Hotel Review: Taj Guesthouse Boracay
The Taj’s front desk
Looking for a nice place to stay in Boracay that’s afforable, near the beach, and near enough to station 2’s D’mall to be convenient but still quiet enough for you to get some sleep at night? Then I suggest you stay at the Taj’s guesthouse The Taj has been recently renovated, and in my mind is probably one of the best places to stay on a budget. The design and interiors have a very nice neo-asian style (with the exception of the curiously placed cross stitch frames), you get a cable tv, clean room, and your towels and bedsheets are replaced everyday! Also, some hotels charge extra because they’re beachfront, but really I don’t think an extra 2 grand for an ocean view is justified. Take a few steps outside the Taj and you’re on the powdery white beach of boracay. Need soap, snacks, liquor? Shenna’s restaurant and convenience store is right next door. Really, the Taj is a steal, especially with standard rooms going for as low as 1500 during the peak season. Trust me when I say I scoured the internets for the best value for proposition deal for a hotel in Boracay that has these specific properties:
- Is air conditioned
- Is relatively near station 2
- Is not far from the beach
Tasteful room interiors
The Taj hit the money on all three. Also, the owner/manager Mike is very cordial and helpful. He answered my emails right away and when we arrived in boracay he texted us directions to the hotel. When we checked out he was also very open to my suggestions on how to make the customer experience better. For example, the bathroom, while very nicely designed, lacked a shower curtain for some reason. Aissa and I are both neatfreaks when it comes to showering, so this was a big issue for us. And anyway it’s really cheap to get a shower curtain, so for a little extra cost you make your guests feel much better. I also suggested that he replace the cross stitch patterns on the wall with some abstract paintings, because while the patterns had their own charm, they simply did not fit the neo asian look of the interiors.
Lovely ceiling lights create an abstract pattern
Speaking of the interiors, they’re some of the best I’ve seen in a budget hotel. Most budget hotels have really barebones or at worst, tacky designs. I don’t understand why some budget resorts use really takcy mattress covers with shiny flowers and all sorts of weird decorations on them. Just because the hotel’s cheap doesn’t mean it has to look cheap right? The Taj has a very clean, modern look. Very zen, all straight lines and abstract patterns, it’s proof positive that you don’t need to spend a lot to have good design in your hotel. It was also nice that they found space for a little patio outside our room, where you can relax and have a few chips and beer and watch all the sun-baked foreigners wander by.
The patio in front of our room has two chairs and a desk, and a towel rack to dry towels and swimming gear
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Boracay on a budget, head on over to the Taj’s guesthouse website and book a room now!