Puerto Princesa: Where to Sleep


Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan. Urban, yet with a countryside vibe throughout the city. What I love about this place are the canopies of trees providing shade to most roads. Here, a 24 hour electricity can be enjoyed. It's a one-hour flight from Manila. 


We had a delayed flight from Manila to PP. It was already dark when we arrived at 7PM. We were relieved to have booked the hotel online (at least for a night). The hotel was supposed to be walking distance from the airport. Given the stress of a delayed flight and being unfamiliar with the orientation, we were greeted by a queue of tricycle drivers that were happy to take us to our hotel.  
  • A tricycle fare from the airport is a flat rate of Php 50 ( US$ 1.25 / Eur 1.00) to any given destination within the commercial center.  


Where we stayed?

Palawan Village Hotel 
Address: 482 Rizal Avenue Extension (Along Airport Road), Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Phone / Fax: +63 48 4344436
Email:  jvvill@yahoo.com

We booked 1 night online via Agoda.com. It has air-conditioning, cable TV and a private bathroom inclusive of breakfast with a choice between International or Local brekkie. Classic Room (Double Bed) was Php 940  (US$ 23) - service charge 10% and hotel tax 12% not included. There were a lot of good reviews for this hotel online which was why we booked it.

Review:  Good location. It's quiet. We enjoyed walking a few kilometers to restaurants / bars along Rizal Avenue. Friendly staff available for 24 hours. They have organized tours at the reception and they helped us out with a good rate for motorbikes.  The structure is really old though, however maintained and cleaned regularly.

*We met a middle aged couple from Sweden staying in this hotel who we chatted with for a bit. They have already completed their Palawan loop and both were headed back to Manila.  They have recommended accommodations in El Nido that I'll happily talk about in a later post.

Will we stay there again?  
Maybe not.  After discovering newly constructed Guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts that may cost slightly more but were new and really nicely designed, we decided to try other places.

During a backpacking trip, we sometimes crave for a day of comfort, if not luxury, to somehow strike a balance.

We discovered a new inn in Puerto Princesa that our helpful trike driver recommended on our last day in Palawan. This is not a sponsored post. I'm just happy to share a lovely accommodation, in the hopes that you enjoy it as much as we did.

Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

Launched in April 2012, it's a quaint bed and breakfast suite built around a courtyard with a purple fountain.

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We took a standard room inclusive of a breakfast for 2. It has its own balcony and private bathroom. Airport pick up and drop off is part of their service. For room rates, click here

Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn
296 Manalo Extension
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 3500
Mobile 1:     +63 917 537 2772 (Globe)
Mobile 2:     +63 999 882 5800 (Smart)
Mobile 3:     +63 925 722 2772 (Sun)
Telephone: +63-48-434-2430
E-mailpurplefountaininn@gmail.com 

Check their Facebook Page

They have organized tours arranged separately at the reception attended by friendly and accommodating staff. They have packaged tours inclusive of accommodation that may be quite interesting as well. Click here


Review:  It was just the sort of night we needed after 2 weeks spent traveling with a backpack. The room was clean and excellently maintained. The colorful architecture was both cheerful and tasteful. I saw massages offered here as well and a room service! (Though we immediately went to our favorite place Kinabuchs for dinner that evening and failed to try anything from their room service menu). It's quiet.  A  hearty breakfast with a view of the charming courtyard, lined with fruit trees was such a treat. We enjoyed this place , despite not staying here for a longer time. I wish we had discovered this haven a lot sooner.

What do you usually consider in booking accommodations for your trip?

XOXO,
Arni

Other related posts: 
Palawan Itinerary: Beach Overdose Trip 
How to Book Permits for the Underground River 
6- Hour Bus Trip to El Nido and How to Get There 

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5 comments

  1. I want to go home, pack some things and head there now! It’s great that the tricycles have a very reasonable flat rate (and what a unique way to get around). I fell totally in love with that incredible colourful B&B - it’s going on my list. Tripadvisor is my first point of contact when booking a hotel, I read the bad reviews first and make a judgement (I think it’s so silly that people give 0 because they had dodgy air conditioning or a worn carpet but I guess it all boils down to what your idea of comfort is).

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