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“There is 365 days per year CHRISTMAS!!”
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Sampaguita Gardens
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kalibo
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“There is 365 days per year CHRISTMAS!!”
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Its a bit a strange hotel where its always christmas whenever you go there. Yes of course on 24th of December its nice and trust me they don't have the need to prepare a crib and a christmas tree because those things are there even in July! Inside the hotel there is a bigger 3 storey house full of all kind of (of course) CHRISTMAS STUFF including a small winter town with a toy train passing through. Specially in the summer time it can be so hot there inside that you think you might collapse. Yep its quite weird. The hotel itself is a bit far from attraction. Breakfast is good and its directly on the beach! If you like christmas every day than its your place to go!

Stayed October 2015, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Our last destination for this year's summer vacation. The place was so nice and the Green house was amazing. One this I would just comment is that the place was lacked of maintenance. If the owner would maintain the place many tourists would love to come here. Place is also kids friendly. They also have rooms where you can stay and pool to have fun. Nice scenery of the ocean.

Stayed May 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

I visited this place but did not stay. It's about 15 minutes from the airport. The rooms appear to have been refurbished..I had a peep. They have a pool ....the reception area and restaurant looked cozy don't know about quality of breakfast....nice shop full of dolls if they can only have cooling same as reception area. The small play park is dilapidated. It could be a restful place for an overnight or short stay away from the busy Kalibo city.

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  • Stayed January 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2016

We just drop to stroll and eat. Jojo's Christmas Cottage (Where Everyday is Christmas) is the best thing to visit as others are not operating/ not open to visitors already. Pool is ok. Food is average.

  • Stayed January 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2015

Stayed here at the tail end of a cycling trip around several islands of the Philippines and the reason for this place is that our tour guide had been to a conference here several years ago when he worked for the German government. I was totally intrigued by the theme of the place, which is christmas 24/7, 365 days of the year. I found this out when I asked the reception staff why the christmas decorations were up already and was informed that they are ALWAYS up and there are always Christmas lights on and Christmas hymns being played through the PA system. Strange!! I was so intrigued that I googled the founder of the place, a fellow by the name of Samuel Butcher, an American illustrator who made his fortune by creating the "precious moments" characters...you will know what these are as soon as you enter this hotel as there are lines of them up the length of the driveway to reception, there are pictures of them on the bedspreads, there are pictures of them on the walls inside the units and there is a gift shop full of figurines. I guess they were ok in their time but certainly not to my taste. Also very weird that when you enter your room there is a psalm from the bible painted onto the entry foyer wall. The room was nice enough, but the air conditioninng unit was mounted high up on the wall and you have to actually stand on the bed to reach it to adjust it or turn it off. I found this unsatisfactory, apart from the fact it was a noisy aircon with many rattles and vibration noises. If the windows weren't corroded shut, I would have opened them instead of having the aircon ratting away all night. The fixtures are all tired and old and the bathroom was much the same, but all clean so quite acceptable. It is a shame that this place is obviously lacking the infusion of money that it needs to keep it in good condition. I had a "standard" room on the first floor overlooking the ocean. Pleasant enough, and you can open the door and sit on your little terrace relaxing. When I was there the place was eerily devoid of guests, probably because it is low season and quite frankly, there ain't much to do around Kalibo, with it being primarily the site of the airport for those going to Boracay and other more exotic destinations. The meals we ordered were fine and very generous portions and the staff were all attentive enough in that quirky Philippino way...always repeating your order back to you and confirming how much change you are getting back. The surroundings are looking, well...tired..there was a playground built in 1985 for one of Mr Butcher's grandsons but it has seriously fallen into disrepair and the miniature train is rusting away. The gymnasium is abandoned with all equipment appearing to be broken and it has obviously not been used for years. The pool looked a bit cloudy, but may well have been ok. I didn't try it. The fibreglass figures up the driveway are all sitting beside their plinths rather than on them for some reason. The shower over bath was difficult to get in and out of...I am no spring chicken but I am also not incapacitated in any way, yet I found it difficult. The shower is one of those hand held units and if you left it on the holder it continually sprayed into the shower curtain. The toilet seemed to have a slight leak onto the floor. This is all symptomatic of no money being spent on maintenance. The place looks impressive at first sight but scratch the surface and it is very basic and a bit tired. In saying all this, the staff I spoke to had been there longterm and were very dedicated to the place and spoke highly of Mr Samuel Butcher, who is now an old man and has lived back in the USA for quite some time. I don't know how often he visits, but he ought to come over again and authorise some maintenance and repairs!!

  • Stayed November 2015, traveled with friends
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Property: Sampaguita Gardens
Address: 506 Rizal Street | New Washington, Aklan, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Kalibo
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Kalibo
Number of rooms: 46
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