Dave's Straw Hat Inn
Travel Blogs from Boracay
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 …
What a place! Like all of the travel promotions you may have ever seen over your entire life - the white sand, the turquoise waters and the bright green palms fringing it all. Boracay is actually a small island off the north end of the much larger island of Panay. We got there by ferry, from the not-interesting town of Roxas. I …
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 …
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 …
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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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.