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.
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