Booking was a challenge which should have been a sign for us. No emails or fax, only sms and phone calls which can sometimes be confusing. But the contact was polite and seemed kind so I decided to give it a chance. We stayed here because the good reviews from Trip advisor. Unfortunately we were unlucky during our stay.
The establishment does not provide a generator for guests, even for basic electric necessities like the water pump or an electric fan. The room they gave us had no windows we could open so it was quite stuffy. We didn't want to leave the door open because insects might enter the room. The water pump was faulty and was of course useless during the power outage so water was brought in pails from the manual pump ( poso ). On both nights, there was a power outage. We never experienced using the aircon or lights at night. A generator is must if you claim to be an inn in a town where power outages are frequent.
The sheets were quite old and had indistinguishable stains and also seem "thinned out". The cable reception inside the room was terrible which we usually wouldn't mind if only it wasn't raining so we could go out and explore the town.
The food was surprisingly disappointing. Sure the serving was huge but we expected a little more seafood and local dishes rather than the regular menu in manila.( pork chop, fried chicken, more pork etc.) They did serve us some crab, fish and squid but nothing memorable.We even skipped the 2nd breakfast to check out other options in town.
The people were kind and polite, at time too chatty and sharing too much information about their personal lives that made us quite uncomfortable. We came to have a good time, not to share the negativity. The only redeeming factor were the bangkeros, trike drivers and the help.They were all trying their best to help us have a good time despite the uncooperative weather. I think their positive vibes helped bring out the sun on our second island tour.
I wouldn't recommend staying here until they've improved their facilities and their menu. I would recommend the bangkeros, however. The inn IMO is not worth it considering the effort it took to travel to this town.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Juliana Hotel Caramoan