One of the guidelines that the created Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force set for the island’s rehabilitation is that every tourist should have already booked a DOT Accredited hotel or resort to help regulate tourist arrivals in the island. As of posting, there are now 316 hotels and a total of 11,612 rooms available for booking. I will not post the list here, but you may check out these sites that regularly post and update about the hotel listing. One of the hotels that were accredited in December was Boracay Tropics Resort. This is one of the resorts that have been around for a little while and while it is not as posh as swanky as the newer, more luxurious hotels or resorts in the island, you can never go wrong with an affordable resort that had a 4.0 average rating on Tripadvisor (plus, it was one of the few hotels that had opened and had available rooms as of our visit).
The resort is located in the far end of Station 2, almost at the boundary of Station. The resort is by the main road, which means it lacks the beach front views of other accommodations. The beach, however, is just a quick 5 minute walk on the side street by the resort. Boracay Tropics is 850m south of D’Mall, where you can have a choice of dining options, but it is across the new Boracay Hue hotel which features a retail complex and food hall called Station X. Boracay Tropics is also across the Crown Regency Convention Center, which remains closed as of writing. While the area is less crowded and busy than that of the other side of the Station 2 area, transportation was hard to come by (the road in front of us was one-way during our stay) and it was hard to find tricycles to go to the north. We usually walked to D’Mall and got transport from there.
My sister and I got the Superior room, while my parents got the Deluxe room. For a small difference in prices (about P500), they got a bigger bed and the view of the pool, versus our room which had a view of the street instead. However, the bathrooms were the same, the rooms were airconditioned, there was television, and both rooms had a small terrace. Despite being one of the older resorts in the island, the rooms did not feel too outdated (although I am honestly not a fan of “native” styled rooms) and were still top notch.
There is an onsite restaurant in the resort, which serves Western and Eastern cuisines. While we never tried it for our other meals, we did have breakfast there in the mornings. One of the reasons we stayed in Tropics was the swimming pool, which we took advantage of on the last day because it had started to rain (a typhoon was heading our way) and we did not want to go out anymore. The hotel also had transport available but it was quite expensive. They can help you with van bookings, however, just ask the front desk for assistance. WiFi is free but is a bit spotty in the rooms (the lobby and the restaurant had the best reception). They used to have an onsite spa but it was still closed as of our visit because DOT used their space as a satellite office. A word of caution: the resort is not too PWD-friendly as there are no elevators. We were staying at the third floor and had to call on the front desk so they could assist us with our luggage.
The onsite restaurant, called the Tropics Cafe, served a variety of dishes both offering Western and Eastern cuisine. We did not try the restaurant out, however, as we were always eating out. We did eat breakfast in the hotel during our entire stay. The food was quite limited but there was just enough variety for both local (rice meals) and international tastes (pancake and eggs). Check out this post on the restaurants we sampled in Boracay.
The staff at Boracay Tropics were very courteous and quite attentive to our needs. They helped us find transportation when we had dinner in Shangri-la Boracay for my Mum’s birthday (which was about 6 km away from us). They also helped right away with technical issues on our TV when it was not working. The restaurant staff were always friendly and accommodating in the mornings and made sure we got our freshly brewed coffee when the coffee thermos ran out of its supply.
Overall, our stay in Boracay Tropics was wonderful and I would not hesitate to stay here again. To look for other hotels in Boracay Island and get 10% off your stay, use this link to find an accommodation on Booking.com.