Last August 18-20, 2012 my officemates and I went to Boracay. We had chosen Tonglen Beach Resort as our resort/hotel preference. Why? Since they offer the best package which suits our needs and budget.
Our flight is thru ZestAir via Kalibo Intl'l Aiport. It would be a long travel from the airport up to the hotel or Boracay. We requested from the hotel to arrange our round trip airport, land & sea transfers. It was thru Southwest Tours. The transfers were really great. They will really accommodate you from the time you arrive in the airport up to the moment that you will be departing. I can say that there time management is really superb. Thumbs up for them!
Regarding the hotel, we arrived at exactly 12PM just in time for our check in. Our rooms were already prepared for our arrival. The rooms are big enough for a group of 4-5 persons per room since we chose to have a quadruple sharing one. The beds are large enough for two to three persons w/c also compose of the bed and the comforter. The room also come with a large LED cable TV. They also provide towels not only for the beds but also for the mattress. I must say the rooms are clean, well ventilated and the air condition works well. The comfort room is also clean. Besides the mirror in the comfort room, they have another big one in the bedroom. Room service is automatic. IDK what time they just come in and go. But by the time we're already in our rooms, our towels were already changed and the whole room was already cleaned up.
Regarding the lawn and the hotel grounds, the hotel provides nipa huts for guests which chose to stay outside to access the internet. I forgot to mention that they also provide WIFI on public areas only. The pictures in their website is quite tricky because you will expect a big area from it. However, if you'll see the actual vicinity, the nipa huts where it is standing is just an OK area not that big as per your expectation.
About the swimming pool, it is not that big but is enough for just a couple of persons which will simultaneously swim. On our part, it's like that we rented our own pool since we are the only guests at that time who used it. I think the deepest part is around 7 ft.
About the restaurant, as per their personnel, it will take approximately up to an hour for food preparation if you order from them. However, as I've noticed. It is not that long, maybe 15-30 mins depending upon the food you ordered. When it comes to serving, for breakfast meals it is really jampacked, it is a "silog" menu: garlic/plain rice plus egg plus the main dish. Aside from that you have the option to choose either coffee or tea with a free juice pa! :) They serve good food which tastes good too. Well, we only ate our breakfast there. Note: once you have your foods delivered on your rooms, they charge an extra 10%. MIght as well, tell them to inform you once yours is done and have it picked up instead :D
The staffs. They are all polite and hospitable. During our stay, I was sick during the 2nd day up to late night. The staffs were accommodating enough as per my request. I requested hot compress, and medicines. They were the one who bought the medicine if they ran out of stock and have it delivered to your room. On my experience, I think I was not charged for those requests ;p thanks!
Area. The area is at Station 3 far away from the glamor and noise of the night life and party in Station 2,hence, you could expect a good night sleep and rest. Though the hotel is not a beachfront one, it was just a few minutes away from the shore. Maximum of 5minutes to say. However, at night, if you would go back to the hotel after some partying, it is quite dark on the pathways as there were no street lights or something that could lit the area. Better to bring your own flashlights for safety.
Overall, our stay in Boracay at Tonglen Beach Resort is good! I can recommend this area for budget-conscious travelers, and who wants to have a peaceful stay in Boracay.
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- Also Known As:
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