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Hampstead Boutique Hotel Boracay
Ranked #14 of 221 Boracay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Quezon City, Philippines
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“Charming little hotel in Boracay”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Hampstead Boracay is a fabulous boutique hotel in Boracay. Wonderful find. It's a beautiful hotel! With just 8 rooms and a villa so it's quiet and peaceful and the service is just exemplary! The room's nice and pretty and the thing that did it for us was the CBTL coffee machine! And every room has it. Nice touch! There's also a library and a business center where you can use a (pretty cool) desktop computer and browse the internet or print documents. For free! The rooms have wifi too. They also have bicycles which you can borrow. Breakfast comes free and they have 3 set menus to choose from: beach breakfast, Filipino and continental.

Let me tell you about the excellent staff and service. Since they dont have many rooms, they know every guest they have and they're very warm and pleasant to each and every one of them.

The hotel isn't located in the beach front but it's just a 3-minute walk to the beach which really isn't bad. It's very good value for money. Especially when you get the villa because it can accommodate up to 10 persons.

Overall, it's a beautiful hotel with an excellent service to go with it. At just a hundred dollars per night (for a regular room and we booked through myboracayguide.com), it's a very very good deal!

We have this habit of picking a different hotel each time we're in Boracay but we'll certainly pick Hampstead again next time.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I stay in room #5, which was a suite.
From my room, i had sea view from my personal private dinning table.
Room was big & clean..and I love the CBTL machine :)
I ask for hotel transfer to be arranged, needless to say, i was whisked from Kalibo by bus, then boat then jeepney without having to worry (The price i got was pretty good..i got quoted a ridiculous one when i emailed them transfer company myself)
The hotel is just 2mins from the beach which was purrrrfect for me because i was diving and the dive company is the first/second place i saw when i step onto the beach.

3 tops reason for the 5 star review
1) furnishing (coffee machine, the hand-made soap in the toilet which i love!)
2) value for money ( i paid $150 bucks for a suite with some seaview & pretty decent breakfast, and super proximity to the beach)
3) very friendly staff (reminded me I should take a towel to my dive center, left cookies in a jar for me in my bed after making up my room)

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Booked our stay here due to reviews I read on Trip Advisor. It was a great find as the hotel was fairly new and even though it was further from the beach compared to most popularly known hotels, I didn't mind it as much given what we got in exchange of the distance.

Some things to remember - it's still new so if you want a direct ride via tricycle right in front of the hotel, make sure to mention that it's the new hotel in Barangay Balabag right beside Escondido. Once there, you will have to climb up a steep incline to reach the hotel entrance. Didn't bother me at all as it's only a few meters away.

Check in was a breeze and my partner and I loved the calamansi-lemongrass welcome drink - very refreshing after the long trip. We booked the most basic room seeing that we were only going to use our hotel for sleeping. The superior room did not disappoint - it was spacious with a well stocked amenities. You can literally visit Boracay with only the clothes on your back and everything you need will be provided for - shampoo, conditioner, comb, toothbrush/toothpaste, bathrobes, slippers, bath and beach towels. The beach towels are strategically placed just at the main entrance/exit so before you head off to the beach, you can just grab a towel and return it as soon as you come back. Another nice touch is they also have free use of beach mats which are also placed right at the entrance/exit, pretty much equipping you with all you would need for a day on the beach.

The room also comes with a flat-screen cable TV, Nespresso machine and a safe - things you wouldn't find in most budget hotels in Boracay. I've stayed in Astoria before and they didn't have the Nespresso machine. The bed was also super, super comfortable with amazing silky linens. Everything smelled so fresh. I don't remember a night spent where I didn't get a good night's sleep and this is coming from someone with sleeping issues. The bathroom shower also gives instant hot water and the toilet comes with a bidet. One thing I noticed is that housekeeping was very good in making sure that amenities are restocked. I mean seriously, to be in Boracay and have all the comforts of home? I can't ask for more. Our room was very homey that we actually ended up spending a lot of time in the hotel.

A few things to point out though - water bottles were not available and had I not asked why there weren't any complimentary water included, I wouldn't have known that it was actually offered but only upon request. I wish I'd known it sooner though because I had to go out of my way to buy water outside on our first day. The breakfast is also complimentary but there were only two options available: Native and Continental. The native menu comes with egg (cooked the way you want it), with a fruit platter and juice of your choice. The meal is longganisa with garlic rice. That's it. You order Native breakfast everyday and it will always be longganisa and rice. The continental offered more diversity. The fruit platter and juice are also included but at least you have the option to choose banana or mango crepe or spam. It's still not a lot of options so after 5 days we were pretty much tired of the same food. The hot chocolate option is just Milo with too much water that you end up drinking a hot beverage that tastes a little like Milo. You can have your meals brought up to your room which was a major plus so it was really no big deal. The 2nd floor where our room is located is also where the library is located. The library came with tons of book (with nice titles too!) and they had a Mac with internet access. The wifi though could use a bit of an upgrade as it had a very bad connection. My phone battery is consumed with the continuous effort to find wifi connection as it keeps on getting disconnected. Again, no biggie because we were in Boracay and it would be a waste to spend it staring at your electronic devices. It would not be a recommended hotel though for those who have to bring their work with them.

From what I've read from Trip Advisor before, the hotel had a really nice rooftop. I went up to see it but it was not much. I also never encountered any night partying there so don't expect any real happenings at the hotel. For the price we paid and for the comfort we enjoyed, it was definitely a worthwhile stay. I particularly appreciated the fact that the hotel was far from the busy and noisy beachfront hustle and it was such a different high to wake up refreshed from a good night's rest. Last but not the least, it's the staff who made the difference - the simply gestures or opening doors, offering to carry your stuff for you, the genuine and never-ending smiles from everyone really made us feel welcome and right at home. It's not a perfect hotel but it was made perfect by the staff who all went out of their way to make sure that our stay was as comfortable as they can make it. Our sincerest thanks to Honey, Daisy and James for all your warmth and kind attention. You guys were awesome!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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HampsteadHM, Online Manager at Hampstead Boutique Hotel Boracay, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you for sharing your comprehensive review of our hotel--it means a lot coming from a TripAdvisor Senior Reviewer! We're so pleased you have rewarded us with a 5-star review. We're taking note of the areas you noted should be improved --and we're also taking note of the items of your experience that you really appreciated. Hope to see you again soon!
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

This is the former Escondido Crab House, we ordered the aligue crab which is a 500 gram crab and shrimp sinigang. The crab was good but the shrimp sinigang only consisted of 3-4 big shrimps, rice and coke - the bill was 1,300 - a bit pricey in my opinion. But the staff is attentive and nice

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Had a great experience at the hotel with my family. Stayed for 6 nights in two rooms. We had an infant with us and the hotel was extremely helpful in providing a crib, hot water kettle, and assisting us with visiting a nearby clinic when our son had a slight fever. Rooms were clean, included breakfast was great, had complete range of TV channels, and service was 24/7. Great value for the money and would definitely visit again. The hotel is only a 2 minute walk to the beach. If it were on the beach the room would be 3x the price.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Room is very clean and the location is very safe. What overwhelms me is the superior staff support. The staff were so accomodating and nice, It was so nice to celebrate and the new year in this place. I highly recommend this place.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We stayed at Hampstead for 4 nights in December 2013. It's across the main road from the beach and we like that it's literally just 3 minutes to white beach. It's abit more of a walk to d'mall where most of the food places are. Jonah's fruit shake is right near the hotel so we frequented that place. Breakfast at the hotel is either Filipino fare with garlic rice, fruits, choice of meat and eggs or pancakes and French toasts or crepes. I mostly ate fruits and garlic rice since I'm vegan and gluten intolerant so there's not much else to choose from.

We really liked that they have complementary filtered water and often offered to fill our water bottles and also offering to deliver water to the room. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and in my opinion they are the main reasons why we enjoyed the place despite the big negative aircon issue that I'm gonna mention below.

In our first room the aircon was making a continuous loud noise (like the sound of a loud generator) and then it started leaking inside the AC unit. Problem is the leaky water makes loud sounds when it drips against the plastic and it just went like that non stop. They got the technician to come and check it twice but still it didn't work. We ended up not being able to sleep the whole night which really stressed me out given that we come on a holiday mainly to rest. I really regret that I didn't bring my ear plugs yet upset that I should need it in the first place.

They changed our rooms the next day. The AC didn't make that loud a sound but the leaky issue was still there. In fact, the AC leaked so much inside the unit it sounded like a really loud waterfall. Even when we switched off the aircon the leaky sound continued non stop and there was nothing we could do about it. This continued for another 3 nights. At one point we thought we would just forget about it and move to another resort though it's not refundable but decided to stay on cos the room rates was not cheap to begin with. I was very relieved when the 4 nights were over cos by that time I was sleep deprived and stressed.

This is certainly an infrastructure issue I think the owner of the hotel should look into. The staff was very helpful but this is not something that they can do anything about. I'm not sure if the other rooms had this same issue but after changing room once we just didn't want to make things difficult for the staff and request for yet another room change.

What a shame as it's great in every other way but not being able to sleep well is too major an issue to ignore.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hampstead Boutique Hotel Boracay
Address: Zone 4, Balabag Plaza, Station 1, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 221 B&Bs / Inns in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hampstead Boutique Hotel Boracay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Equipped with 7 Superior rooms, 1 Suite and 1 pool villa (three bedroom, kitchen, and butler) , Hampstead Boutique Hotel gives birth to a new Boracay experience by offering our guests a highly personalized service in a true boutique setting. Located a 2 minute walk from the beach, Hampstead Boracay Boutique Hotel is an artfully decorated piece of modern architecture, full of culture and class. All rooms are air conditioned with modern en suite bathrooms. Cable TV, i-pod docking stations, safety deposit boxes, coffee maker and refrigerator (stocked mini bar) are all provided. The Bistro is located on the ground floor famous for Crab and Australian Angus beef. Other outlets include Top of the H, providing refreshing drinks, a full menu and a view of Boracays’ setting sun from the rooftop... a rooftop enveloped in plants and water! Cabanas, cushions, antique benches and entrainment provided by Big Blind Music will bring you to the next level. Boracays first and only Cigar Room adjacent to the Bistro is the place to enjoy local hand-rolled cigars, fine brandies, single malt scotch and good conversation . Our staff can assist you in arranging dives, horse back rides, sail boats, trike tours, shopping excursions and much more. Bicycles are available for rent. Room service, laundry, bicycle rental, fax/photocopying, Shuttle service (surcharge) airport shuttle (surcharge) On line checking assistance where applicable, free FAST Wi-Fi hotel wide and even increased mobile coverage...rare on the island, are all provided.Visit us to see something fresh for Boracay, weather it be for a night, a meal, or a drink...you're always welcome to join us. ... more   less 
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