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La Carmela de Boracay
Ranked #101 of 146 Hotels in Boracay
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

GOOD
-beachfront
-2 swimming pools
-near the talipapa
-big rooms and beds
-staff greets you always

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
-pillows are not comfy it will give u stiff neck
-juice at the breakfast buffet tastes like medicine
-the other bldg of d hotel (west wing) is really far from the beach
-front desk ladies are soooo busy and toxic
-few beach beds
-swimming time at the pool opens late (9am)

TIPS
-dont get the room downstairs (main bldg) near the dining area and staff quarters coz u will hear them chatting in the middle of the night
-but dont get the room 120 up at the main bldg coz u have to walk long all the way to the beach as if u didnt pay for a beachfront hotel
-pool guards are so strict! They have whistle as if u committed a crime so wear proper attire,dont jump,take care of your kids etc etc just read the pool regulations

  • Stayed: March 2014
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2014

Thank you for taking time to share your experience with us. We would like to express regret for some of your expectations that we have not meet. We consider this review as our valuable source as we continue to improve our operations. Thus we are also glad to you noticed out beachfront location, swimming pools and our friendly staff as well. We look forward to welcoming you again soon here at La Carmela de Boracay. God Bless

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We stayed for 3D 2N and I was with my wife and 2 kids. The hotel wasn't extraordinary although it's not really bad. Food isn't great but reasonable price. Long walk to the beach from inside the hotel. Didn't like the terrace view from where we stayed because you'll just see small buildings and people walking and not so much of nature.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Huwangki
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

Thank you for taking time to share your experience during your stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again here soon at La Carmela de Boracay! God Bless!

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed here for 4D3N during Labor Day Weekend (April30-May3). Never thought all hotels would be sold out, so we had to stay here. Not that I hate this place, but it's probably a one time thing. Knowing clear that it was a budget hotel, I knew I should not compare the services I get with high-star hotels. I try to be fair with my reviews... We got the Premiere Rooms 306 and 308 at the new wing building which was a 2-3min walk to the beach. If you get these rooms or would be located at the New Wing, you'd be at the other far end side of the hotel, not in the beachfront.

Room- The feel of the room was unwelcoming. It was a combination of white walls, and dark wood furniture. The lighting was not enough making the room dark and shady. During the stay, the a/c wasn't working well. Too small for the size of the room so it took some time before it cool down.

Bathroom- It was OKAY. Important thing for us was the water flow and toilet, so good to know it was working well during our stay. Although, I wish it had a shower door, to avoid getting the entire bathroom floor wet all the time. You always need to call for extra floor mat, as well as the Shampoo and Bath Gel as they only give you 1 set everyday, and sometimes they don't.

Amenities and other concerns:
Pool- Never tried swimming in the pool, considering that the water was unclear already. But given that it was a peaked season, so let that one go..

Elevator- It wasn't working during our last day. I think that it was small to accommodate the even 1/4 of the entire guests, I think it can only carry about 5-6 full grown men or prepare to wait or climb the stairs.

Breakfast- Plain and nothing special. It was only a way to be full in the morning. Do not expect a sumptuous one.

Staff- Friendly and accommodating.

Overall Experience, it was OKAY. I didn't expect much. But If you're on a tight budget, La Carmela is ideal. It's a budget friendly hotel and the location is okay, just about 8-12mins walk to D'mall.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Annikev
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Thank you for taking time to share your candid experience during your stay with us. We have noted all your reviews and we would take this as a valuable source as we continue improve our services. It is nice to read that you have noticed our friendly and accommodating staff. We look forward to welcoming you again here on your next Boracay vacation. God Bless!

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in standard rooms booked thru Boracay Best Deals (Mr. Gil Gomez of Boracay Deals was actually pleasant to deal and communicate with). Check-in was easy for our group of 26 adults and 5 kids! Staff were polite and courteous. We requested for housekeeping and the rooms were cleaned the same day. Beds were ok and AC worked fine. Bathroom needs improvement though. Overall, it's a basic hotel but a good inexpensive one in a beautiful paradise, that is Boracay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank leelou627
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ML A, Manager at La Carmela de Boracay, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Thank you for taking time to share your experience with us. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon in your next Boracay vacation. God Bless!

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Room was a little musty so opened the door and window to air it out. Needless to say the hotel did not install screen doors or windows, because hey who needs those?.and they are cheap..afterall dengue fever is not in this area...WRONG.... I got bit twice and got Dengue fever. Awful experience. Needless to say if these hotel owner could spend a few extra dollars on screen doors they would protect their guests from such diseases. Anything to save a buck I guess. Also the food at the buffet was always cold!...yuck... they had the ability to keep it warm as there was burners underneath everything...but alas...again they are much too cheap to spend the money on propane to heat the food they serve....instead they serve eggs and french toast cold....disgusting. The pool was dirty and I would not ever step foot in it as I would be afraid to catch something.

Room Tip: go somewhere else
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank lan g
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed there for two nights at the premier west wing because it was near station 2 beach and Calypso dive school. Around 2mins to the beach, food outlets and pubs. 7mins to d'mall and the main party on the beach. Room rates were cheap considering breakfast was included.

Now for what I didn't like about this place. Firstly, the road along the entrance to the hotel lobbies were constantly flooded due to the construction going on next door. This also caused the hotel to be infested with Mosquitos. When we asked the hotel staff for spray or mosquito coils, they said they would return with spray but never did. It's either they forgot or didn't understand. Same thing happened when we asked for a adaptor for the socket, twice. Next, the room was spacious but barely furnished and the shower pressure was a mere drizzle. There were also power failures in the middle of the night, which caused the wifi (only in the lobby) and lift to stop working for half a day. Lastly, the breakfast was not too good, limited choices and almost the same variety.
However, the hotel is still very busy. Perhaps because it's cheap and ideally located. But I would not come back ever.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank pamcyy
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

right on the beach, nice location , when we went we were the only westerners everyone else was Filipino , the food is average, my room was very comfortable, i think its good value for money and the location is the best part, front desk were also very helpful

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank azmat7
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Additional Information about La Carmela de Boracay

Address: Station 2, Balabag Boracay Island | Malay Aklan, Malay, Aklan Province, 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:
#55 On the Beach Hotel in Boracay
Price Range: $42 - $79 (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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