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“Do NOT get conned by 'Beachfront Vip'” 3 of 5 stars
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Blue Rock Resort & Dive Center
Baloy Long Beach, Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Olongapo
London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Do NOT get conned by 'Beachfront Vip'”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

If you pay for a Basic room, this hotel is fantastic value for money, and the location, right on the beach is one of the most conveinient I've seen in the area.
However do not let yourself get conned by paying for the 'Beachfront' VIP room. For a start, although it faces the beach, the patio at the front of the room is actually situated smack bang in the middle if the restaurant. The walls are all of 2ft high, so to the left and the front, you have diners watching you not only on the patio, but actually in the living room through the patio doors. Not only this, the waitresses seem to believe the wall to the left of the patio is their own personal bench, and regardless if the room is occupied or not, will sit around on it 4 or 5 at a time talking. Not only this, frequently during my stay, I caught the waitresses watching my every move through the patio doors.
One time, I walked into the living area to find a male staff member putting a fan on my 'private' patio facing the other diners. On the website, the curtains are closed in the main living area in the photo which is no wonder as the 'beachfront' view from the patio actually consists of two tables in the restaurant.
Its obvious they dont advertise this honestly as no one wants to sit and eat on a private patio watched by 20/30 people. Aside from this the room is actually pretty good (despite the lock being broken on the patio doors, therefore having to constantly bend down to use a padlock, and the air con sounding like a Boeing 747). The shower and bathroom were good and the cleanliness was of western standard, but to charge PHP4650 off the back off the non exsistent 'private' patio is very dishonest.
As for the resort itself its little more than average. The waitresses look at you like you have just asked them to jump through a hoop of fire if you call them over to order food or drinks (they are all usually too comfortable sitting on the wall of room 23's private patio). The dinners were good but the breakfast was very very poor, the ham had to be chewed 37 times before it resembled something you could swallow without choking. The swimming pool is the shape (and size) of a kidney and in the shade for most of the day.
Its a shame, because the manager seems like a nice guy and the rooms really are clean, but the advertising of the VIP rooms is extremely dishonest and a contrived way to cheat people out of their money.

Room Tip: Do not book ANY of the VIp/executive suites as the actual basic rooms are in a better location facin...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Construction done. I've avoided this hotel for years after my first stay because they were building new rooms. They are done now, so no new construction. The end result is the rooms are more affordable. The food is still the best. The dive shop was operating when I was there and the staff was friendly. They don't have a lot of employees at the dive ctr, so you have to wait until they come back from diving for help. The floating bar was great entertainment (for adults). Overall, I'd recommend it over most hotels in the area for different reasons. Beware that all hotels on Baloy are not up to the standards of your average resort guest. This one is the standard for Baloy Beach hotels.

Room Tip: There is a lot of disparity between rooms at this hotel. They are happy to show the available rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Sasebo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The Blue Rock Resturaunt in Barrio Baloy. Continues to serve an absolutely FABULOUS steak (t-bone) win all the fixings! The steak was ooked perfectly andbthe ccompanying salad was just what the doctor ordered with a decent selection of dressings. The sautee'd onions and potatoes were small, soft and flavorful. My dining companion, a frien, had thebsirloin which hebreported was great as well.
The waitstaff appeare to be relatively prompt yet she forgot half of my requested surf and turf. I ordered the T-bone steak with large tiger prawns. She forgot the prawns but at leat I wasn't charged.Other than that faux pas all else at the Resturaunt was first rate. They had a small band with a female vocalist which was pleasing to the eyes as well as my ears. The owner nd management representative ensured customer service as well as loyalty by introducing himself an requesting our opinions prior to our departure.

We also ventured immediately before dinner on th locating bar as it was my first visit on that facility. We were essentially ignored after the male bartender took our orders. He appeared to be much more interested in sleeping behind the bar. The foreigner manager spent the better part of an hour chatting up his mate and appeared to be engrossed in his bag of Lays Potato Chips. We were the only customers on the barge and he never looked up as we paid and departed.

Room Tip: We did not book sleeping accommodations there.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

The Blue rock resort in Olongapo has gone downhill since the departure of the previous management team.
The paint on the walls is peeling off making the rooms look tacky

There is insufficient water pressure to have a shower , that is if the water pressure does not disappear altogether well taking your shower leaving one cover in soap and no way to rinse off other then jumping in the ocean , the mould or the appearance of mould on the shower head was disturbing


The mold on the ceiling tiles in the bathroom seemed to grow every day



The towel rack in the bathroom was on the floor when I checked in and was not fixed for my 4 day stay even though I reported it to the front desk on several occasions


There was no plug available for the bathroom sink

The room had a very bad smell, it smelt like someone had taken a fresh dump every time you walked into the room

The internet was spotty at best with low band width and intermittent service

The highlight was the restaurant still served ok food

The visible absence of the new management allowing the local staff to run and operate the hotel seems to be allowing the premises to deteriorate

The location of the lounge chairs lead to excessive noise every night outside my room this would go until 2 or 3 am , then to add to the lack of sleep people would allow there children to run up and down the balcony in front of the rooms screaming and tell at 730 am
This again was ignored by the front desk staff when it was brought up.
I asked to see the manager on several occasions and was told it was not necessary as there was nothing that could be done


The door to the room was in poor condition with holes in it



The headboard on the bed was dirty and torn

The price of the rooms are only about 25 dollars cheaper now the the wild orchid which is a huge upgrade for the blue rock resort , it acrtaully has a real swimming pool nit a 10 foot by 12 foot hole in the concrete


I have stayed at the blue rock 5 times this will be my last stay at the Blue Rock

Room Tip: Stay at the wild Orchid
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Blue rock is an average place. first of all, the dive center is misnomer, as it did not exist when i was there. just a shack which was closed down. it seems to be more popular for it's restaurant - especially with big groups of Koreans and expats. The rooms are ok. most have a view of the sea - and it is good to sit outside - so take the rooms on the upper floors. they are also quieter and away from the music of the restaurant.

the prices are more suited for expats. steaks buffet cost 450 pesos. servings are very big so they are actually good for 2 people. they have a wide seafood selection, but i think it all comes from the subic fish market.

the rooms are clean, comfortable and the bed / pillow were soft. the bathroom could have been a bit cleaner though

Room Tip: rooms on the upper floor are quiter and have a good view
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

Greetings everyone!

I've stayed with Blue Rock Resort twice last year (Dec. 2011) and would like to recommend this vivid resort to anyone who's planning to stay for a few days or longer in Subic Bay. "Blue Rock" is not a five star hotel but i wasn't looking for that either. I go to Subic for diving and of course a bit of partying. Staying at Blue Rock Resort gave me the feeling of being in the "happening zone" if you like... Theres always something going on and even though you might be traveling alone its an easy place to mingle around with other guests and divers, make friends and share experiences. The food is very good compared to many similar places in Subic Bay and you're only a few minutes away from the night-scene!

You can get a simple room for about 1,000 pesos per night. All rooms are equipped with wireless internet, safety box, hot water, big buckets in the shower (very useful for rinsing your dive-gear), cable-TV and a pretty complete minibar. The rooms are far from fancy but clean and safe.

The food menu is stuffed with both local Filipino-dishes and international cousin (Australian-, American-, Mexican- and Thai-food), huge portions, reasonably good prices and you're able to order anything from the menu 24h/day. The service is great and the management is always around ready to help out in case you need any extra assistance or advice.

I did about 30 dives with El Coral Reef Dive Center, located within the facilities of Blue Rock Resort. Great instructors and superb dive masters. These guys will teach you a lot, and even though i was the only diver one or two times they never hesitated to take me out. El Coral Reef Dive Center covers all wrecks in the bay and will get you well prepared before diving on some of the more advanced dive sites!

All in all Blue Rock is definitely the choice for me, good value for money and lots of activities offered depending on your mood. I hope this review have been helpful, will add to it after my next visit to Subic Bay later on this year. Stay safe everyone!

Room Tip: Room no. 7 and 8 are interconnected. Room 6, 7 and 8 are all next to the staff quarters so unless yo...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Baloy Long Beach, Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Zambales Province > Olongapo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Olongapo
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Number of rooms: 37
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