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“Swings both ways” 3 of 5 stars
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Pinjalo Resort Villas
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Aklan Province 5608, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #52 of 134 Hotels in Boracay
Hong Kong, China
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Swings both ways”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Location midway between main road and beachfront, a 3-minute walk to the beach. Unpretentious lobby entrance opens up to quiet gardens, so you're shielded from beachfront noise at night. Big room, huge comfortable beds, shower pressure consistently good, and free wifi (if your room's near the pool). Then you get to enjoy beachfront amenities of sister resort Calypso, i.e., beach beds with umbrellas and very attentive guard to watch over your things and ward off outsiders while you swim. Staff go out of their way to help with any problems.

Downside:
1. It's the first hotel I've been to that does not have a phone or even an intercom in-room, so service staff cannot be on call in case of problems or emergencies.
2. Aircon not cool enough for the big room there was no use for blankets. Reported it to front desk on the first night but seemed there was nothing they could do about it. Even with a comfortable bed it's hard to sleep in a warm room esp. if you've been out in the sun.
3. There was a 20-minute power outage on our third night and the genset was able to light up only the gardens; no aircon or in-room light whatsoever. And no in-room phone or intercom ...

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012 via mobile

Overall this hotel is good. Our room was right next to the pool, towards the back of the resort so it was nice and peaceful. To get to the beach (or breakfast at the sister resort of calypso) you have to walk about 150m which was fine for us.

The rooms themselves were fine nothing special but the bathrooms need a really good clean - if i can see mould on the walls so can you Mr Cleaner! Some new furniture and a coat of paint and the rooms could be really great.

Overall the price of rooms in boracay at this time of year is steep so we picked this resort knowing it wouldn't be luxurious but with a refreshing pool and adequate rooms it was fine.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stayed at Pinjalo just before Christmas 2011.
We had an amazing stay - the staff we very helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay as easy and comfortable as possible.
The room we were given offered everything that we wanted ;-)
The location just off white beach made for a quiet and relaxing resort and the use of the sister resorts beach really did offer the best of both worlds ;-) Thank you for helping to make our trip to the Boracay,Philippines amazing.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Darwin
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

After spending three days at the fantastic Pinjalo Resort on Boracay I feel compelled to write this review. Usually I don't bother as I figure I have paid for the service and that's that!! This time is different - my infant son, my wife, her teenage sister and myself shared the incredibly spacious Deluxe Suite - though relatively expensive for Boracay - it was genuinely like a home away from home. Large bedroom and bathroom on the same level as a beautiful airey living area and dining area with a large round table with six chairs. The spacious well equipped kitchen had everything you'd need - rice cookers, good sized fridge, 4 burner gas stove/oven, and with an infant, the incredibly convenient microwave. Upstairs was a large bedroom and bathroom - like the bedroom downstairs with a split system aircon and cable tv. Breakfast was included in the rate.

Now for the main reason for writing this: As i was about to board my Airphilexpress plane I realised i had left my passport in the inroom safe-sending me into a panic as it would make it a bit difficult to take my flight back to Australia without it. With help from the airline staff a phone call was made and whilst time meant my passport didn't reach me before leaving Caticlan (local airport) it was on the next flight - being delivered to me at Manila airport an hour after landing.
Many thanks to Management and Staff at Pinjalo Resort and it's sister property Calypso Resort for such profesionalism - I am very gratefull.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Agana, Mariana Islands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

Whenever we go to the Philippines, Boracay is a MUST for one of our stops. Last time we were there, it was definitely a refreshing break from Hong Kong, Macau & Manila. That was the 3rd time we stayed in Pinjalo. We love the location. Yes, it's not right on White Beach, but it's close enough. Location gives you the best of both worlds of being close to the action & fun of Station 2 (D Mall & the Talipapa) & yet provides you with some seclusion. There is a pool in the facility where my family loves to hang out at in the afternoons. Service of the employees is great as they are quick to repsond & eager to please.
A suggestion would be to get thicker curtains that can block out some of the light as we are on vacation & want to much to sleep in or take a siesta.
Also, they need electric mosquito repellant gadget in the rooms. We do leave the sliding doors open during the day to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. By twilight when we close the doors, the mosquitos stay :( The facility does provide a mosquito coil that you can burn to get rid of them but would prefer something not so primitive.
Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

Location: great location. Sited midway along a lane from the main road to white beach. Less than 100 metres from the beach front.. About 3 minutes' walk. Close enough to the action on the beach, yet secluded enough to get some peace and quiet. For people who prefer a beach front hotel, try the sister resort - Calypso.

Rooms: clean and spacious. Basic amenities, but adequate for the average traveller. No internet / wifi access in individual rooms. Wifi coverage mainly around the pool, so if your room is near to the pool you might actually get lucky (i had wifi in my room!). The resort should look at expanding their wifi coverage. Curtains did not block out the light very well, so you end up waking prematurely as the sun seems to rise pretty early in Boracay!

Facilities: also has a small (~25m) pool and basic gym. Didn't use either so no comments. The sister resort at Calypso also has diving services (leisure dives and courses) - probably the best dive school on the island in terms of facilities and professionalism.

Service / staff: EXCELLENT! Extremely friendly, always greeting you with wide smiles and melodic pleasantries. The resort even has a night-shift security guard who escorts you to your room with a torch to light your path! Importantly, make prior arrangements with the resort for transfer to/fro caticlan or kalibo. This helps ensure a hassle-free transfer (land-sea-land) from airport to resort (for 600 pesos).

Overall: definitely value for money. Will return again for sure!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Solothurn, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

We stayed for 7 nights at Pinjalo during our Philippines trip in April 11 just before easter weekend. We enjoyed the hotel very much, especally as you can also use the facilities at calypso diving hotel with its beachfront bar.
The hotel is about 2 min walking from the beach, so you do not have ocean view. However, thanks to that it is in a very calm area and one can sleep. The gardens of the hotels are beautiful and there is pool, which we never used as we usually stayed at the beach.
There is second (diving) hotel just at the beach with another pool. The restaurant and the bar are also located at the calypso. Breakfast is served in the restaurant here. The breakfast was a rich buffet (asian style with rice and noodels but also western style with bread, eggs, bacon, etc).
Service is very good (there are lots of servants, so it actually has to be good).
We had twice the mongolian buffet for dinner, which is all you can eat and good food.
They have free wifi at Pinjalo as well as at Calypso.

We were also diving with Calypso. They have several western and Philippine divemaster / instructors and new equipment at a fair price (around USD 40 per dive).

Overall we really enjoyed staying at Pinjalo / Calypso and would certainly visit again, when coming back to Boracay.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pinjalo Resort Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pinjalo Villas is located just a two minute walk from Calypso Diving and Boracay's famous White Beach. Set in private landscaped gardens, Pinjalo will be a very comfortable and relaxing part of your holiday in Boracay and very hard to leave behind. ... more   less 
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