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“Be careful if booking last minute on Agoda...problems with our booking”
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DabDab Resort
Shanghai
2 reviews
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“Be careful if booking last minute on Agoda...problems with our booking”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

We booked at Dab Dab 3 hours before arriving to Sabang from Puerto Princesa. We knew that there were not many hotels available as it was quite last minute, but when we found this one on Agoda, we immediately booked it (at USD 64 per night for 2 nights). Upon arrival at 10pm, the girl at the reception told us they were fully booked for the night and there were no rooms available. We had just dragged our luggage in the dark, across the sand and rocks about 200m from our drop off point.

She found us another room at another hotel, and she informed us that she paid it in cash already, and if we didn't like the room the 2nd night, we could change. We didn't quite understand, and as it was late, we just stayed there. We ended up staying there for 3 nights (it's the Taraw), which cost USD 25 per night. The payment on my credit card went through to Agoda for 2 nights as well. What we suspect is that if Dab Dab is fully booked, they don't inform Agoda and instead continue to accept bookings. Then when the guest arrives, she puts them at a much cheaper hotel and pockets the difference.

I'm now in the middle of phone calls and emails with Agoda to get my money back. Agoda keeps trying to contact Dab Dab but no one picks up the phone.

Just be careful not to book last minute. Agoda informed me it is the hotel's responsibility to update their availability status online, and once they are full, to make sure no more bookings get confirmed via the website. Since Dab Dab is not doing that, we suspect they have this system set up where they receive these late night arrivals and put them at the much cheaper location. With all our luggage and going back and forth at that hour on the beach, we just accepted the cheaper room. It was only afterward that we realized what was going on.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

I booked in Feb. for the New Year's day. I had to change my plan on Sept 4. They just refuse to return the money THREE MONTH ahead of time. Xmas and New Year periode is the most busy time in the Philippines and everybody is rushing for last minute hotel. Make up your mind but I think this is outrageous. If the resorts in Philippines want to attract international customers, they should raise their standards to international rules.

Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Tokyo
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Situated 5 minutes left once you hit the sea, the layout was well thought out and the cabins are simple yet all you need.
Out front is a rocky bay but the beach is a 5 minute walk back past the pier.
Our basic double was P400 with shared bathroom and no fan.
Note. As of time of writing (May 2012) a permit is needed for the underground river which is only available in Puerto Princesa. We arrived in Sabang without it and therefore could not go.
An online system is in the works but is not yet available.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2012

Stayed here for four nights in march. Not a bad word to say about dabdab.
-lovely helpful staff
- clean, big comfortable rooms. No hot water but this is normal in SAbang.
- great location. Set back a little from the beach a 5 minute walk to SAbang centre. We fell in love with SAbang, a very laid back beautiful place!

Dont miss doing the zip line, underground river and mangrove tour as they are all ace.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

The Dab Dab cottages are beautiful. The are located 15 minutes from the main pier where all the tourist boats leave to visit the underground river. The rooms are very nice and special. You have a mosquito net and most of them have a porch, all of the a hammock. The food is great at the place! Eat here! Electricity is available from 6 p.m. till 11 p.m., sometimes longer. No Internet or WIFI. A perfect place to read and do nothing.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about DabDab Resort

Property: DabDab Resort
Address: | Sabang Beach, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Puerto Princesa > Sabang
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Sabang
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Hotel Dab Dab Sabang
DabDab Resort Palawan Island/Sabang

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