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Steps Garden Resort
Ranked #13 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Certificate of Excellence
South Africa
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304 reviews
168 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“Pretty nice place to stay”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Not a bad petite resort by any means, especially in the dump of a village called Sabang. In fact, it's very similar in layout to Out Of The Blue.

Great staff, pleasant surrounds once your in the resort, decent size swimming pool, decent location and value.

But has some negatives too. The restaurant has zero vegetarian meal options (barring a couple of snacks) which is just so inconsiderate. The internet is very slow, there's no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, no bedside lights, hot water takes an eternity to get warm.

But as I opened with, not that bad all things considered ... just, could be better.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Angeles City, Angeles, Philippines
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Had a pleasant stop here, room very nice but you need to be pretty fit to get the most out it, I had 85 steps and ramps to get up the hill, but once there it was worth it.
Minibar very resonable prices, but be very careful with any of the linen/towels, if you get the slightest mark on them, they will charge you for the item with a very nice profit added, I got stung with a towel at 600 pesos! hair products on it?? I actually wiped the floor with it after the aircon flooded the room and my property with it, so the hair products come of the floor?!
Also try and pay cash for your room because they will charge you 4.8% surcharge for cards, which is is agaist the law in the Philippines!
The staff were nice, food ok.

Room Tip: If you are fit get the newer rooms higher up the hill,its worth it.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Cotonou, Benin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed a few nights in this hotel in Sabang. It is a beautiful location close to the village, but still very quiet. I loved the garden, but less the steps. My room was almost the last one up the hill and that was quite a sweaty climb in the end.
The biggest asset is the positive and friendly staff! They are very helpful and do everything to make you feel comfortable. The girl from the restaurant kept on singing and smiling and prepared the best mango-shakes in town! Would definitely like to come back for diving and will then stay for sure in this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Really helpful staff in a hotel with great views of the bay.
Bit of a trek up the steps but I guess the clue is in the name! The hotel has a smallish but very pleasant pool with a bar. The food is good and served well.
The best recommendation is that I hope to return here next year.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2012

After some research we decided for the Steps & Garden and we enjoyed every minute there. We even extended our stay by 4 days and skipped a planned Boracay trip.
We booked 2 new suites on the top floor with fantastic view. Many steps but it was worth it. The rooms are very spacious and so was the bathroom, very clean, a huge balcony with nice furniture overlooking the resort and the sea. The cottages looked older but cannot comment on them.
All the staff is very very friendly and always have a smile. Lhiza, the resort manager, was always very responsive and helpful with any request we had.
We arranged diving with South Sea Divers right next to the S&G and this was also a very good choice. Nice and friendly people there and it's not too big.
Definitely will go back there.

Room Tip: Rooms up-hill have best views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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london
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Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Steps has built an extension going even further up the hill.
Although I didn't stay in the new part.
I did look at the rooms, and I was impressed. Very modem and functional.
I stayed in one of the older cottages which have all had new bathrooms installed to nice standard.
A lovely place to stay,
I tried another couple of cheaper places further along sabang beach for my first week.
But found myself longing to be back at Steps, so bit the bullet with the 300php price difference. ( what was I thinking )
And went back for my fifth stay.
Just love the place.
Only drawback with the whole of Sabang is Internet connection it's never been up to much, wifi or fixed line, despite the huge comunication tower that looms over the town.

  • Stayed September 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

In late September 2012, I stayed here for 2 nights and my experience was delightful. For an air-conditioned, clean, simple room with an amazing view the price was P1500. Skip all the dive resorts (even if you are a diver as I am) and relax with a view in Sabang. They also have decent wi-fi and a great pool/lounge area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Kyle K
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Property: Steps Garden Resort
Address: Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Number of rooms: 22

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