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4 of 5 bubbles Review of One Crescent Place

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One Crescent Place
Ranked #40 of 147 Hotels in Boracay
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Bruges, Belgium
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“Nice hotel, excellent staff, had a great stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2011

We had a great time in Boracay and a great stay in this hotel. The place is very clean, the rooms and bathroom are clean, comfortable and nice and the breakfast was very well taken care off. Above all the staff is excellent, they provide a great service, always with a smile. They even prepared us a nightly breakfast (4am) because of our early morning checkout, nice! The assisted transfer from Caticlan Airport (through the jetty port) was a breeze, certainly worth the extra few pesos.
Basically you get great value for money. If this hotel would be beachside it would be one of the pearls of Boracay (not complaining about that, they don't claim to be beachside so you get what you book ...).
Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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armieocp, Management Representative at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, May 29, 2011
Dear Jan and family, Thank you very muh for staying with us. We've shared your review with our staff, and they were delighted that you remembered us and shared your experience of your stay with us. Yes, we're about 220 meters from the beach, which gives our guests added privacy and safety factor for our guests, but yet close enough to beach. Thanks again, and please do visit us again. Cheers, Armie and staff of One Crescent Place Hotel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2011

We stayed in boracay for a week and booked at two seasons in station 1. Since we arrived later in the afternoon on our first night we decided to stay at One Crescent since it will save us $50 since two seasons was $130/night.

This is not beachfront, you will have to walk maybe 5-10 mins to get to the beach. This is in station 1 closer to station 2. It is not on the main road but close to it. It is very close to a very good restaurant Escondido. Its tucked in a small alley along with other 2-3 star hotels. This one is towards the end the alley. I would say it is the nicest in that lane.

The building is a low-rise with I think 3 floors (maybe 4) and it is clean, modern and simplistic. I like the design and layout of this place inside and out. The rooms are modern with simply features and facilities and most of all VERY CLEAN. Its more than enough for a comfortable sleep and stay. You are in boracay so unless you plan to stay in the room the whole day then its really good enough. Its got a small TV, hot water, I cant remember if theres a small fridge. We has a standard room and it had a small balcony. If you are a light sleeper like me then beware because the rooms are close to the stairs and you will hear everything that goes on in the hallways or even the lobby, we were in the second floor. So I had to wear earplugs. I am a very light sleeper so keep that in mind.

One of the things I asked about this place is the internet connection since I have to work during the evening so i need a fast reliable internet service (it really was a working vacation since I have to overlap with my colleagues in the US) . I called their main office in manila before I booked and talked to the owner as well as their IT guy and he told me they have routers in all the floors. When I got there, it was extremely slow in the room so I had to go to the lobby where I had to do a wired connection. I wish they gave me a better assessment on the performance of their network, I felt that they weren't very accurate.

The best thing about this place are the people who work there. They actually live in the hotel as well. Its a family run place and their employees are provided with food and shelter which is a big deal. The employees were all so helpful and kind and always willing to give a helping hand. The "IT" guy who was also our bell boy and our errand body really did his best to get my connection working and then ran to the store to get me a SIM card, thats just how they roll, they want to give their customer service deluxe. The guy who works the nighshift was awesome and made sure that I was comfortable working in the lobby. I dont think I can say enough about the service that these people have provided us. Kudos.

Dont expect much from the breakfast. They do have a water station so you dont need to buy your bottled water.

i would recommend this place if you are not a light sleeper, you dont need a good and stable network connection in your room and beach front is not important to you.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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armieocp, OCP Management at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, May 8, 2011
Dear Alex,

Thanks for your inputs, which we've discussed internally. We're not beach front, as advertised in our website, and we're only about two minutes' walk to the White Beach, the best section. We're about 220 meters from the beach. We are by a private road, where it's quiet, and offers privacy, as only guests, residents and occasional deliveries, pass by the road. None from the general public. Our location can be an advantage, depending on the point of view of the guest, whether privacy from the public, whether added safety factor is more desired.

Great that you liked our building, it's design. But, we're proud to say that the beauty it is beyond what one sees. OCP is probably one of the most sturdy building in the island, as it was built with a several reinforced piles several meters down, heavy foundation, which can carry a load of several floors, but we only have three floors plus a roof deck.

In terms of quality, absolutely clean our property, our rooms, how we go out of our way to take care of our guests.

We're sorry you had problems with WiFi, however, you were able to connect to the Internet still. There can be a few variables, but as we mentioned we have routers on each floor, and that our guests can almost always have an Internet connection. For WiFi, it could be that you had connected to a connection that is relatively slow, but still at broadband speed, and that there could be things going with the equipment, from the user's to the supplier's network, to your server.

Our basis of saying why you can almost always get an Internet connection at OCP? We have redundant Internet connection, from two different suppliers. We almost always would have high speed Internet in the hotel. In your case at that time, you still were able to get one, albeit, through a wired connection.

But, given that you had initial problems, we're not stopping there, we've replaced a router on the second floor, and we're putting in equipment that simplifies connectivity, even on devices that has a relatively weak WiFi radio.

As for having trouble sleeping, the hotel and the area is sometimes too quiet in the evening, that all sounds, how quiet they may be, gets magnified. We use soundproofing seals on the doors. And there are so many other factors, to include physiological ones, especially if one had just flown in from a different time zone, i.e., effects of jet lag and if one's brain is still wired from working. We've asked our staff to be more aware that sounds in the evening have a magnification effect. We're not stopping here, we're conducting research now to attenuate sounds especially in the evening.

If you can be in a really safe, absolutely clean and comfortable place, and have a sound sleep, that would be excellent. Then wake up with a great breakfast. That would to it off. That is and has been our goal. We've had guests who have stayed for several days, even close to a month.

For breakfast actually, we serve from the best source of ingredients in the island. If you have a special diet, such as vegan, we can provide these customized breakfast offerings, also complimentary. It's just for the asking. We've wanted to delight our guests.

To add, not only that we take care of our guests well, we take good care of our employees.

Challenges, innovation, and great service is our way of life at One Crescent Place.

Cheers,

Armie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2011

a beautiful hotel with minimalist interior conveniently located in a quiet street, barely 10 mins away from the beach strand...very friendly and helpful staffs...very clean & fresh bed linens & towels but the rooms were pretty small compared to what i saw in their website. apart from this, i also loved their filipino breakfast except i would suggest that they serve fresh juices instead of the artificial juice which i found extremely sweet. but overall, i love this hotel and would definitely stay here again in our next visit to the philippines.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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armieocp, Owner at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, March 24, 2011
Dear Molly,

Thanks for your stay and review of One Crescent Place. We've always welcome feedback from our guests, and we've always discussed and deliberated on their suggestions.

There are different room sizes, the most economical one would be Deluxe with a Double-size bed, then next would be Premier. Premier room is just slightly bigger than Deluxe room, and it offers a Queen-size bed. There is a bigger room, about 1.5x bigger, which is the Junior Suite, which has a dining area and a kitchennette. All of the rooms have either a patio or balcony.

As for the sweetness of the juice, we've discussed that internally with the staff, and have taken measures to make it just right. We get our juice from a very reputable manufacturer. About serviing fresh juice, we'll look more into its feasibility, as currently we can't operationally offer it in a sustainable, consistent manner. However, we'll always serve great tasting juices.

For breakfast, aside from Filipino, we also have American and Chinese (noodles or congee). A fresh fruit comes with breakfasts. We'll have more custom offerings.

Thanks again for staying with us and your review. We'll give you a juice that has just the right sweetness the next time you come over.

Cheers,

Armie
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

We just spent a week at One Crescent Place, and we would definately recommend this hotel to others going to Boracay. The hotel is perfectly located - it is 2 min walk from the best part of the beach and only 10 min walk to the lively boatstation 2. The hotel does not have a beach front, but we loved the little walk from the beach, where you could get a little peak of the real Boracay by passing the church and meeting people who actually live on this wonderful island.

We also liked the quietness of the hotel. The staff work so incredible quiet, so it really felt calming to be there. The staff is wonderful and they are always there ready to help you. We neaded a doctor twice during our stay, and both times they arranged for a doctor to come to our room within half an hour.

The hotel is very vell taken care of and it is one of the cleanest hotels I have ever stayed at. We stayed in a superior room with two double beds. The room was small, but clean and light. They could though have put some more furniture into the room. A table by the sofa would have been great. We also had two balconys, but there were no furniture there. When we alsked for it, we had two chairs and a table within minutes, but I still think there should be furniture on a balcony permanently.

If you want a nice little personal hotel away from the noise and the other tourists, One Crescent Place is definately the place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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armieocp, Owner at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, March 24, 2011
Dear ExploringAsia,

Thanks very much for your lovely review--we always look after our guests, their safety and that they enjoy their stay in Boracay and stay at One Crescent Place Hotel. Just to give you an update, all of the rooms in One Crescent Place is now even more quiet, for that restful sleep. While the two minute walk distance from the beach front gives us just enough distance from the bands, music, and even tricycles, we have employed more sound proofing to muffle even more sounds, such as roosters in the morning.

We are strict when it comes to making the hotel look always new, and always clean, really clean! We try to maintain a minimilaist interior, but as you have experienced, if you need furniture, you can get it right away.

Thanks again for staying with us and see you next time when you visit Boracay.

Armie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

We had a pleasure & lovely stay in One Crescent Place.. The good services & swift actions made us very impressive and appreciated.. Even though the location is a bit far from front beach, however the staff is willing to lead you to the beach anytime.. After our 2-day stays in One Crescent Place, we were used to walk to beach and found this hotel is quite convenient. We had stayed 5 Days 4 Nights at One Crescent with no complaints. Initially we thought to book 3 Nights at One Crescent and book another 1-day stay at another Hotel. End up we chose One Crescent for avoiding time wasted due to check-in & check-out. Here, we would like to say our decision is absolutely correct and with no regret!! Besides, they have simple but nice breakfast, especially GARLIC RICE, the best garlic rice we ate in Boracay!! We definitely will back to Boracay and stay in One Crescent Place...(^^,)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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armieocp, Management Representative at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Sheryn,

Greetings. It's been sometime since your review, but we would like to relay to you that we appreciate you writing one for One Crescent Place Hotel.

We still serve Garlic Rice, and we have expanded our breakfast offerings since then. Thank you, we prepare our breakfasts from fresh ingredients where feasible, and we do not do any short-cuts that may diminish the flavor or compromise the quality.

We also want to share to you that we now have added a new floor with even more elegant rooms, called Grand Premier and Premier Hi-Floor.

We hope for you to visit Boracay and choose One Crescent Place again.

Sincerely,

Armie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

We stayed here from February 12 - 18, 2010 and obviously the price was a bit more due to Chinese New Year high season fares. Although the hotel is not located right on the beach, it is situated 5 min walking distance away, and in the nice area of the beach (very close to Fridays). The staff are super attentive and rooms are clean. We had a room with a balcony facing the entrance. But do becareful, as our friends were staying on the 3rd floor, facing the back, because there's a big tree outside their room, they had burglars climb in and steal the whole safe deposit box (which was not nailed to the wall, but just to the closet). So we ended up just carrying our valuables with us (which was a bit annoying). But I feel that can happen at pretty much any hotel, as theft and cheating can be quite common.

On a side note, took Zest airlines from Manila there. The airline is as bad as a lot of people complained about. Times were changed without notifying us. So just becareful if you're flying with Zest. Am including a photo which depicts how the Zest airport counter looks like. The employees seem to be having a lot of fun, but not the travelers. :) It took us 30 minutes to check in because they couldn't get the computer to print out the boarding pass. There were three people fixing the printer.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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armieocp, Management at One Crescent Place, responded to this review, March 9, 2010
Hello from One Crescent Place Hotel,

We were so concerned of this incident. Just to keep everyone posted, we have put in some basic and high tech solutions to minimize the possibility if not totally eliminate theft. This is the first time that theft has happened to us.

1) We’ve cut the neighbor’s tree branch that was close to the third floor balcony on the back-side of the building;
2) We have put security lights at the back-side of the building;
3) We’ve rewired our balcony lights, independent now of the room electronic cut-off switch;
4) We log the ins and outs of guests;
5) We now double check that sliding doors are closed and locked when guests leave for a night out;
6) We’ve contacted the Barangay Captain (Village Chief) to bolster the security in the general area;
7) We’re started to bolt all the safety boxes to the walls as well as the cabinets and put metal provisions;
8) We’ve put extra night person during busy times;
9) We’ve put infrared cameras that record 24 hours a day to monitor the perimeter walls of the building;
10) We’ve put other subtle deterrents, safeguards, procedures.

We’ll work more with our staff, our guests, and the community for the safety and security of everyone.

OCP Management
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2008

What a great experience. This place is excellent! We arrived on Boracay on Christmas Day and were greeted by a representative at Caticlan Airport. We were promptly brought to our Hotel where a refreshing drink was waiting for us.

Check-in was quick and simple. We were givien two rooms on the second floor. This place is clean! The rooms are well appointed and are very modern. It's nice to come in off the beach and know that there is a safe and clean room waiting for you.

The staff is very very polite. There are not too many rooms so you get the attention you deserve from the hotel staff. It's a family run hotel; the owners were very friendly and always greeted us with smiles.

Breakfast each morning was served to get your day off to a great start. The hotel is off the strip at Station I and is located away from the crowded and noisy clubs.

My kids enjoyed the hotel amenities (internet, Xbox360 and Cable TV). The staff can arrange any type of excursion for you. We enjoyed snorkeling and a brief tour to Puka Beach.

Thanks again to the wonderful staff especially Ms. Jane and Ms. Jackie...you all made us feel like family!

We will be back!

The Torres Family

  • Liked — Htoel Staff and room cleanliness
  • Disliked — Short Rocky Path to hotel
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Property: One Crescent Place
Address: Balabag, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
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Hotel Class:3 star — One Crescent Place 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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