- Reviews: 2945
MOCHILEROS HOTEL: ABOUT THE CHEAPEST IN TOWN
We walked by this place several times and noticed many young travelers enjoying themselves on the terrace (drinking , music and cards) , so i stopped and asked the owner the prices for accommodation for our VT friends who may be looking for a bargain. It is 500 for a fan room, share bathroom and 800 for an a/c room with bathroom and any backpacker who finds something cheaper than this would be doing well. The only drawback is that it is 3 or 4 blocks back from the beach.
- Reviews: 1750
Casa Cecilia: Located in the main street........ very convenient
The location of this hotel is in the middle of town in El Nido close to everything and the beach is just few meters away. El Nido has dozen of accommodations, choosing one is really hard. I mostly book my hotel in Corong-Corong but this time I choose a place in the proper center.
El Nido is very nice town which offer plentiful of accommodations. During my research it was a hard choice. Looking to hotels in town are not very easy as there were many of them from pension to luxury resort with affordable price
At first I use the booking site of Agoda to find a place to stay, there were not much of luxury hotels in the center, too many pension houses and not our type of place to stay. We prefer a little bit up market place especially we're going to staying for three nights.
I found Casa Cecilia in the site and was doubting about for sure I put on hold, reading the reviews they were pretty good and receive a good ratings from previous traveler.
I book for three night through Agoda, they have different type of rooms from standard to a deluxe. A few weeks before our trip I've check their website and I find out that booking directly to the hotel is cheaper than by Agoda. I've cancel my booking from Agoda and book a room directly to them, booked through their website is easy and fast.
After the booking I receive a confirmation email and it provide a deposit to secure the booking by using paypal payment. The hotel asked 30% deposit of the total amount, once the payment done they sent a hotel voucher and simply print out
Going to El Nido is not easy there were two ways of going there, booked an expensive flight form Manila and still no garanty if you could be able to fly the day you want. The only place to book a flight is through "Art Cafe El Nido". A second way and cheap to get to El Nido is flying to Puerto Princesa and take a van or bus to El Nido which take about 6-8 hour journey. Casa Cecilia will also arrange a van transfer from Puerto Princesa, I mailed them to book a van for us.
On our arrival at the hotel there was a woman who welcome us, a very friendly lady. The hotel has no elevator our room is at the 3rd floor but there was a boy who carry our luggage upstairs. At the front desk they also arrange island tour but we did not book our tour here, we found some tour agency outside the hotel which is cheaper than they are.
Our room has twin bed as I requested during the booking and spacious. The bathroom was very clean and roomy, I was surprise I wasn't expected to have a spacious room, this really a bargain price. I can't find a better place to stay than this. The hotel staff were very, very helpful and friendly and so accommodating.
Breakfast included in the room which serve on the rooftop. The views are awesome up there! they change three times a week the breakfast menu. The first morning we have a pancake with egg, sausage and fruit, coffee and tea in self service. Free wifi is a available as well but only in the hotel lobby. We have a great time staying with them, this hotel is highly recommended place to stay in El Nido. Very, very nice location, once you step out the door you are immediately in the main street of the center
Breakfast on the rooftop is awesome where you have a nice view to the sea
We were overwhelmed by the friendliness of the hotel staff
The location is absolutely good in the center of El Nido
- Reviews: 6
Makulay Lodge: Best View Ever!
Partner and I stayed at Room C, which has a balcony that offers the best view of El Nido's Calaan Beach. All rooms are fan rooms, with no hot shower, but the water's tolerable. I would recommend it if only for the hammocks at the beach front, and if only because it has the best sunset view in Calaan Beach.
Great views of the sunset in Calaan Beach
- Reviews: 855
El Nido Miniloc Island Resort: a paradise feeling
This is one of the best hotel resorts in the island. An accomodation located in a cove, privately set at the cliffs. We had a wonderful stay here feeling like we are in a little paradise. Has effecient services to whatever you need during your stay and you'll enjoy this service right from Lio Airport. Resorts coordinator picks you up here with a 3-minute ride to the boat, which brings you to the next island. Upon arrival, a warm welcome lets you feel being spoilt until the last day of your stay. The Miniloc family (the personals) are all friendly and very accomodating.
The resort is Eco-oriented so the other islands do. Has natural pool or basin where you can do snorkeling too. Crystal waters is very inviting to watch some fishes of various kinds. Feeding jacks is fun but also kayaking and snorkeling right at your doorsteps.
What else! if you need a relaxation, just idle lying at the beach or enjoy refreshing drinks at the beach bar chatting with the barmen. Spa is a must!
For sightseeing and boat trips, you're not of shortage....just named it or better, select from one of their planned programs and join the fun. We were so amazed and never regret what we did.
- Reviews: 83
El Nido Waterfront hotel: Decent simple place to stay
Was my first time in El Nido, so i really had no idea how it was like there. Through my experience, found out that there were plenty of backpackers in the area and from what we saw, there were really no "great" place within that area. I guess if you want high class accomodations, then go to Lagen or Miniloc because this will provide you with that.
Anyway, the rooms in waterfront had aircon, some rooms had heater for shower, and some didn't. We first stayed in the room right in front of the beach, so by removing the curtains, the view is the beach and the sea itself. You'll sleep hearing waves, and wake up hearing waves. No television, no free breakfast, but there's free tea/(instant)coffee outside.
beachfront, if staying in room 1 (great view), place mainly for sleeping
- Reviews: 12
Guesthouse: Shore Pass Lodge (el Nido boutique and art cafe)
The place is along the shoreline of el nido and just across el nido boutiques and art cafe shop. We got two (2) rooms for the four (4) of us. Its basically an aircon room with literally no amenities at all except towels,soap,blanket and beddings. Generally it is clean,quiet,and safe (at night) Electricity in El Nido only runs from 2PM up to 6AM t.he next day..(this is the normal power situation except if there will be power interruptions)
I can recommend this place for a budget constraint tourist..We got this in package at www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com just contact Judith Distal. Since in El Nido, practically you dont need full amenities in the hotel since most of the day you will be going on island hopping and will only return in the afternoon so our requirement is just to get a nice,comfortable place to sleep.
- Reviews: 1
Golden Monkeys Cottages (El Nido): Never stay at Golden Monkeys
We booked stay at Golden Monkeys for 1 week this January due to good reviews. When Rose asked for prepayment of 50% I didn't find it suspicious as many hotels in El Nido were fully booked during New Year season. So we came to El Nido after 6 hours of hard trip on bus from Puerto Princessa. Rose came late to meet us and we found out that tricycle cannot go to her hotel and we should walk. If you will have to stay in Golden Monkeys take a torch with you as way to it lays through the cemetery (especially nice after sunset). Near the hotel there is a construction with constant noise. There is no drinks or food in Golden Monkeys and to nearest restaurant you should walk 15 min through cemetery. Rose could cook something but choice is limited to 1 dish. But it was only the beginning... As we wanted to swim Rose showed us place (10min walk) where we could swim - we walked in ocean for 1 km, but still it was only 50 cm high... so no swimming there. Near the hotel everything is in rubbish including ocean... So we decided to change the hotel. We found one, but they were fully booked and said that confirm availability in the morning. In the morning on our 2nd day a person from other hotel came to say that they have free room for us. We know that we should pay for our stay and 1 more night to cover loss (but we already paid for 4 nights as prepayment!). When we opened the door Rose start shout at us that "we cannot do such things with her and that we should pay 2 more days". As we mentioned the advance payment she became really angry and said that we should forget about that money and that they were only to secure booking and "if you don't pay YOU DON"T GO". So we should pay for 6 days out of 8, while staying only for 1 night!. We came back to room to think and decided ok we will pay not to quarrel with anybody during vacation. Then I remembered that we put our swimming suites to dry outside the room, so I came out to take them, but there were no swimming suites. I asked Rose did she see them, she said "I WILL GIVE YOUR SWIMMINGSUITES BACK IF YOU PAY!!!" I was really shocked as I already prepared the money I wanted to say keep them and just go, but my husband paid her as he doesn't like quarreling...
Dirty, rubbish surroundings, cemetery nearby...
- Reviews: 1
Golden Monkey Cottages: Even further off the the beaten track
Arriving at El Nido pier having pre-booked the cottage, we were confused about the location, and the map from the tourist office showed the place as almost as far away as the airstrip, so we gave their number a call and one of their team came down to collect us. Walking the whole way to or from the El Nido pier takes about 15 minutes, your luggage can be carried in on motorbike (not tricycle). The cottages couldn’t be much closer to the shoreline without falling in.
Kevin and Rose gave us a warm welcome. The cottages are comfortable and clean, 2 of the cottages (a few more are planned for an adjacent plot) face out to the bay and the rest face into the garden. The sea breezes and shady garden make a fan only cottage quite cool enough. The monkeys are abandoned pets taken in and allowed the run of huge cages, rather than running free from the jungle.
The view of the bay is splendid and the sunset can actually be seen rather than the sun disappearing behind the lumpy bits adjacent to El Nido town. The beach by the cottages may be sand or rock pools depends whether the tide has scooped up all the sand. But a short way from the cottages there is a sandy area for swimming which isn’t as deep as El Nido itself.
We enjoyed the cooking, the way we would describe it - Filipino with flair. The breakfasts were wonderful and if you like coffee order a pot of brewed coffee (at a small extra charge). Rose can cook you food for the evenings, but they don’t run a restaurant so put a request in before her daily shopping trip and you can anticipate something delicious. Drinks, juices and shakes were always available and there is no need to carry in drinking water - large containers of purified water for each cottage saving on the plastic bottles.
Nothing was too much trouble – trips were suggested but no pressure, making lunch packs at short notice, repairing shoes or booking a masseuse visit. We had to tear ourselves away after a week and wished we had planned to stay here for the whole of our trip to the Philippines.
Although the nightly rate was more than places in the centre, we weren't paying the rates for the resorts offshore and didn't have to endure that resort exclusivity/exclusion from local culture . We got peace and quiet which can be in short supply in the Philippines, but could just trot down to the main town if we needed serious entertainment.
Fan room rather than aircon
Mosquito screens - fully insect proof
- Reviews: 3
Shore Pass Lodge: Budget but Comfortable and Clean Rooms
It's located in El Nido Town across El Nido Boutique and Art cafe. The lodge is new. All rooms are airconditioned (split-type). No TV, ref inside the rooms but the caretaker mentioned that they will be installing them soon, which would mean increase of prices. It has common kitchen where you can cook your meals at minimum charge. It has balconies fronting the boutique and the other side fronting the sea. It has roof top where you can relax or hang your wet clothes. The rooms are clean. There are only 5 rooms. We only paid 1,300 per room good for two and 150 for extra bed. It was a very pleasant stay there with a very nice and accomodating caretaker.
- Reviews: 3
Four Season's Resort - Corong: Nice Rooms but Aircon not working
We were disappointed with our stay in this resort. It has a nice sunset view but they have problems with their airconditioning. The resort is new but they cannot keep the aircondition running for full night and you have to suffer from the hot temp inside your room. No fan either so we were really waken up in the middle of the night. Some even ended up sleeping outside with mosquitoes biting them. And they are short with service crews. You have to wait two hours before your orders are served. There are no nearby restaurants or stores to buy food. If you want a stay in El Nido with sunset, don't choose this resort.
- Reviews: 7
el nido view deck: best view in el nido
Going up to the cottages might post a challenge as the path is steep & narrow but once you get into the rooms, the view is breath-taking. Electricity supply in El Nido is not available 24/7 but taking an aircon room during summer would be more comfortable that a fan room. Rudy Samson, the proprietor, is very accommodating and hospitable.
- Reviews: 6
Islandfront cottages: Sunset in the loveliest garden in El Nido
We took some days to check out almost all places in and around El Nido to look for a suitable place to spend Christmas and found it at Islandfront Cottages. We have spent our last week there; luckily we have reserved a room weeks before, at peak season the place was full.
Islandfront has seven rooms / cottages, a family (!) AC room with two big beds, 2 AC & fan rooms and 4 fan only rooms in a nicely build row of cottages. Prices: 700 pesos to 1500 for AC and 1800 for the family room, with breakfast included. Discount for a stay of one week can be negotiated. - The AC rooms were fresh and clean with tiled floors and heavy wooden furniture. - The ressort offers the same tours on their own outrigger boats (bankas) as anyone else in town.
To have a motorbike from Pit Stop is advisable, if you are as lazy as we were, but not a must, there are tricycles passing by to go out to town. The place is one of the few owned and operated by a local family, Onie Echague, an agricultural, engineer loves to collect flowers, he and his wife have built a fabulous garden with a wonderful view of the bay and its sunset. Onies wife owns and runs the pharmacy in town.
Make sure you are in at sunset to enjoy the ever changing color feast of the garden, the bay, the waves, the clouds and the fishermen prepairing their boat to take off for another night of work. It's a wonderfully quiet place with a view from the garden that is priceless!
Onie by the way is a nice host, you will not find many local folks that can offer you this competent insights of the place. Take some of his time.
- Reviews: 6
A word about El Nido accommodation prices
We have stayed in El Nido for five weeks and went around extensively. Hence we allow ourselves to make a general remark.
We would not recommend any place beyond 2000 Pesos, you may not get substantially more than in the cheaper places. Some of the ressort / hotel owners expect too much too fast.
And honestly, do you need a TV there in El Nido? Better hang out at the beach or in any of the restaurants and chat with fellow travellers and locals or go to bed with the chicken and rise early to enjoy the wonderful serence morning atmosphere in town.
El Nido suffers from the same problem as many ressort areas in the Philippines: Travellers stay 3 to 4 days only and most of them do not come again. Except for some family run places, the come-again factor is not taken care of, the quality of service is too low. Mostly there is no or too little investment in staff-training, the staff is payed 1500 to 2000 Pesos per month (!).
- Reviews: 1
Tayo Village: El Nido_lovely, quiet- Place to stay-"Tayo Village
Hi to all, i will recommend to stay in Tayo village in el nido. Its a very quiet nice place to stay. You have the options to choose a bungalow (they are all big) or nice flats with wooden floor an big big windows on all sides of the flat--with a great view onto the bay an island above. We spend 14 days! (price jan 08 around 1400 peso/night, ask the owners).
Place is runned by an very lovely and helpful japanese/american retired couple! They host you great!
To go there is a 10-15 minutes walk from "town" . if your back is facing the sea, just walk left on the beach, the beach will end in a small path (little bridge) follow the small path (10 minutes), passing the cementry an walk through the palms...just till the end of the path (short after/in a small woodenvillage). you will see the sign tayo village. open the door and just walk in-
Or, just go in town to tayo internet cafe (mainroad in the "center"-best coffee by the way in el nido) and ask the waiter to get you there (by motorcycle) (the will probably bring you)
This place is beautiful an quiet--also the walk by night there is great--don´t be scared by the cementery ;o)---highly recommended by tom and kati. (please say greetings to naoko "the owner women" email her : firstname.lastname@example.org) --see picture view from outside the flat
- Reviews: 18
El Nido View Deck Cottages: The best view of El Nido
This is at the moment the only view deck in El Nido. It is on the left side of the road on the way from town to the sunset beach to the south. If you are not a beach bum, want to stay away from all the noise and action on the beach and in town, or you want to enjoy the views and being close to the jungle this can be your place. From the huts you see the town and the whole bay; it is a really great view. Rudy who owns this place first made it as a fruit garden so there are mango and papaya trees and nice garden arrangements bordering the almost impenetrable jungle. Another good thing about it is that it is equal distance to both Coron town beach and to the much more peaceful beach to the south which has excellent sunsets. In fact Rudy is planning a restaurant a bit higher than the huts which will see both beaches! The only downside is that from the road it is a steep 30 meters to reach the huts, perhaps not for the elderly with weak knees (although Rudy said his return visitors are elderly). But once you are there it is well worth it.
At the moment Rudy has 5 double rooms (more to come slowly). 3 AC rooms are Php 1.200/night each and the fan ones are Php 800. You can have breakfast included with a little extra. On his website he also sells packages with the island-hopping tours included.
The only place up the hill with good views of the surroundings in El Nido.
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