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“"good diving spot"”
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Mermaid Resort
Ranked #17 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
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Ottawa, Canada
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“"good diving spot"”
Reviewed 22 September 2013 via mobile

Resorts in puerto gallera are over crowded...too commercialize. So the accomodations depend where you checked in. Staffs in mermaid diving resort are polite, wifi is strong, in lobby they offered beers and snacks and incase you check in request a room facing the shore if possible. Because as ive said resorts are over crowded and some of the rooms located at the back of other resorts kitchen.so its a bit noisy at night and smoke and smells of food went to bathroom windows,just like what happend to us.

Over all if you went there to experience diving...the resort is fine and its amenities. But dont expect that you could swim in front of the resort because it dirty, like theres diving service boat everywhere and not so clean water, sometimes theres motor oil on water. You can swim a little far from the shore line. Or if you want you can go to sabang beach resort, other side of the island thru tricycle at 50 php to 100php (TRANSPO ARE NOT REGULATED so sometimes its up to you...if you think the price is not practical look for another ride and negotiate the price).

The diving location is very nice and i can recommend thier diving spot a good choice.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Stayed in a few different hotels in Sabang but this was easily the best, great rooms, good food and staff, also very private compared to other hotels, will deffo stay there the next time im in Sabang. Laundry service was an extra bonus and cheaply priced.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We've stayed a few times now at the Mermaid Resort. The rooms, the resort, are always clean. Air con amazing and great water use. We travel with our youngest child and our nanny when we go. We get a two room place and it has a nice sitting area with a great big window overlooking the pool. The down sides for me are the noise from the pool table if you have a roudy all night group going. The room we stay in is right over it. The food is ok. Not great and not terrible. It is off the beach so away from the clubs. You do hear street traffic especially in the early morning when everyone is coming in.

The staff is very nice and polite. We've never had a problem.

As to the money thing. Yes it is quoted in US dollars. No, we can't reserve with our credit card. We can't reserve a flight on the major airlines either with a card from home. It has to do with fraud. Painful yes but, we use PayPal and so we do have some recourse if we ever needed it but, we have not. Even when it comes to exchanging money, which is arbitrary in many countries unless it is at the bank, the staff directs us to where we get the most PhP for our dollar. We've used our credit card to give final payment. Credit cards cost the owner about 3% so many places add it around the globe, even a few places here in the US. Ever notice the cash or credit price differences at the gas pump? Out bank and the Philipine banks charge a conversion fee. At some of the major stores there is an option to get your charge in Pesos, USD, or Euros. That's to avoid the conversion charge.

We missed diving for a big Typhoon. Our package was prepaid so we received a credit voucher for the dives we did not make. This does mean we need to return for the diving but I just returned from Key Largo and guess what their policy is if you miss prepaid dives due to weather? Yup, you get a voucher to come back and do those dives.

Well, we returned for those dives and they were as amazing as all the others. Some sites are definitely better than others but as a whole, this is the beast place we've been. The dive masters are amazing at finding all sorts of critters everywhere. They're friendly, responsible, and good at what they do. We're planning our next trip and it will be with Mermaid!

They aren't the most luxurious place in the Philippines to stay but they are certainly above average in every way.

Room Tip: The rooms close to the road are noisier. The rooms facing the street behind have a hovel view but th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

We had no choice but to stay at the mermaid, rooms were massive and was right by the pool, cool if u like swimming.. Staff were very friendly, nothing was a bother for them....was a good stay was just a bit pricey compared to other places there but a nice hotel and would stay there again

  • Stayed June 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

3 nights in the pool suite were a bargain. Close enough to the port to walk, far enough away to allow a great nights sleep .the rooms are huge , the bathrooms are fabulous and the air con ferocious .
The staff are friendly and the food is good ,

Had a super stay and wouldn't hesitate to return

Room Tip: The pool suites are worth the money , step out of your room onto the pool terrace
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 April 2013 via mobile

I love Mermaid! The room, the food, the pool, the location.. I love everything about it! Staff are friendly, food is great, pool is clean, rooms are superb! It's a short walk from the port and around it are lots of establishments. They take care of everything! We went island hopping and the boat men prepared our food. great for divers also! it was my first time to dive and was glad that Mermaid's dive master is an expert! No other galera hotel for me!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2013

I liked the reviews I read and was not disappointed. We had booked the junior suite which was lovely, but I wanted to experience the outdoor spa bath outside the penthouse suite so we upgraded for the second night - no hassles! It is a beautiful, clean hotel with super food and excellent staff! We definitely will be returning!

Room Tip: The junior suite was bigger than we needed, the penthouse was smaller with more outdoor space.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mermaid Resort
Address: Sabang Beach | Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Mermaid Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mermaid Resort Puerto Galera is the finest dive resort in Sabang, Puerto Galera. The waters around have been dubbed the center of the center of marine biodiversity in the world. Mermaid Resort features 40 large guest rooms and suites -- all exclusively furnished with the comforts of a modern hotel resort. ... more   less 
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