I knew from my partner that this place was owned by a local TV star. That's one of the reasons why we chose La Carmela... Besides the hotel has a pool and has direct access to the beach (boat station 2) so we thought it was the perfect location for some successful & relaxing holidays during the "off peak season".
We were so disappointed when we got there!!!! First, everything there at Boat Station 2 looks so commercial & damn crowded...even in July!!!
Second, it took us forever to check in and we were the only ones at reception at that time... You need to comply with the so strict check in procedures and sign tons of documents. Our room was pre-paid though but we still had to leave a cash deposit and a credit card as a guarantee... but for what???? There was not even a minibar in the room located in the Executive Wing of the hotel!!!
While checking the validity of our credit card, we were asked to wait patiently in the lobby area...
I would call our room a basic one. The hallway is not at all appealing. The floor was dirty most of the time. And the white walls look kind of depressing!!! The Executive room we booked was overlooking the electric wires on the side street. The table on the balcony seemed not to have been cleaned for ages. But the worse part of it is that their lousy & noisy aircon system kept us from sleeping all night long!!
We had our first dinner at the pool area. The meal was great & the staff professional but what they don't tell you is that there are some construction work nearby due to extension of the hotel... even in the late evening!!!!
Imagine having dinner or swimming in a crowded place surrounded by noise!!!!
Our holiday there in Boracay was a disaster...
Breakfast is served between 06:30 & 10:30 but they tell you in advance at reception that if you arrive after 10:00am, there is not much left to eat... and that's for real!!!
The breakfast room is crammed and not a lot to choose from, especially for vegetarians.
All told, their buffet bkf is poor : Toasts, eggs, rice, corned beef, tocino, canned fruit salad and that was about it!!!
No croissants, no (chocolate)buns, no (pan)cakes, no cereals, no marmalade, no veggies...
NOTE : the funny thing is that Boy Abunda (the famous TV star) is advertising for "CORNED BEEF"... Maybe he gets it FREE for hotel guests at la Carmela!!!!
For breakfast though, there are plenty of nice places nearby at a reasonable price. Our favorite one was Casa Del Pilar.
The wifi connection at La Carmela was not working while we were there... and this has added some more anger & frustration to us.
Once again, Casa del Pilar saved us with their delicious breakfast menus & free wifi connection.
We once experienced their Room Service at night and it was nice.
All things considered, La Carmela is not worth the price they charge...even via internet.
Maybe we chose the wrong part of the island. Boat station 2 is great for those who like crowded commercial places near the center of things (night life, restaurants, shops etc...) But, honestly, there is nothing genuine or authentic there!!!
We made our stay at La Carmela shorter (3 nights instead of 4) and spent the rest of our trip in The Visayas at Bacolod Palmas Del Mar. A real 4 star resort located in a gorgeous setting far away from the crowd...
If we were gonna go back to Boracay, we would definitely choose a place like Puka Beach, Bulabog Beach or even Ilig Iligan Beach far away from mass tourism!!!
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