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“Value for Money” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Isla Gecko Resort

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Isla Gecko Resort
Ranked #20 of 165 Speciality Lodging in Boracay
Certificate of Excellence
Philippines
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51 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Value for Money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

I stayed at this small hotel for 18 nights. it's located close to the main shopping area (DMall) and is located down a lane that was in the process of getting resurfaced. So at that time it was a bit of struggle to wheel your luggage over the shrapnel..It's close to the beach about 3 mins of navigating your way through a mini maze of small lanes, but totally safe at night. The staff are helpful and friendly. I think it has 17 rooms and I stayed right at the top which was really quiet and I didn't mind climbing all the stairs. It was so quiet with occupancy that the bar wasn't stocked, so I brought my own crate of beer and used the upstairs fridge. It pays to let the staff know if you want your room cleaned to which they always obliged. I was alone and didn't need it cleaned daily. I spent nearly a whole day looking around the centre of the island to find something, clean, cheap, great location, quiet and functional. If that's what you want then look no further

Room Tip: I would recommend upper floors as construction staff are always wheeling carts down the lane for the...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

I stayed here with my travel buddies all from around Asia during the Laboracay Day! Six of us stayed in this hostel. In terms of value for money, this affordable hostel has it all. Design wise, it is a bit outdated and old. But hospitality and in getting for what you pay, it is decent. You can go out and back to the hostel at anytime you want 24 hours. The staffs are friendly and helpful.

I would say this hostel is best suitable during high season and you and your friends want to work on your budget to spend on party, drinks, and watersports!

Room Tip: Try to book the ground floor rooms to avoid the staircase, it's harder to climb up if you're...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank difotodito
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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Stayed here a few years ago and the place has since undergone a change of ownership.
If your looking for " no frills" accomodation that is clean and in a good location this may well suit.
It's down a somewhat dingy lane but I never felt unsafe even in the early hours of the morning. It's a 3 to 4 minute walk to the beach.
It's also pretty basic with my room containing just a bed and a small television with a separate bathroom that could use a bit of work....but I was there in peak season and was charged around 1650 pesos a night which included a basic breakfast, so as this was a third of what the big resorts were charging. I felt this was value for money.
The wifi was good, the breakfast was adequate.......the bed was comfortable and towels and sheets were changed most days.....also given its location a bonus is that it was quiet at night.
The only thing that really annoyed me was the lack of a small bar fridge in the room to keep your drinks cold as Boracay has a tropical climate.
I did enquire and was offered the use of the fridge downstairs, but I felt this was the difference between me rating this place 4 stars(looking at the value aspect of it) and the 3 stars I have allocated it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Ziggy154
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Singapore, Singapore
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45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Don't expect a high class resort for the amount you're paying! But this is definitely worth they stay! Tucked in a corner just beside D-Mall, it is quiet and surprisingly clean. Not forgetting the friendly staff who never fails to greet us every morning and attend to our late night requests! Definitely value for money!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Henrytjr
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

This small budget type hotel is perfect for short stays if you are just visiting island to party or explore and is 2 mins walk fro stunning beach and d mall. Having said that however i stayed here for 8 nights and had tk request change of bedding and towels and still did not receive them thankfully had my own towels with me. Not sure i would stay here again for an extended stay again but would for maybe a weekend or 3 to 4 days.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Alan M
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BC
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

We just spent our third visit to Boracay and again stayed at Isla Gecko. They finished their upgrade and expansion, so we stayed in one of the new rooms on the upper floors. They are even more spacious and offer slide out beds for larger families. We enjoyed the breakfast quickly prepared by the friendly staff, some of them are new additions from last year. We heartily recommend this hotel for the value you get for your money.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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San Pablo City, San Pablo, Philippines
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38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

Arrived in boracay got lost in looking for the hotel. No credit card terminal to process the payment. No signal for wifi in the room stayed and cant even do cancellation. Breakfast is not available until 730am. And with the construction going on the area. It is very difficult to access the beach.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Isla Gecko Resort

Property: Isla Gecko Resort
Address: Station 2, Balabag | Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 165 Speciality Lodging in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 18
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