Review: La Carmela de Boracay, A Family-Friendly Hotel

You would agree for sure when I say there's nothing more joyous in the hearts of both parents th...

You would agree for sure when I say there's nothing more joyous in the hearts of both parents than knowing that they've made their children happy and that they've created wonderful memories for them during their childhood.  That's exactly how we were overwhelmingly feeling at the time we were celebrating the children's birthdays.

In my previous travel posts over here, here and here, I shared that we celebrated their birthdays (they are both September-born babies) this year by vacationing to the beautiful island of Boracay.  Our flights were booked as early as June (Piso Fare Promo by Cebu Pacific during Independence Day) while the hotel accommodation was decided upon a month before the actual flight.

Being a practical mom, I love it when I scout for the best deals around to ensure we get the best value of the service or product we're availing, which should work with our budget but at the same time without sacrificing quality.  For me that's the essence of practicality (bow, echause!)  That being said, it took some time before Daddy Practicality and I decided on our hotel accommodation.

I'm sure you've heard of La Carmela de Boracay Hotel which is being endorsed by a number of celebrities, including Mr. Boy Abunda.  That's where we decided to stay for four days and three nights.

La Carmela de Boracay Hotel Review

Why We Chose La Carmela de Boracay
I turned snob to the negative reviews about the hotel given in TripAdvisor because I've stayed there already in the past and I was happy with their service.  Yes, there were some parts in the resort that need to be renovated, but for me, it was okay.  You get what you paid for, so one shouldn't complain too much, unless of course if it would already involve food poisoning, accidents due to poor maintenance or robbery.  
La Carmela de Boracay Hotel Review

Review and 7 Reasons For Choosing La Carmela de Boracay Hotel:
  1. Cleanliness - Cleanliness is one of the very first things I look for in a hotel or any place for that matter.  Being clean means the establishment has high regards for hygeine and concern for their guests.  When we arrived at our hotel room, I instantly inspected every corner of our standard room and I'm glad it passed my mommy standards for cleanliness.
  2. Complete Standard Facilities - We booked a standard room for our stay because for me it's practical to do so since we will be out all day and just go back to bathe, change clothes and sleep in the room at night.  Even if we stayed at a standard room, the facilities were complete such as:
    • Air-conditioned room
    • Cable TV
    • Telephone
    • Mini-refrigerator
    • Private bath with hot & cold shower (soap, shampoo, towels, rugs and bathroom tissue)
    • Safety deposit box
    • 2 double beds with fleece blankets
    • 4 fluffy pillows
  3. Reliable Safety Regulations - It was raining at night when we were there.  Non-slip mats/rugs were available all the time at the walk path coming from the beach, starting from the dining area up to the entrance to the room corridor.  I also appreciated the strictness of their lifeguards.  They do not allow children to swim without a guardian nor go to the adult pool without supervision.  They only allow guests to swim in proper swimming attire.
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    Proper swimming attires required in the pools of La Carmela de Boracay.  Kids without adult supervision may not swim in the pool.  Lifeguard is present everyday, all day!
  5. Welcome Drinks and Breakfast - Upon arrival, welcome drinks were served to us.  Breakfast coupons were also handed out.  Two set breakfast coupons were provided per room per day.  Additional set costs P150.00 per plate.  Additional P100.00 will be charged should you want to upgrade to buffet breakfast.  We're actually okay with set breakfast.  It's actually filling and besides we usually eat heavily for lunch than breakfast.  
  6. Set breakfast comes with the following: Meat (Ham and Egg/ Chicken and Egg/ Hotdog and Egg) Garlic Rice, Juice and Coffee
  7. Beach Front Hotel - No need to walk that far to get to the beach because this very affordable hotel is already beach-front situated.  I appreciate that when going out of our room and hotel, the beach is just there!  No hassles of riding a tricycles or walking along narrow and unlit alley going to and from the beach.
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      La Carmela de Boracay is a beach-front hotel located at Station 2, near Station 3.
  8. Efficient Staff - The receptionist during our check-in and check-out transactions were quick to check our reservation, processed our deposits and explained thoroughly their rules and regulations.  There were instances during our stay that we complained about the coolness of the air-conditioning unit.  With just one call, the AC was replaced with another unit.  We called several times for housekeeping and we didn't have to wait that long for their service.  They are quick to respond to requests and they serve you with a smile on their faces.  
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      Friendly receptionists greeted us upon arrival and quickly accommodated our check in transaction.
  9. Reasonable Room Rate - One of my most important of all considerations in choosing a hotel accommodation is the affordability.  La Carmela de Boracay is relatively cheaper than most of the beach front hotels in Boracay.  It is cheaper but didn't fall short on the completeness of their facilities and services.  It truly is a value for money and I have no regrets staying here.  They say when you pay for a cheaper commodity, you get a cheap and less happy experience.  We didn't experience it at La Carmela de Boracay.  All I know is we got quality services and amenities and a hassle-free and enjoyable stay.  To know more about their room rates, check their website here.
La Carmela de Boracay Important Reminders:
  • Check-in time is 2:00 pm 
  • Check-out time is at 11:00 am.
  • Seasons:
    • Low Season: June 1 to December 15
    • High Season: December 16 to May 31, except Super Peak Season
    • Super Peak Season: December 26 to Jan 2, Holy Week (Holy Wednesday to Black Saturday)
  • Stained beddings and towels will be charged against your account.  Here are the rates:
    • Bed sheet/Flat sheet: P800.00/piece
    • Bath Towel - P350.00/piece
    • Pillow Case - P300.00/piece
For your appreciation, here are more photos of La Carmela de Boracay during our stay:
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La Carmela de Boracay Hotel Review
La Carmela de Boracay Hotel Review

For your next travel to very beautiful islands of Boracay, you may want to consider staying at La Carmela de Boracay Hotel.  It's practical hotel accommodation but without sacrificing quality service and amenities.  Ours was a memorable and stress-free stay.  Hope you will enjoy your stay too!

For more information about La Carmela de Boracay Hotel, like them on Facebook or visit their website here.

Disclosure: There is nothing to disclose.  We paid our hotel accommodation during our vacation.  

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  1. La Carmela in Boracay offers reasonable rates to its guests.
    This place is so ideal to those who travel in groups (especially large ones),
    and also to those who want a mid-range hotels with all the basic amenities and a
    good service.

  2. Thanks for sharing this to us..looks that you enjoyed you stay in boracay..
    Boracay hotel packages and flights




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