We stayed at the Boracay Beach Club for 4-nights in mid-February ($125/night with the package). On arrival, the hotel doesn't look like what you might anticipate from the reviews and photos. While it is located on the beach road, the road is crowded with tricycles and there is no beach view because of the unbroken line of bars and restaurants. The van drops you at the curb-side door to the hotel’s main restaurant; it is behind the restaurant where the first signs of the tranquil oasis that you were expecting actually appear. There is a pleasant garden and a small, nicely maintained pool that separate the restaurant from the main hotel building that lies at the back of the property.
Our ground floor room was spacious and nicely appointed, with ceramic tiling and hardwood accents (e.g., leaf overlays on the doors) throughout. A small patio with a vegetation-clad concrete wall serves as an attractive room feature but is otherwise useless due to the 3-AC units operating there. The rooms have refrigerators, kettles, safes, WiFi and flat screen TVs, and a free newspaper is delivered daily. The bathroom is spacious with tile accents and good pressure for the rainfall shower head. Another plus is the tap water - it is treated and safe to drink.
Breakfast, served a la carte (8 choices) in Ariel’s Bar across the street, was good except for the powdered fruit juice and coffee that seem almost ubiquitous in the Philippines. There were a number of loungers on the beach reserved for guests, so there is no concern about “saving” seats (there are also 4-loungers at the pool, but no cushions). Happy hour is 4-9 pm, with beers for P40 (about the same as the supermarket). The beach itself is beautiful soft white sand and is excellent for swimming (no rocks or vegetation at all). The beach bar is a good option for dining, with large appetizers priced less than nearby restaurants. While enjoying drinks before dinner one night, we were invited to join the owner’s birthday party (as were all of the life guards on the beach!), a fabulous feast of fish, prawns and a huge roasted pig. Such hospitality and thoughtfulness were typical of our reception by the owner and of the staff, who were unfailingly friendly and helpful. Other examples include opening the kitchen early so we could have breakfast before our morning departure, and a gift of two bags of dried mangos for the flight.
There are no super-markets or ATMs near the hotel, but the D’Mall is only a 10 min walk along the beach; just cut up through the mall to the road where you will find both.
The Boracay Beach Club was the most expensive of our Philippine hotels, even considering the value of the package (airport transfer, drinks, massage, cruises). Was it worth it? Yes, but only in the context of generally high hotel prices in Boracay. We had a great time in a comfortable hotel and appreciated the gracious owner and her excellent staff. We recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boracay Beach Club is a contemporary family-owned and operated 30-room resort conveniently located just footsteps away from Boracay's famous White Beach in Station 1. Listed in Travel + Leisure magazine's "Top 25 Secret Seaside Getaways," the Boracay Beach Club is committed to providing you with genuine hospitality, convenient service, and exceptional value. Our amenities include a beachfront lounge, swimming pool, full-service restaurant, roof deck, complimentary wireless internet, digital closet safes (laptop-compatible), and walk-in showers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boracay Beach Club Hotel Boracay
- Boracay Beach Hotel