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Liberty's Community Lodge
Bucharest, Romania
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88 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent for the price paid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

Considering the price paid and the remoteness of the location I rated the lodge as excellent. However, please realize that the Liberty's Lodge provides basic accommodation with no running water and electricity in the evening for only 3 hours. Some rooms have included bathrooms and some bathrooms have showers (with salty water as there is no source of fresh water on the island). The views from the restaurant and from most of the rooms are fantastic.

The restaurant serves good, fresh, tasty food and the staff is very friendly. The lodge arranged a smooth transfer for us from the airport to the island and than back to the ferry terminal.

The property has also a dive shop with knowledgeable guides. All the dive sites can be covered in 2 days.

Room Tip: The wooden rooms (1-4) seemed cooler than the concrete ones.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bucharest, Romania
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

I ranked this lodge Very Good as I expected by far less. Apo Island is a place for diving that should not be missed. Liberty Lodge offers amazing views from the rooms and from the restaurant. The food is very tasty and the personnel is very friendly and nice. Visitors should understand though that this is a remote island and condtions are a little bit more rustic: electricity runs for several hours daily, from 9-11am and 6-9:30pm. Showers run on salty water.

Liberty Lodge has its own diving center with nice dive guides, that know the diving sites very well. The dive sites can be covered in two days. It is a small effort for touching the paradise.

Liberty Lodge can arrange your transfer from and back to Dumaguete airport.

IMPORTANT: The lodge's email address has been hacked, they are working on it. Until is solved, they do NOT request any advance payments. You pay when you checkout. Do not let some crooks ruin your vacation - talk to Liberty and everything will be just fine.

Room Tip: Backpackers could choose rooms 1-4 (I recoomend 4 as it has shower in the room), The rest could go f...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lille, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

We passed 2 nights at Liberty Lodge in Apo Island, and if the program of our travel was not already booked, we would stay some days more.
Instants on this little island are unforgettable.
The lodge was a little structure, allowing keeping a "human" side.
Bedrooms were large, really clean, tidy, reception warmhearted, meal excellent with a great choice.
Dive spots were superb.
Village people were friendly, we could spend hours watching them on the sand.
All was gathered to make this place a paradise.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

My review is mixed because some parts of the guesthouse are great, others not so much.

The good:
1. Staff are lovely! All the waiting staff in the restaurant are fantastic and really friendly.
2. Views from the restaurant and rooms are great overlooking the sea (at least in the two rooms we saw)
3. I don't know if this is common in the Philippines but all the guests in the restaurant chatted to each other and we met some really lovely people. Perhaps due to the nature of Apo being so small people are just naturally thrown together.
4. Having meals included makes it really good value and the food is tasty with decent sized portions.

The bad:
1. Whilst the bedrooms themselves are cosy the bathrooms are horrible, think dirty and basic. We had the luxury of a spray hose but other guests we spoke to only had a bucket. I am really not fussy about this sort of stuff generally but the contrast between the bedroom and bathroom was stark and I think they could make them a bit better.
2. Due to the bedroom and bathrooms being open air the room was always full of Mosquitos. There are cute wooden slats on the ceiling but they open out to an open roof (you can see daylight). There is also a window in the bathroom with no glass and due to this the mozzies just swarm in. There is a mozzie net over the bed but check this thoroughly for holes as we ended up having to tape up lots of small holes after being eaten alive on our first night!
3. On our last day we were supposed to leave on the guesthouse boat to Malatapay but due to a typhoon warning the owner told us that the coastguard had stopped all boat crossings and we should wait in the restaurant bags packed so we were ready to leave when the coastguard gave the ok. We wasted a whole day waiting and in the end the owner said we had to stay one more night as no boats could cross. In the evening though we noticed that her aunt who had been staying at the hotel wasn't there and the owner slyly admitted that she had arranged a boat for her to leave the island that day. The only reason she didn't do the same for us was because she couldn't get guests over from the mainland to fill our rooms. We managed to get off the island the next day on a private transfer but all in all we felt it was all a bit underhand and soured the end so our stay.
4. As there are only three resorts on the island sometimes the competition gets a bit petty. As mentioned in a previous review I don't think the owner likes when people associate with one of the other resorts called Marios because we knew some people staying there and the staff wouldn't let them into the restaurant at libertys. They said they didn't want them stealing guests. It was all a bit silly really and meant we had to go for a drink with them at Apo island resort instead.

All in all the guesthouse is ok but the sneaky way the owner kept us there for one more night and the horrible bathrooms means I wouldn't go back.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sidney, Canada
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stayed 5 nights at Liberty's Lodge on Apo Island and it was a most enjoyable experience. The rooms cost 2000 pesos ($50) for 2 but this includes 3 excellent meals per day. Ask for room 4 or 2 if you want an attached bathroom but rooms 2,3 &4 have small balconies with an amazing view of the action on the beach. The power is only on for a few hours 3 times a day and off at about 10PM but this is an advantage as it is quiet during the night and the breeze keeps rooms cool. The island has an interesting ambiance with a variety of outrigger boats coming and going during the day with visitors, divers and locals and a village walkway selling everything. Be sure to wear wet shoes and be prepared to get slightly wet on the crossings as it is often rough (your baggage is stored dry below).

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view and attached bathroom and freshwater shower if you need one. Some rooms...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Liberty's Community Lodge
Address: Negros Oriental, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Apo Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Apo Island
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Liberty`s Community Hotel Apo Island

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