Just got back from an overnight stay at The Villas at the Moonbay Marina Resort. I learned about it through a friend. We stayed at one of the El Sol units, which come with a small kitchen. The pros: rate is very reasonable, the place is new-ish, and good if you want to stay longer and do some cooking to cut down on the costs of eating out. The room is big - we were 3 adults and 1 kid and we could move around easily and comfortably in the room. Aside from having its own kitchen, it had a big bathroom with a relatively clean tub, a queen-sized bed and a small balcony that had a view of the bay. The airconditioning also worked well -- we actually had to turn one of the units off at some point because it got too cold. WiFi also worked well -- a plus for some work I had to do while there. There is a well-maintained pool with slides for the kids, and a jacuzzi for the adults. Because the place wasn't too full, we had the pool practically all to ourselves. If you wanted to walk to the beach, you could -- but I wouldn't recommend it as the beach area along the strip from Lighthouse Marina (the Moonbay Marina's next door neighbor) down to Gerry's Grill is filthy. If you have kids who are likely to touch or play with the sand, skip it. Go to the other beaches instead, like Camayan (but this is 30-40 mins away by car from the hotel).
The cons: the breakfast was plated (maybe because the place wasn't fully booked?) and the quality, according to my hubby and kid, was only so-so. I just went out to buy additional breakfast at McDonald's (the room only comes with breakfast that is good for 2). The towels and bed linens could have been cleaner. I mean, they were clean and smelled clean, but not up to my standards. they also charge extra for additional mattress (but this I didn't mind since it ensured a good night's sleep for everyone) and for extra pillows (this one I was perplexed). Some repair work was being done (repainting) on the building while we were there. But nothing noisy or too annoying.
Overall, good for a quick break and a good hotel to be in if you want to explore the city. Lots of restaurants and a bar across the street for singles who like nightlife (I didn't check this out though). For those with kids who like to swim, the pool is open until 12 am and there is a lifeguard on duty who really keeps an eye on the kids. Staff is friendly and requests are attended to promptly.
Bonus: the property owner has 3 Golden Retriever dogs who are so cute. They're friendly, but I didn't try to pet them.
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