First of all, my partner and I have stayed in everything from luxury beach front resorts and small, cheap backpacker rooms, and almost always been more than happy with our accommodations around Southeast Asia - if the price equals the quality and service.
THIS hotel is so extremely overpriced for what you get. Let me explain:
We paid 140 USD per night! Yes it was peak season, we know - BUT when you pay this much you expect alot and when everything is so badly managed, a bad review is the only solution.
This was the most we've ever paid for a hotel - even for beach front luxury in Thailand and Vietnam. And what do you get for all this money?
- A small, small room with a nice balcony - but no furniture, so pretty much useless.
- A leaking toilet drain, that overswam our bathroom everyday - and did not get fixed even though we asked for it.
- A mediocre at best breakfast
- When booking the office in Manila tried to rob us of 75 USD because of an exchange rate they couldn't really explain.
- We had the newly renovated top-floor rooms and apparently even the slightest noise from the staircase will enter your room and wake you up and trust me with the many all night-party-people coming home in the wee hours, they will make a lot of noise. We had a couple of sleepless nights.
- We knew the hotel was not beach front which is fine, it's a short walk, but again the PRICE, does not apply to a hotel 3 blocks from the beach.
- The staff is friendly in a "we have been trained to smile"-kinda way. But the service was so lacking. We asked for someone to pick us up and take us to the ferry. That was not arranged and the girl working in the morning had no idea. And did not take any actions to try and help.
- The same girl we kindly asked to see if she could arrange a trip to Carabao Island to get away from terribly crowed Boracay. After an hour she came back with an offer of 6000 pesos (140 USD) for a 5 hours trip including lunch. I told her that this was way too much and what the price would be without lunch. We waited another hour before she returned saying she had a different offer now at 7000 pesos!!! What? Wait: I already told you 6000 was over our budget - and you come back with a higher price. Such a waste of our time. 2 hours we waited in our room for nothing.
Well we sound like really angry, bitter people. But we're not, we enjoyed the Philippines so much, mostly our time in Bantayan Island, staying in a simple but truly personal and private spot. Devestated by the typhoon but still so worth visiting. Save your tourist money for different places around the Philippines that really need it and will be appreciate it.
Boracay has been destroyed not by the typhoon but by overdevelopment and is a terrible place if you want peace and authentic adventures.
We will never return to that island and definitely not to One Crescent Place.
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