Reasons Why You Should Not Stay At Benjie's Kubo & Cottages in Bolinao, Pangasinan

My excitement quickly faded when I saw Kuya Benjie’s Kubo and Cottages . It was too far from what I imagined. I couldn't believe that after travelling for 6 hours or so from Baguio City, we will be welcomed by a shanty-like resort (imagine dogs roaming around the place?) If not because of Patar Beach’s powdery sand and clear water plus the food and fun and laughter from my fellow QAs, then, our team building would have been a total disaster. Kuya Benjie’s Kubo and Cottage is definitely not highly recommended so beware of other blogs saying that it’s a must-visit place. You may visit Patar Beach but do not “check-in” at Kuya Benjie’s Kubo and Cottages. To date, the place is the worst place I have visited so far.


Here are some of the reasons why you should not stay at Kuya Benjie’s Kubo and Cottages:

1. Accommodation fee is not reasonable. A Php4, 500.00 overnight accommodation fee for a cottage with a dingy “private CR” and intermittent water supply is definitely not reasonable. Room is not air-conditioned and there’s only one electric fan (prior to our trip, Kuya Benjie informed us that there are two electric fans). You will definitely not have a great sleep at the place especially if you’re in big groups, say 15- 17 heads. The cottage is also shared with other guests. There’s no privacy at all and when you sleep at night, it will look like an evacuation center.

2. Poor customer service.

3. Dingy shower area. I’m not so sure if Kuya Benjie’s Kubo and Cottage is intentionally “cutting” their water supply. I find it illogical to have water supply at the shower area but none at our private C.R. Because we don’t have water, we need to go the “shower area” and pay Php10.00. We even fetched water at the nearby “poso.”

4. According to Arjay: "Tim Gunn, a high fashion designer that he is, often said, “Make it work!” which is what we have to do in order to withstand the chaotic atmosphere of Kuya Benjie’s resort. A summer get-away should be relaxing, worry free and fun but these elements are nowhere to be felt when we arrived at the resort; without exaggeration, it felt like the world is crumbling. Kuya Benjie promised to have a decent accommodation- with beds that would suffice for a “barkada” group, with proper ventilation and bathroom and with available kitchen utensils to use for free- all these are part of a conspiracy theory to sway guests. 
"On the other hand, Bolinao deserves a round of applause for its majestic beauty. Its crystal-clear water and powdery white sand looks marvelous! Just be sure to avoid Kuya Benjie’s so called resort. 

" Overall, with no offense meant, the perimeter is a living testament of squalor where temporary dwellings are built to accommodate tourists who have been lured by the false advertisement of the resort owner."

Comments

  1. nice to know that at least someone is being honest in blogging these things. Ang mahal nga ng mga kubo nila ngaun.. Grabe.. parang 3 star resort kung makasingilang peg.

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  2. Hi Rhye! Thanks for dropping by and for the comment. I agree with you. They've got expensive kubo but it's not worthy to stay there.

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  3. hello anong magandang resort pag stay sa patar beach?

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  4. Hi Ann,
    Thanks for dropping by. There are a lot of nice resorts in Patar Beach. If you're going there, please look for the resort on your right side. I forgot the name but you will see it. Its walls have white paint and the pool is visible.

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  5. thanks aris.. i hope you can still remember the name of the resort. and any idea how much i can spend for 2 nights and 1 day? for the enrtire at patar beach? :)

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  6. Hi Ann! Thanks for the inquiry. sorry, I could not recall the name of the resort anymore. For 2 nights and 1 day stay that would cost you, at least Php3500 - Php5000 alone, depending on the type of the resort that you'll check-in. If there will be many of you joining, then, that would only cost you like Php1500 - Php2500 per pax.

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  7. Marvelous Martin RemosFebruary 25, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Hey Aris, I was considering Kuya Benjie's Cottages and was about to call them for reservations until I read your post. I knew something was fishy.

    How about The President Hotel or Puerto del Sol? Have you heard of these resorts?

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  8. Hello Mr Remos. I'm glad you didn't book with them yet and you came across my blog. That place was totally awful. I heard about Puerto del Sol and I've got some nice feedback about it so far. I haven't heard of The President Hotel yet.

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  9. I just read about this kubo/cottage place from another blog and Googled the place itself. To my dismay, I don't really think paying 2,000/night for 2 people for such accommodation would ever be justified. Thank God I came across your post. I'm planning to go to Bolinao next month and I'm looking for a cheap but reasonably nice to stay.

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  10. Hi Lahaina! thanks for dropping by. I'm also glad that you saw my post. Your vacation will definitely be ruined if you stay here. Our stay here was really horrible.


    Enjoy your vacation in Bolinao! :)

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  11. Hi. I was talking to them when I decided to look for pictures and review and buti nakita ko tong post mo. Seryoso ba na panget ang surroundings? Anong meron sa kubo nla? May kama naman ba?

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  12. Hi Alysza! Thanks for dropping by. The kubo does not have kama. Fact is, sa papag kami natulog. Panget yung surroundings ng resort but the beach has clear water.

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  13. Oh thank you for the details. Magiinquire pa naman ako sana sa kanila. 😊

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  14. Was planning to contact them in the morning for reservations and thank God I've seen your post.. I've never been to Bolinao before but do you know any resorts/cottages that's cheap for 2 pax for an overnight stay? Thanks!! :)

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  15. Hi Alyana. Thanks for dropping by. Bolinao is a must-visit place. When in Bolinao, you'll definitely find cheap accommodations there for two. Enjoy your trip.

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  16. Hi, I would like to share our recent experience with Kuya Benjie's Kubo and Cottages.
    We really had fun. They are friendly, accommodating and even gave us discounts. We will stay there again in case we visit Patar next time.

    We are only two when we visited the province. We had one room with private CR for more than 28 hours. and that's only P1500.00. Foods are also delicious. They assure that we are served well for everything that we need during the stay.

    In additional, their location is in the best part of the shoreline.
    We are really relaxed.

    I would recommend Kuya Benjie.

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    1. Hi Gab! Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm glad to hear that your experience at Kuya Benjie was great. Ours was a total disaster.

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  17. They already have foam with their woodbed. they even provide blankets, pillows and all

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    1. Great! Good improvement if this is the case. :)

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  18. Hi, do you have an updated contact no to Kuya Benjie? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Shey! Thanks for the inquiry. Unfortunately, I don't have their updated phone number.

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  19. Thank you for the warning. Awesome blog!

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  20. great blog! a timely heads-up for me coz im planning to take my family and friends to that province next weekend.. i have been searching for hours for a very nice but not costly place to stay. your blog has been helpful but it woild have been perfect if you could suggest for other resorts in the area.. tnx and god bless!

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