"Small Intimate Friendly place to Stay"
We loved the place. Its the sort of place that is immediately relaxing. The "reception desk" is a small area on a patio which is shared with their small dining area and a lending library. Everyone knew our names immediately and did everything to provide a comfortable relaxing stay. I deleted their email detailing the pickup details from the airport. […] I emailed Janet and she sent me a copy almost immediately. You don't get that kind of service from big luxury hotels It's an easy 5 minute walk to the beach. If you want a big room with all the amenities (and the price to go with it!) then this is not the place for you. But if you want a very low key, friendly place then stay here! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Misleading rating in Trip Advisor"
Location is hard to find and is not easily accessible from the beach. The pillows smell bad. No shampoo in the bathroom and staff said they don't provide it. It's expensive for what it is, you can get a much better accommodation for what they're charging.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant place to stay"
Great staff, good location (quiet and 2 mins walk to beach), handy book exchange, decent room (safe and balcony a nice touch for a fan room), food ok...wish we had more than 1 night there.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Dave's Straw Hat Inn is nicely situated in the less noisy station 3. Once I had arrived, the staff made my stay very comfortable. They were willing to give me advice, help, or whatever I needed. The room was just as described in the listing with no surprises. The beach is a quick 2 minute walk, and then only about 5 more minutes walk to tons of shopping. […] I wish I had stayed longer in Boracay! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Friendly and comfortable !"
We stayed at the fan hut which is indeed very small.. but they do mention that quite clearly in their description.. the staff is very friendly and helpful.. the location is perfect .. overall I would definitely recommend daves.. -DeepikaGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great service. Quieter location which makes it ideal as it is out of the way from the bar area. One fault, poor internet reception which was important for me during the stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Quiet beach / friendly staff / clean rooms / wonderful service!"
08/25/14 HazleeSuip Singapore, Singapore
2nd trip to Boracay last trip was abt maybe 7 years ago. Boracay is overcrowded now, but made the right choice in staying at Dave's it was quiet and away from the crowd, and I just love the 10 minute walk along the beach or along the main road to meet our friends at station 1. Daves is also near the talipapa wet market, this place is perfect for budget travellers, the kind of service and cleanliness offered at dave's you cannot get even if u stay at expensive hotels in boracay. If I ever go again, I will still stay at Dave's.!
08/24/14 Nap P
Dave's Straw Hat Inn is in a slummy section of Boracay...the rooms are quite dated looking and probably have not been updated since the '70's and I mean the 1870's. The common areas are as bad, if not worse. Why do you think this property had a "NO REFUND" policy? After arrival, no one would want to stay more than one night. I've stayed in some really horrible places in my life. I place Dave's Straw Hat Inn at the very bottom of the list. I would not let my ex-mother-in-law stay there.
"great place even greater staff"
08/19/14 Jewel Y
We spent half of our honeymoon at Dave's it was a good experience the pancakes are a must have! More than anything else though it was the staff that made the stay worth it. They were always smiling and willing to help or answer your questions. They literally made you feel the family vibe of the place. Would recommend Dave's to anyone or family looking for a safe comfortable and family friendly stay at station 3. Good job guys!
"Nice stay, but don't get the fuss really"
08/19/14 Paul V Seoul, South Korea
After reading the great reviews for Dave's all over the Internet, I may have been setting my expectations a bit high. I was really picturing the staff going out of their way for the guests, the grounds to be beautiful and the rooms to be nice, and with a great price. Yes, the price was great for those on a budget and I'd totally recommend this place if you're looking to save money. Other than that though, the staff, grounds and rooms were just average. Also, Dave's is located by Station #3. After spending four nights there, I spent three nights by Station #1 and I'd say I like Station #1 are a little more because the beach is a little nicer and there are a little less people. Now don't get me wrong, I did like Dave's and the people that worked there were nice, just don't set your expectations too high. That said, if I return to Boracay one day, I'd stay somewhere else.
"It's the attention to detail"
We stayed here for 5 nights. We walked in and was given 1100php per night. I will base my review/ratings comparing the price to other places throughout SE Asia, not Boracay. The price I got for this type of accommodation was good, but at full price I would not rate it as high. The rooms (called cottages) were small, clean, of decent quality. Unfortunately the air-condition is the "window" type not the split aircond type so it is noisy. I mentioned this and they did check the aircond and was told it is like that. I rated the sleep quality average because of this. The tight compound is well kept with lots of vegetation. The place is well kept and they do small things like place a lighted mosquito coil in your "verandah" every night. And almost every night a little candle was lighted there too. Small things, attention to detail shows they put in an effort to make the stay as pleasant as possible. We tried the mango shakes and pancakes. Good. The mango pancake is big enough for 2 persons if you're not famished. Wifi was intermittent at times. There was a 12 hour power cut, but they ran the generator so our comfort was not affected
"Best low-cost accomodation in Boracay!"
First time in Boracay and was looking for a no frills, fuss free place... This place had loads and more! Service was prompt, every enquiry was answered asap, and the staffs are really friendly! Would not think twice to stay again at Dave's when I return... Two thumbs up!!
"My second stay"
07/30/14 MrDestiny Sydney, Australia
I stayed there for about a week 3 years ago, and this time I stayed for over 3 weeks. Most of the same staff are still there and just as passionate, friendly and helpful. Once again I can happily recommend. As others have mentioned, the rooms are clean and the place is in a good location, at a quieter end of the beach but within walking distance of the busier parts of the beach. The only change I would like to see for my next visit would be a bigger TV (hint!) and move some of the neighbourhood cats on to somewhere else.
"A chill place to stay in ever-growing Boracay"
07/21/14 Gorper Toronto, Canada
If you want immediate access to lots of restaurants, clothing shops, and clubs, stay at D'Mall / Boat Station Two. But if you like the idea of a twenty minute saunter down the beach to get to such places, and enjoy the quiet end of the beach (also with its share of convenience stores and restaurants), then this is the place for you. The staff is super friendly and the rooms are comfortable. I haven't been this relaxed at a hotel in some time. This is my third trip to Boracay, and I've stayed up and down White Beach. If I make a fourth visit, it will be here. Yes, you do need to walk down an alley way to get to the hotel, and it can be dark at night. But it's a clean, hard-sand path and is absolutely safe. If it makes you feel better, use the light of a cell phone or a flash light for thirty seconds to make your way.
"2nd time visit here excellent stay"
07/14/14 will21607 Lowestoft, United Kingdom
We stayed at Daves for a Second time round again since are last visit in 2012 I have to say it's still as excellent as be first time we stayed there. Excellent staff very peaceful and could easily stay there longer then we booked for. Very clean rooms and the cottages all have air-con and plus there is free wifi. 5 star place to stay. And as always the transfers from airport to Island where organised via Daves Straw as perfect as ever.
"Nice relaxing stay"
I stayed here for a week in July and it's exactly how most people have described it. The staff are very warm, welcoming, and helpful. You get a welcome drink on arrival which is nice. The best thing about the place is how clean the rooms are, the towels are changed daily and all the bedding smells so good, the bed is very comfortable too. As most people have said it's very hidden away so I recommend using a transfer company when you arrive at Caticlan airport (Dave's straw hat can arrange for you). It's based in station 3 which is away from all the crowds of station 2, the walk to station 2 isn't too bad. Keep up the good work guys!
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