We stayed in DSHI for 2D/1N in May 2013.
IMHO the place is over rated and I am not sure why trip advisor gives this a #1 rating.
The place is as advertised - 2 minutes walk to the beach; clean rooms, strong water, friendly staff, good welcome drink, nice big bed, safety deposit box in the room.
In the area where the other hotels / resorts offer very cheap lunch and dinner buffets.
Expensive considering the location of the Inn. (A short walk away is Casa Pilar which has cheaper rooms and is at the beach front)
the place is hard to find. We got off on the main entrance to Station 3 and had to walk a good 15 minutes before reaching the inn. Easy if you are travelling light but not when you are carrying the family luggage and walking at noontime.
The walk to the beach passes thru a construction area with workers drinking liquor at night.
No chairs or lounge in the beach from DSHI so you have to put your things on the sand (and be constantly on the look out for your things ) or find a beach lounge/chair for rent or order something from a snack bar to let them use their chairs.
Beach area - this side of white beach has coarser sand compared to station 1 or 2. The beach is frequented by swimmers who are on a budget. There is a mix of swimmers who are in T-shirts and day shorts and those in trunks and swim wear.
Parking area for types of local boats and outriggers - This area is where the "bancas" (local boats) are parked so the beach is deeper (15 feet from shore) and the view is not as spectacular.
Definitely will not be coming back to DSHI.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Charming Resting Place, which offers a serene and intimate tropical nirvana, located less than a minutes walk to the beautiful Boracay Island "white" beach. Allow the staff to cater to your needs while you spoil yourself in the beauty of Boracay. Enjoy the family atmosphere and those amenities that most big Boracay resorts offer without the high prices. We have been referred to as the "best budget hotel on Boracay," but without skimping on the comforts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dave`s Straw Hat Hotel Boracay
- Daves Straw Hat Boracay
- Daves Straw Hat Hotel
- Daves Straw Hat Inn