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La Carmela de Boracay
Ranked #107 of 151 Hotels in Boracay
Reviewed December 5, 2013

It's the cheapest average hotel that we have booked in boracay. 78$ room, beach front,but not comfy bed,and the on agora says big room with 2 big bed in a great hotel on the beach, the good free breakfast for 2, crappy buffet breakfast, nice pool for kids & its location nailed it. very near from everything, & few minutes to d' mall. But don't avail their buffet breakfast, it was too crappy for us.THE room is not the same as they put on the Internet so i try to complain but the staff just look at me and told me to complain the agoda and that is not there problem that agoda sell a room that not fit the photo on there side so after fiting with agoda + the hotel i need to pay extra 90 USA fore 3 day to get the room i order from agoda and this is not OKAY. The staff is not happy and smiling and most of the time they don't care you…..

Room Tip: Great place in the center of station 2 and on the super nice beach, and have a small but nice pool i...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2013

Thank you for choosing La Carmela de Boracay for your recent stay in Boracay Island. With regards to your concern about the rooms posted on one of our online travel agency partner, as we have checked their website after reading your review, it was maintained and updated clearly, especially with the photos of the rooms and their corresponding descriptions to avoid confusions with our guests. We are sorry for the inconvenience we have caused you as well as your unsatisfied experience with our complimentary breakfast served. We have raised up this concern to our Management for review. Thank you for taking time to share your feedback with us. Have a Happy Holiday ahead! God Bless!

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

First of all I want to send a special shout out to Bill Johan Marva of TravelOnline.ph for working tirelessly around the clock trying to arrange this trip to Boracay.

It was a very successful trip, there were 9 of us that went to Boracay and most of them were first time traveller in the island. The bus ride from Kalibo airport was a bit tiring but we made the most out of it. We got in the hotel early in the morning and we were glad that our rooms were ready. I would say that the standard rooms were a bit dated. It could def. use some renovations. The a/c worked fine there was hot water so it didn't really bother me at all. The breakfast buffet was ok, but the line ups in the morning was ridiculous! hahahha

All in all this vacation was successful, I enjoyed the people and most of all the sun and beach combined! Will def. come back and enjoy the island again!
Thank yoU!

Room Tip: I'd try to upgrade to a much new-er room next time. Maybe the new rooms in the beach front.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience during your stay at La Carmela de Boracay! We are happy to know that you have enjoyed your vacation and with the help of your travel agency (Travelonline) :) Hope to see you again soon! Happy Holidays!

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Not long returned from La Carmela, you do get what you pay for, if I was to return I'd upgrade, the rooms were clean and tidy, we had no internet but that was expected due to the recent events but we did manage to get Internet at Sharetea a little cafe,
Breakfast can be chaotic I only went for it 3 days out of 8, most of it was cold but I did enjoy the pancakes and I enjoyed my stay there, staff are very friendly nothing was too much for them.
Yes I would go back but I'd defiantly upgrade

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

We would like to thank you for choosing La Carmela de Boracay for your recent vacation in the Island and for sharing your experience during your stay. God Bless!

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

It's the cheapest average hotel that we have booked in boracay. 28$ room, beach front, comfy bed, very good free breakfast for 2, crappy buffet breakfast, nice pool for kids & its location nailed it. very near from everything,few steps to talipapa ( cheap mall and restaurants) & few minutes to d' mall.
But don't avail their buffet breakfast, it was too crappy for us. Rice had ants in there and when i try to complain the staff just look at my plate and took it. He didn't replace the riceat the buffet table, he just let other guest eat them. haha lol food is not good at all but the hotel was really nnice....

Room Tip: Just choose the standard one at their main building, its near from the beach..... ;o)
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience during your stay with us. Our apologies for your bad experience with our food served at our restaurant. We have noted this concern to our Management for some actions. Again, Thank you and God Bless!

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

if you dont have big budget for a hotel this resort is ok. when i first visited boracay i stayed at station 2 near station 1 i think the area is perfect, while la carmela is located at station 3 you have to walk all the way to station 1 if you are going to jonas or for a good crowd.
they have pool which is a plus but since it is beachfront, the pool has a lot of sand in it. staffs are ok and helpful, they can assist and answer queries regarding the island. the room we got comes with buffet breakfast and the food are just ok nothing to brag about, nothing special and nothing you would be looking forward to eat.
the room we stay are the ones inside the hotel not the beachfront. it is old and smells like old wood, the rooms are not clean, like the top of the tv set is dirty and they dont seem to clean under the bed since it is full of dust. we have them clean it again. if you are looking for a hotel to stay with the whole time this is a no no but if you are looking for a hotel that you'll stay for the night and spend most of the time outside this is ok, i guess

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The best thing about the La Carmela is it's location. It's a beach front property. It has a few mini marts beside it and getting public transport is easy. For people who put value in convenience then I guess the price for staying here is good enough. But for people who would want a premiere hotel experience, then this is not the place for you.

I think it's popular because of Filipino celebrity endorsements, as you would notice in the bulletin board in the lobby. Other than that this place is nothing out of the ordinary.

I must say that the staff are very friendly though. The cleaners, the people in the buffet are very nice.

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If you're the type who would want an architectural experience together with the hotel stay then this place is not for you. Do not look for ambiance here. Or if you would like to take your wife to a honeymoon, or impress a special someone, then better save up for other hotels.

The hallways are really long and make it seem very tight.

Most hotels would design their rooms to give a bit of privacy to the people inside. I think the layout is poorly executed because you can see people in the room from the hallway once a door is opened. They could at least change the direction of the door opening to give a bit of privacy. Speaking of which, There are hallways on both sides of the rooms (one is the internal hallway and another is an outdoor garden path).

We stayed for 4 days and the air condition unit had to be changed 4 times...not fixed, changed. I think that this may be due to the condenser directly blowing into a wall.

Most hotel bathrooms are not as clean. For people who are very particular with bathroom design, better look somewhere else. The tiles are very old. The flushes need to be held on longer just to fully drain everything. The showers are a bit rusty.

If a hotel offers a room for four people, then at least have towel hangers good enough for four people. But they don't. We had to risk drying our clothes in the chair outside. Fortunately nothing was taken.

There is a safe but it the lock is battery operated. I'm pretty sure that defeats the purpose.

There are wall sockets that are open. And there's very few of them.

There's termite infestation in our headboards, because we noticed bits of wood falling.

There was a stain on our pillow case.

The pool is a bit dirty. There should be some sort of buffer to at least clean the sand out from the guests. However, I do commend the lifeguards. They are very vigilant.

Overall, it's just decent. But I wouldn't go around recommending this to people. If I would want a beach front hotel then I would just save up a bit. If you are constantly out and you would just need a place to sleep then this might probably be good enough.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

If you love a straight beachfront...this is good...which is in the middle...close to Station 1, for shopping, close to station 3 for snorkeling...both end we loved to walk around and back...

La Carmella if you just want a place to sleep in....it's better than getting those expensive resort which offer the same... Bed...clean towel...water and a working toilet...

Wifi service not working during our stay, courtesy of Super typhoon Yolanda. but the reception desk l like to say we're all liars.... They lied without blinking an eye, when the wifi were back on service.

Food ..breakfast was free for 2 days...terrible terrible food for breakfast...I pitied those who came in late..they were told no more Adobo chicken and what's left was scrambled egg that was watery, made my husband vomit everything the moment we left the dining hall. Our second day of breakfast, lesson learned this time, we paid 100.00 each to enjoy the buffet set at a different location.

We enjoyed the island hoping with the boatman name Julius.. Made our day worth every pesos we paid to tour the island and snorkel for hours.. His mobile no is: 09129745069

Room Tip: Fitness center you do not need since, you have activity around the resort Spa...no need as well, si...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Station 2, Balabag Boracay Island | Malay Aklan, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Malay > Boracay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#57 On the Beach Hotel in Boracay
Price Range: $45 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Carmela de Boracay 3*
Number of rooms: 242
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