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Marco Vincent Dive Resort
Ranked #8 of 51 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Poor Value”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

Not a good experience & we will definitely not go back. It was quite expensive compared to other places we have been in the Philippines (Boracay, Hundred Islands, Mactan, Palawan, Subic) but was not in the same league. The big let-down was the food. It was really awful & we ate out at the beach places after the first day. None of us wanted anything other than the breakfast at the hotel. The food took ages to arrive after ordering, almost an hour for a burger. We asked for a packed up meal for an island hopping trip & it was embarrassingly bad. My wife took all of it back & gave the kitchen staff serious grief. The other staff were lovely, very polite & helpful, I can't praise them enough. The rooms were ok, spacious with good aircon, nice beds & very clean. The wifi was excellent all over, top marks for that. One last point,the building is designed round the swimming pool so lots of noise. Forget a quiet afternoon if that's what you are looking for. The person in charge did take note of my wife's remarks & was very concerned that we were so negative on the place.
We had an evening trip to Hemingways in Sabang which was very nice as the food was good & its a great location. It caused a few laughs that "Hemingway" is actually a German (that's the owner) but its a good place & the prices were very good. Great staff, recommend it! If you are walking through Sabang its very cheesey & there are pole dancing joints etc with the doors open which is not good if you have younger kids with you as we did.

Room Tip: Can't help there as they are all the same being surrounded on all sides by houses right up close...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank Tim_Maloney
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English first
Quezon City, Philippines
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Stayed in this hotel last March 2-4 for the Malasimbo festival and we had a very good stay. No major complaints about our trip - the worst thing I can say is that it's far from the beach (about a 5 minute walk), and the banana split I ordered for midnight snack was the worst looking banana split I saw in my life :p

One thing I can say though is that their staff is well trained and good customer service seems to be a major priority for them. They even took care of reserving seats for us on our boat trip back to Batangas Port!

Pros: FANTASTIC customer service. Spacious t&b. Clean rooms. Good security. Beautiful courtyard with swimming pool. Yummy food.

Cons: Location - it's quite a walk from the beach. Rooms are quite pricey for Puerto Galera. Considerable noise from our neighboring room (adjoining door was no good). Bottled water in our rooms weren't complimentary (as is usually the practice for most hotels).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wermelskirchen, Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

I was on a business trip in Manila and got the hint for this hotel from my colleagues in Manila.
We booked 1 day ahead for the long weekend prior to Luna new year. Th etrip was an experiance already from Batangas to PG and we arrived in Marco Vinvent. The staff was really kind and everything was nice arranged.. I travelled together with one german colleague. he hotel offers a PADI diving center and as my colleague wanted to go for diving even this was well organized and looks really professional.
The stay in MV was really comfortable alo with inclodet breakfast. The hotel is less than 5 Min. walk to the White Beach area and this is absolutely ok.
Only one point which does not work is, that I asked for the scheduling of the boat back to Batangas for 3 times and it was confirmed by he staff. At the end nobody confirmed it and we had to take the last boat of the day....but we got one. So I would every time choose that hotel again even with this small uncomfortable boat reservation.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

Wonderful hotel and very affordable if you are diving with Marco Vincent and even if you are not a diver it's a good value for the money. Dove with Marco Vicent and loved it. Our only regret is that due to cold/ear problems we weren't able to dive as much as we would like. Attentive staff. great divemasters and very safe and fantastic dives. Without hestitation we would recomend both the hotel, restaurant and dive shop.

Room Tip: Less than 5 minute walk to beach but worth it . White beach is VERY Noisy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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3 Thank stelzhaus
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Manila
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

We just love this place! i've been to puerto for 3 summers with my family and stayed at different hotels there but i can say that marco vincent was the one that treated us the best.
They would even open the jacuzzi ahead of time and extend the use of it just for us to enjoy, the staffs also did made us feel at home during our stay. also love the way they prepare and serve the foods... very affordable menus too.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jayson_Emily
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Philippines
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

I and my friends planned to have a short vacation in Puerto Galera to free ourselves from toxic schedules and stress. We looked for a perfect place to enjoy and relax and we chose Marco Vincent upon searching in the net about the hot spots in Puerto Galera. We had read great reviews about this hotel and frankly and honestly speaking, we proved that all positive reviews about this hotel are definitely TRUE!

We stayed for about 4 days. Marco Vincent catered a lot to guests like us. Upon entering, a warm greeting and smile were shown by the staff. The decors were so eye-catchy and glamorous. Inside the hotel, there's a very clean swimming pool with a jacuzzi on its side. The background music also soothed us and everyone in the hotel to relax. What I also like about this place is the room. It's equipped with all the necessary things needed by guests like me. Moreover, I also like the way the staff treat their guests; so approachable and warming.

I would like to give Marco Vincent another good point when it comes to the ultimate fact that aside from having restaurants inside the hotel, there's a restaurant too owned by Marco Vincent at the beachfront. The place's so relaxing and pampering. The foods were so mouth-watering and delicious.

All our needed services were delivered properly by Marco Vincent. I and my friends enjoyed our stay and we are craving to be back again there very soon.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Yhean05
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

Having spent a good amount of time at the dive shop, and since obtained both my Open and Advanced Water diving certification, this is one place I'd definitely recommend to anyone who is keen to become a diver. The resort also offers a Discover Scuba programme which gives a very good insight of diving. The instructors are very meticulous and endearing. Also, Marco Vincent Dive Resort is the only dive centre along White Beach to have a training pool.

Situated a stone's throw away from the beachfront along White Beach, this is one resort to go to if you'd like to have a pampering holiday, no fuss, no hassle. It serves wholesomely the purpose of pure relaxation, and enjoyment of serenity.

The oasis-like interiors of the resort soaks you up into an almost surreal but pleasant dreamlike state. The decors have been very tastefully done up and if you'd like, meals can be taken at the in-house restaurants, with a choice of a al fresco dining. A jacuzzi awaits invitingly by the side of the resort's swimming pool on the ground level.

The resort has an extensive list of cuisines, offering a good range of the local Filippino dishes to Western dishes, amongst all serve a palatable good taste. If you'd like, one can also dine at the beachfront restaurant bar, Aqua, also owned by the Marco Vincent Dive Resort.

The rooms were spacious and the housekeeping staffs were immaculate and efficient.

The resort definitely has excellent service staffs, and a very hospitable & amiable diving centre environment. All thumbs up, and my definite check-in resort should I ever see myself back in Puerto Galera.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank alytashi
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Property: Marco Vincent Dive Resort
Address: | White Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Marco Vincent Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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