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Reviewed 8 December 2017

I had previously stayed in the Wild Orchid about 6 years ago and remember the visit fondly, Alas things have changed.
I stayed for 2 nights st and 2nd of Dec.The check in was ok. Given room 239.
The room was for the most part clean, but old. The tiles on the floor were cracked and lifting so that you could not walk around the room without the sound of tiles cracking. There was no apparent hot water, but that was ok as the cold water was warm. The toilet seat was loose.
On a positive note there was 4 pillows on the bed, the air con was quiet and the satellite TV had a good collection of channels.The wifi was average. but it dropped out twice. I phoned reception and it was reset both times within about 30 mins.
The general pool area and bar was presentable (but a little bit run down). They have a sports bar in house. But when i went to visit it on the Friday night at 2150 hrs i was told by the staff they had closed early. It is signed 2300 hrs closed on the door.
No problems they have a complementary car that will drop you off anywhere along the Barrio Barretto (Clubs, Pubs etc).
On Saturday i took the hotel car to another bar showing Sports from my country at 1700 hrs on the Barrio Barretta. The trip was about 2 km. When i exited the vehicle i was informed by the driver that there was a P450 fee. I asked why? He informed me that the complementary vehicle was only free after 1800 hrs (6pm). The driver appeared quite amused and smirked, he had obviously been involved in this ambush a few times.
I did not eat at the Wild Orchid, as it is only a 1 minute walk to the Blue Rock resort which has outstanding food.
Went to the gym but it was like walking into dungeon, dark, hot, humid, dirty, gave it a miss.
When walking around the area i noticed quite a few new resorts have been built or given a face lift. In future i will look harder for an alternative to the Wild Orchid.
Also definitely look at online prices, i saved about 20% by NOT booking through the Wild Orchid web site.

Room Tip: Try to get as high up as possible. Better views.
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Arron T
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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This is probably the best hotel in subic it's near a big beach and floating bar in the sea. Check in was easy, nice pool and food was good. They have a lot of activities nearby and the location is good. The only 2 issues I had was the saftey deposit boxes in the rooms where from maybe 1960s they were so complicated to use I had to call someone to my room 3 times to open it and teach you how to use it...they were the worst boxes I have ever seen in my life (you will not know how to use it) I even heard 2 people in reception also asking for help to get theirs open...why can't they just buy normal ones...not ones which resemble a bank vault. Also in the morning the staff messed up my order as I asked for my eggs to be scrambled not fried. The toilets in the bar beside the beach and the lift smells like someone died in there which I'm sure is easy to fix. Apart from that I had an enjoyable stay...I may return in the future and hope to see these improvements.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Barfine R
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

I had a 3 day 2 night stay at the Wild Orchid, Subic Bay. The parking lot was big and easy to safely park my car. Checked into a "Superior Room" one hour early with no problems. The room was spacious with a King Bed, Sofa, Desk, Dining table, full kitchen, bathroom and dressing room. Air Conditioning was very good but unit made constant noise. At night it was useful as white noise to help you sleep. The Television was on the small side for this size of a room. The room was very clean and no bugs.

Three restaurant/bars to eat and drink at. All had good food and drink but service was very poor and slow by unattentive staff at the Barefoot Bar and Scalliwags. The staff seemed to care about their own time schedules and needs but not the customers needs. The exception was Moby Dicks Bar which also served some food. The ambiance was very good and the staff was excellent on refilling drinks and addressing customer needs.

The pool is large and clean. Great for swimming!! Nice poolside tables and chairs to relax too.

The Barefoot Bar had live music at night with a good band that takes requests. However, the Barefoot Bar is in need of some updating and paint. Again, the service there is very poor from the staff with very long wait times for service food and drinks. Outside the Barefoot Bar is the Beach. Boloy Beach is Boloy Beach...what more can I say.

Overall, the Wild Orchid was a comfortable place to stay but slightly over priced for what you were getting. Especially when Staff tells you that no outside food and drink is allowed and your suite has a full kitchen. Makes no sense, other than they want you to be hungry in your room so you clean out and pay for the minibar along with paying higher prices in their bar/restaurants.

I hope The Wild Orchid takes time to train their staff on hospitality and Service to the paying Customer. You will find some good staff members there but they are hard to find. Checkout was easy but I had to wait while someone went to my room to check the status of the minibar and room.

Room Tip: Superior rooms are most expensive in hotel but they are large and have good views with many windows but no balcony.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank francisr568
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Good sized rooms that are now a bit old and dated m? Great bar and fantastic pool. Food is average for the price but lots of places nearby for eating out Prices are well above other places but the difference is worth it

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank JohnJoeMorgan
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

I had read reviews that Wild Orchid has bad service, but these turned out to be dramatic understatements - there is next to no service at all. You can see from my reviews I have massive experience traveling in Asia and I mostly write positive reviews. We were the only group pool-side and only one or two other people were dotted around the restaurant, so not busy at all. I started by ordering a coffee.. 30 minutes later it had not showed up as we made our breakfast order. Another 10 minutes later I gave up I went and got the coffee myself. I asked why they are having trouble and she replied “We are so busy Sir" .. while nobody else was around.

Firstly, just half of one of my friends breakfast showed up. He asked where the rest was, the toast and tea. 5 minutes later the toast was bought out on a second trip. Then a third trip the tea came out. I politely asked her why she made 3 trips, repeating the question as I was eager for an answer but she just said 'sir, sir?' I started to worry as I asked where the other breakfasts are. One more then came out.

My wife and I waited as the others began to eat. Approaching one hour our meals finally arrived. My eggs Benedict was stone cold, obviously it had been sitting on the bench cold as the cook prepared my wife's food. It must have been sitting there more than 20 minutes because there was no warm temperature in it whatsoever. The cook hadn't drained the water off the poached eggs and it had soaked into the cold wet bread. I siphoned one and half more tissues full of water off the plate… so he had clearly given me two large spoons-full of water along with the poached eggs. It was disgusting, and hard to eat with the spoon provided - no knife. (That came out well after I gave up eating). The extra hash brown requested was actually black, burned and soggy with oil, really revolting and I didn’t eat it.

We signalled to the waitress and she came to take our order for shakes. About to leave the table without taking any of the dirty plates with her, I called her back to clear the table and she took just one plate. After a while I got so tired of the flies hanging around the dirty plates, we just cleared the table ourselves, transferring the mess to the empty table beside us. The shakes soon came out. I asked the girl if she can see the rubbish all around the resort pool (Check the photos) and asked her why she just keeps walking past it.. she just kept saying “Sir, sorry Sir”. Looking into the vacant space behind her glazed eyes was like looking into a cows eyes standing idol in a paddock, only - a cow grazing on sticky buds. Not much activity going on up in that skull, if any at all.

More friends arrived and started ordering beer and a different waitress came this time. Leaving our table without taking even one piece of the collection of around 5 empty shake glasses that by now are making a lovely fly-trap.

Another foreign guest arrived and was entering the pool. I watched him also point out to this waitress about rubbish everywhere .. she just walked away back to the bar. We couldn’t take another minute of this place and opted to attend the bar to pay the bill, not wanting to risk a 45 minute bill-out. While we were at the bar I asked to the two waitresses and one other staff why they didn’t clean up the trash around the pool even when two guests had asked about it, but I was just met with blank stares.

The bill-out and pay procedure approached 10 minutes even though we had gone up to the counter - they had run off to look for change as we were determined to not leave any tip. A few more minutes went by and I asked them again why they refuse to pick up the trash around the pool. “I said can I have a plastic bag? ..I will go do it.” I repeated “can I have a plastic bag” and started getting very irritated. Now they are all just staring at me. Eventually I went in behind the bar myself and grabbed a plastic bag from the rubbish bin. I took it and filled it up with all the trash I was just sick of looking at. By the time I filled the bag and got back to the bar they had all fled. No-one was to be found at all, so I took the bag of trash to the reception and flung it on the counter and told the lot of them what a rotten experience we have just had.

My wife told me later that the waitress was ‘rolling her eyes’ when I wasn’t looking at her. So clearly she wasn’t learning anything and thinks I am the one in the wrong.

The pool at Wild Orchid is terrific and I have stayed at this hotel on about a dozen occasions, but never again even if it was free and if I could just serve myself.! I can’t tolerate the untrained, un-experienced, idiot staff and no manager anywhere.

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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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14  Thank SmithersinAU
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