute walk to the beach). It is in the area further at the back of the church in Balabag, and if you follow the road and cross the street, it’s the area around Willy's and True Home.
Then why would we consider staying there on our next trip?!
The rooms look really great! Compared to the usual airconditioned Boracay rooms, this is pure luxury. And later on I discovered it is priced really right! We were shown the Premiere room. Once you're inside the room, it doesn’t feel like you are in Boracay. I could imagine it would be fun to have a beer or cocktails at the outside area. They also have a mini, modern coffee shop. And oh, several Internet stations and videogame consoles for kids.
That same night I had a work emergency and I had to do something via email. As we were staying at a nearby beachfront resort without business facilities and I didn’t bring a laptop, the resort staff told me that there are still open Internet cafes near the D'Mall area. Since it was almost midnight, I didn’t want to rush to that area. I then remembered the courteous front desk staff of One Crescent who mentioned Internet access is open 24 hours. I called them and yes, for a fee, they allow non-guests. So I did, and for less than 30 minutes I was only charged P20.
I went back the following day to use their Internet again, and I took pictures of the place, and got a brochure. Was so surprised to see that room was P1,200 cheaper than what we were paying for a beachfront room. Then again, we paid for the beachfront thing. But if that isn’t important to you, this is a good deal. They put a great deal in doing the interiors, maybe to compensate for not having the beach right at their doorstep.
Honestly, at first look, it would definitely work for us. Would consider staying here next time.
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