Blue Harbor Inn
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Blue Harbor Inn Calapan Reviews
Hotel on the road Feb 14, 2013
Don’t you love when you arrive to some place in the late hours, without real clue where to stay at night and looking for clean, cheap hotel.
So, we tried to get to Puerto Galera from Batangas City, but missing the last ferry does not help in that quest. So we jumped the first ferry in that general direction, which brought us to the port of Calapan. Coming there at night does not give you many options if any, and there are few things to know. First is not to trust anyone telling you that they are going in your direction… We were polled by few bus drivers and conductors that were trying to take us in totally opposite direction of where we were going. Luckily I did remember names of cities in surrounding area so going to Roxas was out of the question (city 3 hours away in the wrong direction)… Another thing is tricycle drivers cost 10-20 pesos per person all over the town so don’t pay more than that. If there is group of them around trying to argue direction and price with you, just walk away and catch one on the street. They will ALWAYS take advantage and try to overcharge. While we were talking to one guy others were making grimaces and sending signals for how much he should charge us. It was super funny to see it, but I am familiar with that behavior so I don’t get mad about it heheh
We got this tricycle to take us to his hotel of choice, and he took us to the interesting rent-me-for couple of hours place with iron bars… While we were going there I have seen sign for Blue Harbor so we came back there. Blue Harbor is only couple hundred meters from the port so you can easily walk there during the day.
Hotel is family owned and run, and it was nice to see how two young boys are learning about hotel business from their dad. He let them do everything at the reception, just looking and approving when they looked his way. Price was 620 pesos per person for double bed room which was totally ok for us. Room had good fan, bathroom, tv and it was perfectly clean and nice. There is only cold water available but you will survive because it is tropics after all. There is also AC in the room, but you’ll have to pay a bit more moneys for something that you don’t really need. Fan is more than enough, and actually you’ll have to turn it down because it gets too cold to sleep. Hotel has refrigerator with juices, sodas and beer if you don’t want to get out if it.
At night there is no much to do or place to eat. We did find a watering hall on the road, and joined some cool locals in their quest to survive the night. They also had some food to buy so we ended up fed and satisfied.
I warmly recommend this hotel for short stay.
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