I’ve recently stayed 3 nights at Arwana. I originally booked a standard twin room but on arrival we were given a double room. They simply told us that all the standard twin rooms are already taken. They weren’t apologetic at all. I was a little annoyed as I sent a reminder email a week prior that we wanted 2 single beds in the room.
Our room on the first floor was tiny and very basic. The room literally had a double bed and a TV. Not even a bedside table. Only a little room left for our bags on the floor. Surprisingly, the cable TV had about 50 channels. The room was quiet.
Basic air conditioning worked in the room. You can’t do fancy things like setting a temperature (no remote control either). It is also placed quite high up. Every time we wanted to change the setting, we had to bring a chair from outside!
Bathroom was also small and the basin was within the room, not inside the bathroom. Hot water worked. Bring your own toiletries as only a cheap bar of soap is provided. The hotel provides towels. You can ask for beach towels at the reception also.
Location of the hotel is great, right on the beach. The hotel has its deck chairs in front of the hotel for guests. Station 3 is a nice area. From Caticlan jetty boat station, it takes about 10 mins on tricycle (100 pesos). Tricycles go up to a sealed alley way near the hotel (about 5 mintues walk). You'll need to carry your bags on the beach to reach the hotel.
Breakfast included in the rate was okay. Pancake is the best option there. Some other options were terrible. It was lovely having breakfast on the beach every morning though. Please note that service is generally quite slow here and waiting staff are also quite forgetful even if they aren’t busy. It took about 45 minutes for breakfast to be served.
The room is very basic but I cannot complain as it was cheap for a beach front hotel. Just don’t expect much from a room…beach in front of the hotel is nice. Boracay is a lovely place and It is definitely worthwhile staying on the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arwana Hotel of Boracay is under new management as of March 17, 2017. We promise to bring you all of the great things you have enjoyed, plus best Boracay beach budget prices on Boracay. Arwana provides inexpensive Boracay accommodations, with absolutely no skimping on quality and cleanliness. You have the choice of three types of rooms, which may include air-conditioning, refrigerator and cable television. All rooms have hot and cold water. We price ourselves so that you will pay less and still are right on the beautifully acclaimed Boracay White Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arwana Hotel Boracay
- Boracay Arwana Hotel