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Almont Inland Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Butuan
Santa Cruz, California
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“Not My Idea of A Resort”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

The hotel offer free shuttle to and from the airport which is a nice feature. It's about 15 minutes from the airport to the hotel. Check in was easy. A buffet breakfast came with the room, and we elected to take it at check in as we were leaving early the following and would not be able to take the buffet the next day. The Buffet is located in a large open area, no window or doors, and the they have kind of the standard buffet fare, egg station, a couple of different meats, rice, cereal, fruit and breads. One thing that bothered me was since the buffet was in an open area, there was an abundance of flies and the Sparrows flew in and pecked on the spoons that is used for getting your food.

To get to the room, you take a golf cart from the check in area, it would be a long walk if dragging bags. The room was large but rather basic, no carpet, tile floor, two double beds, and the only amenities were a refrigerator, with some drinks inside, and a flat screen cable tv. No room safe, no coffee service (water heater), but many mosquitos. The door was a sliding glass door that was somewhat hard to lock and it did not have an inside security lock. WIFI was available. The room has towels but no wash cloths, soap, but didn't see any shampoo.

When we were leaving for our business meeting with computer, LCD, and other stuff, we could not get any answer at the front desk on the phone, so we had to carry all the stuff up to the lobby ourselves which was a task. There is apparently no taxi service in Butuan as we had requested a taxi to take us to the event and a gentleman showed up in old car to take us for a fee.

The hotel has a large pool, which we did not use, and i'm not sure of any other features.

All in all, it was an experience, but not one that I would want to do again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

I had my wedding reception in one of their ballrooms. It was magical and solemn. Spent a night or two after the wedding, it was a peaceful stay with my husband. I enjoyed the late night deep at the pool with chilled red wine.

Staffs are warm but needs to show more care to guests. The rooms that are beside the pool are lovely and romantic. Suits family affairs as well.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manila
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Went here for a business conference and the hall was huge although the sound system was a mess. We could hear the adjacent hall's activity. The rooms are good though way far from the conference hall but has the necessities i.e. soap, towels, ref with drinks, cable tv, etc. however the entry to my room was only a sliding glass door just like any veranda doors with a view of a stagnant man made pond. Surprisingly no mosquitoes though. Service is good they have this golf cart car that transports you to your rooms. Food is average and cost is just alright.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

This resort has both good and bad things. I'll start with the good ones. The food! They make their own original longganisa and that was what i tried and it was the best longganisa i have tasted. For me, it was even better than the vigan version. I was really glad the waiter recommended this and this was the number one impression i had of this place. Second, the staff are really friendly and warm. They were really helpful and approachable. The entire place has this relaxing ambience with the small pond and the design of the facilities. The rooms are really big and spacious, with three beds. Maybe that was why the rates seem expensive, the rooms were meant for many people to share. The place was good but i have seen better places of similar rates. Now for the bad things about this place, I really did not have a good night's sleep here because of the insects (mosquitos and others) that kept bothering me. I have been in other resorts of this type but they do not have this problem. The pool area was actually a little noisy since the pool was meant for kids and not really for adults to relax in. At the time of my stay, some people rented the clubhouse and they were doing dance practice and their sound system was loud and irritating. Maybe they should soundproof their clubhouse. Overall, this place was good enough for me. I would still eat here but i wouldnt stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Like most people, I found the rooms very spacious. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly, despite our persistent haggling for a better rate. The superior rooms are bit dated and the bathroom fixtures need replacement. Also, the water in the bathroom has this slightly foul smell, probably because it comes from a well. Aside from this, I dont have any other complaints. If you are not on a budget, stay in a deluxe room which has newer facilities. Even with a somewhat average room, the complimentary breakfast more than makes up for everything else. They have unlimited coffee, and a very generous servings, with very good service to go along with the good food.

Room Tip: Get a deluxe room if your not on a budget. The superior rooms are old and run down. The water has a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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3 Thank docz_geotech
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Australia
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71 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

The hotel has undergone many improvements since we last commented. The little things have been fixed. The staff are extremely friendly and service is great. The food in the restraint is well priced. The mosquitoes are still a problem but there are screens fitted to the rooms and we came prepared with our insect repellant. It is much quieter than Dottie's and easier to sleep.

Room Tip: Making an effort to speak Visaya is encouraged.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank Richard_VanBob
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UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

This had been our third stay at this establishment, a suite room is not a suite but a deluxe room with an extra bed crammed in.

The rooms are fairly basic, the air conditioning noisy, this really is just, by Philippines standards, an average type of accommodation.

Then we come to their food and beverage prices, well in the provincial (lesser) cities such as Butuan establishment prices for San Miguel beer tend to range from PHP30 to PHP50, want to go 4 star in a major city such as Cebu then expect to pay up to PHP100 for a beer ... Well here at Almont, based on the overall standard of the place, they realistically should be charging around PHP45-50 for a beer, what they actually charge is PHP95 but then they have the nerve to add a 10% service charge bringing the price of a beer to PHP104.50 that they buy in for for around PHP15!

And their food is less than average, my chicken wasn't even cooked throughout, they tried to food poison me serving me with raw chicken when the food is significantly less expensive at more up-market establishments than this place.

Overall it is an average accommodation and someone needs to bring them down to earth with their food & beverage prices and reading reviews of their resort near to Surigao City it seems they have a similar problem there also.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Almont Inland Resort

Property: Almont Inland Resort
Address: J.C. Aquino Avenue | Agusan del norte, Butuan, Mindanao 8600, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindanao > Agusan del Norte Province > Butuan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Butuan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Almont Inland Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amidst the city's offerings, Almont Inland Resort and Convention Center is the place to experience the best of Butuanon warmth and hospitality. Here, one can take a breather and engage in a host of recreational and relaxing activities, including swimming, tennis and fishing. It is where one can indulge in business affairs at a leisurely pace. Conveniently located, this inland resort is close to the city center and is just 10 minutes away from the airport. Here, you'll find a four-hectare haven for corporate events, family and romantic celebrations and respite from hectic city life. Located at the capital of Caraga, the resort plays host to numerous conventions and seminars, bringing together visitors from across the northern Mindanao region. We invite you to embrace the charm of historic Butuan and make us your home away from home. ... more   less 
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