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La Vista Hotel & Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Iba
England, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“'Only one room remaining'”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Ever seen that comment on the booking agency websites. Well my experiences were very similar to the previous reviewer. We were the only people at the hotel despite the comments on the website that this was the last room. The reaction of the staff was extraordinary as if to say "what are you doing here? They were mostly young lads and there was no one apparently in charge. We did have one meal which they went to the market to buy food to cook. oK but not great. Gave up trying to get breakfast as there just did not seem to be anyone around to provide it. The first room we were given was very damp with mould on the ceiling due I believe to the air conditioner upstairs with a broken overflow. A better room was offered instead which was clean but not serviced daily. Water pressure was low and often our showers were cold. We eventually left early mostly because Iba itself had nothing to hold us. The resort could be OK but they just have to sort out some management.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

OK, so we arrived at La Vista in the worst possible weather without a formal reservation. I was not expecting a welcome reception but our reception was quite odd. The staff, who appeared to be more like caretakers were very surprised to see us and did not know what to do with us. The place looked pretty much closed which is understandable considering the typhoon which had just passed through but I would have thought there would have been at least one staff member with some hospitality skills.
Staff issues aside the room was immaculately clean and the view from the balcony superb. The storm surge presented us with a very angry surf which buffeted the hotel wall at times.
The staff were relieved to hear we were heading into town to eat, however we were surprised to learn there was no breakfast provided (this was not a budget priced hotel). During our many visits to the Philippines this is the first time we have not been provided a breakfast, not very impressed.
The room was lovely and I am sure at any other time the hotel would be better serviced but suggest to make a reservation before arriving.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fredericia, Denmark
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

After a horrific stay at Bakasyunan we fled to La Vista Hotel.

Already at the gate we could see the quality of this hotel was above standard in Iba. Everything looked new and everything was clean. A nice big tree covering the public area giving a lovely shadow in the extreme heat was refreshing and idyllic.

We were met by a very kind staff, who understood western mythology and know how to take care of them. My wife being Filipino only made everything even more smooth. The staff will always service you before anything else and even do it with a smile.

The room.
Big, refreshing and clean. We had a beach front view which was astonishing. Very nice and LOW NOISE air conditioning, what more could you ask for? The toilet was clean and spacey with room to actually move around. There was minor errors but we were not even seeing it, as we were stunned about the quality of this hotel. Only when we had the cleaning lady clean the room i could see some things had been fixed, but that also shows, they care and they actually take the time to do things properly.

TV was nice, many channels to choose from and nice flat screen with good sound and good picture quality. Internet was not working with our stay due to theft. It didn't bother us at all. We later bought a mobile broadband modem with Globe which turned out to service all our internet needs for a low price.

The restaurant.
They had a little of everything. Good breakfast and nice selection of all day meals. According to my wife it was a little pricey, but me, being European thought it was extremely cheap.

Breakfast meals were sublime. Pancakes, french toast, you name it. It tasted nice and it was good produce. Again the service was good. The cook knew what he was doing.
The few times we had dinner at the restaurant was satisfying. Everything tasting good and looking inviting made it a good experience. Small selection of drinks, juice and beer. I would have liked to see Red Horse on the menu, but hey, i couldn't complain, Save More supermarket was only 2km away.

The Beach.
La Vista is right on the beach. We're talking 25 meters from the actual water. The view was breathtaking and water warm and soft. There is no pool and the hotel, but who needs it, when the beach is literary right there. The management had placed tables and chairs for guests to use. They would even serve drinks for you, if you were on the beach.

The bad things.
Every hotel has bad things. I must admit though, that these things didn't actually bother me much, which is only positive. They had a Videoke system and when used it was turned up to the highest volume. 1 night we experienced a larger party, where the Videoke was used until 3 am. The worst thing is, that actual party left 1 am and thereafter the staff was using it for an additional 2 hours. It woke me up once, but then i went back to sleep. My wife didn't notice.

There were actual raging gangs of dogs on the beach. Sometimes you would hear them bark and chase after humans as most of them had rabies. You would also see them in daylight, but they just coexisted with everything else and they didn't bother us. Locals would chase them away if situations would get heated. I would suggest keeping a distance personally.

As a final word i would like everyone reading to know, that we've only tried the delux room. We don't know anything about the quality of the other rooms. The hotel is new, so i would expect everything to be in a good shape. I would definitely suggest you stay at this hotel, it's the best we've tried in Iba so far.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Vista Hotel & Beach Resort
Address: Bangantalinga, Iba, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Central Luzon Region > Zambales Province > Iba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Iba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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