Our stay at the Oriental was excellent.
I read reviews about complaints of no AC in common areas, that is nonsense, you are in one of the hottest countries in the world so learn to enjoy it.
The room and facilities were excellent though the gym could use some additional machine and updated ones.
Care might be taken to scrub the pool more often...
The only problem we had there was internet access but we did not complain early enough and loud enough. Once I had had enough of the problem, I sought out the manager and the problem was rectifed very quickly as the wireless router refused to accept my laptop MAC address at one point and regular staff of course could not determine the problem but since I did not pursue it hotly the IT staff was not called in to assess the problem and once they were it took an hour or more to locate the cause of a very difficult problem to solve.
"Excellent location; close to airport, great food!"
Appealing entrance and lobby. Staff were friendly and helpful, unfortunately there was no elevator for our tired and slightly limping sibling. The stairs were okay and had the middle area to rest for our 92 year old mother (our ages ranged from 52-92 years).
We occupied two rooms which were both very roomy and clean. Our window faced a gorgeous view of Mayon Volcano and my brothers had a room facing the back of the hotel which was well-kept. Plenty of hot water, enough towels for every occupant and staff was available to provide extra provisions, when required.
Food, ah it was all delicious! We ordered Bicol express, laing, adobo, fried chicken, sinigang, lechon, and pancit canton. Of course we had San Miguel beer...such a cold relief after the hot drive from Gubat (Sorsogon).
Early the following morning the hotel's shuttle drove us to the airport which was conveniently located less than 2 km away.
I would strongly recommend the hotel to my friends, families and others who are looking for a place to stay in Bicol. Personally...my siblings and our families will definitely stay in Casablanca Suites on our next visit to Philippines.
Thank you, Casablanca!
Great hotel for what you pay and I have no complain about the hotel, room and service provided to me. I highly and I will go back there next time again. It is very close to everywhere you want to go. 60 peso is the max you pay to the beach front area. Hotel food is awesome for the price, I order many different food there, they are all exceeded my expectation on the taste ....warning..they give you so much for one order, I hope you are very hungry ....
Stayed at Balay de la Rama for 3 nights 4 days, and it was absolutely one the best accommodations I have stayed in . Owners jessie and karen were so helpful in giving tips on where to go since this is my first trip to Bicol , staff Jake & Ramon were equally accomodating in attending to my needs . Room was clean and and the place is close to most of the tourist spots and main shopping centre. i would definietely stay here again on my next trip to Bicol
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