Spent 3 nights at the 'One Azul Hotel' on Boracay beach. Its part on station one but its further down the beach from the main hub of excitement. Approximately a 10 minute walk. The hotel is quite a nice hotel and well looked after and has 4 floors. There are no lifts just stairs. It is owned by a filipino business man and his family. I was in given room 202 which I thought was pretty good. Not a large room but you can 'swing a cat in it' to term a phrase. I was given a great deal of 1800 pesos a night ($45.00 AUD) or ($40.00 US ) a night. The bed was firm and was a kingsize, there is no fridge in the room so get yourself some bottled water to drink. There is a modern air conditioner and a cabled TV with great reception. The bathroom is not overly large (as compared in 5 star hotels) and there is a medium sized shower and vanity basin and toilet. Hot ( and I mean hot) and cold running water with good pressure. Soaps and shampoos are supplied. I have read in other peoples reviews that they had experienced no hot water but I can't see how this could be as I had no problem at all. The staff are good and anything you need you just need to ask for and they will get for you. In my room ( 202) there was no view of the ocean as my room just looked down into the entry walkway... which was ok. I didnt feel the need to see the ocean from my room especially as I was spending most of my day on the beach and in the water. On level 4 you can ask for the rooms with an ocean view but I guess they will be a lot more costly. There was one family room on level 4 that I saw which was quite large and had several king size beds in it and a few single beds so I guess this would suit families or groups of
I guess the only downside for me is that there is no back way into or out of the One Azul Hotel which leads to the road. This makes it a little unorthodox when arriving or leaving with your cases etc. You will need to carry them for about 5 minutes or son ( or have a local carry it for you and pay him 100 pesos..well worth it) Try carrying 10 Kilos up the beach on your own. ( I say 10 kilos as that is all you will be allowed to take on PAL or Cebu Pacific airlines for a Boracay trip)
The other problem worth noting is the time of the year you go there - as I did in August, the weather is not so good and the tides are very different. When I was leaving to go back to cebu I needed to be up at 5.00 and leaving ( walking along the beach) at 6.00 and no later. After 6.00 a.m. the waves crash right up to the walls and the beach is totally impassable and you cannot walk along the beach at any point. By 1.00 pm in the afternoon it starts to recede and starts to resemble the Boracay beach we all know and love. So choose your vacation months wisely and keep this in mind when you need to leave the island. In any case you WILL need to get to the road to get a trike to take you back to the boats to take you to Caticlan and the airport. If in doubt just ask any of the guards there and they will tell you the way off the island.
I found One Azule very peaceful, no load noises and for 100 peso you can get a decent breakfast of breads, coffee eggs and cooked beef. This is cooked by the little food tall outside the One Azul hotel. One Azule does not provide breakfasts
Apart from that I had a good time. The long walks back to One Azule (10 minutes ) help to walk off the meal you have just had in the night life centre of station 1 and with the warm winds blowing in, almost make you want to take that midnight swim.
Tip. If you don't like walking much don't choose One Azule Hotel. If you do like the strolls and peaceful meandering along the beach and walking up stairs - then this is the hotel and location for you.
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