Where to Stay in Puerto Princesa

The Palawan trip  required me to find accommodations in Puerto Princesa: one night before we proceed to Taytay and another night after leaving Taytay.  My trusted site when it comes to online hotel booking is Agoda. I booked with them early this year with our Malacca trip and the process went smoothly.

What I like about Agoda is that I can arrange my search according to hotel ratings based on user reviews.  Casitas de Az is one of the hotels that often showed up in my search. It is actually a pension house and judging from the photos, the place looks new. I especially like the white linens. I like white hotel linens because it makes the room look clean. Besides one can easily determine if the sheet is clean or not when it is white. What seals the deal for  Casitas de Az is their free airport shuttle. It eliminates the hassle of having to haggle with a taxi, tricycle or jeepney drivers.  Two weeks before the trip, I already booked this accommodation.

When we arrived Puerto Princesa, I was expecting someone carrying name will be waiting for us.

Alas! No one came. The tourist assistance desk came to the rescue and paged the driver for us.  Still, no one came.  I looked for a phone and it was suggested that I should ask assistance from  the tourist assistance center. The person manning the area was kind enough to dial the pension house for me. It took several tries before the call went through.  Thanks to the assistance of Puerto Princesa tourist desk, we finally arrived at our home for that night. I guess you need to call them the day before as a reminder. I thought the flight number I typed in the my booking was enough.

The room is pretty basic but it had everything we need: air-conditioning and a bathroom.

The bathroom door squeaks though but it was not a bother.  The room comes with free breakfast for two. Because we were leaving early the next day, we arranged that our breakfast be served early at around 5:30 AM. When we woke up the next day, breakfast was already waiting for us outside. (The late airport pickup was forgiven. hehe!)

The pension house is located in a residential area. When we first arrived, I remembered passing by ABS-CBN station.  When we went home that night from Robinson’s, we told the driver that we were going back to Casitas de Az and mentioned the street name. The driver asked if it was the one near the cemetery. Huh? I did not see any cemetery so I quickly replied that it was near ABS-CBN.  The following day, when we were picked by our tricycle driver, we saw a wide open area near the pension house.  The entrance caught our attention because there was some kind of sculpture. Tantananan! It was a cemetery! My aunt exclaimed that had she known that the night before, she would not have slept well.

Would I recommend the pension house to others? Yes.  It is clean and very accessible.

I was supposed to book another night in Casitas de Az since we need a place to stay after our trip to Taytay but the rooms I wanted were already booked so I looked for another hotel.  I picked the cheapest accommodation I can find that is near the airport. Palawan Village Hotel came up in my search results. I already read the reviews so I knew the place is quite old but as long as it is clean, I will be fine.

This is how the standard room looks like.

The bathroom is clean but the tiles are old and I can hear the sound from the neighbor’s television.

That locked door is scary. It connects to the executive room beside our room. We made sure it is locked and bolted. 😀

The actual door is really a sliding french door attached to this window covered with this pink curtain shown by my aunt.

All rooms open to this garden.

Would I recommend the place to friends? Yes,  especially those who want just a clean place to sleep.

For those who might not like these accommodations, there are a lot more hotels in Palawan. Just go out and travel!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing Sis! Hope to visit the place, soon. Dying to see Palawan in the near future!

  2. Thanks for this! I’m currently looking for a cheap but nice accommodation in Puerto Princesa. We’re planning to have a trip early next year. I’ll check the rates at Agoda. =)

  3. Palawan has been on my to-visit list for so long…thanks for sharing!

  4. Hubby and I went to Palawan five years ago. We stayed at Hotel Fleuris which was walking distance from the plaza. We really want to go back there with the kids. 😀

  5. I’ll consider that place when we visit Palawan..:)

  6. Great share of the hotel experience. I wanna visit Puerto Princesa the soonest time possible.

  7. Thanks for this suggestion. We will try to find this ne once we got a chance to spend vacation in Palawan.

  8. I’ll keep this in mind when we visit Palawan in 2014…

  9. I want to go back to Palawan! Missed this place…

  10. I’m really hoping I could visit this place and it’s considered top 10 destinations in the world too 🙂

  11. I love how you’ve chopped up your Palawan experience into different posts. Daming tips! I really hope to travel somewhere next year although may two months pa naman ang 2012, pwede pa din humabol 🙂

    • I had so many things to say. Di kaya sa isang post. Daldal ko ano? I hope you get to travel! kahit sa katabing province where you live, pwede rin!

  12. the place looks decent. i don’t think one should go to luxury hotels when going to places like Palawan. after all, you went there to be close to relax and be close to nature, right? 🙂

  13. A pink and blue room…then one with different shades of green. Nice. Yes, what’s important is the room is clean. After all, it’s just to sleep, as most times, you will be outdoors exploring. No reason to be cooped up in the room so a basic one is all that’s needed, I think.

  14. Thanks for the share. Sana next year we get to experience palawan din.

  15. love to see Palawan

  16. Oh Palawan! I want to visit this place. Thank you fro sharing!

  17. I so much want to visit Palawan, I hope I can one of these days…visiting from ComEx Oct30

  18. I’ll take note of these places to stay. Puerto Princesa is next on our list after Coron 🙂

  19. I wanted to visit Palawan but don’t have budget for it. thanks for sharing.

  20. i always love the last photo you put in your posts… 🙂 indeed the world is ours to explore!!! lesgo sago! 😀 sugod! hehehe

  21. thanks for sharing… Aside from Agoda, I also trust CheapHotels where I booked Marina Sands and also Bookings.com which I really appreciate since I did not need to pay yet until I went there just as long as you cancel about 3 days before. I needed to cancel a booking because of the Bangkok flooding and so I didn’t need to pay anything. This is great because some sites need you to pay immediately,

  22. may mga pagkakataon na sa sobrang gusto ko yung experience ko sa mga vacation resorts na napuntahan ko, gusto ko na rin i-arrange ang bahay ko ng ganung ayos. parang napaka serene at napaka relaxing 🙂

    • Me, too. I want to remove all the clutter in my room to make it look like a hotel. Hanggang change bedsheets lang kaya ko. I still need some stuff in my room. 😀

  23. i wanna visit palawan too and every other islands Philippines has to offer!
    I wanna shoot on that open garden too!

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