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PRINCESA GARDEN ISLAND RESORT: A FEW MORE DETAILS

I have already written a review about this luxury hotel but like to show our members a few more photographs.
I just like to add that the hotel offers the usual local tours that are available for visitors to the island. Two restaurants are already operating but there will be a third one that is being constructed over the ocean.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written July 12, 2014
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SHEEBANG HOSTEL & JUDY'S RESTOBAR: NO SEX IN THE DORMITORY PLEASE

This place is already open for a couple of months but the grand opening party will be held next week. The hostel has 3 dormitories and 5 private rooms in a wonderful house with magnificent wooden floors and walls. At the time of writing the dorm beds are 300 pesos, and i believe that each room is air-conditioned. Judy, one of the partners is a perfect host as she really knows what she is doing and has a lot of information about the island. One nice addition to the dormitories are the large wooden lockers to store your gear in. She can also arrange tours of most of the attractions in Palawan at a competitive rate. In the grounds of the hostel is a restaurant and bar but more about that on another tip.

Don't know why it is necessary to remind guests to restrain themselves sexually in the dormitory, surely most people would act in a responsible manner.
Then again i remember staying in a hostel in Stockholm back in '73 when a German and a Swede were asked to leave after they could not control their urges!

You may read reviews and book through the following links

http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Sheebang-Hostel/Puerto-Princesa-City/86259

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/philippines/central-palawan/hotels/sheebang-hostel

http://www.hostels.com/hostels/puerto-princesa-city/sheebang-hostel/86259

http://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g294257-d6772628-Reviews-Sheebang_Hostel_Judy_s_resto_bar-Puerto_Princesa_Palawan_Island_Palawan_Province_Mimar.html

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written July 12, 2014
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ONE MANALO PLACE: NEW HOTEL + GYM, SWIMMING POOL & SEAFOOD RESTAURNT

This hotel opened up 6 months ago and although i have never stayed there i know that the International Oil Company in the north of the country have a number of rooms for the next several years for their ex-pat employees, some of which i know. Besides a pool, and gym there is also a spa, 2 restaurants and wifi. They also have free shuttles to and from the airport which is actually less than a kilometer away. All rooms have hot and cold water, flat screen TV, a safe and hair dryer. Another attraction about the place is the restaurant, Aplaya Seafood Restaurant.
Rooms range from 3,000 pesos and up

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  • Written July 9, 2014
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MABINI PENSION HOUSE: ONE OF THE FIRST PENSION HOUSES, and CHEAP TOO

Mabini Pension House has been accepting guests for well over 20 years and is one of the original ones in the city and still has single rooms for as little as 250 pesos, but i noticed they are constructing an extension so i expect the price to increase if they demolish the original rooms. The pension house is located around 10 minutes walk from Mendoza Park in Rizal Avenue, and is conveniently located in Mabini Street.
If you are a single man they don't seem to mind an extra guest coming home with you.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written July 9, 2014
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PRINCESA GARDEN ISLAND RESORT: A TOUCH OF LUXURY IN PUERTO PRINCESA

Princesa Garden Resort is the only 5 star resort in Puerto Princesa and although it is not completed it is now open for business. There are 3 swimming pools, several restaurants and bars and the resort is by the ocean. Publishes prices for accommodation range from 16,000 pesos up to 60,000 pesos but the resort website advertises all rooms at discount price which is 50% off. It makes me wonder why they bother advertising the higher rates. There are bungalows built along the boardwalk over the ocean, which happens to be very shallow in that particular area.
Special deals ( check out the hotel website as special offers will change periodically)
Various buffets are offered at 999 pesos on Saturdays offering Japanese, Chinese ad International Cuisine with a cultural Show.
Choice of pizza or pasta and bottomless ice tea with swimming in the pool at 999 pesos, daily.
A bucket of 6 beers is offered daily at Happy Hour from 6pm-8pm.
The place is nicely decorated and most of the bars, furniture have a local design made from local materials. I did see that the resort website pointed out that the bungalows were over a deep blue ocean but this is not the case as we visited at low tide when the water was only a foot deep, lots of garbage in the sea, and people locals were wading ankle deep , even 500 m farther out at sea, collecting shells. At high tide the water is around 4 feet deep and certainly not blue. But i must say that the restaurants are all very well planned and should be an enjoyable occasion to dine there.
Small cable cars are available to escort guests and luggage to their accommodation.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written July 8, 2014
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A R A: HOMESTAY WITH APPIE AND MOTORBIKE

This place is not the easiest to find as there is only a small sign on the building but Appie is a Dutch guy with his Filipine wife, Joy and lives in a simple house with two bedrooms to rent for a very economic price, which you can rent by the month. You will find the house down a side street , Liberty Quimsom, which is off of Bonofacio Rd, just 250m from Liberty. You have the option of taking a motorbike with the room as i believe that they have 4 for rent..The price of laundry is included in the fee. If you stay here expect to do some drinking with the owner.
Latest prices 1 person 400 a night 2 person 800 a night
1 person with bike 750 a night
2 person with bike 1000 per night.
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  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written July 5, 2014
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BUSHIDA BED AND BREAKFAST: A SPECIAL PLACE

Not the typical bed and breakfast but several bungalows/rooms set in a spacious wonderful garden that is well landscaped. I believe that the main house is the owner's residence but they are usually abroad so it is run as an upper class B&B, a wonderful place to relax and you can arrange tours at the reception desk. I did not sty here myself but attended a wedding there recently and was surprised that i had never known about Bushida before. It is located in Socrates Road, a quiet area where there are some really expensive houses fro the city's elite.
Please look at the website below for more details.

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  • Written May 2, 2014
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Go Hotels: Go go go

A hotel with all your basic needs. Was able to book this on a promo (400 pesos for a night!) and was amazed how clean the room is. This is located beside Robinson's and just a tricycle ride away from the city proper!

Cheap, great, clean!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written March 28, 2014

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HAWAIIANA COVE: BASIC BUT NO OTHER CHOICE

Hawaiiana Cove was originally George's Place which was run successfully by a German until he died around 10 years ago. A Filipino/Hawaiian purchased the place some years ago, knocked the old house and restaurant down, built two new bungalows and left. I believe the place is up for sale again at an inflated price. A caretaker takes care of the beach huts and the two bungalows and you will be able to stay there for 600-800 pesos a night but bring your own food or buy fish from the fishermen. at the moment there is no electricity at night but if you like the solitude and beautiful beach all to yourself, then this is the place to be. Either rent a motorbike or catch the daily jeepney to Nagtabon.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches
  • Written March 10, 2014
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CASA MILA: THE INN WITH AN EXCELLENT TRAVEL&TOUR COMPANY

Casa Mila opened up a few months ago and you can find very good rooms for around 2,000 pesos for two persons. The Inn is 5 minutes from the airport and a few minutes from the nearest beach (although the beaches around town are not that great). The family who own it also have TOPSTAR Travel and Tours which is probably the first travel agency here and can easily arrange trips to the underground river.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written January 6, 2014
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ALMA'S GARDEN: A COSY INTERESTING BAMBOO HOUSE-good for a group

We visited Alma today and checked out her new accommodation, and i must say we thought that her two native houses were well designed and unique to Puerto Princesa. The houses were made from bamboo, cougan and other native materials and both houses could accommodate up to 6 or more people. The houses have very nice bathrooms with pebble floors and hot shower as well as a dining room. The houses are really suited for groups or families that visit Puerto Princesa, although they are perfectly suitable for couples too.
Breakfast is included in the price and and if you require an evening meal, just pop down to the market, buy some seafood and Alma will arrange the BBQ or grill for you to cook on.
The cost per person is a very reasonable 350 pesos per night.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written January 6, 2014
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MB by the BAY: A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE PLACE

I came across this place while checking the bicycle rentals for another member. I actually drive by the sign several times a day but had never entered the side road until a few hours ago. I found that there are 5 or 6 a/c rooms, each with a reasonable sized bathroom and a decent bedroom with what looked like a 32 inch flat TV on the wall. There is also a communal sitting area with books, games and tourist information .
At the moment i was informed that there is a promo offer and the charge is 100 pesos per room, but normal price is 1500 pesos per room, but i suspect if you turn up any time you will be able to bargain for 1000. Breakfast is also included in the price, and they have bicycle to rent.
The place is hidden away down a side street, seems quite nice and certainly it would be quiet. The beach would be 1 km along the road. Unfortunately the place is not exactly on the bay as the name seems to suggest, but maybe only 200m away.
The only drawback is that the place is perhaps 2 kms from the nightlife of Rizal Avenue, but even so i would still recommend it.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 16, 2013
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SUBLI GUEST CABINS: A WONDERFUL CABIN

Lat night we had a night out with 2 VT members that stayed here. We had never heard of the place before and it is surprising how pleased our friends were with their stay here. The cabins are new, with a/c , cable tv, wifi, and a choice of breakfast is included in the deal. Prices for the cabins ranged from 1200-1500 pesos. The owner offers free pick up and drop off at the airport and is extremely helpful.
The cabins are set in a beautiful garden. The only drawback would be the distance from the nightlife.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 6, 2013
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OMG HOUSE: BEST FOR THE BACKPACKER on a BUDGET

Well you can guess what OMG stands for (god, gosh, guest---who knows?), but this simple GH opened up recently and is ideal for those on a budget as the cost is from 250 a night. There are dorms, single rooms, double rooms available and you can reserve on www.hostelworld.com to ensure that there is a bed for you. The guest house is situated down a small turning next to the Allied Bank in Rizal Avenue and is ideally located as it is near the banks, the market , travel agencies and restaurants. We know the manageress Judy for quite a while and she will look after you very well. Despite the GH not being open for long there is a steady stream of customers passing through each day.
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  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written September 27, 2013
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ACACIA TREE GARDEN HOTEL: QUIET AREA NEAR THE AIRPORT

Last night we went here to visit a VT member who was in town from Baguio for a few days. I have known the owner of the establishment for 15 years or more and i must say that he knows what he is doing when he opened up this place a few months ago. According to our friends the bedrooms are spacious and even have a reading lamp by the bed. There is a small swimming pool that is illuminated at night, the reception area and restaurant are well designed with native materials and a little extra has been added by placing books on the tables for the visitors to read, there is a dart board, pool table, backgammon and chess.
A great deal of thought has also gone in to making the website.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 5, 2013
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