We stayed at Moonbay Marina for 2 nights on May 31, 2013. We are a group of 6 (2 familes with 3 members each). We each have a little girl in tow.
- Food is not cheap but you get what you paid for. Essentially, it is not spectacularly awesome but it definitely was unexpectedly delicious. We paid around 5k per night per room and it included breakfast for 2. The tapsilog was delicious. The garlic rice was very garlic-y and the tapa tastes like bistek. Since we had to order extra for our little girl, it was an additonal 170 pesos, which, as I have mentioned, not exactly cheap for a tapsilog but at least it was delicious.
- The rooms are huge. Queen-sized beds, kitchenette and living room. Our room can be accurately described as a "1-bedroom unit" since the bedroom was separate from the living room. There was also the patio where we can smoke (we are smokers). The sheets and pillows smell ok. The room does not smell moldy which is a number one requirement for me. There are plenty of drawers and a battery-operated safe as well.
- The swimming pools are heated and there is a separate jacuzzi with warmer water which was really relaxing. For those with babies, they have a separate pool whose water level is ankle-high. This I thought was very thoughtful.
- The lifeguards are really watching and are really doing their job. Sometimes I think some of the moms kind of abuse this and just leave their toddlers by themselves under the watchful eyes of the responsible lifeguards.
- Since we are staying in one of the villas, we had the convenience of ordering food and drinks by the pool and just charge it to our rooms. Good thing our kids are too small to realize this yet :-)
- It is located near a number of night spots by the beach but we weren't really able to check it out since we have kids in tow.
- We don't want to sound like a snob but 5 thousand pesos per night is not exactly cheap in the Philippines. We were hoping for some privacy and serenity for the 2 nights that we stayed there but we were surprised to realize that the swimming pools are actually open to the public for 250 pesos per head. We don't particularly appreciate this.
- While we were all in the pool, we have beers and I believe around 3 sets of entrees (pulutan) in our table. There were 3 hotel employees not very far from our table, mind you. So here's what happened - 3 stray cats jumped on our table and picked on our food. They just dismissed it as "Ayy.." and I told her, technically, the poolside is still their property, they have to replace our food or at least, anything. And she says, "Sorry po ma'am hindi po talaga ganun". Moral lesson : Never order food if you all want to dip in the pool all at the same time.
- We are in the habit of bringing big bags of chips in our hotel rooms. We usually are not able to finish, say, 1 bag of Cheetos in one sitting and we just fold the wrapper in half and place it somewhere. Cheetos is very reliable with its crunchiness. The armies of ants in the rooms are crazy. We lost 2 almost-full bags of chips. The ants were the reddish and smaller kinds. I'm not sure if I would suggest ziploc or just maybe put them in the fridge.
- All of us have tiny purple bruises on our legs before leaving for Manila because the bed frame has sharp pointy edges to it.
Are we going back? We are not yet sure. If ever we do, it'd be for the food and the heated pools.
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