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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boracay 2.5

Boracay, Aklan Province, Panay Island

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Pros

  • On relaxed Diniwid Beach, north of White Beach
  • Peaceful spot with sunset views away from the crowds 
  • Some of the simple rooms have a sea view
  • Small outdoor pool by the beach
  • Beachfront fish house and bar for barbecues and happy hours
  • Rates include breakfast and there’s free-flowing coffee in the lobby
  • Free shuttle to and from D’Mall in Station 2
  • Wi-Fi is free in the lobby

Cons

  • Room amenities are basic and in-room Wi-Fi is at a fee
  • We spotted some wear and bathrooms are small and basic 
  • The road to the hotel is poor and can be muddy
  • Far from Station 1's buzz

Bottom Line

The two-and-a-half-pearl, chalet-style Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Boracay offers a homey beachfront vibe on quieter Diniwid Beach. It’s surrounded by palms and enclosed by a bamboo fence. Inside, decor is simple and bland. The 51 rooms are clean, with basic amenities like air-conditioning and TVs, but there’s no mini fridge and in-room Wi-Fi comes at a fee. Some rooms have gorgeous sea views. Freebies include breakfast, free-flowing coffee, and shuttle service to and from Station 2’s popular D’Mall. However, the road to the hotel has drainage issues and we spotted some interior wear. Families and couples are drawn to the quieter, hassle-free setting, but travelers wanting to be closer to Station 1's action might consider the similar Boracay Beach Club, where rates are often the same.

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Scene

Simple, cute, and homey beachfront hotel with a secure brand name  

The Microtel brand has almost 20 properties in the Philippines, and this hotel offers the same reliability and on-brand simplicity. From the beach, the Microtel resembles a cute chalet-style home, surrounded by palm trees and enclosed by a bamboo fence. Inside, it’s well-maintained, with simple decor of dark wood furniture, cream-tile floors, and whitewashed walls. There's a touch of local design throughout from warm tones and local artwork, but overall the style here isn't memorable. Outside by the restaurant and bar, there’s a beachy vibe, with chalkboard specials, barbecue nights, and tables that spread out toward the sand. The quieter location appeals to lots of families and couples wanting to avoid a central, crowded location.

Location

Fronting Diniwid Beach, a quieter area north of White Beach in Station 1 

The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham has a narrow beachfront plot on Diniwid Beach, north of White Beach in Station 1. The beach is smaller and quieter than White Beach, though not as impressive. It's also worth noting that previous guests comment on drainage issues on the road to the hotel depending on the season. The Microtel sits between two hotels, and the rest of the area is made up of small local grocery stores and chilled-out bars. The popular Spider House cafe is a two-minute walk along the beach. This part of the island is quieter and farther from the lively attractions of White Beach, although the hotel provides a free shuttle service to transport guests to and from Station 2’s popular D’Mall. Most attractions -- such as Willy’s Rock and the Holy Rosary Parish Church -- are a 10-minute motorbike journey away. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the island's jetty port. Travelers should allow just over an hour, including a ten-minute ferry ride, to reach Boracay’s Cataclan Airport, or two-and-a-half hours to Kalibo Airport. 

Rooms

Rooms are spacious and simple with compact bathrooms and basic amenities 

Simple rooms have cool cream tiles, dark wood, and warm summery tones, though overall the look will seem dated to most travelers. We also spotted a bit of wear on things like furniture and door frames. Amenities are basic, with air-conditioning and a TV. There’s no mini-fridge but previous guests have successfully requested one from the management. Wi-Fi is only available for a fee. Rooms are divided into three categories: Queen Rooms, Queen Rooms with Beach View, and Queen Suites. Queen Rooms and Queen Rooms with Beach View -- that look out over the beach through the palms to the sea -- have two queen beds. Suites have one queen bed and are more spacious, with a seating area, bar area, and basic kitchenette with kettle, fridge, and microwave. Compact bathrooms differ by category; in the Queen Rooms they are more like wet rooms, with a walk-in shower, while Suites have a shower/tub combo. Hairdryers are provided.

Features

The hotel makes the most of its beachfront setting, with an outdoor restaurant, bar, and pool 

The hotel’s design makes the most of its beachfront location. All of its facilities (aside from the large lobby and a simple meeting room with projector and plastic beach chairs) are open-air and face the beach. The airy lobby has reading nook, basic computer station, and TV corner. Guests can help themselves to water from the water dispenser and coffee throughout the day. In the area leading down to the beach, there’s a small pool. Mama’s Fish House is the open-air poolside restaurant, serving up seafood specials and crepes of the day with nightly barbecues. A simple continental breakfast is included. At one end of the restaurant, the Coconut Bar has a daily happy hour and is a great spot at sunset. For kids, there’s a small outdoor play area with slide and a toy corner. Wi-Fi is free in the lobby but costs extra in the rooms. Given the quieter location away from the island’s main attractions, the free shuttle to and from the popular D’Mall in Station 2 is a nice touch.

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Address

Diniwid Beach, Malay, Aklan, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines

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