The staff were welcoming and competent (special kuddos to Rollee in the restaurant and Mark at the pool/front desk). Check-in was easy, and the welcoming drink was superb (and unusual). The facility is immaculately maintained, and our room was quite large and well-appointed, with a refrigerator, coffee maker, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi that worked well (DVDs are also available at no charge). Our rooms (2) were modern and very clean, with large windows out onto the central area/pool, and the bathroom amenities were good. Maid-service was very good, as was the breakfast (included), with an assortment of food, including a pancake-omelet bar and lots of tropical fruit. The pool, at the center, was exceptionally maintained and we used it daily.
The hotel is located at the end of the beach road, close to D'Mall, Starbucks, and a ton of restaurants. The chair/umbrella service on the beach was exceptionally provided by Mark, and highly appreciated. He worked hard, because, being the rainy season there was wind/rain and lots of change.
The price was fair, about $165/night, but the hotel is new and caters to guests.
There were a couple of negatives: the water from the bathtub sometimes runs on to the floor-this is a structural issue because of the design. The water pressure was low.
With respect to Boracay, a couple of issues: there are many touts and they can be a pain, selling tours, massage, etc., etc. We just ended a one-week stay and it was fairly crowded (many tour groups), so one wonders about the congestion during the high season.
All told, a good solid value, with an unusually good staff. You might save a few bucks by staying elsewhere, but it might not be worth it.
- 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