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Birang Guesthouse
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

The Good
- Central Location, clean and new.
- Delicious home cooked meals (I only know about this as I read the reviews before booking the place, you can buy raw veg and meat and ask the staff to cook it, the staff did not mentioned this at all)

The Bad
- Brown out each night (no hot showers when this happens, only luke warm shower)
- Even with generator on the wall power sockets goes off in middle of the night (this happened 2-3 times and the fan stopped working)
- Sometimes we have to go out of the room for WIFI coverage.
- Walls were paper thin (made out of bamboo) and we could hear the next room’s TV clearly.

The Ugly
-We felt like our presence was a big inconvenience to the staff there and we did not feel welcome at all.
-After staying 6 nights, NO housekeeping at all, we had to ask for a change of towels and the rubbish in the room was not emptied out.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Yoland_Li
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

A friend and I stayed here based upon the good reviews below. However, we were both left feeling rather disappointed.

The house is in effect a very large bamboo hut which means the walls a paper thin! We could hear everything the couple in the room next to us were doing. (Keep that in mind when you start getting 'romantic!')

The staff we not friendly or pro-active. While they did the few things we requested, it was always done in such a way as to make us feel like we were putting them to a great deal of trouble. We stayed for 5 days and they did not service the room once!

Thin walls, poor service, bad wifi, sporadic power, and two irritating birds that chirp and talk at all hours of the day and night.

We didn't expect hotel comforts, but for the price we paid we sure as hell expected more than a glorified back-packers with an en-suite!

Room Tip: Don't stay here if you're in the mood for romance!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Simon J
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Stayed at this place for 4 days and 3 nights and it was all worth the money spent. Aling Viring has island tour packages that you can choose from and she will take care of everything - from airport transfers to island hopping to city tour inclusive of 3 full meals. The food they serve at the guest house is excellent - especially the crabs and fish. You can also make special requests if you have any dietary constraints and they will gladly oblige. Special kudos to jam for being a perfect tour guide to us.

Rooms are clean and big and very homey. do not expect hotel type accommodations since this is a guest house but the friendliness of the staff and the proximity of the guest house to the sea and the city makes up for all of this

Will definitely recommend this place

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank misskeyway
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed here in early June, 2012. Overall it wasn't bad for the price.
The Great:
The price.. Very affordable
The Good:
The room was very big. We were a group of 3 and had a room with a double bed and a single. The bathroom was small but very clean. The room came with a TV and outlets that allowed you to charge at 110 or 220 volts. We had the North American 3 prong type plugs on our laptop and it worked fine.
The location was quite good. It was central to the area and had a docking area attached to the guest house that you could be picked up from to go island hopping, The outdoor market was a short 5 minute trike ride away and cost 10 pesos a person (around .25 cents Canadian). There was a good restaurant at the entrance to the guest house also.
The owners (or people living on the property) were friendly and helpful. They served breakfast each morning for us between 7:30-8:30 on the patio consisting of typical Filipino fare, rice, egg and meat along with coffee.
The Not so good:
Although I was quite satisfied considering this is a guest house and not a hotel, worth mentioning is
The Air Con was not the strongest. There was A/C, and it was working but it wasn't the greatest. A fan was included in the room too which helped.
There was free wifi, but at times it was REALLY slow and at other times it was decent. As the town is not the most modern (to say the least) I suspect I may not be able to blame this on the guest house. In fact, we had a brown out or two of electricity and I am told this is common throughout town.

All and all, I would stay here again if I stayed in this price range, but I would probably splurge a bit more next time.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank rthibod
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

I can't wait to go back. The most courteous and friendly staff. If your looking for a good service and affordable price this is the,place

  • Stayed: January 2012
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2  Thank missesther
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