Sur is located on the best beach on Boracay Island (Station 1). The sand there is spectacular - like walking on powdered milk. The beach itself is probably the best in the area as well - no boats docked on the shore and possibly the least amount of moss/seaweed. The hotel itself is clean and the beds are comfortable. Cable TV is decent and the rooms are spacious. Their tapa and bangus (not boneless) for breakfast are pretty good.
...it would have been nice if the receptionist told us that the hot water in our room (the one and only family room) didn't work. I would have considered moving to another room had they suggested it. We had to take a bath in moderately cold water every night - not so bad, but it's a bit uncomfortable. They told me that the heater was damaged after I mentioned that there didn't seem to be any hot water.
...I didn't appreciate having so many people playing frisbee in front of our hotel. Although the people would stop playing to let us through to get to the beach, it wasn't nice feeling like I had to rush to get to the beach so they could get on with their game or to avoid getting hit - mind you, these people were playing frisbee in teams and it seems like a pretty rough game. (occurs late afternoon around 4 to 6pm). It might be to Sur's advantage if they could moderate or control these people playing in front of their hotel.
...On our first day, we couldn't take a nap because the guests in the rooms next to ours were pretty noisy - banging the doors, calling out to each other in the tiny hallway leading to all 4 rooms in the same floor - I realize this is not Sur's fault for having the occasional degenerate customer, but maybe they could put signs or tell guests to keep the noise level to a minimum so as not to disturb other guests.
lastly...their kitchen closes at 7pm. It's a long walk to d'mall (boracay's mall where all the restaurants are) - abt 10 to 15minutes. It would have been convenient if they were open for dinner or at least room service, when needed. The Two Seasons Hotel next to Sur has good food - a bit pricey - in case you're starving.
Otherwise, our stay in Sur was pleasant and comfortable. Their amenities are quite basic but when in Boracay, all you need is a good place to hang around, a comfortable room to crash in, and an awesome beach to take your breath away.
Tip: For AWESOME but slightly pricey seafood, visit Paraiso Grill in Station 2 near d'mall. Prawns are PHP110 per 100grams, lobsters are PHP200 per 100grams. The BEST!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful and personal, Sur lets you experience the gentle side of bustling Boracay. Airy open spaces and gardens. Clean, cozy rooms. Friendly service. And a premium beachfront location at Station One, the island's finest stretch of white beach. It's no wonder our guests tell their friends about us, and keep coming back themselves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sur Beach Hotel Boracay
- Sur Beach Boracay