Five of us stayed in a family room at Roy’s Rendezvous in June of 2013. Normally the capacity of the family room is four persons. We appreciated the fact that we were allowed an extra guest for P250 per night extra. Adding in this fee, plus taxes, our cost per night was P2,600 or about $US 65, breakfast for five included.
Overall, Roy’s is an excellent budget choice in Boracay. It’s not on the beach but the beach is only a short walk away. Access to Roy’s is not suitable for vehicles. It’s up a path from the main White Beach, so luggage has to be carried in. Roy’s had an employee stationed on the White Beach path who was there to help us with our luggage and with finding the resort. Not being on a road meant no traffic noise. There are several other resorts on the same trail including the highly-rated Dave’s Straw Hat. Watch for the Orchid’s Resort sign. It’s much easier to see than Roy’s sign.
The boat station three area is quiet compared to boat station two. For us that was a plus. Others may prefer to be closer to the night life action. It’s about a fifteen minute walk to the buzz of boat station two, perhaps a bit further to D’Mall (the main shopping area) and the Talipapa, the public market.
The six family rooms are in two modern two-story buildings. All have spacious verandahs and are surrounded by tropical gardens.
Our family room was not large, nor was it cramped. It had two beds. One was a double bed, the other queen-sized. The double bed was comfortable, the larger bed less so. There was a ceiling fan and a brand new, very quiet air conditioner. The capacity of the unit was small for the room and initially struggled to get the room cooled down. There was no problem at night, once the unit had been running for an hour or two. The windows had good window screens so there was no insect problem.Aside from a few small ants, there were no bugs. That’s a tribute to good housekeeping. The only light was on the ceiling. There were no bedside lamps. As another reviewer stated there was only one electrical outlet, so we brought along a short extension cord which allowed us to plug in our gadgets.
Breakfast was included. You can negotiate the type of breakfast. We asked for a Filipino style breakfast; egg, rice and meat. In doing so we lost the pineapple, powdered mango juice and toast included in the regular Roy’s breakfast.
Others commenting on Roy’s have praised the geniality of the owners. Beneath the smiles we sensed pure business. Checkout time is 12 noon. We told the owners that we would check out earlier than that. Customers appeared very early seeking a room. We felt under pressure to check out as early as 7:30AM. Breakfast was not provided as it usually was. We were curtly told that we had no breakfast because we had not asked for it. They relented and gave us the breakfast. This left a bit of a bad taste in our mouths, but overall Roy’s is an attractive, well-managed option.
Finally, here is a trip for saving money on drinking water. If you are staying longer than a couple of days, don’t buy small bottles of water at the grocery stores. Go to a water refilling station and get a five gallon container for P80 delivered. We had to leave a P200 deposit, but it was refunded when we returned the empty container.
Our comments are cost adjusted. We compare accommodations with other accommodations of the same type. Hence, if we give five stars to a budget place we feel it’s a top budget place, but not five star compared with the Shangri-La or Peninsula.
Room Tip: The bungalows are more private than the two-story buildings containing family rooms
Roy’s seems to prefer that reservations be made through http://booking.com
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