I stay here all the time when I'm in Sabang, and I just got back to Manila after spending a weekend there.
As always, the room was clean. Ref, TV, hot water all worked, they've added a couch though but knowing I was in Sabang I didn't want to use it without a blanket over the upholstery.
The room cleaning was better this time around, as the housekeeper offered to change my towels and did a good job of cleaning and making up the room.
Check in was standard Sabang Oasis, where you have to go up to the third floor, turn left at the landing and then go up the steps to where the owner lives and then check in. Room assignments are better organised as check ins were listed by date and name on a white board.
How to get there: Just ask one of the boat crew to take you there and give them a tip, it's only a 5 minute walk from the pier anyway, and it will save you the headache and frustration. They're pretty friendly and if you're a female traveller like myself, they're happy to help.
Food: go for the local food, the western food I've had in Sabang doesn't really taste right for me. I normally go to the restaurant owned by a really nice Filipino woman that's just up the little side street right after the entrance to Hammerhead. For breakfast, I order my latte and croissant from The Rocks Cafe which is just in front of the side street going to the restaurant I just mentioned, their croissants are really good and buttery with just the right crispness.
At the restaurant (which I keep forgetting the name of) I usually order the Lomi after a long day of diving, the fat noodles in the super hot thick soup hits home and chases the cold away. It's cheap and filling too at 55 pesos for a big bowl. If I want something spicy with rice, I go for their curry. You can have it either as hot or as mild as you want it :)
THE UPDATE: Right now, there's construction going on behind the building, so be aware that there will be construction noises (power saws, hammering, masonry work) starting from around 7pm until the sun sets. Since the buildings are pretty close together, you WILL hear the noise despite having the aircon on and windows closed. Also, the women living in front of the hotel tend to get really chatty at night, so you'll also hear them. If you're the type who can sleep through anything then it will be fine, but if you're like me, you'll probably end up grumpy in the morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a newly built hotel finished to a European standard which opened in October 2007. Located close to Sabang Beach in a quiet residential area but only 5 minutes walk from most bars and restuarants,we are proud to say that recommendations from other operators in the area have made our first year a sucess. We look forward to welcoming new customers from around the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sabang Oasis Hotel Puerto Galera