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La Carmela de Boracay
Ranked #101 of 145 Hotels in Boracay
Manila
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“So-so”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

OUr first two nights for this Boracay vacation were spent at La Carmela de Boracay. We've made our reservations as early as February. Still we got a room with a window next to a wall. I complained but was told that they are fully booked because of a group. Can't you even give priority to FITs who have booked months earlier and could have paid higher rates than group travellers? Moving on... i didn't want to ruin the rest of the day, we just stayed at the beach most of the time. One thing which we enjoyed: wifi access is complimentary :)

The bathroom was not really that clean, the bathtub was chipped on a few places, the towels and linens were not that white either and looks a bit wornout. The buffet breakfast and lunch were okay and quite reasonable at 200-250 pesos nett each. I didn't bother with the two mini pools which look more like jacuzzis with its size.

It seems that the hotel is overstaffed that it does not necessarily contribute to service efficiency but only makes each and every corner of the hotel crowded. I do not really like crowds. In general, with its inexpensive price, we got what we paid for. This can still be a good hotel for frequent travelers who are budget conscious. But for those who save and go on vacation to relax and enjoy the perks, there are a lot of resorts which are far better than La Carmela de Boracay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2010

This hotel is so unorganized and I feel like I have been ripped off. At first we were going to stay at one of their regular rooms and OH MY GOD was it dingy. It was "clean" but the rooms were so old. The ceiling had water damage. There were ants on the walls. The interiors were just horrid. The balcony literally faced another wall. So we moved to another room in what they call the "Executive Wing" which is supposed to be newer but it literally felt like a really cheap one star hotel. In the pictures it looks nice but its really not. For example, the bath mat was yellow. EWWWW. I mean its just common sense to replace the damn thing. They only have one generator so you are out of luck if you get a room in one of the top floors. So you can take the elevator at your own risk because if the power is down there isn't a generator for back up. In addition, you aren't allowed to have the power on when you leave the room like to keep the air conditioning running but the problem with that is Boracay is hot and what you expect when you enter your room is a cooler environment...and you can't do that. So you have to wait in a hot and humid room while the air conditioning kicks in which is a really long time because their air conditioners in their "Executive wing " is OLD. It seems that they just painted the room but didn't replace anything. It looks nice from the outside but take a closer look and its just not worth your money. Second the buffet was a rip off. The hotel food just sucks. You can find better food elsewhere on the island which is cheaper and better. The restaurant is like a high school cafeteria. Noisy and bad food. Seriously, all the people in my party felt disappointed ever since we arrived. ANOTHER THING...you have no choice but to walk either through the old wings corridors OR the outside pathway if you want to go to the waterfront. Both options are smelly and dingy and reminds me of a really CRAPPY MOTEL. AND WHEN WE ARRIVED THEY DIDN'T TELL US THAT THE HOTEL WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Seriously!!!!! WTF. Free Wifi should be the norm not just near the pool. You have to pay for internet. Save a little more money and go elsewhere or else your trip will be ruined by staying at this hotel. It is SO not worth it. It's like they squeeze all the money out of you because you have to pay for any addition thing

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2010

Recommended for group tours but not for business trips.

Lowest room costs 2.1k and is good for 4 people but only two has buffet breakfast included...

Anyway... I stayed here for 2 nights and I can say that its not worth my 2k... Hallways look very lousy as well as the rooms... The furnitures aren't sturdy and some are broken...

Service is very good... Staff are always there to assist you and are very accommodating...

Wi-fi is very pricey... It costs 100 php for 1hr...

Location is excellent since it is in front of the beach...

  • Stayed August 2010
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2010

We paid approximately $445 for two people for 6 nights accomodation and buffet breakfast daily!! that's a bargain. The service was exceptional - when they noticed my favourite sitting spot was outside looking towards the beach, the waiter guys would move the umbrellas without being asked to, so the sun wouldn't blind me as I ate breakfast. The food wasn't too great. But for the price we paid, you couldn't expect more. The hotel room had nice aircon and served its purpose. We were out most of the time, so having a fancy hotel and wasting money on one, wasn't going to be worthwhile. This place was literally a hop, skip and a jump from the sandy beach. If you're looking for a place to stay on a budget... here's the place to go.

Stayed April 2009
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Namur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2010

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!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2010

Trust me. If you want to have a miserable time.. Stay here. There standard rooms are dark, dirty and miserable. I actually could have put up with that if it were'nt for the incessent pounding that starts at 7am and goes till 7pm. They have been doing construction on their hotel and claim that that there is noting they can do about the noise. Its truly intolerable and according to the hotel staff they have been working on this project for months with months more to go. Finally insisted being upgraded to there Executive Wing. This Executive Wing is a lot more expensive but the only difference is some cheap wooden molding on the wall. The a/c does work, there is zero view, this place is horrible. The food is attrocious and they make you pay cash at the restaurant. You are not allowed to charge anything to your room despite giving them a credit card on file. They hare about $2.50 an hour for wi/fi and their pool is crammed with little kids all of whom I am certain are peeing merrily away in the water. This place is billed to be where the rich and famous Pinoy's come to hang out but I certainly didnt see any. This truly was a terrible experience and some of you may just go ahead anyway and stay here... All I can say to you is good luck... I would rather tent it on the beach. In a word... THIS PLACE SUCKS.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2010

My girlfriend and I had a good stay in La Carmela de Boracay last 25-27 April, 2010 during our Boracay trip. The room we got in their executive wing was affordable, elegant, and spacious. The resort offers amenities such as swimming pool (though it's about 10 meters away from the beach), jacuzzi, and restaurant. Food was nice though we just tried the breakfast they served. It also has free wi-fi that is fast enough to check emails, etc. The resort is also located near souvenir shops, nightlife bars, other restaurants, which makes it an ideal place to stay. I will definitely be staying here next time we go to Boracay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Carmela de Boracay
Address: Station 2, Balabag Boracay Island | Malay Aklan, Aklan Province, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Carmela de Boracay 3*
Number of rooms: 242
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