I booked myself to F12 (the budget room in front of the front office and near the pool, no view) for a week's stay. I've decided to write a review on my second night because I love it here! I've been visiting Sabang for 3 years ever since I got my open water cert and I've stayed in the other hotels around town. I've found my perfect crash pad!
Reason 1 - bedroom:
F12 is classified as one of the budget rooms and it's also the cheapest. It has a mini kitchen with 1 induction burner, 1 rice cooker with steam basket, 1 microwave, 1 ref, 1 hot and cold water dispenser, 1 multi cooker/electric kettle, plus the necessary kitchen tools and cutlery for 2 people. The set up is adequate for a steak dinner, grilled cheese sandwich and other simple meals (i'm also a trained chef) the induction burner is quick to heat up so you don't have to wait.
The queen bed is a quality spring coil matress with thick pillow top on top of a box spring so it's firm and comfy after a day's worth of tech diving. The sheets are crisp and soft as well. 2 polyester filled pillows are nice and fluffy with enough give to prevent a stiff neck.
The bathroom is basic but adequate with a nice heater that heats the water quickly. The sink is small with no counter space but this doesn't bother me since i just hang my toiletry bag somewhere.
The room has a 32''tv with cable with hdmi cable so you can hook your laptop to the tv if you want, a nicely functioning ac unit, a hairdryer (stored on the closet), and the best feature of all that a lot of hotels don't think of, a power strip for guest use! This is the first time I've had this provided out of all the places I've been to!!
Reason 2 - room location:
Even though I don't have a view, I'm just in front of the office where the security guard hangs out at night, and being a solo female traveller, I feel safe knowing he's there.
Reason 3 - staff:
Staff are friendly enough and they handled my requests immediately - take note I'm here during high peak. The manager, Ray, even lent me his umbrella this morning during a downpour.
Reason 4 - location:
I'm just about 10 steps away from the beach or the pool, and the hotel's location is perfect, away from the rowdy main area of sabang while being close enough (about 10 mins walk) to buy groceries.
Just in case anyone is super sensitive to noise, F12 IS along the pathway towards the back of the hotel where the swankier rooms are so I hear the people passing through. Also, the staff hangs out on the patio outside of the front desk if they're idle so you'll here them as well. There's also a yappy dog somewhere nearby. BUT!!! ALL THE NOISES STOP BY 10PM so no need to worry about not getting any sleep.
Also, just be aware that this is the tropics so there will be ants. Generally the red ants only bite once of twice but if you're allergic, ask housekeeping to spray all outlets and floors before you go to bed. I woke up this morning with ants all over my laptop and power brick... my laptop was beside me in bed... no worries though I only got bit twice with no itchy bumps...turns out they were living inside the wall sconces but housekeeping got rid of them with bug spray.
Overall, despite the ants, I'd stay in this room again since I don't need the view because I'm out diving all day anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lalaguna Villas Resort in Sabang, Puerto Galera is an exotic beach resort resting along the lush green forest mountains of Mindoro that connect to a white sand, blue water beach. We offer a private villas-style atmosphere with charming Filipino hospitality on a quiet beach within a short walk of the center of the lively town of Sabang. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from studios for the budget conscious, to suites and villas to suit even the most discerning traveller, up to our signature multiple bedroom Penthouse apartment. We have a large pool and recreation area, complemented by rooftop gardens. All rooms are equipped with top quality brands such as Slumberland mattresses, Samsung TVs, DVD players, Refrigerators. Guests receive unlimited free bottled water, free laundry, 24 hour room service - truly a 'home away from home'. ... more less
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