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Golden Monkey Cottages
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

stayed here last February with friends, the place was quite far from the town proper but the 15 min walk was okay, the cottage was okay and the place was really nice and relaxing, just one thing though, the owner might be a little rude, at least that's what some of the friends I was with commented on, but all in all, it was a good experience at Golden Monkey.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

If it's a quiet retreat that you want, Golden Monkey may be the best resort for you. It's a 15-minute walk from the busy El Nido town. If that's too much for you, rent out a scooter/motorbike (Use it to go to town & other parts of El Nido. It's better than paying tricycles and tour guides, if you're on a budget. Just ask around for directions). Their own tricycle could also pick you up if you have a lot of luggage.

Golden Monkey's location, Caalan beach, has a better view than of the town's. You will see the sun set behind Helicopter Island right at the beach front. My friend and I booked Cottage 9. The beach could be seen from the veranda. It was a fanned room and it had a hot shower. Air conditioning is quite irrelevant in El Nido since electricity is out from 6AM-2PM, and you most likely won't spend much time in your resort anyway.) I paid about $35 dollars a night. Breakfast was not included. They serve an all-day breakfast for a reasonable price. Their meals don't disappoint. Their breakfast menu is vast. There is free coffee and tea every morning. My friend and I always had our breakfasts on the tables by the beach front. The view was amazing.

Security is good. They have their own security guard. The service was excellent! Rooms were cleaned and tidied up everyday. They give fresh towels, free soap and shampoo. Rose was a great host. She and her husband would give honest advice when it came to choosing tours. Her staff were polite and helpful. They booked our shuttle back to PPC for us and they made sure we left on time so we wouldn't miss it. They are so good at looking out for the needs of their guests. Also, make them arrange your island tours, they have a very reliable partner.

Just a little FYI about their location, a sari-sari store is located nearby. You can buy meds, snacks, drinks and gas(for your motor bike) from it. About a minute away from Golden Monkey, you can rent out motorbikes or scooters. There are also restaurants and grills just a few meters away. So don't fear being a few minutes away from the town proper! If you're really on a budget, the family that rented us out the scooter offered to cook for us. You can give them money to do the food shopping for you and they'd grill it. They won't charge you. They're just happy to help.

I stayed for four night at this resort. I will most definitely go back to Golden Monkey.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Ika A
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PanchoElNido_Palawan, Owner at Golden Monkey Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Thank you very much for a most positive review, it is most appreciated. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your short stay with us. I hope that you will come back again and stay for longer, El Nido has much to offer.

Take care and regards to your friend. On behalf of all the staff, thank you once again.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Overall, we liked staying at this place although this is a little bit further from the center so if you don't mind 10-15 minutes walking (through the jungle) - it's fine. Yes, walls are very thin - we were lucky that the place was quite empty (already off season) so didn't experience any issues with that. Loved the view as we booked the cottage facing the sea. However, if they could offer some additional dining options next to the breakfast that would be cool. For the price paid, one could expect the breakfast to be included and not charged extra.

Also, had a nice experience with their captain who arranged a tour - wonderful lunch on the boat!

Room Tip: Cottages facing the sea!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Please be aware that this is a big scam! The pictures and reviews are very deceiving!

This was my 2nd time and my partner's 3rd time at Philippines and this time we traveled month around Philippines. I can honestly say that I have never been accommodated at worse place then this one! If it would be advertised as a backpacker accommodation I would understand, however, we have paid almost $80 AUD per night for a fanned cottage! This came as a surprise because we were sure we have booked cottage with aircon as rest of our accommodations during our month of traveling (unsurprisingly, according to other review here, this happen to some else as well, I think they have to do this on purpose).

We stayed first night and asked for aircon cottage for $100 per night!!! as it is very uncomfortable in such a heat to be without aircon. Their "best" cottage was horrible - old and dirty - I even found a wad of hair in bathroom (picture will be uploaded ). That night we went to "city" to see other resorts around and find out if they were in similar conditions. To our surprise we have found cheaper, much nicer and even right at the beach resorts close to center of El Nido and its beach bars. We have even found a beautiful and luxurious 4 star resort just at the center with swimming pool for $110 per night!

Unfortunately, we have booked Golden Monkey Cottages online for 7 nights and paid upfront over $500. The following morning my partner went to talk to wife of the owner. She didn't want to give us a refund but offered us the "better" aircon cottage for the same price we paid for the fanned one. However, the owner, older English guy, was very aggressive yelling at us that "4 years ago this place was a forest" and his wife had to push him back inside their office. If this was forest 4 years ago how do you explain nice (some even luxurious) resorts just next to them and for even cheaper or similar prices!!!

Next day we have packed our bags and paid for next 6 days in another resort. We didn't want to spoil our holiday staying in such a horrible place.

We have never had such bad experience with resort booked online after reading all these reviews and reviews on other websites. Therefore, I would like to warn you and save you the money, because this place does not correspondent with these reviews and the pictures taken from the best possible angles. It is far away from the the center of El Nido - you have to walk in dark in the forest for 15 minutes to get to the center of El Nido and its nightlife. The internet connection is very bad and the place is dead quite at 6pm at night. Just in front of the "resort" there is a trash so you don't even think you are going into some resort.

Just be careful what do you book and if you do not believe me because of the all good reviews, which I guess are coming from the owners themselves (otherwise I can't explain them), just book one nigh ahead or book and pay at the spot.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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PanchoElNido_Palawan, Owner at Golden Monkey Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2014

I am surprised that you still insist that you booked the more expensive room. You must have a copy of your booking from Agoda, and you did book one of the cheaper cottages. As you said, you were upgraded to our beachfront that night at no extra cost, but we could not do that for all the 7 nights that you booked. We gave you the option to upgrade but you did not want to pay the difference. In all due respect, we did all we can to accommodate you so you will be comfortable, but your refusal to pay the difference in price was unacceptable. All in all this complaint was not justifiable.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We stayed at the "Golden Monkey" for 3 nights and it was one of the best places we stayed in the Philippiines (and we traveled for a month).

Rose, the owner, gave us a warm feeling, the service was very good- every morning we asked for coffee with extra milk and they didn't charge us for it.
The view is perfect, it's not expensive at all (fair price),
very clean rooms (not on the main road or the city center) with good showers, calm place and really perfect cottages!

Thanks for everything <3
Natalie & Amit

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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