We booked 2 nights here in May 2012. I must admit, this is not really my style of accommodation, but I thought my fiance would like it (she did). I'm a bit torn with this place. When we arrived it was beautiful (although not easy to find - hotel is poorly signed, and have to walk through a tunnel to get there which at high tide, means walking through 20cm of water - so don't wear good shoes!). Spider House is located on a secluded stretch of Diniwid beach, not far from the end of Station 1 (White Beach). The views here are beautiful, and the water is really clear. SH had a ladder which extended about 5-6 metres down to the water below and you could see the bottom 3m which was submerged. There are two bars, and a common lounge area with a pool/billiards table and couches where you can sit and relax. As a place to visit for a break from the hassling street vendors around Station 2, this was an excellent refuge. Our room was on the top level and had a balcony overlooking the water and sailing boats below - the view was fantastic, and the rooms were very sizable. With 3 beds, they could have accommodated for 6 people.
Now for the less positive part.
When you book a hotel, one of the primary reasons is to sleep. When we arrived, the temperature was around 35c and it was at least 90% humidity. Given the secluded location on Diniwid beach, there was absolutely zero wind, and thus, zero air flow. To stay it was stifling was an understatement. I got in the ocean to cool off, and when I came out, at the same time the water was drying from my skin, the perspiration kept it wet. I was extremely surprised to see that the common / lounge area didn't even have a single fan. It was unbelievable given that we were dripping like a tap. The rooms had a single oscillating fan attached to a wall, and a portable fan. I had both on me the whole night, and was still hot. I don't expect a place like this to have air conditioning (particularly as it wouldn't work properly as the rooms don't seal whatsoever - some gaps are large enough for a cat to climb through), but it would have benefited greatly from an evaporative cooler, or even some of those fans which spray a fine mist of water to cool you.
While we were there, there was lots of construction going on which started from about 6am and went late into the afternoon. I think they may have been repairing / adding a new room to SH.
As a result of the stifling heat which didn't subside at night, I was unable to get to sleep until 2am. Though there were 3 beds in the room, two of them were doubles and quite small. At about 5' 11", my feet were well over the end. Also, they were angled like day beds, so you didn't lie flat. This is great for the daytime, but not sleeping at night. There was a flat queen sized bed in the room too, but it was not in range of the fixed fan, and was too far away from the windows/balcony access in case a cooling breeze came through. Accordingly, we opted to share one of the small doubles in the hope of cooling down. Over the beds are bed nets to keep out mosquitos, but around 4am I awoke to an incredibly itchy foot which I had scratched in my sleep to the point of almost bleeding. I presume that the red ants, which were everywhere in the room, had gone through the net and bitten me in my sleep. And this was after I had applied a generous coat of Bushmans (strongest insect repellant available in Australia) to my legs and feet. I doused my feet once again and eventually managed to get back to sleep for a few hours, before I was woken by the loud boats and resuming of construction around 6am.
In light of the unrelenting heat, and dozens of bites all over my feet, I decided I wasn't going to stay another night. On packing to leave the next morning, we found a live scorpion in one of the other beds. Luckily we didn't choose that one!
The staff were very helpful, and refunded me the full amount for the second night - I didn't expect this, and would have been happy to get even half back - I just wanted to get out of there and to somewhere I could be cooler and not attacked during the night. We booked a room at the Microtel Hotel next door, which was great as we still had the benefit of the secluded Diniwid beach, but could sleep in much more comfort. The staff from SpiderHouse even helped carry our bags there and weren't offended we were switching accommodations.
So, in summary, the place looks beautiful, the staff are friendly and helpful, and I would definitely recommend visiting this place for a drink / swim / relax during the day. However, I wouldn't recommend staying here unless they can better seal the rooms and do something about the heat.
In spite of the above, my (more adventurous) fiance loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive straight into the sea from our beachfront treehouse. Nestled on Diniwid Beach in Boracay and built literally over the sea. The Spider House enjoys a prime location, surrounded by clear waters and dazzling sunsets every night. All of our rooms are built in the traditional Filipino style with thatched roofs, using mainly bamboo and wood. They are spacious and come equipped with a fan and private balcony. Best of all are the views. There is a double bed in each room providing simple, comfortable accommodation for up to two people. Our Superior Rooms have their own private bathroom and shower with hot water in the rooms. We have free WiFi around the house so you can always keep in touch with the outside world and when you want to go swimming, you don’t have to go to the beach…the beach comes to you !!!Enjoy the various water activities like diving, snorkeling, sailing and kite surfing. Our terrace is ideal to relax and enjoy Boracay's tropical climate. The Spider House - a truly unique accommodation in a magical location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spider House Hotel Boracay