Can you believe we barely have three months until it’s officially summer? Some friends are already planning their getaways and a few days ago were asking me for hotel recommendations in Boracay. So I thought of reviewing one hotel there that I particularly like: Patio Pacific.
I have tried a few hotels in the island but so far the most recent that I’ve stayed with is the one I like best. I’m talking about Patio Pacific, formerly called Pink Patio right at Station One.
Patio Pacific can be reached via the main road though there is also a short route to get to the beach. Their newest building in the west is nearer the beachfront and I suggest you book a room here because aside from the shorter route, it is also near the swimming pool, the garden cafe, and other facilities (read: fitness center and wall climbing facility).
The air conditioning of the rooms in the west building work well compared to the rooms in the old building. I have tried both during my last visit. The air conditioner in my room in the east building, even when set to the coldest was not able to cool the room. Though I know for sure that they can arrange to transfer you if something similar happens.
Happy, accommodating staff
The welcome staff at the reception were very approachable and always ready to extend assistance. I remember well that they were a happy bunch, they even offer their recommendations on where to go.
The housekeeping and wait staff at the Garden Cafe were the same. I also have to say that our transactions with their employees at the Makati office were a pleasant experience. I called the manager late evening on a weekend to relay booking issues, but there was not a tiny hint of annoyance in her voice. We were even promised a free lunch after the call.
You’d know that the management of the hotel are kind to their employees because it shows in the way they perform their jobs.
Coming home to a clean room smelling of fresh linens after a full day of activities is a big plus for me. Just don’t forget to tell the staff that you prefer to have your room made up before you leave for the day. I also love the fact that they have spacious toilet and bathrooms.
When in Boracay, I just don’t expect anyone to stay in. I mean, how can you resist the beach? And the beer? Beach + Beer = perfect chill. BUT, you can’t also pass up on trying the hotel amenities. Especially if you haven’t tried wall climbing yet. It’s free to use when you’re booked with them, you only have to inform them prior to using it because you have to be accompanied by a trained staff. Other amenities are a fitness center, a swimming pool that you can use until 10pm, a bar, and garden cafe. They have wi-fi available but the connection is spotty.
- They have yoga classes conducted right above the fitness center. Ask them for schedules as I think you have to register earlier to join.
- If travelling on a budget and you prefer to bring your own food, you can borrow plates and utensils from the cafe.
- Land transport service to and from the jetty port is included in the package, but you can directly coordinate with the reception if there are changes in your flight schedule.
- You can leave your bags at the reception if you need to check out earlier and still have time to kill before your flight. They would gladly look after your belongings.
A couple of friends and I stayed here for 3 nights and we booked a quad room during the peak season in April. We got discounted rates from a travel expo in SMX. However, a few days before the trip I needed to book another room and did so via online booking. Check out the room rates and availability of your travel dates here.
*Photos were grabbed from Patio Pacific website