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Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lian
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Matabungkay Beach Resort was built in the end of the 70's as a private resort, it has since transformed into a public resort and is showing signs of age, however this is both good and bad. The grounds have wonderful mature trees and the architecture is a classis of its period with many Hawaiian influences.
The rooms are extremely large with private lanais but the furniture looks a little lost in the size of the rooms. The room we were in had some maintainance issues with tiles lifting on the floor and elderly fittings in the cr but everything was clean and worked, including the full cable tv.
For us the best point was the excellent grounds with many mature trees at the 'whiter' end of Matabungkay beach with an extensive beachfront which connected to the main beach.
It has the advantage of enjoying the privacy or walking to the main beach.
The sea is extremely clean but has seagrass beds which we enjoyed exploring and is very shallow but if you wish to swim there are two clean pools, the small one with a slide.
Staff are very helpful and courteous.
Food is a bit basic for such a resort but is reasonably priced and there are easy to reach outside alternatives.
This is not a 5 star Manila hotel but is extremely relaxing, has excellent location and grounds and is very good value for money.

Room Tip: The beach cottages are very cute but the spiral staircase to the attic bedroom may be difficult for...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

1. The rooms are worst than the UP dormitories, except for the airconditioner and hot water. These are infested with mosquitoes and cockroaches;
2. Our bath room was slow to drain, lacking in amenities, no hair dryer, no hooks to hang your stuff, no exhaust fan, no bidet. The sink is too low and small with dilapidated counter. The counter rack is tilted forward which cause your stuff to slide down. The water coming out of the faucet is a bit like a hard water, where you don't feel clean even after taking a bath.
3. Their expensive food also sucks, not much a variety;
4. Room prices are also expensive vs what you get. Budget hotels like Microtel will feel like heaven once you have tried MBRH rooms;
5. Rooms also are lacking in amenities. No free water, no free coffee and tea which are now common even in budget hotels;
6. We were also visited by brownout during our stay. They have a weird way of distributing power in all the rooms because some rooms were under brownouts and some don't.
7. The pillows are too high that you cannot even use them.
8.. The ref is also tilting forward such that when you open it, the contents fall in front of you.
9. The location is not also good and hte beach water does not look that clean either.

In conclusion, this hotel is extremely outmoded and needs a big makeover. The GM should be fired for doing a very poor job. He should at least visit other hotels which are less costlier so that he can compare. In their survey form, they should find out how many of the customers are returning guests. It was our first time to try this hotel. But one thing is sure, We will never go back for it.

Room Tip: Don't even think try it or you will regret it.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Ric T
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Musky smelly room slow service. I left my elec toothbrush there on checkout then one hour later when I returned to get it and I was informed that cleaning staff did not see anything left by me.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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1  Thank ann8888
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Stayed last Nov. 5...i saw the website and was fooled. Rooms looked like cheap motel. Our room smelled of new paint and there were mosquitoes and bugs inside. We asked the staff to spray the room. After dinner, the room smelled nicer but the bugs are still in the room. Hot water was not available in the morning and we had to ask housekeeping to have it checked. The pillows smelled musty and the beds are really uncomfortable. I paid extra for another bed for my daughter and they provided an iron bed which is is rusty. Restaurant service was sooo slow. And food are overpriced. The only good thing about the place is the accommodating staff.

Room Tip: always check trip advisor before you book any hotel
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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7  Thank karrie_b888
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

I booked family break at this hotel from their website , looked fantastic , rooms looked great and location was what I wanted, I arrived to what I can describe as a 1970s dump, walked out

Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
8  Thank Galvin M
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

This was the venue of the recently concluded Tri-United triathlon race held July 17 so it was the convenient choice to stay in.
The event itself was fun and well organized but I will think twice before joining it again next year because the experience with our accommodation at this hotel was horrible.
The accommodation basically is too old and worn out. It looks like it never got renovated since it was built, probably in the 70's. So the smell of the room is quite musty already.
The prices for accommodations and the food at their restaurant are quite steep but nothing is worth the value.
We had the 2-bedroom but decided to occupy one because its eerie. There was no airconditioning in the living room where one TV was located. There was a kitchen but you could see pest infestation on the sink. Even though the water was strong at the bathroom, the shower was weak which is probably clogged. The towels were old and so are the containers of shampoo which we didn't bother to use.
In their restaurant, the servers are not properly trained. Since there was a big event that day, one of the servers informed that we can only order pasta and sandwiches probably because the kitchen was busy preparing for the event's buffet. But after our order of crap burger arrives, you see other tables getting other items on the menu aside from sandwiches and pasta. Next, during bill out, another server tells us that we can't charge the food to our room and we have to pay in cash. Then after paying they give you the order slip as your receipt. We asked for an official receipt and after waiting for more than 20 minutes, you find out that the server has lost the order slips. We had to talk to their manager already. It took a while but they just had the receipt sent to our room. The manager also informed us that we could charge our food bill to our room. Talking about standardization, everyone has their own policy.
So what's a worse rating than a terrible rating? I will now coin it as MBRH (Matabungkay Beach and Resort Hotel) rating!

Room Tip: Just skip this place when you really have to go to Matabungkay.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank KXPlorer
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

Due to restraint time,we relied on the Internet to be able to find a nice and COMFORTABLE hotel to spend our holy week. I was able to go to MATABUNGKAY BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL'S WEBSITE.. The room looks nice in their site so you'll feel confident to stay here though you haven't seen the room personally. So with this impression in mind,we payed them IN FULL immediately thru depositing a check in their account before 4pm as this was their requirements. We felt relieved knowing that we already had a place to relax and enjoy this holy week.. Then the day of our stay came,it was actually today,April 22,2011,Good Friday 2011..EVERYONE,PLEASE DON'T BE FOOLED BY THEIR SALES REPRESENTATIVES MOST ESPECIALLY BY THEIR WEBSITE..YOU WILL JUST WASTE YOUR TIME,EFFORTS,GASOLINE..

First time I saw the building where our room is located,I already felt a bit disappointment and here are the reasons why: (by the way our room was deluxe room #221)

1. The building is already old
2. The stairs are dirty
3. The doors are already color DIRTY YELLOWISH WHITE
4. The doors are old and the wood is starting to tarnish
5. THE FLOOR IS SOOOOO DA*N DIRTY
6. THE BEDS ARE SO OLD (honestly,the first time I saw the room I didn't even attempt to sit at any of the bed, sooo not tolerable for me)
7. THE ROOM STINKS!!! IT SMELLS FISHY (malansa)
8. THE WORST EVER WERE THE 2 EXTRA BEDS!!!EEEEEWWW TO THE MAX!
THEY WERE SO RUSTY,THE PAINT OF THE METALS ARE TARNISHING,MY BROTHER EVEN SAID THAT THE EXTRA BEDS LOOKS LIKE "HIGAAN NG MGA PATAY SA MORGUE" IT LOOKS LIKE AS IF THERE WERE INSECTS AWAITING TO FEAST ON YOUR SKIN...

As soon as we saw that,we all decided to just go home,refund our payment and not to pursue our overnight stay. They told us it would take 2-3weeks to process the check and refund our money. We just agree because the room was really WORST AND NOT TOLERABLE AT ALL. So do yourself a favor and never ever consider staying at this stinky hotel..

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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9  Thank supervain16
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Additional Information about Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel

Address: Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Lian
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Lian
Price Range: $80 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
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