The Wharf Hotel Transient Hotel Corporation
Avenue of the Philippines Freeport Area of Bataan , Mariveles, Philippines
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The Wharf Hotel Transient Hotel Corporation Mariveles Reviews
services and amenities don’t commensurate to the exorbitant rates Nov 29, 2015
The Wharf Hotel is along the highway and very visible. Unlike other hotels in the area, one has to traverse mountains. Although, stiff on their price range for over a hundred dollars per night, we stayed here nonetheless. For the record; with the same rate, you could stay at a five-star hotel in Pasig.
What we didn’t notice though is that the hotel is on the same premises of a gasoline station! Why would the owner build a hotel next to a fire hazard?
The outside appearance of the hotel is beautiful with some tropical greens along the entrance path. The friendly staff asked how she can help us. We told her we need a room with two beds. She then assigned us to a “family suite” with two queen beds. Included in this rate is a free breakfast for two people, but since there were four of us, I need to pay the additional PhP1000.00 (500.00 per person.)
The room is very plain. It is not even a suite in a sense. A television set, a fridge, a coffee kettle and a wardrobe closet are some of the room amenities. Some free items in the room are sachets of instant coffee and bottled water. The nice touch is the pairs of slippers.
The sink is inside the room, not in the bathroom, and there is no counter top for the sink. Some toiletries, including disposable toothbrushes, are ready for use. A plastic curtain separates the shower area and the toilet, but the entire bathroom still gets wet when taking a shower. The bathroom has no divider like the ones here in the U.S. but, the water heater in the shower is one of the few plus factors of this hotel.
We did sleep well with the help of the air-conditioning. The town of Mariveles is along the coast; it does get very humid even at night so, a blasting AC is a must. We awoke in the morning to a beautiful view of the sea and mountains right from our window.
The breakfast is so-so! The fried rice was already cold when they served it to us. The sunny side up egg was deformed. Servings for cured meats (tocino and tapas) are little. It would have been better if we just ate at Jollibee instead of paying extra. Breakfast is set up in an open-air veranda. Room service is also available at no additional cost.
Inclusive in the hotel rate is a free use of Wi-Fi, but still need to type in the password. The password is on the key card, but you have to insert the card in the keypad to turn on the lights. If the key card already inserted then, the Wi-Fi password is hidden. Stupid!
Credit cards such as VISA and MASTERCARD are acceptable forms of payment besides cash of course.
Overall, services and amenities don’t commensurate to the exorbitant rates.
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