I have stayed at the Blue Rock many times over the last 8 years. It was once the only place I would consider when visiting Subic. Back in the early days when the original owner Tommo ran the place he really kept everybody entertained. He was unconsciously competent at making sure everyone had everything they needed to be happy.
I have been back since Tommo sold out the last of his shares and moved on....I anticipated being a little disappointed, and reminded myself to give it a good go. Unfortunately the new management did not come out offering a welcome handshake or introduction. I sat at the restaurant bar and spotted the new manager and other owner doing something....whatever it was it wasn't making me feel at home. I felt a bit awkward as no welcome came my way.
I drank a few beers and had some oysters. Still, they have managed to deliver great food and ice cold beer...that hasn't changed.
The rooms are getting a bit tired and could use some redecorating. I was at the Blue Rock the day the new wing opened a few years back and we were the first in those rooms. Though nice at the time, I think the interior decorator needs to drop the bright floral theme, and get into something a bit more metro or hip.
I did lots of Scuba diving when staying here and that was just fantastic.
I just booked my next holiday through Asia including Subic....I am leaving in a couple of weeks. Of course being a serial reviewer I spent a lot of time comparing places, reviews and prices...including Blue Rock. Using the BR website, I was unable to identify which room was which, and what rate it was so I had to email them. It took about 24 hours to get a (kind) reply, but that was too late, as I had already booked the Wild Orchid across the road. I think internet inquiries should be dealt with every hour....as we do in my own business.
In comparison, the prices for the larger nicer rooms at Blue Rock, were the same as a deluxe room at the Orchid....and the Orchid looked much nicer, however not beach front. The facilities such as the pool look second to none at the Orchid, as the BR pool is merely a plunge pool and nowhere to lay out.
A lot of people complain about the vendors on the beach at the front of the hotel. I first despised them but after a couple of trips around Asia I learned they are just making their living....just learn how to deal with them and don't offend them.
Great food, beer, floating bar and great location.
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