We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Overall - Very poor indeed” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Surfers Home Boracay

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save
You added Surfers Home Boracay to your Saves list
Surfers Home Boracay
Bulabog Beach, Aklan Province 5508, Philippines   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #65 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Overall - Very poor indeed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

The good:
All day breakfast. Food good.
Pleasant staff.
Right next to the kitesurfing beach.

The bad:
An owner that does not care about her guests - the place is a cash cow
The beds are disgusting. Despite clean sheets, the mattresses are filthy and very thin. The beds are cheap rubbish and they are VERY uncomfortable.
Bugs. The cottages are infested with some kind of burrowing worm and they frequently fall onto the beds and your stuff (if they fall on you in the night they bite). The product of there burrowing (faecal matter?) also is a constant problem. There are gaps in the roof so cockroaches, mosquitos and one very large (4 inches across) spider get in. The mosquito nets are not up to the task. We burned coils each night to fend them off.
Expense. The owner arranges for her driver to pick you up from the airport. Then it turns out you get hit with a 850 Peso bill (that you were not told about).
Filth. The walls and bathroom and anywhere not obvious are filthy. Cleaning is done only on a superficial basis (ie a sweep out of sand / change of towels and sheets).
Noise. There is a workshop next door that provides constant banging. Late night partying too (though it was Xmas). Lots of caged cockerills to wake you up early in the morning.

This place, despite being low end was not worth the money. It was not relaxing and the owner (Katherin?) has not put any money back into the business to improve the conditions. Overall, this was an uncomfortable two weeks.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

25 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    3
    10
    5
    1
    6
See reviews for
3
6
2
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (3)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

We were there for a week... good way to start vacation. No complications... great staff... just relaxing. Little walk from Surfer home to white beach ( 5 minutes)...or take a tricycle they are everywhere and not expensive. Most of the drivers are friendly. But ...avoid at all cost the "Bat's Cave" the guides overthere will do everything possible to "rip off " you... what supposed to be a donation ( 50 to 100 Pesos) become 1000 to 2000 Pesos price tag if you are not carefull. Enjoy your vacation.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Zürich
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2010

We stayed for two weeks at Surfers Home. We chose that hotel as it is directly at the Kitesurf Beach (Bulabog Beach) and we went to Boracay for kitesurfing. The hotel has a nice garden with a little restaurant which serves breakfast and drinks. Breakfast was excellent, included in the room rate, and we could choose whatever was on the menu. Breakfast was served even after 12pm.

At our arrival, the german owner Kathrin was attending a Kitesurf competition in Vietnam. The other staff told us that the hotel was fully booked and that we are being transferred to another hotel. We booked our room two months in advance. After one night, when the owner was back, we could finally move to Surfers Home.

The rooms were okay. Ours had a double bed, private bathroom with hot water, a nice balcony, fridge, TV and a fan (no Air-con). The room were not so clean, even though they got cleaned every day. At one day, we discovered a big mold under the soap dish which must have bloomed there for several days.

There are some things about the hotel to mention. The mattress was extremly thin so you basically were lying on the wood beneath. Quite a hard sleeping experience. Water pressure was so low, that we didn't have water if someone else was having a shower. The area was quite noisy, we had to use ear plugs to be able to sleep.
We wouldn't return to Surfers Home. What we disliked the most was that we got the impression that the owner didn't really care about her guests. For example, she preferred washing her dog first rather then taking care about us when we told her about being transferred to the other hotel for the first night. After talking to other kitesurfers, we are pretty confident that there are many places with a better value near Bulabog Beach.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
NY
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

Me and a friend stayed here for 5 nights, and we just love it! Great price, great staff, great view and lovely bungalows. We love the location where you don't always see lots of people so it's more relaxing to us. There are tricycles for hire just steps away, so it's super easy to get around.
And the locals are extremely friendly and helpful, makes the whole trip unforgettable!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Surfers Home Boracay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Surfers Home Boracay

Address: Bulabog Beach, Aklan Province 5508, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #65 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surfers Home Boracayis a bungalowresort located directly on the kite & surfbeach of the island, the Bulabog Beach and perfect for watersportlovers. Enjoy our tropical garden with the small bar and simply laze under the sun, lying on the grass, at the beach or on the hammock. Each room has cold/warm water, TV, Ventilator, Wifi. Our friendly staff wants to help our guests to feel like home. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld, Booking.com, Orbitz, HostelBookers, Odigeo and TripOnline SA so you can book your Surfers Home Boracay reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Surfers Home Boracay Hotel Boracay

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Surfers Home Boracay, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.