Can't say anything bad about the hotel's architecture and design. It is a beautiful structure. The rooms are big with comfortable queen-sized beds. All rooms have a "calm" vibe. My room had a 4-seater dining table and mini-kitchen complete with microwave oven. No full-length mirror but the 2 mirrors (room and bathroom) were more than adequate. The bathrooms are large with a tub and a chic shower head. All rooms have a view of the pool. The restaurant is light and airy with very interesting fish-themed decor. Everything is clean and well-thought out.
Their staff is wonderful! Their manager, Ms. Joy, the F & B manager and the head waiter were all super efficient and went the extra step to satisfy clients. Everyone is helpful and polite. They even helped out magnificently when told that we needed an emergency cake because one of our party was celebrating a birthday.
However, in spite of its location in Station 1, it is in the noisy and people-filled part of Station 1 (aka near Station 2). This hotel is ok for a business meeting I guess, but not for a couples vacation. The food was ok but not consistent. There were some buffet spreads that were super delicious but there were some that were just ok. To their credit, there was no bad buffet. I must say though that their coffee was not good.
The beach is not visible from the rooms but can be seen from the restaurant. The beachfront is wide, however, because of the time of the year (monsoon time), there was the obligatory wind barrier that just ruined the view and the experience. Of course this is no fault of the hotel. It just ruined the overall experience.
The rates are a little high but for the size of the room, I guess they are justifiable. This is not a hotel for the budget traveler. It looks posh, it feels posh and one gets what he pays for.
All in all, the experience was positive. But since I am a coffee addict, their coffee really destroyed it for me. Good thing Starbucks was just a few steps away. Would I go back? Definite maybe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious contemporary resort sits on a 3,500 square meter beachfront prime location. Conveniently situated on the island's Station 1, it offers guests an ideal retreat on the world famous White Beach, within close proximity to shopping, popular restaurants and the hottest bars and lounges. The resort's 71 sound proof and non-smoking rooms and suites provide the perfect island setting, with an inspiring tropical atmosphere ideal for romantic getaways or lively nightlife activities. Astoria Boracay's spacious accommodations are all modern and stylishly designed with a local twist and range from 26-50 square meters that offer private balconies or terrace views, individual climate control air-conditioning, 32" LCD TV, DVD player, complimentary internet access, personal refrigerator, electronic room safe, telephone and voice mail, tea and coffee making facilities and complete bathroom amenities. The resort offers it's unique Tropical Free-Style Cuisine and Fresh Catch of The Day at White Cafe, it's own al fresco restaurant and coffee shop. Relax, unwind and catch the breathtaking views at the end of the day at Vibe, providing the perfect ending to a day of activities with your favorite drink in hand. There are function rooms for social events, beach weddings and parties, corporate meetings and launches. In-room dining is also available at Astoria Boracay. Together with the beautifully landscaped gardens and unique cocoon loungers, guests can also enjoy the resort's 22-metre long swimming pool and laze on their wonderful crescent or submerged pool loungers. Astoria's Guest Service Agents can book reservations for all guests wanting to sample water sports activities (banana boat rides, jet skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, kite-boarding, sailing, scuba diving and courses) island tours, trekking, hiking and local tours. The resort is currently fully accredited by the Philippine Department of Tourism and enjoys a AAA rating (equivalent to 5 star category). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Boracay Hotel Boracay