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Old Parola Seaside Cottages

Adjacent to Baler Lighthouse Barangay Sabang, Baler, Luzon 3200 Philippines
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"Old Parola Seaside Cottages" is a family-run beachfront inn and restaurant on Sabang Beach, right next to Baler's oldest lighthouse. It features 6 air-conditioned cottages with en suite toilet and shower good for 2 persons, 2 fambam fan rooms with en suite toilet each of which can accommodate 10 persons, and a barkada fan room ideal for groups of up to 15 persons. "The Shack," the in-house restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and offers a special menu for vegetarians.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Bicycle rental
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Non-smoking hotel
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino, Hindi

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Adjacent to Baler Lighthouse Barangay Sabang, Baler, Luzon 3200 Philippines
Old Parola Seaside Cottages
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mary ann j wrote a review Jan 2020
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Old Parola is a huge mistake and gave worst experience! Our travel date was December 28 and we made our booking through their Facebook page as early as December 11, did the deposit and got the confirmation. On our arrival date, we arrived Baler around 9pm from 11 hour travel from Manila so imagine the longingness to rest our bodies to bed. To our horror, the help (not sure if i can call her receptionist) told us they had some error and all rooms are booked!! The owner would not talk to us but i insisted that she at least face us and remedy the situation. She offered to transfer us to their "other" room for a night and we can move to our reserved room the following day upon other guests check out. To our dismay, they wanted us to sleep to an old, dirty room with no aircon, no bed frame just mattress and no own restroom!! Of course we did not agree so they looked for an available room to the transient house nearby and we were left with no choice. The help even forgot to give us the key of that "temporary" room! The next day we moved to our original room and i cannot say anything good about their room - the sheets were dirty (i even had bug bite the following day as huge as my palm), the towels were so old it even had patch to cover the hole on it, there was no water for hours and no tissue paper! Location? Nah! though it is beach front, the surfing and swimming area is still 200 meters away.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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GioRamos wrote a review Jun 2019
Pasig, Philippines86 contributions28 helpful votes
If you want simply the basics, then this is the place for you. Those who would prefer a more modern way of life should look elsewhere, as Old Parola would like you to enjoy and savour idyllic Baler at its most pristine. The staff have been consistently friendly and accommodating; the place is well-kept. Lor, the generous owner, is still passionate with her love of Baler; while Olaf the Dog still cuddles with you whenever he's not busy roaming around. This is my third visit with them. My fourth will be soon, definitely. :-)
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: I love Cottage 6; the windows, when opened, provide a good view of the beach.
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polki wrote a review Jan 2019
Taguig City, Philippines2 contributions1 helpful vote
Nice cottage view of the seashore. The accommodation is good. The place was nice and clean. The area was near some of the beautiful places to visit like museo de baler. The hammock is the common area was great for relaxing while viewing the sea.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rdyu64 wrote a review Jan 2019
Makati, Philippines6 contributions2 helpful votes
Location is good for people who wants a nice area where there are few people around. The rooms are a small, just enough for two people. They do not have hot shower. They have an Indian restaurant but only a few items on the menu.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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ilovetravelling wrote a review Nov 2018
Angeles City, Philippines3 contributions1 helpful vote
I booked last February as a wedding gift for my friend. However there daughter got sick and wasn't able to go to baler. So i decided to contact them and informed to reschedule the booking. Gladly, the owner is so nice and agreed to reschedule the booking. Me and my friends decided to go to baler last May for my birthday celebration. It was nice. The owner is kind and very understanding. She gave us a room in front of the beach but its raining and hassle to go there. we asked her to change the room to much nicer and she agreed without paying for additional price.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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MorwennaJones wrote a review May 2018
Cambridge, United Kingdom14 contributions18 helpful votes
My partner and I booked a room here for our first visit to Baler and, overall, given the price, we had a good stay. The air-conditioning in our room worked and so did the wifi. Our room was also clean, as was the bathroom. The location is literally right on the beach and there are foamie boards you can borrow which are perfect for beginners (more experienced surfers may want to rent from in town) and most of the staff are very friendly; my partner enjoyed talking to them about surfing! Our only recommendations to visitors would be that the cottages are at the less buzzy end of town. We liked this as it meant it was nice and quiet, and we didn't mind a long walk to the restaurants in town. We also had no idea that the cottages had a restaurant until we saw it when booking.com asked us to review it! We'd love to have tried the food here, but it wasn't advertised to us! Overall, this place was good value for money, although I think if we visited again my partner and I would possible try stay somewhere more central.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Room by the sea gets a nice sea breeze
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Reginald G wrote a review Apr 2018
quezon city94 contributions37 helpful votes
Set your expectations correctly. Dont expect even 3star accomodation because the place only provides basic accomodation. Rooms are clean and have A/C. Bring in mosquito repellant. I brought baygon and sprayed our room just to be sure. place is built to relax your mind and unplug(Basic wifi only). Its the cheapest beach side accomodation in baler worth staying. Must try is the indian cuisine in their restaurant The shack. Owner and staff is really accomodating. You can buy seafoods at the market and have them cook it. Buy some tuna in the market for 200-220/kilo and have them cook it. Pair it with their hummus with pita, eat it in the common area and that would be the most chill time you will get. Point of improvement is their toilet and bath. Also some fans needs to be replaced and some rooms
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Nostromo wrote a review Mar 2018
London, United Kingdom34 contributions124 helpful votes
I booked and paid for this place in advance through Expedia. I was aware that the establishment had a non-refundable policy. I did not consider it important - after all - the reviews did not give me cause for concern. I did not know any better - but I do now! Never, ever, have I encountered a more disgusting, dirty, smelly hostelry whether hotel, resort, bed and breakfast, or in this case beachside cottages. This establishment is a blot on the landscape of Baler. I arrived but I did not stay. The stench was nauseating. The parking area is next to their restaurant, which is nothing more than a wooden hut. Next to it was rotting drying fish under a washing line of hanging clothes in an adjacent property. How anyone could be expected to eat in it is an anathema. For the record it has a predominantly Indian menu. Such was the overwhelming foul odour that I was unable to communicate with a member of staff. In truth I could only return to my vehicle having remarked that I felt I was nauseated. Indeed the smell was so pervasive that it took a good shower to shake it off. I left, gladly. But I did make observations. Their beach area is unkempt and uninviting. As for the lighthouse - that’s merely a distressed carbuncle of concrete with a small bulb on the top. It’s no higher than 20ft and nothing more than a folly - the Parola (Tagalog for lighthouse) which gives this disgusting accommodation it’s name. I did not stay. I did not seek recompense. I swallowed my losses - about £50. I have not made any claim since. I was just happy to escape and go elsewhere. To Somewhere cleaner and much more decent. It cost me much more but when you’ve been to hell, everywhere else is heaven and worth paying extra.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from OldParolaBaler, Manager at Old Parola Seaside Cottages
Responded Mar 16, 2018
Dear Mr Brownlee: Despite the less than favorable circumstances, we are glad to find you here and hear your side. I was on the second floor of our new building when your party arrived and by the time I came down to welcome you as I normally would our guests, you had already taken off. I could have explained to you that the ‘overwhelming foul odour’ came from ‘daing,’ a Philippine breakfast staple that local fisherfolk make to augment their income at certain times of the year. As a family that has roots in this humble fishing community, we are not about to deprive our neighbors of their livelihood nor alter the local culture in the name of business. I could have also shared with you the story of the ‘distressed carbuncle of concrete with a small bulb on the top’ (a folly’ as you have described it) because not a lot of tourists are made aware of its historical value and benefit to the local community. This modest facility has been guiding sea vessels since the Commonwealth period and had been the only known lighthouse to the locals until the construction of a new one recently. Perhaps, too, had you stayed a bit longer and gotten to know our place better, the initial culture shock would have given way to a more sober description of our place than ‘appalling,’ or ‘disgusting, dirty, smelly’ or ‘unkempt, uninviting’ and again, ‘disgusting.’ Your comments came as a surprise to us because despite having gone through other guest reviews, you seem to have come to Old Parola with a set of expectations totally different from our previous guests.’ I say this because prior to this review, we were ranked #5 in Baler with an average 4 stars. Sure, we’ve had our fair share of less than flattering reviews, but nothing comes close to how lowly you think of us. This, even if we didn’t get the chance to talk to you nor host you for the night. With regards to your payment, we are letting you know that any amount paid through Expedia doesn’t go straight to us. The money stays with them and is only remitted to us at the end of each month. Therefore, any matter related to payment should be dealt with Expedia. The mismatch was unfortunate but we nevertheless hope that you had a great time in Baler. Lorline Gonzales-Pereira Old Parola Seaside Cottages/The Shack by Old Parola
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OuenTravels wrote a review Jan 2018
Bacoor, Philippines50 contributions9 helpful votes
Our sweet fine escape away far from Manila. We stayed for 4d/3n on November 28-Dec01 with special request upon our arrival and surprise dinner set up on the same day too. All are accommodated well and we enjoyed our entire stay. My husband surf on the next and last day for 350/hr, but they do have special rate of 300/hr for Mon-Wedn if you are in-house guest. Their beachfront can be a surf's spot thou some professionals go more beyond on the right most part from Old Parola and some are infront of Aliya (well, depends on your preferred spot and waves) My husband loves their Indian food, they also serve simple Filipino food for those who wants comfort. We really love the ocean waves every morning while sipping our cup of teas and hot mocha. Please don't expect extravagant from the hotel facilities, the resort is full of simplicity and natural beauties. Staffs including the Owners are well-mannered and accommodated all through out. You almost feel at home. 2 reasons WHY I gave 4 points out of 5. 1st, because of the insects who beats us from day 1 to day 4. 2nd, they are expanding hotel rooms so the carpenters are present within the area (sound of hammer are pretty near on our room) Room rate for 2: Php 1.6k/night without BFAST
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Charlie N wrote a review Jan 2018
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I went to the Old Parola by myself to relax during the weekend. Baler is a nice town famous for Sabang beach and surfing. Although I couldn't surf so much unfortunatelt, the friendly staff of Old Parola made sure I had a good time there! They helped organise a motorcycle tour, went around town to get me a rental bike, arranged for a massage and we had a really nice campfire in the evening on the beach with the other guests as well. (ask for this if you go!!). Jessu lended me his guitar to play on and together with Ian and Everest we had a great night :) I had a two person cabin which does exactly what it needs, clean bathroom and nice bed, AC for hot nights. You will spend your time on the beach, so the Nipa hut is perfect for the rest. Not to forget, the food :) they also own The Shack next to the Old Parola resort, great choice of Indian and Filipino dishes, recommended for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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₱1,010 - ₱2,020 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesLuzonCentral Luzon RegionAurora ProvinceBaler
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Parola Seaside Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Baler Catholic Church (1.0 km), Museum de Baler (1.1 km), and Barangay Sabang (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kubli Bistro, Gerry Shan's Place, and Dialyn's Bakeshop.
Are pets allowed at Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Parola Seaside Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Quezon's Resthouse (1.0 km).