"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
"A chill place to stay in ever-growing Boracay"
07/21/14 Gorper Kuala Lumpur
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!
"Friendly and Affordable"
Dave's is a meandering minute walk away from the main strip of White Beach. Some people have a hard time looking for the place and locals are not too familiar where the place either. The best way to find is that ask them to drop you off to Arwana's Inn and you can go from there walk down the alley and you'll find Dave's Inn almost at the end of the alley. Dave's is clean and nicely kept. Staff are more than ready to help you anytime of the day or night, and don't forget to try their humongous pancakes that comes in either mango or banana. Give Dave's a try if you are looking for a no frills budget vacation in Boracay.
06/25/14 Kate H H Shanghai, China
Dave's Straw Hat Inn was everything we had expected it to be after reading the reviews online. We had a cozy room and the scenery added to the feel of an island vacation. The staff was very friendly, but they respected privacy and weren't overbearing. There are several nice guest features at Dave's Straw Hat Inn; there is a sun tan lotion station where you can borrow sun tan lotion while on your trip, a great collection of books to check out, and we were able to borrow pairs of goggles for our time on the beach (among other items: soccer balls, paddle ball, etc.). It was very helpful that they booked transportation for us from the airport and back (otherwise the hotel would have been quite difficult to find). The staff also booked for us an island hopping trip at a discounted price (most of the water sports and beach activities have discounted prices if you ask the front desk to book them for you.). All in all, it is a great place to spend your trip to Boracay.
"5 stars to Daves straw hat staff"
06/15/14 Sarah M Shanghai, China
very nice place, not easy to find, but quite, beatiful and tidy place. I was in my wedding vacation during the holiday. I did not ask for any special service and did not really seriously mention that as I have had a wedding ceremony in another hotel. However, the staff still give me a very big surprise when I arrived, a very nice and tasty cake. It's very warm. And, later, I found they've been always so kind and helpful and patient, and their other food is also delicious and with reasonable price. Many many thanks. The inn is more like a garden. Rooms are quiet and tidy though the facility is very simple but it's enough. You cannot expect the facilities are like resort or hotel. In addition, although it is not easy to find, it's still close to Station 3 beach. Enjoy the sunset during your stay! :)
"Home away from home"
06/10/14 Wisetrotette Bali, Indonesia
This hotel is great, it's far from the action, but close to Angol -5 min walk (station 3). The staff is friendly, the food is good (spaghetti with garlic and pancakes are really good !) and the room is comfortable. I recommend this place :)
"Small quiet place with great staff"
06/04/14 PM D
I was a walk-in traveler with no prior bookings. I stayed here for 5 nights on May 2014 I was attracted to the place because of the atmosphere. the place has character. I entered the premises and the service I got was immediately quite warm and friendly. And then I found out that the rates were very reasonable. I have to say that the staff were amazing. They were kind, friendly, very understanding and accommodating, and were quite knowledgeable. It was nice conversing and joking with them. I really appreciated the Inn. When a cheaper room came up in another resort nearby on the beachfront, I decided against leaving the Inn because I liked where I was already. The place around the area needs some lighting, but it is safe and there aren't any dogs or wild animals loitering the area. At times when I get back there at 3:30am, there would be somebody who would be at the receiving area, so I never felt unsafe or neglected. The place is cozy and one can just enjoy the many books in the receiving area of the Inn while waiting for companions or just waiting for the hot noonday sun to dip low. There are board games and some other things I never got to play with too. The place is far from the action of Station 2 (where the popular bars and party places are). It takes me more than 30mins to walk to D'Mall or, alternatively, less than 10mins by trike. That is one of the considerations for my rating. However, if you don't mind that, then it's fine. The Inn itself is a one-minute walk from the beachfront (it isn't located on the beachfront; you have to take an alleyway to reach the beach). It is near the more undeveloped part of Boracay with a few quaint little places with a lot of character (I'll be exploring those places next time I'm there). The beach fronting the alley entrance is well taken care off and the sand is just as powdery as in others (as much less pebbly than in other beachfronts as well). I stayed in the single occupancy fan room. There was no window at all, although one could keep the door open since there is an outer screen door to keep insects from coming in. Average lighting. Relatively clean toilet - all within expectation for the price. Clean towels and beddings each day. Was satisfied with the bed as well, but I'm not so selective about that. Internet was so much better than I expected and were comparably better than more expensive hotels in the area. In fact, the WIFI was so much better than a couple of 5-star resorts in Station 1 where my friends were staying. I would come back here again when given the opportunity especially if I want to explore the rest of Station 3.
"Friendly and cosy stay"
05/24/14 Jabsy123 Sydney, Australia
I stayed here for 3 nights with my girlfriend in May 2014 and can highly recommend it. Dave's was very cosy and secure with a beach cottage feel and friendly staff to look after us. This was exactly what we were looking for in Boracay, with an eye on the independent and cash savvy traveller. We liked the location, despite seeming to be a little out of the way in station 3, it was great to escape the crowds over in stations 1 and 2. I also have to say that station 3 still manages to capture a little spirit of the old Boracay and there are no shortage of good restaurants and massages available around the area.
"Not Guests but a FAMILY"
05/20/14 Ep-epCUBILLAS Bayugan, Philippines
Treating guests like a family is the perfect experience we had at Dave's straw hat inn. My husband and I had a great time exploring Boracay. It feels like home when you go back to the hat from a very long tiring walk and then you see the staff welcoming you with great smiles again and again. Everyday their rooms are perfect, you leave it messy and when you go back it's clean again, linens are new and comfort room smells fresh. It feels like you are living in a 5 star hotel. Staffs are honest, we always leave our phones and wallets and other important things but it will always stay in the place where you left it. I will surely recommend Dave's Straw to my relatives, friends and family, and when We come back to boracay we will surely come back to Dave's straw hat. THANK YOU SO MUCH DAVE'S STRAW HAT STAFFS. 'til we meet again.
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