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Review of Bakasyunan and Conference Center

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Bakasyunan and Conference Center
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Iba
Pasay, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“HEAVEN IN MY SECRET HAVEN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

My secret haven up north will always be Bakasyunan Resort. I kept coming back here for almost 2 years already. Regardless of the long trip, I just love to be here as long as my time permits. You know why? Because of the FOOD! :) I NEVER AND WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF LOVING THEIR FOOD. From the very first day I tasted those, i felt like heaven. Food is one of the few things I look for a place whenever I travel. The scenery, the people and the calmness of the beach are plus factors. The resort is almost perfect for me so it's highly recommended for the food lovers out there!! :) Kudos Bakasyunan!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank jlsdelatorre
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Marikina, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Too far from Manila but it’s worth the trip. If you’re a beach lover and you don’t have enough money for the luxurious beaches, try BAKASYUNAN RESORT! It offers very affordable accommodations and a variety of outdoor activities. The sand is not that white, but it’s powdery. The beach is very well maintained. The rooms are newly renovated and are very clean. The staffs are very accommodating. The place is very serene and very peaceful. Indeed, a good place for relaxation and unwinding.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank jefferson c
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Derby, Kansas, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Been to this resort when I was invited by a friend from Iba, Zambales on one of their family affair last October 11, 2013 and as I wonder around I notice the warm reception from their personnel, the big space, those beautiful and affordable rooms. My friends family checked in at one of the dorms and it was clean and beautiful with enough space for a number of persons. We enjoy the night away at the bar singing on the Videoke. The visit was really worthwhile, the food, the accommodation, and the courteous staff who keep on attending to our needs makes me feel at home.

I feel going back to bakasyunan and bring along my closest buddies so they could also experience one of the nicest resort in zambales if not the best.

Room Tip: Try the VIP room as they are spacious and elegant. Check out the cleanliness of the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Randy A
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bangkok
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79 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

trying to escape rain in subic,IBa seemed like a nice hideaway.And a hideaway it was.No people working here,only one sleepy guard,but helpful,the rest of the 2-3 staff members seemed to have som sleep issue.Got a quite expensive room,even low season.small with dead coacroaches everywhere.Bed?sleep on the floor better if not for all the ants.resturant could offer...instant noodles and white sugar bread whith a halfed cooked egg.So decided to break my carbo diett and survive on snacks and beer.I think we where the only customers.....the pool.....to cold and dirty to stick u toes in.Big place thouh,can imagine how this looks in high season with karokes, drunks and hundreds off screaming kids....Wifi forgett it,the sea outside resort dirty with trash.And a 24/7 danger of falling cocounts from all the palms around.death from abowe.never going back,high or low season

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank eric m
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Mississauga, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

We arrived at the hotel late around 10pm the front desk offered us the cottage which is 4 double beds in 1 room so that was fine it was clean has aircon. the problem was at 10in the morning people are starting to come bringing in there stuff right at the front of out cottage so i thought they were just going to swim. but no apparently hotel stuff double booked the hotel we were being asked to move to the next smaller cottage.Terrible talk about hospitality ! We travelled all the way from Nueva Ecija a 5 hr dr. and we needed to rest and relax.
i would not go back to this hotel service is very poor. Now i heard this resort is own by boy abunda, I hope he is reading this comments and try to improve or loose the business.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank vtoria63
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

this is the first time i'm gonna write a review on tripadvisor even if i've often consulted this site for accommodations. i was really itching to do it because of our experience.

we had our office teambuilding at the bakasyunan. from quezon city, it took us more than 5 hours, maybe because we made a wrong turn somewhere in olongapo and got lost for several minutes, and our van's driver wasn't really that fast, just careful. :-)

anyway, when we got to the resort i was greeted by the smell of chlorine from the pool near the front desk. then we walked to our accommodations, those native-looking air conditioned huts that are on the way to the 4-story beachfront building. the room was spacious enough, with two double beds and enough space on the floor for an extra mattress. the air con was working fine and the water in the taps were strong enough, the flush and shower were all working. unfortunately they don't believe in hanging clothes i guess because there are almost NO HOOKS or closet to hang your clothes whether in the bathroom or bedroom. so we improvised by bringing in one of the chairs from the terrace and putting it just outside the bathroom door so we could easily reach for our towel and clothes. (you know how us girls really have a lot of stuff.) i also brought a hanger which i hung on the curtain rod. by the way, the toilet is separate from the bath. the toilet has no exhaust. go figure. :-(

i think the people who made the place were also tall people, haha. the sockets in our room were high up in the walls (i'm 5' and i couldn't reach the outlet!) so say if you've got to charge your celfone and your charger comes with a short wire/cable, your cell would be hanging. good thing we had an extension.

they offer towels upon request. the bed linen are okay in cleanliness, pillows are soft enough, and they also give free soap. i wish they would offer free bottled water, though, because the dining rooms are really far from the rooms, and it's really inconvenient especially when it's raining.

it was good that the huts had back doors where you could enter from the beach, so you wouldn't be bringing sand into the bedroom. but then, that would be moot if it's locked from the inside and the key to the hut only opens the front (bedroom) door.

the grounds are REALLY spacious. too spacious that there should have been room enough to put those dining areas FAR from the sleeping areas. as it was, those dining areas were right next to the sleeping areas, and those singing karaokes or playing pinoy henyo over the mic are really really disturbing those of us who want to rest. so maybe they should have a policy about loud activities being held at 1 AM!!! i mean, we understand if it's before midnight, but 1AM? come on!

those karaoke areas should also be far from the function rooms. as it was, when we were having our workshop and even with the use of the mic, those singing outside were drowning out our discussions. (to make matters worse, they were out of tune, but then, that's another story.) or maybe they should soundproof the function rooms!

the food -- blah. too tame. i for one liked the sinigang na bangus, really tasty, but other than that.... the food servers would also "forget" bringing out the dessert unless we asked them to. and they were sometimes scarce, so that during our last morning there, outsiders lined up at the food that was meant for us and i had to tell them, "sorry but this food is meant for a group that's having a teambuilding here." even our coffee were just out there and the other people were just getting them. we also wished they would serve more of their local delicacies so that they would promote their products. but imagine this, we came all the way from manila to eat food that was easily available in manila too. halo-halo on the streets tasted much better. and i don't know if it's our fault but we had to make do with water most of the time coz our meals weren't accompanied by colored or sweetened liquids :-) when we asked if they had a 1.5 liter bottle, they said "none" so we bought soda in cans, worth P35 each. then later we found out that they were selling bottled soda for P18!!!! still too expensive, but cheaper than P35... so how come they didn't offer it as alternative earlier? to get more money, of course! that's business.

i should also say that on a saturday night i went all the way to the front desk to ask if they were offering massage services. well, there were some people checking in but there was no one at the desk. after several minutes, a woman entertained them and while they were filling in their forms, i asked about the massage. at first she said "ay wala po." then changed her answer to "absent." i think, the truth is, they don't offer it or else the service would be posted on the window.

well, i guess this has been too long. i wasn't expecting a 5-star resort, of course, but in a nutshell, out of a scale of 1-10, with 10 as the highest, my roomies and my other officemates and i thought the trip wasn't too much worth it - maybe just a 5 or 6. i would give it a plus for the spacious facilities. minus for service, noise, food. i don't know how much our office paid for the resort, but for someone like me who's learned to sleep on top of tables on official trips, i should really say, i wouldn't recommend this resort for someone who's gonna have to travel all the way from manila. :-(

Room Tip: be sure the rooms are far enough from the karaoke areas. or else, be warned of not having enough sle...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Mya C
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Fredericia, Denmark
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We arrived at Bakasyunan the 27th of Marts 2013. Initially we would have stayed for a full 7 days, but decided to loose money and find somewhere else. I would start by saying, that we came in the middle of holy week in the Philippines. My wife is Filipino and she already told me about what we could expect.

She was also stunned/shocked about our experience.

First off: Check in.
The staff had a "we don't care about you attitude upon arrival". Only the guard at the entrance seemed to show some service. The room was a 'Beach Front' room with 3 beds. The windows couldn't close properly. The toilet was utmost disgusting and the air conditioning didn't work. Again, the service was non existent and my wife had to talk angry on their local language to get everything fixed.

The stay.
We came 1 day before all hell was breaking loose. I'm serious. The day after arrival, it felt like China arrived at once. All Filipino, no other tourists. Apparently holy week means party, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week non stop, not even a 10 min break. Videoke playing so loud, that we could feel the base in our room while sleeping and, if you remember the open windows, there was nothing to stop the noise from getting in. People were drinking and singing non stop for 4 days, where we decided that not sleeping isn't any fun.
Besides that i would like everyone to know that even though our air conditioning was "fixed" it was making a noise like a tractor, which didn't help much on the sleeping part.

Only on the last day, the management seemed to "wake up" and ask themselves: Hey, why are they leaving before time???? Suddenly we were gods. They tried everything to make us stay, but of course we refused. The hotel acts with a no refund policy. Luckily for us, my wife managed to get a P5500 refund in souvenirs, which we exchanged for t-shirts and other gadgets.

Lastly i would like to state the following: We only tried the Beach Front rooms as everything else was fully booked, so we don't know how the quality is, if you choose any other room. The service, restaurant and cleanliness was most disgusting. The pool looked nice although we didn't try it out as it was crowded like India at all times.

Room Tip: Don't take the Beach Front rooms.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RuneJohannesen
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Property: Bakasyunan and Conference Center
Address: Barrio Amungan, Iba, Luzon 2201, Philippines (Formerly Bakasyunan Resort)
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Zambales Province > Iba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Iba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bakasyunan and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The sunny days and starlit nights of Bakasyunan call you. Begin your day with a stroll down the wide sand beach and a dip in the cool, clear china sea. Have a picnic lunch prepared by our 24 hour restaurant with local specialties and the freshest ingredients. Plan an action-packed afternoon with volleyball, basketball, fishing in the lagoon, mini golf, motor biking, unicycle, banana boat, jet ski, and kayak to nearby coral reefs, or just relax among the palm breezes. ... more   less 
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