Just hearing the words “Puerto Princesa” would inspire thoughts of a veritable tropical paradise. The white sand, clear sapphire seas, perpetual sunshine, and clean breeze all form a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. While there, the beauty invites you to stay, to indulge in the getaway for as long as possible. And you do.
But while there, you don’t just sleep on the beach, do you? You have to find somewhere nice, somewhere you can stay without breaking the bank and deducting from the fun.
Microtel Puerto Princesa aims to be that perfect “somewhere” you are looking for. Its primary claim to fame is its amazing location — located directly on the shores of Emerald Beach, you are ever just a few meters away from enjoying the wonders of the Palawan jewel. It is the only beachfront hotel in the area, too!
But of course, Microtel has more than dazzling waterfront views under its belt. Let’s take a look and see if this hotel is your perfect hideout!
Microtel manages to seal you away from the noise and bustle of tourist activity without taking you far away from the fun. It is easily accessible from the city center, and is just a mere seven kilometers (around half an hour) from the Puerto Princesa Airport. From the front steps, you can easily travel to such famous spots as Honda Bay, Emerald Playa, and the iconic Subterranean River National Park.
The hotel also offers a free shuttle service going to one of the biggest malls in the town center, Robinsons Mall. This adds greatly to the convenience of the guests, and solves the transportation problem that is somehow prevalent in the area — somehow, jeepneys and tricycles lack in number compared to the number of tourists. Even the shuttle is almost always fully booked, so make sure to book a seat at least an hour in advance!
The ambience of the building is very soothing, to say the least. The hotel is bathed in a blue motif, reflecting the sea across it. The white background, on the other hand, reflects the white sands around — you could say that Microtel is really at home in its surroundings.
“Santorini” might be the first thought on your mind as you walk through the lobby and common areas, with the clean designs and the smooth arches. Outside, the sun lounges provide not only a magnificent beach view but also do a perfect job of preventing sunburns. For someone like me who loves taking pictures, this is a really Instagrammable place! The hotel and its surroundings provide a lot of photo ops, and many times it will seem like you’re in a foreign location! If you’re a lover of the sunrise, book an east-facing room for some of the best sunrise views you have ever seen.
Amenities and Experience
The rooms are just as comfortable and functional as they are clean and relaxing. There’s the standard air conditioning and cable TV, and there’s a phone you can use for both local and international calls. Internet is also available, along with a hot-and-cold shower. One of the highlights of the rooms is the chiropractor-approved mattress — meaning your sleep has just levelled up a notch! Safety is not a concern too, since there is a working fire safety system and a key-card entry system. There are double rooms and suites you can choose from.
Aside from the facilities, there is also the customer service experience. The night transforms the beach into a different side of paradise, with the clear moonlight battling against the fierce blaze wielded by skilled fire dancers on the beach. Parties are all around, and they’re not to be missed!
Of course, what’s a hotel without some good food? The hotel offers a lot of options, not just on what to eat but where. You can have your breakfast by the pool, and your dinner by the sea! All your cravings are catered by Senordamla, the in-house restaurant open from 6AM to 10PM. This is perfect if you do not want to head over to the city just to grab a meal. The restaurant is fantastic in itself, since it overlooks the beach!
Microtel Puerto Princesa is the ideal hotel in many respects. It’s not amazingly posh, and it doesn’t make you feel like royalty every step of the way. Instead, it has solid services and amenities, with the rest of its energies devoted to immersing you in the location and the ambience of this wonderful island. And let’s face it — when you have that, what more can you ask for?
WHAT TO WIN (GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!)
A 3D/2N stay at Microtel Palawan
***inclusive of buffet breakfast
- 2 Queen Beds Lagoon View at Microtel Palawan Good for 2 persons
- Buffet breakfast
- Roundtrip Airport Transfers
Terms and Conditions:
- Valid for 1 year from the giveaway date
- Subject to room availability. Prior reservations required.
- Not Valid during peak dates: Holy Week March 25-31,2018 and December 25, 2018 to January 10, 2019
- Roundtrip Airfares are not included
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Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
- Giveaway runs from January 16-29, 2018
- Winner(s) will be announced on January 30, 2018 ( 12 Noon)
Photos taken by Kara Santos
Edited by Karla Ramos