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“Huge Resort, Small Pool Area, Poor Location”

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Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground
Ranked #17 of 31 Hotels in Bohol Island
los angeles
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“Huge Resort, Small Pool Area, Poor Location”
Reviewed December 13, 2011

This is a huge resort located on a hillside tumbling down to the sea. The part of the resort near the pool and restaurant is nicely landscaped and has steps leading down to the beach. The beach itself is a small quiet strip with signs designating swimming areas. It is a clean beach free of hawkers and has lounge chairs for guest use. Apart from the pool/restaurant/beach area, the rest of the resort is poorly laid out, a pain to navigate involving long hikes to get to the pool/beach area or to access public transportation to get to other parts of the island including the beach town of Alona. Although there were only three sets of guests when we were there, yet the restaurant was out of most of the items listed on their menu. If you like pancakes, garlic fried rice and fried fish, you'd be ok.
Originally we were booked in a standard room which is truly far from the pool/beach area. As an active senior, I found the long uphill/downhill walk exhausting. We then ask to move to a superior room near the pool/beach area, paid the additional cost and were happier. Our room had a partial seaview thru oddly placed utility facilities. The air conditioning is adequate but cannot be left on unless the room key is stuck in the power switch. The decor is pleasant dark wood (think Hampton Inn), the beds were comfy but there was no tub or hot water. Our room had a small attached patio with plastic furniture which we did not use because it had no seaview. We had all our meals at the resort restaurant because it was too much trouble and expense to leave the resort. The resort had a monopoly on shuttles anywhere and charged accordingly. There is wifi at the lobby area only and a laptop is available for about $3 an hour.
To be sure due to the resort being largely deserted and their roped off beach area, we did have a quiet beach holiday. The facilities are decent and clean. But I thought the $120 per night that we paid for our room was not a good value.
We went to Panglao Island during what should be a cooler time (Nov.), the weather remained stifling hot during daytime. So it's only in the early morning or early evening that swimming is comfortable. Although it is a small island, getting around, if one stayed at Flushing Meadow or neighboring property Bohol Bee Farm, is not easy. Alona beach town is crowded, noisy, dusty and lined with cheap bars, restaurants and souvenir stalls. Our multi day package included an island tour which I cannot recommend and airport pick up and drop off which I can recommend. As a beach holiday person, Panglao Island in general and Flushing Meadows in particular are not good value destinations. It maybe so for the backpacking or partying crowd but not for adults seeking a quiet, pleasant beach holiday. I thought I'd be finding a Boracay of 20 years ago or a Phuket or a Nusa Dua but it wasn't like any of those.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2011

It's a very nice resort, clean, huge, and with good facilities. It's good for family outing where kids could enjoy dino parks and pool inside the resort. One thing i like in this resort is their pools, very nice... overlooking the beach..
Food is quite expensive though, and not really good :( but they do serve international cuisine...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Liked the hotel. Room 104 was the room we stayed in. Called the Agassi wing (hence the Flushing Meadows name) It was a superior class room. Big enough for three people to sleep in. The view was nice( you can see the water), although the roof of the dining area was in front of you.

Staff was very friendly. We took a day tour through the hotel. Had our own driver in a compact car... airconditioning is a must when touring. Andres was our driver and great tour guide! Ask for him! He also works at the hotel. Janna in the dining area was nice and attentive.

Bathroom was roomy although the shower wand hook in bathtub was cracked, so the shower wand kept on falling it. Needs more lighting.
Nice grounds. Nice infinity pool. Good complimentary breakfast both days we stayed; filipino and western cuisine.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

The only nice place at this resort is the swimming pool with a nice view on the sea. All the rest does not meet our expectation : it is isolated, very far away from Alona beach. There is no attraction around. Only 1 restaurant available which is closing already at 10pm. Only thing to do is to stay in the small room looking some local TV chanels. The offer at the restaurant is not too big and food not so good. We had to hire a taxi every evening to go to Alona beach and find some good restaurants.
The rooms are very very small and the bathrooms do no quality for such a hotel : very small and not very clean.
The staff was just ok but did not know too much.
I would not recommand this hotel at hotel, unless you go for a honeymoon !

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had a company trip last weekend August 6-8, 2011. Upon reading the reviews, I thought it would give me a negative impression but I saw for myself and I was overwhelmed. It's not a five star resort but it passed my standards.

PROS
The rooms are big enough, the bed and pillows made me sleep comfortably. We stayed in a McEnroe suite and we had our own veranda. The place itself is nice, it has an infinity pool overlooking the beach. Good for taking pictures. The food is good too. We had full board meals for the three days we were there. Staff is friendly and accommodating.

CONS
The beach isn't attractive, not enough sand. Rocky and a bit dirty.

Overall, our stay there was enjoyable, Flushing Meadows made sure that their place is worth the price. Will definitely return to this resort when we go back to Bohol.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2011

The staff are friendly and nice especially the driver who picked up us at the airport. the location is just in the main entrance to the Panglao Island. I cant really say it is in Panglao Island. We got the Standard Connor. The room is clean and well organized. The aircon is fine.The key of the room must get inserted so the light and power will work. Its centralized. The hotel has beach front area but you wont enjoy to swim in it because of the cement blocks. I was dissappointed of the location. The place is like a ghost town. It was too quite especially at night. The food was too pricey!!!. The location is too far from the main city. No other place to go to as there were no near bars and restaurants outside of the hotel!

Honestly , I was not really satisfied of the place but Bohol tour was greate !

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2011

We stayed for 3 days at the rooms beside the pool . The rooms were not as we expected. The room was rather small for the price paid. It had one queen sized bed. The bathroom was big but there was no shower room. The shower was placed over a very slippery bath tub - not guest friendly. A guest could easily slip while getting in and out of the tub.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground
Address: Barangay Dao | Panglao Island, 6339, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Bohol Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Bohol Island
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Bohol Island
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bohol Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground 3*
Number of rooms: 99
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