Dave's Straw Hat Inn
Travel Blogs from Boracay
Leaving Puerto Princessa behind us, we jumped on a plane and headed to the island paradise of Boracay.
Boracay seems to be the Filipino equivalent of Ibiza, boasting beautiful beaches, numerous restaurants and a kicking night life.
However, the main difference is there are hardly any western people here. So rather than walking …
So... after six months of working and enjoying time with friends in Canada, we have moved on to start a new adventure of exploring South-East Asia... but not without a brutal 40 hour transit to get here! It started out in style with our friends Mark & Alanna offering to drive us and our luggage to the ferry terminal. I was lucky to score a ride …
We had a bit of a drama getting to Boracay. When we arrived in Manila we saw that our flight had been cancelled and we finally established that we had been changed onto a flight to Kalibo - about a 2 hour drive away from Caticlan which was our intended destination. Obviously there was no information anywhere and we literally had to fight to speak …
What Karen failed to mention in our last blog was the small fact that the mouse droppings landed in my hair! So I could not wait to get to Boracay!
It took us all day to get there by various types of transport but as soon as we entered our hotel room we breathed a huge sigh of relief! It had tiles, white sheets, a …
Boracay has become THE major destination in the Phillipines in recent years and this was our next stop. But we hadn't managed to get a direct flight there so we ended up flying to the city of Kalibo, then getting a minibus to Caticlan were we could finally get a ferry that would take us to Boracay beach. It was getting dark at this point and we …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dave's Straw Hat Inn Boracay
Wonderful memories of Boracay/Daves Straw Hat Inn
We just returned home from a wonderful trip to Boracay. Our 7 night stay at Daves Straw Hat Inn was very good and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay that has a nice charm about it.
I must compliment their staff for being very friendly and making us feel at home. They make a great mango shake, the best I had on the island.
My best wishes to Janet, Dave, and all of their staff thank you for a great vacation.
A Straw Hat Home
I stayed at Dave's Straw Hat Inn for two weeks but could have easily been there for longer. It was so nice to have a place where I could just drop my stuff and stretch out - especially after all the traveling. The rooms are very clean and comfortable - and the inn is at a nice, quiet part of the island.
Dave and his family really make you feel at home (and if there is anything you need or want - just ask them). Next time I am in the Philippines, I will definitely stop at Dave's (and you should too!).
I just got back from staying at Dave's. I was there for New Years. It was excellent. This was my second time staying with them. I stayed there during the summer for a week. The hospitality was excellent. They really do make you feel like family there, especially if you are traveling by yourself. They invited me to have New Year's dinner with them, which was great.
As a female traveler, it is great to find a place that is concerned for your safety. They have a night man that is there when you stroll in at the wee hours of the morning to give you your key.
I truly enjoy my time at Dave's. It is safe, clean, and cozy. Also the banana pancakes are delicious!!
Get more than you bargained for!
First impression: Wow, amazing service. The called us on the day of arrival and gave us directions again as well as informing as that a representative of the Inn will be there to welcome and assist us.
The cottage: CLEAN! That is the first thing that struck me. The beautiful white tiles on the floor and soft white curtains. Double bed with comfortable matress. Side table with a lamp. TV is assembled in the corner of the room. There is a safe for you to use inside the closet as well. The bathroom has a shower,toilet and wash basin. There were little soaps and fresh clean towels as well. This was a standard cottage in case you were wondering. Outside we had our own little patio with two chairs.
This place comes with a bargain price and you defnitely get more than you expect.
Location: South of Boat Station 3,on the border of Boat Station 2. It is peaceful at night but only a minutes walk away from where the restaurant and bars are.
The owners of the place are also very lovely and welcoming. There is no need to go stay at a pricey hotel. You dont really spend that much time in your room anyways. There is way too many activities and fun to be had.
Wonderful place to stay
My fiancée and I stayed at Dave's Straw Hat Inn at Boracay for 4 nights recently, loved the staff, clean rooms (very clean), great air-con, wonderful food available, not the most comfortable beds though, Dave even gives free counselling advise (if he likes you). There are much fancier places to stay and closer to the beach, but nowhere will you get the same service as Dave's in my opinion. We also stayed at The Boracay Regency (over 3 times the price), and did get 3 times the room or service!!!
Klee Rogers, Alberta, Canada
Beautiful Inn, Friendly Staff
After staying at Dave's Straw Hat Inn I entirely agree with all of the positive reviews. The rooms were clean and beautifully decorated. The meals were delicious and much better value than at local restaurants. The staff went out of their way to offer assistance. One of Boracay's best kept secrets.
Peaceful & Quiet, Clean & New Rooms
We spent just 2 days in this place because of time constraint, our vacation time was limited, but we really liked this place. It was quiet & peaceful day & night. Away from the bustling sounds of the seaside/seashore...yet just a few minutes walk brings you to the boracay sceneries. People here are very hospitable, accommodating & respectful. Hey! we really enjoyed breakfast (pancake with mango slices). We will surely visit this place, yes, we would love to come back here again! The room we stayed was cozy & elegant...we were honeymooners, and this is a perfect place.
Thanks to Larry & the ladies here...we really felt safe there.
Dr. & Mrs T.
The best kept secret on boracay
My family stayed at Dave's Strawhat on Boracay for about 8 days and we had a really relaxing and enjoyable time. I have stayed at most of the hotels on Boracay (Fridays, Lorenzo, Mango Rays, La Reserve, you name it! I've stayed there!) Anyway, Dave's Straw Hat is by far the best place to stay for your money. Brand new place with excellent service. We go to Boracay at least twice a year and we shall be going back to Dave's Straw Hat in the future.
Another nice aspect I discovered while staying at Dave's Straw Hat was that you are not bombarded by the vendors at Dave's Straw Hat either. The vendors are like flies at the other hotels. The incessant badgering from these beach vendors can become nauseating. I felt like making a shirt that exclaimed, "no, I do not want any sunglasses, watches, massages and or boat rides!" Please just go away! With a big fly swatter in the background. Any of you reading this that have been to Boracay will know what I am talking about. You do not get these vendors down at Dave's Straw Hat.
Dave's Straw Hat is the best kept secret on Boracay!
I stronly suggest that you stay at Dave's Straw Hat if you want to relax and really enjoy Boracay.
Have a nice Vacation
Dave Straw Hat
Two friends and I just came back from Boracay where we did reservation through this site for 3 nights acommodation on Dave Straw Hat. There was no problem accessing and receiving the confirmation through this site but once we arrived there we were surprised to hear that we had no rooms since Dave got the confirmation too late! He then accomodated us in a chalet nearby which was really horrible although cheap. Nevertheless we felt really bad to refuse since he had already guaranteed our stay for one night and afraid we could not get anywhere else we accepted and paid in advance. Boracay is beautiful but please if you go there make sure you get a confirmation directly from the hotels and don't rely only on the site confirmation! You might end up like we did and have earth worms coming up the shower drain while taking a shower! Dave Straw seams to be a clean place with a good budget to stay although to access it you have to walk through local chalets which are not very nice... From what I saw from Boracay you are better off on Stations 1 and 2.
Home, sweet home
There may be a lot of resorts on Boracay, but there's only one Dave's. I think I speak for all the divers in our group that made the trek from Guam to Boracay when I say that no other place on the island could have taken better and more personal care of us than the folks at Dave's did.
"Ate" Janet Lubowski, is Dave's GM Extraordinaire. "Ate" is the Tagalog word for sister, which is what Janet insists the staff call her, as opposed to "Boss" or "Mom." She really treats her staff like family, which helps us guests to feel like part of the family as well.
Janet went out of her way to make sure we were taken care of, both at Dave's and Calypso Diving. After 6 wonderful days, we were all reluctant to return to Guam. Which is why we're planning on going back in the middle part of August for some more of that Straw Hat Inn hospitality.
As a guy who has been around the world and stayed at 5 star hotels and exotic resorts, including Blakes in London, I would have to put Dave's in my top 5 all-time best list for making me feel right at home. I can't wait to get back there.