We've been to Matabungkay for an ocular inspection a couple of years back and I'd agree with the very bad reviews based on that previous visit. The rooms were rundown. The place looked more like a dungeon than a hotel. The food was fine though so when we went back to the area a few months ago, my friends and I decided to have dinner in the hotel's resto and asked to have a look at the newly renovated rooms. What we saw was a much improved hotel. The newly renovated rooms including the T&B had been re-tiled and repainted. The shower worked very well and looked very stylish. A little bit of interior design was done. I was very happy with what I saw so that when I had the chance for another short break last week, I decided to stay there. The deluxe room, which they are offering for special festive December rates, was well appointed. The room was very big and had two beds (queen and single). What I like most about the room was the veranda where one gets a good view of the garden and the sea, a perfect place to have a quiet meal. There is a mini-fridge. Contrary to what was published in their website, it seemed fine to bring in food and drinks from outside. We had a great dinner of sizzling blue marlin and homemade fish balls (not starchy, real fish, fluffy), and sinaing na tulingan. And yes, the staff are very warm and accommodating.
Areas for improvement: (1) the daing na bangus which I had for breakfast was too salty; (2) there was no electric kettle in the room (would have been lovely to take coffee/tea in the room without having to go to the restaurant to either request for hot water (which isn't so hot anymore by the time it reaches the room) or to drink from the resto; (3) need to be more environment friendly (We appreciate that they allow guests to bring in food from the resto to the room but everything was in styro containers and utensils were all disposable. With the worldwide concern over climate change, I hope Matabungkay's management would consider participating in efforts to protect our environment and mitigate the impact of climate change.)
By the standards of one who frequents the beaches of Palawan, Matabungkay's beaches are not great. Still, it provides some respite from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. I enjoy walking by the beach or simply sitting down for some moments of "sacred idleness."
With the nice rooms it now offers, I will certainly come back. . . especially if there are good deals around.
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- Also Known As:
- Matabungkay Beach Hotel Lian
- Matabungkay Beach Resort And Hotel
- Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel Batangas/Lian, Philippines