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Dave's Straw Hat Inn
Ranked #10 of 147 Hotels in Boracay
Certificate of Excellence
London
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Great Place”
Reviewed March 16, 2010

I stayed here in Feburary / March 2010 with a friend. Its a fantastic hotel just off the beach (about 5 min walk). You feel like your walking into a jungle when you walk into the hotel as its full of gorgeous green plants and tropical trees. Its really magical in the evening when the fairy lights are on. The rooms are extremely clean and its very safe. The staff are very good and friendly - they do amazing shapes to towels which is very sweet.. I especially like the swans :) Overall I would definately stay there again if I visited White Beach in Boracay its a charming, tranquil, peaceful place to stay - its perfect if you dont want to be bang on the beach surrounded by all the bars and restaurants. It is however very conveient to pop back to the room whilst sitting on the beach.... Fantastic Value.

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london, England
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Reviewed March 11, 2010

A great holiday, five star service from Dave's friendly attentive team, nothing was too much trouble. lovely little touches from candles on the room terrace at night to torch light to our room late at night and the lovely little towel designs undertaken daily when cleaning the room.

All the reviews are true don't worry. I am very fussy and although the room is basic .. it was lovely and clean and i could not complain. The gardens are lovely and it is like a little oasis. it really is only 2 mins to beach, i've stayed five star hotels with rooms further from the beach or pool than Daves. Your belongings will be perfectly safe as ours were and we had complete trust in the team. For budget accomadation you won't get better.

And the mango iced tea was a wonderful touch on arrival after our long journey and the free library was welcomed for our 17night relaxing break.

Boat station 3 in our opinion was better than 1 or 2 quiet and only 15-20min walk along alovely walk of beach if you want busy bars and resturants. Food and drink cheap. example a fresh fish meal of blue marlin, mackrel, clams oysters , squid and rice with 2 drinks £10 each. and san miguel light only 50p

Boracay is lovely and well worth a visit. beautiful beach although a little dispapointed in the snorkling but then we did not dive so that may have been better but the sea was beautiful clear and clean,

I would only spend 10 nights there at a max as i got itchy feet but my partner was more than happy to sit forever, personal choice.

thank you to all the team for you hard work and to Janet and Dave you have a wonderful team and INN.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

We had a wonderful time here. I love this beautiful place! The room was nice, cool and clean. The stuff was really nice and helpfull! We had some troubble with our phonecard but they help us! Serviceminded! The free book exchange suit me perfect too. Next time I visit Boracay I'll come back to Dave's straw hat inn!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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QC
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

This was our first time to visit Boracay. We had asked around re places to stay and activities to do. We decided on Dave's as our "home base." The price they gave us was satisfactory.
The first thing that caught our attention upon arriving at Dave's was the friendliness of the staff. They were not only warm with their welcome, they were also extra-helpful when we wanted to inquire about activities in Boracay. I found it interesting that they had a pet dog, who just slept the whole time we were there. We ate our first breakfast there and the food did not disappoint. Try their banana pancakes!
My wife also liked the books that were on display in the reception area; you can either browse, borrow or buy the books if they interest you.
The cottage we were in was very clean and comfortable.
Dave's is not beach-front so that means a two minute walk to the beach, but my wife and I preferred it that way. (We were expecting more noise if we had chosen a beach front resort.)

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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KL
1 review
Reviewed March 3, 2010

Definately a good pick to stay at Dave's Straw Hat! Everything is so organise from the transfer to check-out. Quick and personalised service by Dave's straw staff, they will be greeting you at all the times. Room is clean and well-maintained. Slightly away from the beach, however, just 2 minute walk to white sandy beach. Quick response to email & repond effectively to emails and enquiries. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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KL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2010

The place is cozy because it is full of greenish plants around the room. We received a very good service from all the staff in Dave's Straw Hat Inn, thank you so much for everyone there. :-)
And also thank you very much to Janet who is helping us to rent out the extra room.
If we would have a chance to come back to Boracay for holiday, we would definitely consider Dave's Straw Hat Inn in our first priority.

Cheers!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Malaysia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 2, 2010

The service is just great. We paid in advance for the rooms but had to cancel one room on the eleventh hour due to one of our friend canceling the trip. The staff took the effort to rent it out and gave us back the refund! It's a cozy place, and totally value for money. The only thing is that it is not a seaview hotel and you gotta walk in about 5 minutes from the beach. The rooms are really clean and fresh. The thing that I like most is that they fold the bath towels in the shape of swans and flowers and placed them on the bed.

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  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Dave's Straw Hat Inn
Address: Sitio Angol, Manoc Manoc | Malay Aklan , 5608, Aklan Province 1265, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dave's Straw Hat Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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