The hotel is well known in the island, and a landmark most tourists stop to have their photos taken. It is strategically located in station 2 which is a good start-off point since you will mostly walk (roughly 3-4 km) along the shores of the island. Most of the guests in the hotel are foreign tourists, comprising mostly of asian descent. It looked like they have two lobbies, the "unoccupied lobby" is probaly the old one before the hotel added additional rooms. The Grand Lobby is smaller than I expected from a 5 star hotel, considering the bulk of guests they get daily, even on lean seasons. They have 3 moderately-sized swimming pools, with a jacuzzi in the center of the pool next to the Grand Lobby. The latter pool also has a circular bar, with half of the circle situated in the pool itself and the other half at the side of the pool. They have a gym that is open until late in the evening, a conference hall, a spa, and a VIP lounge.
Our room was a family room with pool access and a beachfront. It is also a only few steps from Sea Breeze Cafe which serve the complimentary buffet breakfast (or lunch and dinner if included in your package). The room has 1 double/queen size bed and 3 single beds (the 2 of which are located in the adjoining room, and the other 1 beside the queen bed), and 1 toilet/shower room. It has all the things you'll need (towels, toiletries, hair dryer, refrigerator, 2 cable TV, hot&cold shower and sink, 2 phones and another in the toilet, complimentary water, 2 airconditioners, a rack for your wet clothes, small circular dining table with 2 chairs (and another set on the balcony overlooking the pool), coffee- & tea-making facility, umbrellas, 5 non-removable clothes hangers, in-room safe, and laundry service. The family room doesn't have toilet bidet, bathrobes and slippers, but since you know that you're going to the beach, you'll probably have your own slippers with you. The smaller room doesn't have a clock though, and a very small area of the wall has chipped paint. Some of the wooden fixtures look old and need either new varnish or replacement. They have a central "mini shop" in place of a mini-bar that is open all day and night, where you may visit and choose your snacks or what-have-you's, or you may call room service bring you what you need. Wi-fi is only free in the lobby.
Their prices are a bit steep, but I heard that they offer packages. The staff are non-intrusive, very friendly and accommodating, and they always greet you with a smile. You may ask pool attendants for towels that you may bring out to the beach. The food (buffet breakfast) is alright, with little variety for vegeterians, and little variety on a daily basis. They don't have soup in their buffet. At night, their beachfront has a bar (Mo2) where you may listen to live music and watch fire dancers. Other food establishements in the hotel are Mesa (Filipino cuisine), Hap-Chang (Chinese cuisine), A-Rang (Korean cuisine), and Chistina's (fine dining).
All in all, I was able to sleep comfortably, have my warm shower, and a pampered stay in Boracay.
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- Also Known As:
- Boracay Regency Hotel Boracay