When we were distraught about where to stay in Bataan, I knew I had to do something. I couldn’t stay there. I didn’t want my family to stay there. I decided to walk around the area since the resorts were just next to each other anyway. We had to hurry since my dad was already tired from his whole day drive and I knew he needed to rest.
After scouting the area for available rooms, I finally found an accommodation in Bataan in a small, quite homey resort with a tiny pool at the end, just a hotel away from La Primera Playa’s main hotel. The hotel was new, the owner didn’t have a front office and there was a small guardhouse manned by two young girls at the front. Oh well, at least it had a gate.
Mr. Alex Pineda was the name of the owner of Alpina Beach Resort. I’m not sure if he was the owner of La Primera Playa but, whatever. I was able to talk to him personally and he was actually really nice. He offered us a room and told the young girls to show it to us. I agreed and we hurriedly rushed to the 2nd floor of the three floored one-sided establishment of Alpina Beach Resort. The girls opened room G for us and I was already convinced, hoping Mr. Alex Pineda would give us a good price.
He gave us the room for P3500 the night, no corkage fees, no extra fees for extra persons, no parking fees – just the P3500 and that was it. I immediately agreed and my brother and I ran back to La Primera Playa for our things and my family.
Alpina Beach Resort had a three storey establishment that served about 5 – 6 rooms per floor with alphabetic room names. On the ground floor, at the end, near the pool was a small store with beer, soft drinks, cups of soups and the likes for sale.
Above the store, was a nice kitchen, complete with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, ovens, even a grilling station, a dining area and a smoking area located on the terrace. This kitchen is open for all the guests, free of charge with no corkage fees.
Our room was very simple, it was painted white and larger than the room offered in the other hotel. It had two double beds and one single bed. Surprisingly, the beds didn’t have hospital white bed sheets but were actually covered with colored bed sheets and pillows. According to Mr. Alex Pineda, we could request extra sheets and pillows at no charge.
The beds in the room didn’t leave much space to walk around, aside from a narrow hall that divided the space for the wide 25” television, the small, two person table with two chairs, and the mini-refrigerator. While the room wasn’t so spacious, it was well more worth our money.
The bathroom was also in a very good condition, although I thought the bathroom’s tiles and floor were built in a strange way because there was no barrier for the water to stop at the door and the floor slanted to the door instead of into the middle where the drain was located. If you take a bath, it was necessary to shower at the farthest side to prevent flooding of water into the room.
Besides that, the room was great. The air condition was superb, the room had 7 sets of power sockets and it had a tall lamp near the television if you don’t like sleeping with lights on.
Mr. Alex Pineda ran the resort in a very personalized way. He had no restrictions on checkout time and was very friendly when we approached him.
The pool was small and only about 4ft deep, but it was cold and clean. Beside the pool was some tables and chairs for hanging outs as well as a karaoke machine. The hangout area stretched into the deck which was cut by a narrow and steep flight of stairs that lead to the beachfront.
The beachfront was wide and it didn’t have any rubbish or any kind of clutter around the area, even if there were a lot of people that roamed the place. The beach was very clean, the seafloor was smooth and uncluttered with no rocks or any corals below. The water is clear and for families, you will definitely appreciate the shallow waters that don’t have sudden drops, nor strong currents.
It wasn’t a white beach like Boracay or even Cagbalete, however, although the sand was dark, it was very fine and has a very soft feel to your feet.
Overall, Alpina Beach Resort had turned my almost nightmare end to our summer roadtrip into a better ending. We enjoyed our stayed at the resort and I highly recommend this Bataan resort for families and barkadas who want a cheaper rate for their Bataan stay.
Alpina Beach Resort
Rate is at P3500 for a room for 5 (without limit on sharing), complete with television, refrigerator, tables, bathroom and air condition.
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