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Isis Bungalows
Ranked #23 of 49 Hotels in Panglao Island
Dasmarinas City, Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Don't expect too much”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Stayed there for 4D/3N with my husband and 2 kids. First, they were late picking us up at the airport. We made sure to make the proper arrangements because we had kids with us and our arrival would be lunch time. I wanted to avoid dealing with 2 cranky, hungry kids. Unfortunately, it was also raining when we got there so it was doubly upsetting for us.... Upon check out, the hotel was also slow to process our leave. Ended wasting 20 mins waiting for ppl to help us with our luggages. The hotel does not have access to the road so you'll have to walk thru sand to get to your vehicle.

The other reviews were right, it is a basic accommodation. Really B-A-S-I-C. While the faucets were working during the day, it has slow trickles at times. And the heater almost does not heat up the water. On one night, there was no water in the faucet at all. There is a sign by the flush tank to conserve water as portable water was being delivered on a daily basis. However their flush switch was defective. The overhead light was not working in our room. Was already too disappointed we didn't bother reporting anymore.

Room 1 has the best location of all the rooms. It was very near the beach that we didn't have to bring our stuff to the shore anymore.

They cleaned the room when we requested it. That's a plus.

The restaurant served good food. It was reasonably priced too. Actually cheaper than the others we tried (like the resto of Lost Horizon).

Too many boats parked at the beach front from dawn to 7AM.

Room Tip: Choose Room 1 for best access to the beach
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

This place is right on the beach but no free breakfast. The beach itself is descent but they need to clean it up more often. We stayed for 2 nights in bungalows 1, 7, 6 and room 10. #6 had a leak in the shower area, they did clean up the water but didn't make any attempt to fix the problem. #7's AC didn't work the first night but they were able to fix it right away. #1's location is great it's just a few meters from the beach.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Liberty, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2013

We stayed in one of the bungalows for 4 days. It was clean and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was large enough, but the fixtures were all plastic (but they worked fine so that didn't bother me). Our room was a few steps from the beach, and we had a small patio were we could sit and enjoy the ocean air. We had a problem while we were at the resort, the A/C in our room stopped working one morning. I went to the desk and reported it and 2 men came to fix it within 5 minutes. After trying for a few minutes to get it to work they quickly removed the unit and replaced it with a new one. We had A/C again about 10 min after I reported the problem.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2013 via mobile

We found fortunately that place when we came from Dumaluan beach, the babgalows are cean snd confortable. I can also rcommend the ythai restsurant which has feasible prices. Stuff is quite friendly and helpfully.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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south korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2013

i am a walk-in guest looking for available rooms. i reached at the bar where i thought it was the reception. the non-uniform guy pointed the reception for me. i was glad that he welcomed me with a smile. after i reached the reception, 2 lady receptionists are chit-chatting and see me as a stranger in the woods. what was that? they CAN'T even show some smiles for me. ohhh darling, if you are the receptionist, can you have... at least...FAKE SMILES for every guest? we are inquiring for rooms and we will pay. aren't you glad for a wonderful day you had? i better eat at your restaurant where i feel special treatment there. very hospitable and never failed to smile, even if i see them that they are busy with other customers. but i wonder why these 2 teens serve us nwithout their uniforms? almost staff i see are wearing i ♥ isis but i see some who arent wearing, but that does'nt matter. they are VERY opposite to the receptionists you have.

Room Tip: the restaurant is good. i wonder who their chef was.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Sitting here having breakfast at isis with nice view of 100 boats gently bobbing in the water. So get your brain spam filter set to ignore the following words as you will hear them during every quiet moment like this. Literally every few steps along the beach. Now while at breakfast people wandering through restaraunt. Talking to you're gf or family prepare to be constantly hearing "island hopping. Chocolate hills?" Quaint first day and realise they have a job to do but by second it drives one mad like the repitition of Chinese water torture. It's non stop from the moment you step out of your room. Same phrase repeated hundreds of find a day and they don't go until you answer. So expect hundreds of no thanks to say.
Isis average. Only room left was a budget room 2000 pesos. Just a box with aircon and bathroom. No towels. Sheets but no blanket or cover. Order coffee at restaraunt? Get a cup of Luke warm water with a Nescafé satchel and a satchet of artificial creamer. Ok so too cheap to buy a coffee brewer but couldn't they heat the water and maybe open the satchet and pour it in? Too much effort. Order toast. Get just that. A slice of cooked bread. No butter nothing. Just a total lack of effort is frustrating.
Overall best suggestion is to use Panglao is as a diving base only. It's overpriced,tourist trap with constant hawkers. Lots better places in the phils for a holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Location is at the end of the beach, so a few hundred meters walk down the beach path with your luggage. Well worth it because it is in a great location. The Resteraunt is Thai food and we thought it was the best on the island. The staff are so friendly, we had a good laugh with them. Ideal place for sunsets... Looked forward to them each night along with a beach massage. Although Alona Beach is a very touristy area, it is a fun place with plenty of things to do. The room was very comfortable and clean and ideal place for a relaxed holiday. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Isis Bungalows
Address: Alona Beach, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Panglao Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Isis Bungalows is a resort hotel in Panglao Island, Bohol Province in Central Philippines. The resort, which opened in 2005, is under Swiss supervision and boasts of affordable but world-class room accommodations and a spacious, refine, thai and filipino restaurant with a panoramic view of the sea.The resort is located right on the beach of Alona Beach, away from the traffic and the disco. The warm sea is our swimming pool.Isis Bungalows is definitely the place for those who want to experience the sun, the sand and the sea - the best that Panglao Island has to offer at that price. ... more   less 
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