First off, the mechanics of making a reservation: an internet search for a room at the Lighthouse Marina Resort's website consistently revels "no vacancy". Do not be discouraged: simply phone the hotel directly and there are usually rooms available. On May 13, 2012, my girlfriend and I stayed in the second floor, non-smoking, very clean Room #201 overlooking Subic Bay for PP 8,800 (approximately USD $204.00) which included all taxes and a breakfast for two adults. The hotel's hallways are carpeted, which helps with the noise abatement. The walls between the rooms, however, are paper thin because we could hear other guests slamming doors and drawers in their rooms. The hotel does have a nice working elevator for those guests with small children or orthopedic mobility issues. The room furnishings were rather disappointing and spartan for a self-described "34 room boutique hotel". The king-size bed was ultra-firm to the point of discomfort; and the bed pillows consisted of clumped down feathers (probably due to the extreme humidity of the Subic Bay environment). There was plenty of closet and bureau drawer storage space for families. Kudos for the spacious CR (comfort room), which featured an immaculately clean, over-sized bathtub which was perfect for two adults! The clear-glass shower stall had a large-diameter rainfall shower head and hand wand with nice water pressure. The shower door, however, would not close all the way, thereby creating a mess on the floor. The room also had a fantastic private balcony. We were able to sip our morning coffee and read the complimentary newspaper while watching the sunrise over the peaceful Subic Bay. We ate breakfast in the hotel's spacious and clean dining room. There was a large selection of food, which would be appealing to both Asian and Western tastes, including eggs made to order! The dining room staff, however, was in dire need of remedial training in basic hygiene: one of the workers (a middle-aged male employee) had a terrible hack cough. That unfortunate employee looked ill and apparently had never learned to turn, and cover his mouth when he coughed. He continued to cough all over the extensive selection of fruits and salads while we ate. My GF subsequently lost her appetite after watching this gross display of spreading complimentary germs! By the way, if you use the "reusable laundry bag" in the closet you will be charged PP 50. I really dislike being nickel-and-dime to death because such an item is free in any other top-shelf hotel. Another small annoyance was that there was no complimentary internet service, as guests are required to pay for internet access. There was also a small refrigerator and hot-water pot in the room. So now patient explorers, here is the bottom line: would I stay there again? Yes, because I value my safety and security--the hotel always has two doormen on duty at all times. There is also a small in-room safe for valuables. On the whole, despite the coughing dining room employee, the hotel's staff was polite and professional. I also appreciate being within a short walking distance to the Pier One outdoor entertainment complex (featuring two live bands playing dance club music every night). Another useful tip while in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone: visit Texas Joe's Restaurant (also on the main waterfront avenue) for great steaks in a family-friendly, American-western environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The most lavish and magnificent Subic Bay experience. Like a beacon that steers boats to shore, this magnificent establishment on the Subic waterfront can serve as a venue that beckons travelers seeking world-class comfort. Our Commitment: Lighthouse is committed to creating value and improving guests' experience. We have this genuine interest in our guests' evolving needs, thus we invest in our infrastructure and our people as we strive to provide a compelling guest experience. Our company was built on serving and satisfying guests and meeting if not surpassing our guests' needs is always our No. 1 priority. The Location: The Lighthouse Marina Resort is a three-floor, 34-room boutique hotel capped by a lighthouse. The hotel is sleek and ultra-modern in its Palafox-designed architecture. Done in almost austere Italianate architectonics with its elegantly simplistic hotel façade, the hotel's main building provides a perfect compliment to the 20 meter light tower done in surprising detail very faithful to naval architecture specifications. Its exclusive location hidden in the midst of the busy Waterfront Road makes it the ultimate haven of retreat. The Lighthouse was established in 2007 to provide transient residence to executives of business locators of the Subic free port zone and for tourists who frequent the port more for its sailing and eco‐tourism than its business. Ease of Travel: Proximity and ease of travel are always a concern for many people who are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of life in the metropolis. Just less than a year ago, Subic was a grueling three to four hour drive from the city capital. Today, all roads lead to a tranquil location, a journey of heightened leisure, traversing through a scenic paved ultra majestic highway newly built to serve as the main vein of the Manila-Subic connection, the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway. For a relaxing and inexpensive travel, the flicker of light at the Lighthouse Marina Resort just got brighter. A perfect vacation haven away from home just got closer. Its exclusive location hidden in the midst of the busy Waterfront Road makes it the ideal chill out place within the shorelines of Subic Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lighthouse Marina Hotel Subic
- Lighthouse Marina Hotel