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“At one with nature”
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Argao, Cebu Island, Visayas

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strandhog
New York City, New York
1 review
“a nice place, BUT.....”
Reviewed July 1, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

The place was in a nice location and well appointed. Bedrooms should have some sort of
night light. All they had was bright spotlights in the ceiling. A dimmer would be nice to enable you to see your way around the room without disturbing others who were sleeping. Clothes washer didn't work and this was mentioned by other previous guests. They should remove the "WASHER" from the list of amenities or put a working washer in there. Dont continue to advertise something that does not exist. The safe was a small lock box not secured to anything. You could lock up your valuables, but anyone could just put the box under their arm and walk out the door with it. Water supply was pitiful. Too often we would run out of water and have to go roust the caretaker who would then have a crew of guys carry 5 gallon bottles to replenish the tank. Several times we were stuck with dirty dishes piled in the sink or a turd in the bowl while we waited for water. Furniture was extremely firm and not very comfortable. Balcony was nice, but there was no place to sit or lounge to enjoy the view. Moving lounge chairs from the patio to the balcony was labor intensive in getting them up the spiral staircase. The caretaker Erma was warm, welcoming, and helpful. She was the best feature of this whole place. In summation, this is a really nice place in a beautiful location with great potential, but not nice enough to make us want to return. If the aforementioned issues were addressed, this place would be awesome and we would come back in a heartbeat! - NY Tommy

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Liked best: the location
Liked least: lack of steady water supply
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
Jul 7, 2016
Thank you very much for your review! Let me reply to all your comments individually:

We will follow your suggestion to change the lights in the bedrooms. LED lights with dimmers will be placed during our stay in August 2016.

The cloth washer is replaced by a new one since we had this review comment. I’m highly surprised to receive this message that the new machine does not work. I will contact the caretaker immediately to get this done. I fully agree that we should not advertise stuff that is not available.

The safe box will be attached to the cabinet. We considered to attach the safe box to the floor. That would be the safest but not very convenient. This will be done in August 2016 too.

The water supply is high on the agenda indeed since the local supplier seems to have more and more delivery problems. This August we will investigate if we can drill our own well near the sea avoiding salty water. If that does not work we will double the water storage capacity. In all occasions I will instruct the caretaker to get water manually before it runs out.

The balcony should indeed have lounge chairs and a table. We will instruct the caretaker to place them there and never remove again. Also the roof above the balcony will get lights with a dimmer. The roof near the pool will get lights as well.

We are not really sure what you mean with your comment about the furniture but will review it ourselves this August to see what can be improved.

Yes, Erma is a very sweet person! You are not the first one to give this compliment.

Thanks again for your comments to help us improve our place!

Best regards,

Family Raaijmakers




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Phillip Y
Cebu City, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice house but too many things were "broken"”
Reviewed October 10, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Great kitchen (we cooked our meals) and nice rooms.

When we checked in, I was told that the AC downstairs was broken and the internet was not functional (call into provider) by the woman who gave us the key. That evening, we got the password from her husband and the wifi was working after all!

Then I checked the AC before we left and the unit was turned off from the outside. I dont know if the (brand new) unit was in fact broken or they were trying to save electricity by turning it off! I felt deceived!

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Oct 16, 2015
Thank you for this review! We've been contacting with the caretakers and unfortunately the airconditioning downstairs was already NOT working on the same week you arrived. Sorry for the inconvenience! When the caretakers, informed us about the damage, we asked them to switch off the whole unit. We have bought it back in 2005, so we think it is time to replace a new one. Too bad you felt deceived. Hope to serve you better in the future!
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Stuartrm
Inverclyde, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“At one with nature”
Reviewed May 24, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I have read earlier reviews and they commented on traffic noise, ants and the muddy shoreline. Well, they are correct to a certain extent. There is some traffic noise but not enough to worry us; there were ants but again not enough to worry about and if you want a natural setting you must make a place for nature; and the shoreline was undoubtedly edged with a glue-like muddy strip that would claim your flip flops given half a chance. If one wished to find fault the electricity supply was interrupted once and the water supply was interrupted twice, albeit briefy. So did this spoil our holiday? NO! We had a great time. The house is in a beautiful setting and and it was well equipped, albeit a few more towels would not go amiss. The caretaker was also pleasant helpful. So, is there anything that would stop me recommending the place? One thing only. Too many people might want to go and in so doing make it difficult for me to book a return trip if I have the opportunity to return!

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Liked best: Location and facilities
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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GONZAGUE...
Cebu City, Philippines
1 review
“Very nice house and swimming pool, great base for nice activities around!”
Reviewed March 2, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We had a very nice moment with friends in Mangrove Inn. The house is very well equiped, no need to bring anything! The small garden is very nice and the view beautiful, The only drawback is the road near, at the back of the house.

Argao, whih is near, is a nice town where you can roam around. We can also make river trekking and see nice falls.

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Jessabell...
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very Unforgettable Vacation! :)”
Reviewed March 2, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

I'll start my review with booking this Vacation House - Mangrove Inn, the owner responded right away which we are really like about because we are running out of time on booking everything and packing our stuff to bring to the Philippines. Everything is set, we stayed last February 9th-16th, 2015, travelling with my hubby, daughter, parents, brothers and sis in law, our flight through Cebu Pacific was very smooth, (no delays at all) when we got there at the airport, our transfers are waiting for us already (the transfers is a bit expensive but its all worth the penny because Argao is approximately 1 1/2-2 hours away from the airport). When we got there at Mangrove Inn, I felt so welcome! Tita Erma is the Auntie of the owner and the caretaker of the house. She welcomed us and show us everything, it feels like its our home already :)

For me, it has everything that you needed, we always ask tita Erma for help on how to get to the market and anywhere we want to go, and everytime we want to go to the famous places of Southern Cebu she was always willing to find a rental car for us :) my mama loves to cook there because the kitchen is spacious, it has centralized aircon in the living area and also in the 3 bedrooms upstairs it was really comfortable.. the only thing we could recommend is to have tv's in the bedroom, a little bedside lamp and a table and chairs on the veranda, also when we stayed the washing machine was broken but its not a big deal, we are Filipinos we can wash our clothes by hand lol and tita Erma said that they are going to replace it (also they have someone who can wash your clothes for you) .. whats so nice when you wake up in the morning is you can walk on the beach which is in front of the house and watch the beautiful sunrise! We have found some starfishes on our little walk that morning and it was really fun :)

The little infinity pool on the side is really cute too! my youngest brother enjoyed it the most, everyday swimming and even at night! It was really an excellent decision for us to choose Mangrove Inn on our Vacation, made me happy that my family had so much fun, it feels like we don't want to go back to Manila hehe! Very Memorable and its so awesome!!!

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Liked best: the house ad the view
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Mar 3, 2015
Hello Jessabelle,
Thank you so much for the very nice review and the photo's. Really appreciate it! By the way, washing machine has been replaced already with a new one. Hope to welcome you again in the future! Jake
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Wonju, South Korea
Reviewed March 3, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Liked best: We liked being away from the fast paced tourist area.
Liked least: The highway was a bit noisy, but you get used to it.
Traveling group: Other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed February 18, 2014 for a stay in June 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: The rest and peace and friendly people
Liked least: The muddy sand in the beach
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
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