Picking out an accommodation during travel is a basic necessity. My concerns have to always balance between budget and comfort; between accessibility and safety. To me, choosing a place where I feel comfortable is imperative. I have to be able to relax when I lay down my head at night, since my day time activities are mostly hectic and strenuous. I also want my bathrooms very clean, with non-dripping fixtures – and no hair strands on sinks.
During my 3rd visit to Puerto Princesa, I spent sleepless nights researching about “acceptable” places. Most of these guesthouses don’t have websites. I had to scrap off the swanky Hotel Asturias from my list altogether. I was there the last time I was there, and I wanted to check out new places. Besides, if you really think about it, Hotel Asturias is way out of the city center. Although they do have perks (airport pickup, swimming pool, and a nice welcome sign with your name at the hotel foyer - haha).
This time around, I decided to try 3 hotels/guesthouses:
Casa Linda Inn started out in 1962 as a four-room affair. Now it has more. The inn doubles as the family home of owners Linda and Buddy of the respected
Front desk and cafe - expect to meet American and European backpackers if you stay on a little longer.
Casa Linda rooms. This spacious room has 3 separate beds, which we booked via phone through Era. I have no complaints about accommodations here except that lighting is a bit inadequate (you can't comfortably read using lampshades and incandescent bulbs), so when you're doing your readings for your next-day activity, you have to strain reading or get out of your room and into the cafe.
Actor Matthew Mendoza is said to be managing Casa Linda Inn these days. His parents started the business that's now a formidable name in Puerto Princesa's affordable lodging.
Hibiscus Garden Inn is a relatively new establishment located along Manalo Extension, a few walks from favorite chicken dining, Balay Inato Chicken. It is very near the airport. In fact, if you’re into walking, you can roam from Hibiscus Garden Inn; turn right once in Manalo Extension, then left at Bancao—
The hotel is run by a German expat (he speaks very good Tagalog) who married a local lass. All these flourishes and expertise have been brought about by experience. They used to own the exotic Flower Island Resort (you’ll see its aerial photo on display at your room) located 1 hour of boat ride from the wharf in the
My classic room is 30 square meters big and has 2 beds: a queen-sized and a single bed as well. It costs PhP1,800 ($38.20) and is based on double occupancy, meaning, it should accommodate only 2 persons. An additional head will cost you PhP500 ($10.60) more. Each room has a 29 inch TV, a split type A/C, digital safe, free internet wifi access, etc. Bigger rooms are available (called Queen and King Rooms at PhP2,300 and PhP2800 per night, respectively). It is easy to hail a tricycle from Manalo Extension. Trike ride ranges from PhP7 to PhP10 to anywhere within the city limits. Email them at email@example.com or call them at +63-48-4341273 for reservation. For more information, visit http://www.puertoprincesahotel.com/palawan_puerto_hotel_hibiscus.htm.
We chose Hibiscus Garden Inn as our last hotel stop because it was very near the airport. On the morning of our flight back to
Next up: Skylight Hotel and Microtel Inn & Suites and the other accommodations to be had in Puerto Princesa - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2009/10/microtel-inn-skylight-hotel.html
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My classic room - rates good for 2 persons only. Notice the gumamela flower (Hibiscus) on top of the towels.
Paola, one of the owners' 9 children modeling for Hibiscus Garden Inn. Below are the Classic, Queen's and King's Rooms. This photo only courtesy of http://www.puertoprincesahotel.com/.
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