My husband and I stayed in their penthouse for 4 nights in Station 3. The space was adequate but nothing grand. The room had two windows which had heavy curtains and there was no natural light coming in. The room looked clean but as soon as I started walking barefoot, I felt sand under my feet. The floors were not adequately cleaned. The bathroom was beautiful with granite walls and floor except that the ceiling was leaking. We had issues with the door and the AC not turning on that they immediately fixed.
The swimming pool on the second floor looked so unhygienic with mold and mildew on the tiles and grout. The glass wall facing the beach looked so nasty you can hardly see clearly through it. Their little garden grew only weeds and the bar next to the pool was nonfunctional. This hotel has so much potential but appeared not well maintained.
It is in a nice location if you want to rest as it is less loud than in Station 2 and close to motorcycle rentals. My husband and I rented motorcycles for a day to tour the whole island. It is so tiny you won't ever get lost and everybody for the most part speaks English so you can ask for directions easily. Crime is low so it is safe but use caution and common sense and not put yourself in situations where you could harmed. Do not fill the tank of the motorcycle because you will hardly use half going around and around the area and gas costs as much as it does in the US. After riding for hours we barely used a quarter of the tank and returned the bikes over a half full of gas when it was almost empty when we got them. I would get at least a 225cc as some of the unpaved roads look like dried up riverbeds. We drove to Puka Beach where they have cheap genuine stone trinkets e.g. Pearls, jade, etc. Do not buy them at the D'Mall since they will be 3-4 times more costly.
The breakfast buffet was horrible at this hotel and expensive for the food offered. They were cold when they could have been kept warm as they had nice food warmers and flies were buzzing by the hundreds. Moreover, their silverware and glasses were not adequately washed. Their dinner buffet was just as horrible. After we tried it our first night, we never came back. If you go to Boracay, eat at Regency Hotel in Station 2. They have the best buffets with great live entertainment including dancing chefs. Crown Regency and Regency Hotel are not affiliated. When you get to the Philppines, you will see for yourself which company has superior customer service, food, and accommodations.
The hotel also did not bother to protect its clients from jacked up prices of tours and activities by providing useful info. I was always approached by these "brokers" who always drop their prices down almost in half after some haggling. Yes I haggle just enough to get to a reasonable price where I am happy and they are happy.
Boracay is nice. I would not consider it world class. Some people bring their dogs to go walking along the beach and do not even pick their dogs poop up. Party is however happening constantly in Station 2 for the party animals.
There are also a lot of beggars in the area. It is sad when children use their infant siblings to beg for money. That is something that their local government should do something about if they want tourists to come back to Boracay.
We toured the island on a pump boat privately. The cost wasn't excessive. We were made to buy bread to feed the fish. When we got to the snorkeling area, we broke bread crumbs in the water and fish big and small came to feed. It was interesting. The corals look dead however. I have seen better. During the tour we also saw a cliff full of bats. It was interesting.
If I were to come back to Boracay, i will probably not be staying in their Penthouse. A regular room would suffice as they have little balconies while the penthouse doesn't allow for natural light! I got sucked into this Club Ultima timeshare with Crown Regency Hotels and I will have to stay at this hotel again if I wanted to come back and get free accommodations. They won't really be free...it's just marketing. They do have another hotel in station 1 that doesn't have great reviews either and they recently built a convention center that is not by the ocean. That I have not tried although I have tried their wave pool learning to surf and fell on my rear end at the shallow area and bruised by coccyx suffering from excruciating pain for a week. So another tip, please jump off the board and land on your feet if you are at the shallow area. Don't fall on your butt or you will surely regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breathe in and breathe out the fresh smell of the ocean breeze. Take in the sun and sand only at Crown Regency Beach Resort, located at Station 3, Boracay Island. Inspired by the airy breeze and quiet surroundings of the Station 3 beachfront, this 4-star resort owes its bright Zen architecture to the laidback atmosphere of island life. Each of the 87 rooms and suites were thoughtfully designed to ensure utmost relaxation and comfortability with a touch of sophistication. Guests can unwind as they enjoy the view of the sunset from the infinity pool, located at the resort roof deck. After which they can head down to the signature Lobby Lounge for the daily fisherman's catch special whilst enjoying live island music. The wide stretch of beachfront in front of the resort is also available for special functions, conferences, and events that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Make memories even more memorable by staying at one of the finest resorts Boracay has to offer. Island Tour options are available at the Tour Desk. Airport pickup and drop off from Caticlan and Kalibo are available. Check-in time is at 2:00PM and check-out time is at 12:00 noon. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Agoda, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Evoline ltd, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com and Travel Book Philippines, Inc. so you can book your Crown Regency Beach Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.