This is the fourth time I've been to Boracay, and I've stayed in Patio Pacific two times. That's how much I liked it. Our recent stay here was on March 2014 for 4D3N.
The last time I skipped this was in May 2013 when my husband wanted to try a new hotel in Diniwid. To be really honest, because that hotel was new, the room was very nice and clean. But we didn't like most of the other things (i.e. location, food, price, it's too quiet). So we opted to book Patio Pacific again for our stay this year.
In Patio Pacific, you generally get what you paid for and some additional perks. You get the usual room with a Queen and a Single bed (we're Filipinos so we didn't have problems with the bed, although Caucasians would find it small - which is normal to an asian hotel), usual breakfast (buffet but only 2 items/choices were changed everyday), usual Philippine wifi speed and the same Boracay friendly staff. Other 4 or 5 star hotels in Boracay normal cost more, and generally, the only difference is the room layout/design and location. Service, most of the time, is the same.
I personally feel it's unfair to compare this hotel with the likes of Shangri-la, Boracay Mandarin, Discovery Shores, Fridays which you pay at least S$300 a night and are all 5 star hotels/resorts, where Patio Pacific costs almost half of those rates and is only a 3 star hotel.
With that said, here are the things we really liked and didn't like:
1.) We loved the location of the hotel. The address sure says Station 1, because it is at the border of Station 1 and 2. Whichever is nearer, we didn't care, we think we're getting both worlds. It's a short walk to the Groto and the more finer sands of Station 1, and it's also a short walk to D'mall and the lively side of Station 2. It's a stone's throw away from the many restaurants and activity pick-up points. On the street side, a Jonah's milkshake place is nearby too. It is not 'beach front', but in a minute or two of walking, you'll get there.
2.) The staff are excellent. On a previous trip here, our airline cancelled our flight back to Manila. The staff, although not affiliated with the airline, helped us talk to the airline so we can be accommodated in another flight. Although it wasn't their problem, they extended their help to make our trip easier.
3.) The pool, the gym and the rock climbing area. Some Boracay hotels cost more but don't even have these, so finding a hotel with these amenities is good. And the pool is very inviting. After roaming around in the hot sun, it's very nice to dip in and stay cool. Suggestion: a kiddie pool would make it great (the kiddie pool section is very small).
4.) I personally don't like it that the hotel is divided by the main street. I don't like crossing roads in the Philippines because most drivers are wreckless. There are more rooms and facilities in the West Wing, so why not put your reception area there if you can't have 2?
5.) Being popular since the 80s as Pink Patio, we were always expecting that some facilities/furnishings/fixtures need updating. But in the rooms that we were assigned (west wing), it was maintained well. We did not experience a/c noises or toilet issues.
6.) Our room was near the restaurant. Sometimes in the morning, you can hear plates and utensils being used. It's okay to us since we are already awake at 6am (and it's like a reminder that the free breakfast is ready) but some may be irritated by it.
7.) The wifi, we had issues with. There are specific times that the wifi wasn't working. We also tried the wifi password to connect to the router near the pool, but it didn't connect.
8.) They take time to reply to emails. I had to email them twice to get a reply on promos and room rates. We ended up booking thru Agoda.
Sorry for the long review. For the value and location, I'd still book Patio Pacific, and would love to recommend to friends too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Patio Pacific boasts 65 air-conditioned deluxe rooms and suites, all exuding luxury and relaxing atmosphere. One can savor sumptuous meals at its Garden Cafe that offers international cuisine or can chill out at the Vanilla Lounge. It's Alpha Fitness Center has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness gym and wall climbing facility. Other facilities include a Conference Room, with 180 seats, ideal for out-of-town or corporate meetings, sales conventions, training programs and private parties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Patio Pacific Boracay Hotel Boracay
- Patio Pacific Hotel Boracay
- Boracay Patio Pacific Hotel