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“Port Barton” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Summer Homes
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Barton
Butuan, Philippines
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118 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Port Barton”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

I stayed at Summer Homes for a week back in 2011 and again in October 2011. I find the service excellent and friendly and the food very good. The location is quiet and the beach sand is very nice to walk. They have a nice location in the center of the beach. There is two room styles to choose from front cabins with balconies and the rooms set back with the main building. They are very clean and comfortable, but I never stayed in the front row cabins. They have a nice yard with places to sit in the front lawn/garden and a couple of nice hammocks on the beach. It is near San Vicente and long beach, but I really enjoyed the island hoping here. On the islands the water is clear, lots of coral and fish for snorkelling. There are few tourists here, so if you want a quiet place and reasonable prices Port Barton is great. I took my initial dive discovery day here and loved it. There are many little islands with beautiful sandy beaches and coral to enjoy. Reasonably priced and good service. I took a boat from Sabang to get here and also use the boat to travel up to El Nido. The Jeepney and minivans are cheaper, but arriving in El Nido by boat was very beautiful, besides the fact that the coast is very nice to see. The trip from memory was 4 hours from Sabang and maybe 5 or 6 hours to El Nido. I swam on the beach of Port Barton Daily, but the water is not clear along the shore, whereas the island hoping provided excellent water clarity.

Room Tip: The rooms connected to the main building are very reasonable and for me I spent little time hanging...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank tws4nr
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed for 2 weeks in one of the cottages and were happy with the surroundings and service. The downside, of course, is the road access from Roxas but this does keep the hordes away. The beach is nice although there were bits of garbage in places. Overall, it is very serene with great island hopping options and hikes to neighboring areas. Mharj and Lin Lin (office and restaurant managers) we’re always very helpful and friendly. We took our little one (1.5 yrs.) and, for your info, the medical facilities appeared pretty bare bone.This may be a concern for those travelling with very small children. Babies with high fevers – like on our last night in Boracay last year – traversing the nasty road in the wee hours would be enough to stress out any parent. Just a general warning. Really friendly locals and loads of kids for the lil' one to play with, as usual in the Philippines. Very warm hospitality here. Overall, a solid 4 out of 5.

Room Tip: Go for the cottages if budget allows. The back rooms simply lack the ocean breeze.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gregor B
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Reno, Nevada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

My wife and I visit Palawan annually - this was our fourth time staying here. The entire staff is world class and extremely friendly. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!!! It's like home away from home!! :)

Our cottage was incredibly clean. The service was amazing - we took a boating trip and forgot to lock our door, leaving money and our passports inside. When we returned later in the evening, the room service had made up our room and locked our door for us.

As for the price, it cannot be beaten. There is incredible value to be found here. There is a beautiful view of the beach right outside the building. The property is very quiet.

The only downside to this place is the fact that Port Barton doesn't have 24-hour electricity.

We highly recommend this place to all travelers to Port Barton.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank mout12
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Helsinki
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2011

I spent three nights in one of the rooms on the back and payed 550 pesos per night. The room was basic but very clean and spacious enough, as was the bathroom. The cottages in the front look very nice with their beach view and individual balconies, but there are only four of those, so I you want one, you pobably need to book in advance during the high season. The garden is very nicely kept and overall the resorst is in very good condition. The Philipino girls working there are also extrmily nice and helpful! There is a free wifi (altough quite slow), and a few computers to use if you are not carrying your own.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Quicktime
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Bangkok, Thailand
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2010

I take the point of some posters about Summer Grdens being the only concrete and brick structure at Port Barton. Every other building is as you would expect in the tropical paradise that is Port Barton, they others are all constructed from bamboo and woven leaves. But you pays your money, you take your choice, up to you ! Ethnic typical room with insects or clean , spick and spn concrete room ! I had no choice , 2 minutes after arrival at PB, a sudden squal forced me to take cover under a bangka outrigger boat where i met a local boatman who recommended Summer Gardens (his employer , of course). It wa the end of the low season and the rooms were very cheap 450 pesos for en suite cool room with fan. It was rainy so the nights were not so hot, there is NO electricity at night at Port Barton, so it pitch black and maybe very hot at times, but for me it was OK. There are rooms and cottages available, the cottages having better facilities, TVs , air con.
But the best thing about Summer Gardens are the staff, they make your stay very happy indeed, but i have to say, as waitresses they re VERY scatty, forgetting orders, unwittingly billing wrong items , if you like efficent people to serve you, please check everything and you will have to insist and cajole them, because they may have forgottten your order.
Again, it is your choice, fun friendly but scatty waitresses making constant mistakes or efficiency ! In the 3 nights that i was there, the good atmosphere was due to the staff, and everyone hd good time. Not in an intrusive way, just in a Port Barton way.
Food and drink was a little expensive, but it did have a beachside location. The food quality was just OK, not bad, not good. There is a daily menu for 300 pesos, which is huge amount in Philippines, but PB is a little pricey for food, all the ownders told me, it is due to the transport costs. But of course the fish was pricey too, caught for free. There is now FREE WiFi, nice gardens, computer room. As a single traveller, i had good time, but sitting for long time with NO food or drink because the waitresses had forgotten about me happened too much, and began to get a little annoying.
The prices are raised slightly in the High Season (November to May), but to westerners they are still bargain prices !

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Jackson, Wyoming
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2010

My husband & I stayed here in April. We didn't have a reservation but that was no problem. We stayed in one of the back rooms. It was spacous and very clean. It got alittle hot when the power turned off, but hey its the Phillipines!. The staff was VERY helpful and the food was great! Most of all was the grounds were green with plenty of places to lounge around.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JanetTodd
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Bedford
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2009

We went for a day and stayed for a week. The food was plentiful and of good quality and the bungalows had meshed windows on three sides. Although only a fan was available, we were never too hot. I cannot speak for the rooms behind which may not have been so cool. We were both sad to leave this haven set in one of the most tranquil settings of flowers and lawns. Problems? Yes! The cockerels call loudly at dawn if they happen to be by your room.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Summer Homes
Address: Port Barton, Palawan Island, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Port Barton
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Barton
Number of rooms: 16
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Summer Homes Port Barton, Palawan Island

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