We were here for the holy week. I made reservation 2 months ahead. While nearby beaches can be very crowded, SBRH is relatively comfortable and the waters are clear. The staff are courteous but one thing that bothered me was the hotel’s rigid policy on food services. Because it was peak season, hotel policy on room rate includes full board meals hence it was pricey. The buffet was actually limited to a soup, 3 types of dishes (veggie, fish, meat), dessert and drink. If a member of your family happens to be choosy on food, one would not have any choice but to take whatever is in the buffet as we were told that the restaurant does not entertain ala carte orders. We found out later that there is exception to this rule.
We arrived at 3pm on Good Friday and was told that serving lunch was over (cut-off time was 2pm) and the next meal was dinner at 7pm. I told them that my family had no lunch yet and if we can just order ala carte for the time being. My request was declined as the hotel does not serve ala carte meals other than the 3 full board meals as part of room rate. Besides, the hotel was already busy preparing for dinner. Instead, we were referred to the “carinderia” just outside the hotel gate. After coming back from the “carinderia”, I saw a group having merienda at the restaurant. When I asked why this group was able to do so, I was told that the group happened to be the owner of the hotel and his/her guests. On black Saturday, there were lots of weeds on the shore. At night, there was this live band playing upto midnight close to the rooms. It was just too loud that guests like us who prefer to rest/sleep could not do so.
Overall, Pagudpud cannot be compared to Boracay. The latter has longer white sand shoreline and the sand is compact and always cool to your feet even at high noon. In Pagudpud, the sand is loose and one tends to dig deeper as you step in. It can be dangerous for kids in the water. The sand also gets hot at mid-day. It is advisable especially for kids to have booties. Travel time to Pagudpud is about 10 hours by road. If one takes the plane to Laoag (1 hour flight), it still a 2- hour road trip to Pagudpud. Aside from the beach, there’s nothing else to do in this hotel except a city tour between Laoag and Pagudpud. We just went to Pagudpud town for a mass at St. Jude Thaddeus on Easter Sunday then to the Bangui windmills. Going for a city tour to Laoag is just too far.
- Also Known As:
- Saud Beach Hotel Pagudpud
- Saud Beach Resort And Hotel