We stayed at Taj Guesthouse Annex last weekend. In September, I stayed at another resort in the same area where Taj is, and noticed how the hotel front looked nice and welcoming, so for this trip, we decided to try it out.
A friend advised us to ask for the Annex rooms. This is a part of Taj that is a little bit inside an eskinita (small alleyway), but has better rooms.
What we liked best:
1. Hotel-like rooms at an affordable price - We paid 2300php per night for a room that can accomodate 4 people. There were 2 double-sized beds with white, clean sheets and nice pillows, a Samsung flat-screen TV mounted on the wall with complete cable TV channels, a mini fridge, 2 nightstands, and a cabinet for hanging clothes (no hangers though). The room was painted all white, with thick, heavy curtains and good lighting. When you go inside, it will remind you of what a hotel room looks like, minus the fluffy comforters.
2. Great bathroom - The bathroom is very nice and clean! The shower has hot and cold water, and a setting to let the water come out as mist instead of water - very spa! They provide white towels for each guest staying, and some small soaps, but other than that, you need to supply your own hygiene kit.
3. Location - Taj is located in Station 2, right where the action is. The alley leading to Taj Annex is right beside Summer Place, one of the known clubs in Boracay, so at night, you're pretty much set. If dancing is not your style, just walk a few steps to reach Bombom Bar, our favorite Reggae hang out where there's Shisha and live music always playing. In the morning, there are many breakfast places where you can get Filipino style eats like tapsilog and tosilog.
What we liked least:
1. Intermittent Wifi - When I stayed at Madid's last time, I noticed that we'd always catch the signal of Taj Wifi than Madid's even inside our room. This led me to believe Taj would have good Wifi routers. Wrong! Wifi was intermittent in our rooms, you'd need to find a good place to sit at before you can actually use it.
2. No windows - If you're the kind of person who relies on sunlight to indicate day break, then this might not be the place for you. Because of the location of the building, not all the rooms in Taj had windows to the outside. On our first night, we ended up sleeping until 10AM. But if windows aren't something you need for a trip, then this shouldn't be a problem for you.
If you want affordability without sacrificing your needs for a nice bathroom and bed, Taj is for you.