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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Boracay Chronicles 1: Where We Stayed

Before going to Boracay, my mom’s group did not make any reservations at all.  I was pretty freaked out because I haven’t tried going somewhere without making any arrangements for a place to stay.  I know that summer is a peak season for Boracay and that we might have a hard time looking for a place to stay.

But there was no need for me to worry my pretty little head, because an Aklanon friend of my mom had contacts in Boracay and we were able to secure lodging.  We were told that it would be a cheap one, not beach front, simple and bare rooms.  Scary and unpleasant thoughts were running in my mind.  Last time, we stayed at La Carmela de Boracay, and Jellybelly and I had a pleasant stay there.  I don’t want to stay in a bad resort with my mom.

It was such a surprise that we were led to Eriko’s.  We stayed at the first floor, renovated rooms  (I’m with 3 active senior citizens, but they hate going up and down the stairs).  While it may not be a beachfront resort or a first class one, the location made up for it.  It was only a short walk going to D’Mall.  The alley going to the resort was well lit at night (2 minutes walk to the beach).  It may not be a first class resort, but it was spacious, clean and affordable (within the range of 2000-2200 pesos/night good for 4 persons).  It was an air-conditioned room with mini-ref, cable TV, cabinet, hot and cold shower.  My mom is a stickler for cleanliness and it passed her standards (no funky smell, no rotting furniture just clean, clean, clean).  The only thing lacking is the rack where we could hang our wet clothes.  If we had stayed in the upper floors, we would have a veranda with which to hang our clothes.  They can provide a rack, but we forgot to ask and just hung our wet clothes in the bathroom.  There is also a mini‑store that sells essentials like water, shampoo, etc. so that is a good thing.

Pics of the ground floor and upper rooms:

The room (all of the fixtures were brand new, we were told that it was just renovated):

The Homey Diva:

I forgot to get their contact number though, but I’m sure Google would be useful.  Next time we would plan our Boracay trip, this would be a resort worth reconsidering.


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