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“Very Much Improved Facilities, Very Good Service”

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Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lian
Malolos City
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very Much Improved Facilities, Very Good Service”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

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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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Excellent suite,great food,friendly staff,I will return!
Fantastic sunrises,amazing sunsets! The 'double chilled San Miguel' is well worth the drive from Manila! This could be,with a few updates, the Number 1 resort to visit?!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Norfolk Island, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My better half and I stayed here recently. Its like a well worn book, alittle rough around the edges albeit under renovation whilst there so can only guess this argues well for the future. We stayed in the suite room which was quite large & clean enough. All the amenities worked; was inclusive of a stocked mini-bar. All in all relatively comfortable, albeit for the price having no wi-fi in the room, and tv signal of dubious quality was a little ordinary.

The resort facilities are ok, the pool looked a little dirty. The beach front is nothing at all to rave about. At an extra charge you can take a raft out onto the water, and they have a diving shop of sorts attached to the hotel.

The lobby and restaurant is tastefully decorated, and is the only place where you can pick up wi-fi, and although free it is terribly sketchy. The restaurant serves lovely food, and they have a nice selection of beer, wine and spirits. The staff were really lovely as well. These were probably the highlights really.

The security of the compound is good; you cannot bring in any outside food or drinks, but hotel prices were very reasonable. The village itself is nothing to rave about either, only a few shops selling some tacky tourist paraphernalia.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2013

Just returned from 2 nights here followed by 2 nights at another PH resort in the same price range - the comparison between the two is night and day. This place sucks! The room was big - but a waste of space. AC was only available in the bedroom - so there is no reason to linger in the sparsely decorated, hot, gecko infested living room. No free drinking water in the room. We had 2 temporary twin beds in our room that we never asked for...needlessly taking up space. We thought our bed was andy...turn out it was just old pilly sheets. The door to the room had an open hole for a peep-hole for outsiders to look in (I guess). The door also felt about as secure as tissue paper. The bathroom was small and old and dirty and had no hot water. They tried to charge us for meals/drinks we never ordered. The grounds are not maintained...very much a stretch to call this a resort. The pool was cloudy. If you leave a towel at the pool they will charge you for it (with the gates locked so you can not leave). No wifi in the rooms. A fun place to stay if you like to bring back stories to friends and family about disgusting, overpriced, fraudulent resorts.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Quezon City, Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The level has receded so much that one would have to wade in ankle-deep water for a kilometer or so to swim. The place was very quiet for lack of guests. It was a very big change from the Matabungkay of the 70's. The place is much bigger, the food is good, and the staff more professional. If you don't mind swimming in the pool instead of the beach, this is a great place for friends and family to share great moments.

The karaoke room is very affordable and good enough for budding swimmers.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2013

First, let me walk everyone here from the gates....Well secured with courteous security guards patrolling every night. The staff are very polite with excellent customer service skills. The restaurants are well appointed, the waitresses are very hospitable. Food and drinks are expensive but worth it. If you want a cheaper one, you may find them outside of the resort. The pools are clean and the kids enjoyed it and enough room to sun bathe. All the amenities are top class. The beach is large enough for a walk but the waters are to shallow and you cannot swim. But the good thing is that when it's low tide, you will find many interesting sea creatures floating and lots of starfish. The rooms are traditional and HUGE. We had the 2 bedroom suite and can fit almost up to ten person. I like the feeling of traditional rooms than modern as long as it's clean. I just wish there is a microwave and coffeemaker.

Room Tip: Affordable but not cheap, priced well. Don't expect a modern room because this is not a hotel bu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Manila
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We went at Matabungkay Beach Reasort and Hotel last weekend and it was a pleasant stay. Their lobby/reception area is welcoming and check-in was smooth. Concierge even help us carry our bags to our room. The room that we've got is beachfront, it is big however it needs a little improvement. I think they should include fridge on their room amenities due during the hot summer days, guest would want to have something cold to drink without going to their bar or restaurant. Overall, the resort is clean and safe enough and the staff are friendly and accommodating. My son had a blast both on the beach and on their swimming pool. I would recommend this place to those who are not that finicky when it comes to choosing a beach resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: 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 #2 of 4 Hotels in Lian
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
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