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Gracey Dive Resort & Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 9 Dauin B&B and Inns
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“Don't expect too much and you won't be disapointed”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We decided to stay at this hotel as it is advertised as being built in 2012 so everything would be modern and working. We think it actually reopened in 2012 after being closed for 20 years. Our bedroom had six spot lights with only three working and these were pointed at the walls - baffling. Impossible to read or use laptop without a head torch. The ceiling fan did not work but the air con is ok. There are also six speaker on the wall for some reason. The TV is so old it does not have a remote. The drawers have no handles but have pieces of string threaded through and over the top of the drawer to pull them open. The bathroom has soap stains on the counter tops and mirror. The garden furniture is old, and held together with some botched DIY. And for this we have paid 1,800 Pesos, 800 pesos would have been good value for money

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

One evening I texted the owner if she had two rooms available for 3 nights, being her two best ones, breakfast included. Sure, no problem. Discount, no problem either ...
The next day we left and were a long time on the road. When I was getting nearer to Dumaguete, I texted her again, could she pick us up. Sure, no problem. When we arrived, there was a little first problem. Her best room was taken. At noon she had picked up 2 guests and they took it. What else could we do at night but take another one ... Except that that room didn't have curtains to block the light. Our children (in that room) were very happy about that room. It had water damage, no curtains, a private bathroom, but just with a shower and a toilet, no washbassin. OK, they tried to install curtains from another room, but they didn't fit. So our kids ended up in another room with the shared bathroom, just to be able to sleep past 0600 when the sun came up.

Although her website looks very promising, the general state of the premises is a bit neglected. Cobwebs everywhere, the rooms and the place itself has seen better days. The reason for it? Keep on reading... All guest rooms used to be places where the family lived in before the separation. The "suite" was the couples bedroom, another bedroom with balcony (without curtains too!) belonged to the son (name plaque still on the door), another bedroom the office, another bedroom a guestplace and so on. The lady, her son and the staff now reside in the staff rooms at the third level. Unnecessary to say, the boy is very nhappy about this whole situation. So she is building a new, more private, house for herself and her son at the entrance.

She promises diving right in front of her place. Well, that's true, but snorkeling - head for the "sanctuary" after paying an admission each time you visit - and to be honest, there are a lot of places in Negros&Cebu to go snorkelling. In front of the hotel there is no more reef until the wall down. Very disappointing.

Very disappointing too is the apparant need of money. The lady of the house is divorced from her husband (the "Gracey") and she apparantly got the house. Which means that she needs money to survive and her place becomes a public swimming area. For a fee (OK - a stiff fee for the locals who drop by), they get to use her beach and swimming pool. The guests just have to do what they want amongst the 30 "dayfee-guests" that are there in the weekends. Not what we had in mind for relaxation. Neither does she, because she leaves all day and lets her good staff (really, they do try, but what can they realise without her backing??) bother with the partying beachfolks. Before I forget: never visit on a sunday - then they have a weekly brown-out (why they don't call it black-out I don't get ...) from around 0900 to 1700. Need I to mention that after church, the lady eats elsewhere (more quiet) and doesn't come back until very late afternoon?

Check-out time ... the bill is ready. The regular price per room was 2500 and 2000 PHP, breakfast included. All the other places offer free transportation to the city and you're hoping on a discount because, well let us be honest, the whole stay wasn't what you'd expect ...
The discount was 10% BUT: you receive discount, so pay for the breakfast (4 persons) is between 640 and 620 PHP per day. The pick up and drop off is another 800 PHP each. The discount is at that time a serious price hike! That place lives on the weekend guests for the day and now I understand why ... In total (if I consider the transfer amount as 'normal') the price hike because of the discount was 530 PHP, without transfer it was 2130 PHP.

Best part was in the end. We needed a drop off on the ferry to Cebu, but not to Lilo'an (we wanted to head to the west coast of Cebu), knew the name of the ferry company and explained her it was beyond Dumaguete. OK, she asked and took us to a port. We said, it's not the same, but she insisted we had to take the ferry over here. She had other stuff to do in Dumaguete and (politely) refused to drive us to the other ferry port. So we had to take the ferry that took us to .. Lilo'an. There was a bus to Cebu City and the connecting bus to the west coast of Cebu? Wrong port sir, need to take a taxi to the next bus station ... We (luckily) travel light and could take a tricycle to that busstation, but it cost us extra. All in all: Gracey lacks what the names implies: grace.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Gracey Dive Resort & Restaurant
Address: Capitan Punso St. District 2, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City > Dauin
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Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Dauin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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Gracey Dive Resort & Restaurant Dauin, Dumaguete City, Philippines

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