I have stayed at the Tanza Oasis five or six times in the past year, for between 3 and 5 nights each time; my experience has been consistent across all the stays. Each stay cost approx 3500php per night (standard room, no breakfast included). At this price the Tanza Oasis is great value (I'm from the UK). However, to set expectations, this is a budget hotel with a great swimming pool, thats about it. Here are some key points I've noted:
Check-in is always frustratingly slow, where even if no-one else is waiting it still takes 15 minutes. But top hotels I have stayed at in Manila have been similar so I assume it is a Philippine thing. Staff are polite and friendly but I wouldnt say helpful or knowlegeable.
The room is a good size and clean.. Air conditioning has been strong/cold apart from one stay but I dont keep it on all the time anyway, eg turn it off at night.
The room amenities always includes 2 x toothbrush and soap but other items like shampoo, conditioner, shaving kit seem to depend on the mood of the cleaning person! I always bring my own amenities so this is not a problem for me. The shower design means that the entire bathroom floor is usually flooded, so it is easy to use up the thin towels provided. The TV set is small and quite a distance from the bed, so do not plan any cozy TV night. There is an empty fridge. Water is supposed to be available via dispensers in the corridor but on all visits these have been empty throughout - so make sure to stop and get bottled water and other in room snacks/drinks before arriving at the hotel.
Wi-fi has worked intermittently over the various stays. Each time the staff tell me "Sorry Sir!" but thats all they can do. I suspect the problem is a capacity issue that means the network can only support a certain number of concurrent connections, rather than a technical problem per se.
The swimming pool is the standout feature of the hotel. It is large, safari themed, with a young kids area and older kids side with waterslides. If you have children in the 2yrs to 12yrs age they will love the pool.
There is also a 'private' beach with many Kubo (bamboo beach huts) which I think are for rent. The beach sand is raked clean each day but the water can look very dirty with garbage in it. People from the next door village are able to walk into the 'private' beach but do not cause any problem. Also, they happily swim in the water so it must be ok.
I have only tried the food in the restaurant a couple of times. There was a large selection of Philippine food and what I had was good but it was expensive in context of the room cost - say about 500php for breakfast for two. If you're adventurous, there is a new village cafe just outside the main entrance which serves beer/food much cheaper.
In summary, if you have a young family this is a great place for one or two nights. Bring your own drinks and snacks and maybe extra towels for the pool. You'll have a great time.
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