Icove Beach Hotel: Budget-Friendly Resort in Subic
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Icove Beach Hotel: Budget-Friendly Resort in Subic

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly and family-friendly resort with a swimming pool in Subic Zambales, this resort we found might be for you.

A week ago, we went on an out-of-town trip to Subic Zambales to celebrate my son’s birthday. 

 

It was a 3-day and 2-night staycation. We planned this travel a month before the actual trip and decided to do a bit of beach hopping.

 

So we booked 2 separate resorts. On our second night, we are booked here in Icove Beach Hotel. 

 

When we were searching for affordable beach resorts in Subic, Icove was one of the top recommendations based on TikTok videos.

 

Icove is a beachfront hotel. In just a few steps from the swimming pool, you can already enjoy the beach waves.

Icove Beach Hotel Entrance

Rooms and Amenities

The room rates here is affordable compared to other great resorts on the nearby area (based on our research of course).

 

We got the Standard Room for 2,799 for 2 pax and 1 toddler. Our 2-year-old is still free of charge and we fit on the double-size bed just perfectly. It has 1 Double-sized bed, flatscreen TV, and they have free wifi.

The room is cozy and with hot and cold shower. There is a cabinet where you can keep your belongings during your stay.

 

A vanity mirror is also there so you can do outfit checks and make-up checks before you go swimming. lol

 

To be honest, the wifi speed is quite weak when you are inside the room during our stay. So if you are working while traveling here, you might struggle a bit just like our friend’s experience.

 

But the wifi signal in the lobby is quite better, though.

 

For us who are staying here to fully enjoy the place. it’s not a problem at all.

 

We are booked here with our friends who are in a Deluxe room. Their room rate is 3,399 for 2 pax.

 

The nice thing is they have a veranda where you can see the beach and pool view from.

 

Only 1 extra pax is allowed with an additional charge of P1000.

The reception is also open for 24 hrs.

 

They have this Instagrammable spot in their pathway. The greens give the place garden feels, so refreshing to look at.

 

Parking spaces are also available.

 

The check-in time is 2 pm and check-out is at 12:00 pm.

 

If you arrive early before check-in time, you can wait at the lobby or the common area beside the pool while you wait for the available room.

Swimming Pool

Icove Beach Hotel Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is clean, beach overlooking, and has this beach chair where you can just enjoy sunbathing while in the pool. Oh, and I think the pool depth is about 5ft or 6ft.

 

They also have a mini jacuzzi just beside the main swimming pool.

 

If your kids are with you, best to bring floaters so they can enjoy the pool.

 

The swimming pool can be used until 9 pm only but they have a common area with tables and chairs where you can chill at night.

 

Their ambiance at night is just chill, cozy, and perfect to unwind – not too loud an area but not too quiet either.

Food and Services

They serve 2 complimentary breakfasts for each room.

 

You have a choice whether a Filipino Silog breakfast or an American-style breakfast.

 

We had the longganisa silog but we weren’t able to take photos because my boys were too excited to eat. lol

 

Their mini bar and resto is just beside the pool so it is easy to order food. They also give you a menu in your room if you want to so you can just order via call.

 

They have a variety of food options on their menu but we didn’t order from them aside from the breakfast.

 

We explored the outdoor areas so we had our lunch at a nearby fastfood (3-5 mins away from here).

 

There are also nearby restaurants and affordable canteens outside if you are on a budget.

 

With the services, the staff are accommodating, helpful and friendly. My son left his bucket hat in the lobby.

 

Good thing one of their staff was able to keep it so when they saw me roaming around the lobby looking for something, they gave it back.

 

We had a problem with the TV. In our friend’s room, they had some issues with their aircon.

 

Maintenance was quick to assist, but they got transferred to another room.

 

Though this could’ve been checked before the actual check-in time, we still appreciate the quick help that they’ve shown to us.

 

The restaurant is open until 10 pm.

 

Foods from outside aren’t allowed. Only light snacks can be brought here.

 

But we bought a small cake because this was my son’s birthday.

They didn’t ask us about it so I guess it was fine.

How to Commute to Icove from Olongapo Bus Terminal?

Icove Beach Hotel is at Bugallon Rd, Olongapo.

 

If you are from Victory Liner Olongapo, you just have to ride the Blue Jeepney. Tell them to drop you off at Icove Beach Hotel. It’s on the left side of the road.

 

It’s 10-15 mins travel time.

The fare is 27 pesos from Olongapo Bus terminal.

 

You also have an option to take a taxi from the bus terminal. It will cost you around 100-150 pesos

How to Commute to Subic Zambales from Metro Manila?

Victory Liner Bus to olongapo

We got here via commute so I’ll share with you how to commute to Subic from Cubao.

 

So from Victory Liner Cubao terminal, get a ticket to a bus going to Olongapo.

At this time, the fare is 380.

 

The earliest bus departure is  at 8 AM – that’s where we hop in.

 

It’s a 3-4 hours travel time with 1 stop over for bathroom breaks.

 

Once you’re in Olongapo, they would drop off passengers at Harbor Point or SM Downtown.

 

If you want to explore the place first while waiting for your check-in time, you may drop off at either of the two malls.

 

You can just take a taxi or jeep to go to Icove Beach Hotel.

When going back to Manila, the fare is 287. 

Is this worth it? I would say yes.

We enjoyed our stay here. The kind of beach therapy I needed to unwind from the unsettling noise of metro life. 

That’s it. Hope this is helpful if you are going to Subic for a beach getaway or family staycation.

Let me know if you have any queries about going there. I’ll see if I can help. If you’re planning to book with them, they are very responsive on their facebook page – Icove Beach Hotel ..

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