After checking a few nearby budget options, and also the nearby Bohol Beach divers we finally decided on Villa Almedilla after concluding that the cleanliness in comparison to the price was outstanding (even in comparison to the rest of the places on the beach except the upscale places).
The hotel is located roughly 100m from the beach and 200m from the mainroad. At the mainroad walk to the right some 100m and you'll find some local grill-restaurants with "local prices" and not the touristy pricy food you see down on the beachfront. The beer here cost 40pesos for 1litre for instance. Food doesnt set you back more than a few USD each and for that price, you get a lot of barbequed meat/fish =) To the beachfront restaurants and where all the action is, you need to walk down to the beach and walk for a few minutes but its not far. In fact, its quite nice to be away from the action as it gives you a very quiet surroundings with no disturbances.
Dont be fooled if you arrive when its dark, as the place is safe and secure albeit the dark unpaved road greeting the guest upon arrival. I can recommend having a small flashlight with you as the walk on the beach and up to the mainroad as the area is not well-lit and a bit bumpy.
At the end of our stay at Villa Almedilla we found out that they sold drinks, had a tourservice and even helped us book a moped-tuktuk and ferrytickets. If we had known about the drinks we wouldnt have to haul it from the store each day, so a tip for the owners is to perhaps enhance the business by placing small info-notes in each room to let their guests know whats on offer.
The staff and owners was very helpful, accomodating, friendly and great at english with a curious interest in their guests. We had the chance to get to know most of the staff and owners over a Christmas dinner which they invited me and my wife to. It was much appreciated and the way you cooked it; you should consider opening a restaurant! It was great and we had a super-good time.
Furthermore, we had not booked anything for our upcoming two stops on our trip through the Philippines and it was during the fully-booked days around Christmas and New year and we received great advice and help on bookings and calls made on our behalf to reserve rooms which was much appreciated.
Overall, a great no-frills budget stay with very clean rooms, Wi-fi in the room, small tv with cabel channels, hot showers and a VERY helpful and accomodating staff and owners. Even the beds are pretty good. They are not super-hard like most budget options in the Philippines. In closing; If you are a budget traveler looking for a clean, quiet, friendly and comfortable stay. This is the place for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Almedilla Bohol Province/Panglao Island