- Reviews: 6144
PALAWAN BLUE: GREAT FOR KITE-BOARDING
The accommodation here looks really nice as they have a couple of rows of beautiful bungalows, a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Please refer to the website for more information. I made the following review in the sports tips, so i will just repeat it here as it may be of interest if you would like to stay at Palawan Blue.<br/><br/>I visited Palawan Blue today which is a resort at the end of BM Road. My reason for visiting was to take a look at the kite-boarding competition which claimed to be the first international event of its kind held in the area. Apparently there were 32 competitors from 12 different countries and the event was running from 13th - 20th of January 2015. There was also a kite-board shop and a kite-boarding school run by a resident Frenchman. It seems like a good place for this sport as i had just come from town where there was no wind, but when reaching the sea it was quite windy, just what the competitors need.<br/>I just like to point out that the website says that it is the only white sandy beach in the city but it is almost impossible to swim there as the water is so shallow. At low tide you have to walk out 300 m to get your feet wet.<br/>Accommodation is available here as they have some very nice cottages at 5,800 per night.
- Reviews: 372
Kambakambak Dosshaus: A place like home
The owners are so nice, Jet and his wife are very accommodating. One day before our arrival in the airport, I called Jet in his mobile number and asked if he can fetch us and he instantly said yes without hesitation and from that instance, I know he's a good and kind guy. He and his wife are very down to earth people; Jet is a professor in one of the universities while his wife is a dentist and owns a clinic in the town proper. Jet and his wife take care of their business with the help of their children. They do not have any servants so they are only the ones who clean and prepare the guestrooms.<br/><br/>When we arrived in the guesthouse, it’s feels so homey! There are only 3 rooms situated in their compound and just beside their house. My friend and I are just lucky to occupy one of the rooms knowing that there is limited availability!:D<br/><br/>One time, I asked Jet how did they came up in naming the guesthouse as "Kambakambak" which seems not a Tagalog word. Jet said that they have a local saying in Palawan that if you come here, you will always find yourself coming back. "Kambakambak" means like it's calling you to "come back, come back".
There are 3 rooms all with AC and own bathroom; the 2 rooms have 1 queen size bed while the other room is more spacious, with 2 beds and can accommodate 4-6 people. My friend and I are very lucky to get the spacious room with same booking price:D<br/><br/>Jet has a cool tricycle and he is really nice to offer his tour service to us… for free! It’s an amazing experience whenever a local tours you around and gives you interesting facts about their place, people and history. The owners also offer free breakfast which I find so sweet. We took the breakfast on the hut situated just infront of our room. I like the hut at night for its colorful bright lights.
- Reviews: 6144
BIG BROTHER CONDOTEL: ROOM WITH KITCHEN, COOK YOUR OWN MEALS
I have never actually been in this hotel but last weekend my VT friend from Manila stayed here for a couple of nights with her workmate, and they thought it was excellent value for money especially when the room came with two 48 inch beds, 32 inch LED TV, a safe and a balcony with trees nearby. BUT the best thing was the kitchenette which had a refrigerator, microwave, cooker, rice cooker, kettle , dining table with utensils. the room could accommodate up to 4 people and the price for the room was 1200 pesos which was a promo offer, but check their website out as i believe that you may be able to get this price some other times too as Puerto Princesa has hundreds of options for accommodation these days. The hotel is located in Rizal avenue and is within walking distance of NCCC supermarket and mall. Fast food joints surround the place----Greenwich Pizza, Jollibee, Shakey's Pizza, Chow King. I asked our VT friend if it was noisy due to the location on Rizal Avenue and she assured me that it wasn't. <br/>Look at the website below for more details<br/><br/>Photos 2,3 and 4 are of the House of Big Brother in Manalo Extension, which in my opinion is a better location. As you can see there is a small swimming pool and also the rooms have kitchen equipment too. Their website does not appear to be working but here is the phone number :(048) 723 5088
- Reviews: 6144
LA CHARICA INN & SUITES: NOT A BAD DEAL, ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT TO FIND
Although i did not stay here i recently attended a children's party of my wife's family, i found the staff very friendly and professional. I did manage to let the manager show me a room which was very clean and comfortable. All the rooms are air conditioned and you can check prices on the website below. I think the cheapest double room is around 1,600 including breakfast----not a bad deal. The inn has only been open for a year or so and holds occasional functions in a private hall. The only drawback would be in the location as it might be difficult to find if you go out walking at night. It is not an area that i would like to live in but as the owner points out it is not too far from the Legislative building or Rizal Avenue, and worth most hotels they can arrange any of the normal tours.
- Reviews: 6144
MIA'S: MIA'S --- A BUNGALOW ON A DESERTED BEACH
MIA'S is the name but i do not think there is a sign there but it is easy to find. For those who want a quiet place and mingle with the locals ( as you are unlikely to see another tourist there) go 51 kms south to Inagawan and take a left and 3 kms later you will reach the sea. Mia's is on the left side and her sister has another place to the right side of the road. Mia has 4 bungalows, each with a double bed and private bathroom and only cost 500 pesos a night. She will also let visitors (depending who they are) stay in her house as she has 4 bedrooms on the second floor. My English friend is renting a room for 8,000 a month and he is the one who informed me that he has never seen another foreigner in the village! Mia will cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for her guests or you can make use of the kitchen yourself. Each meal costs around 100 pesos a time, and for that you get more than enough to eat. There are 4 or 5 bungalows by the beach for day visitors (250 per bungalow). When i visited with a friend we phoned the night before and she provided a delicious lunch with six different seafood meals, the highlight of which was kinilaw, made from barracuda. Kinilaw is raw fish soaked in vinegar, hot pepper and spices usually mixed with cucumber. The cost of this was 250 a head--- quite fair price considering the fishing was not so good at the time because of the windy weather. The sea will come right up to the fence by the bungalows, so it is just a few steps away to enjoy a swim. The beach is a greyish sand but you can walk 2 kms north or 5 kms south and probably only come across a few fishermen.
- Reviews: 3088
Island stay hotel: Near the airport of Puerto Princesa
Before made the booking of this hotel our flight was supposed to be early morning, but then, few weeks before our flight we recieve a message that our flight has been change in the afternoon which I a bit disappointed. I could be book a better hotel in Puerto Princesa. Apparently I was not planning to stay in Puerto Princesa after our trip from El Nido, we could take a direct flight to Cebu but I really want to meet a VT member David and his wife who lives in Puerto Princesa. I booked this hotel at Agoda which was already paid on a certain dates, cancel is not possible so, I keep it. Besides, the hotel provide a free wifi which is good to stay connected with family while on the other side of the world<br/><br/>We took a van from El Nido which drop off cost included in the price. This hotel is less than 5 minutes from the airport so, we were the last passengers been dropping off from the van. We have a quick check in the front desk the girls are very friendly and helpful. Our room was a medium in a cubic size which I was a bit disappointed, in the photo looks a bit bigger and it says medium is for two person. But is okay for one night will not be a problem if we have been stayed for more night I would upgraded to a bigger room, and also they have free shuttle transfer to and from the airport is one of the main thing if you does not want to walk<br/><br/>The bad thing of this hotel, there are no shops or restaurant outside. A tricycle or walking is a good idea to go the center or to the mall. This is a second time of our stay Puerto Princesa, we have a better hotel the last time we been here. Island stay hotel is a franchise chain hotel they have branch in different place. During my booking I've looked if they have large room available but there were not. Standard, medium, extra large are only available so I took the medium size which good for two person as stated in thier website. Medium is really cramped the bed is small which is good for one person only, it should not be saying for two person in their site. Good to know for the next time, never take the medium room anymore<br/><br/>Well, anyway the room were neat and clean colourful interior such as any island stay hotel in Philippines. Hotel staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The medium room we had has a small bed which is a bit cramped for two, the bathroom is okay. Well, our flight to Cebu was only at 3:30pm we still have almost a day and check out time at 1pm. I leave my partner at the hotel and went myself to the Robinson mall for a massage. Robinson mall is almost 20 minutes with tricycle from here when traffic especially in the morning. There is no breakfast in the room, I ask David the evening during our meeting he told us there is a restaurant nearby, and we went there for breaky is just very short walk<br/><br/>I was back early from the mall so pack our stuff, by the time we've done is checkout time. I don't want to go early to the airport, the terminal in Puerto Princesa is very small and boring so, I ask the front desk to bring us at 2pm mean while we're out of our room and waited till the time for our airport ride, we were waiting in the lobby free wifi keep us occupy. The hotel is walkable to the airport, but they offer a free transfer so why not take advantage from it. So, if you booked a room do not take a medium room which is good for one person only.
- Reviews: 6144
LUTZ'S NATIVE HUTS: AWAY FROM IT ALL, SIMPLE PLACE BY THE SEA
If you really want to get away from it try staying at Lutz,s place on Nagtabon Beach which is 30 kms from Puerto Princesa. Go 23 kms north to Bacungan, turn left and take the road across the island for 10 kms until it goes down a steep rocky road to the beautiful beach. A German fellow i know has a hectare or two at the south end of the beach and rents pout his native hut to tourists. The beach will probably be deserted except for the weekend when a few picnic-ers come from town. There is a native bungalow under the coconut trees, toilets and dirty kitchen area. The sandy beach is less than 50 meters from the hut, the sea is clean and good for swimming. At the far side of his land there is a creek or lagoon with mangroves. You will have to bring all your supplies with you as you can buy nothing here, but you will be able to buy very fresh fish from the numerous fishermen who go out most days.<br/>At the moment i am not sure of the price and how to contact the owner but watch this space as i hope to add these details later. For now i suggest you take a trip on a motorbike an see if there is anyone on the land to make arrangements with, then return after making an agreement.
- Reviews: 6144
CAROLINE'S: 30 KMS FROM TOWN ON A DESERTED BEACH
The village of Nagtabon will change soon as the new road is nearly completed. already one Filipino/American has built a resort at the northern end of this beautiful beach. There is a bar/restaurant on the beach, a grand native house and a 3 story tower which i assume will be for better quality accommodation in the coming years. The owner seemed like a friendly guy and accommodation is 4,000 pesos a night, but this is not too bad considering the beautiful spot on the west coast. I have been going to this secluded beach for nearly 20 years and usually i and my friends are the only visitors and have the beautiful sandy beach to ourselves, but now the road is completed there are more and more visitors at the weekend, and more developments being planned, so i suggest that you go there now as in 10 years it will be unrecognisable.<br/>Oh, i forgot, cold beers are 100 pesos!
- Reviews: 6144
DAD'S BAY VIEW PENSION: JUST LIKE A CRUISE SHIP
I was dropping my wife off at the church this morning and took a few back roads as she did not have her motorbike helmet and lo and behold i came across this new pension house just 200 m from the church. The strange thing was that it was shaped like an ocean going liner and the owner happened to be Captain Mendoza from one of the prominent families of Puerto Princesa. On closer inspection the rooms seemed to be quite adequate and many offered a view over the bay and the price includes the breakfast. Although it is not in the best part of town it is just a 10 minute walk from the pier in Sandoval Street. Walking around the pension house it appears that you are on a ship .
- Reviews: 6144
MARIANNE HOTEL: ANOTHER NEW HOTEL, SEEMS TO BE UP TO SCRATCH
This hotel probably opened its doors for guests in August 2014 but has not seen too many customers as of now. I picked up my English friend and partner from there this morning and managed to have a quick look round. The hotel has 37 rooms on 3 floors and is built around a swimming pool, which also has a section for young children. The hotel has all the usual facilities as you would expect----wifi, airport pick up, massage by appointment, arrange local tours, a/c, hot showers etc, and is located about 2 kms from the airport in a quiet neighbourhood. They also have bicycles to rent which may be a good idea during the day to explore Puerto Princesa. The hotel is 10 minute walk to Pristine beach, but do not expect too much from the beach (30 peso entrance and many native huts to rent), as the swimming is only good at high tide. According to my friend the breakfast was really good----sausages, eggs, fish, bread, tea and juice, which is included in the price. According to the website below the double room is 1,400 pesos but he managed to get a good discount.<br/><br/>PHOTOS TO FOLLOW
- Reviews: 6144
ROYAL OBEROI: GREAT POOL WITH A BAR
Although i have never stayed at this hotel i have gone there often to use the swimming pool or to enjoy a meal. The swimming pool has a bar in the water and it is great to swim while having a sip of beer now and again. The food is very good too. The hotel is located about 4 kms from the center of the city and is easy to walk the 100 m to the main road to catch a jeepney or trike to the town. The garden at the hotel is very pleasant to relax in. I have seen the rooms which seem to be just fine at a cost of around 2,500 pesos.
- Reviews: 6144
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.<br/>If you are a single man they don't seem to mind an extra guest coming home with you.
- Reviews: 6144
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.<br/>Latest prices 1 person 400 a night 2 person 800 a night<br/> 1 person with bike 750 a night<br/> 2 person with bike 1000 per night.<br/>Look at the photo for contact number and email address.
- Reviews: 294
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!
- Reviews: 6144
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.
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