After careful review of all the possible places to stay in the area, DM seemed like the run-away winner with all of these super positive reviews.
Much to our dismay, it just simply didn't measure up.
The rooms were not as big as the pictures make them seem and there are only a few to choose from. The one closest to the beach was small and was filled with tons of mosquitoes (which may have been due to the rainy season but our other choices after DM weren't as bad).
We opted to go with a bigger room,which wasn't that much bigger but had an extra folding couch. (which also had tons of mosquitoes) The beds were very hard and uncomfortable. Would have been ok, if all the rooms didn't seem so moldy and damp. The smell took a while to disappear and we were prepared to tough it out as we were planning on staying two weeks and DM was the only hotel that accepted credit card.
The TV only has one working channel and the room service food (from their restaurant) was pricey and we hardly touched it.
The washrooms were kinda dirty and had cobwebs in the corners as well as holes in the screens in the windows.
The shrubbery in the compound seems over the top to the point that it gets kinda difficult to move around.
The friendly staff that all the reviews seem to rave about were either on holidays themselves, don't work there anymore or just flat out did not like us. But to be fair, there was a gentleman, by the name of Roland (I think) who was accommodating. Everyone else looked as if they were unhappy or being held there against their will. The owner, whom I spoke with when we checked out, was also a nice guy...a foreigner too.
To top everything off, everytime we asked about credit card payment before we left Manila and while we were there, the answer was always yes (as it says all over the internet).
That, unfortunately, wasn't the case. when I had had enough of the shortcomings that DM had, I opted to cut our stay short and check out after two days. When I did, I was informed (rather politely) that credit card would not be an option as it wasn't set up yet because they didn't have a landline.
I don't intend to be mean...I just simply want to help fellow travelers who may be expecting to be able to pay for their stay by credit card and who may have been super impressed by all of the super positive reviews that DM has received. This is a major concern for these parts of the Philippines where ATM's are scarce and people may not have enough cash if they were expecting to card their stay.
We eventually moved on to Las Vegas Beach Resort in Talisay where we will surely return for our future trips to Leyte.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Beach Resort located on the Pacific Ocean at the beautiful Tahusan Beach, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, Philippines providing our guests with the utmost comfort, security and privacy at a very affordable price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dona Marta Boutique Hinunangan
- Dona Marta Boutique Hotel Philippines/Hinunangan, Leyte Island