This hotel was in a perfect location to hang out in El Nido. Easy walking distance to anything - restaurants, shops, activities. It is right in the middle of all the action though, so you might find it noisy. We had room 8 which had a large king bed, refrigerator, tv,(lots of satellite channels) a/c, hot shower (with good pressure), safe and an additional spare twin bed. There was a little bar of soap and a packet of shampoo when we arrived and it was never re-stocked, but we had brought our own and never asked. It had two large windows over the bed, one by the refrigerator and one in the bathroom - so plenty of light. It did over look the street, so might be noisier than other rooms. In the morning when the electricity goes off (from 6am to 2pm roughly each day -- some days longer and unreliable) and the "white noise" of the generators and A/C goes off you will hear everything from roosters, to motorbikes, to kids, to an ice cream cart (we actually started looking forward to the little ice cream cart). The first morning it might seem a bit much, but we got used to it. Room 8 is also right under the breakfast area - so you do get that noise if sleeping in. Check-in was super fast as we only had to present our Agoda voucher. You do have to request for your room to be made up daily if that is what you want. They will do a fantastic job including changing linens, new towels and folding up any random clothes! Breakfast is a 7 (ish) and is wonderful. You can have a freshly made omelette, pancakes, fruit, coffee (instant), great bread, etc. They will make you whatever you want. It can get a little crowded between 7 and 8, so your breakfast may take a bit. We had to be at our dive shop at 8am so were a little worried the first day but all times are on the flexible side in this part of the world, so no worries. They also have a water dispenser so you can fill your water bottles. The staff was always nice and friendly. The breakfast area was also a restaurant and karaoke bar during the day. We didn't partake of this so cannot comment - but can say we were never bothered with any noise when we were in for the night - and we typically retire fairly early.
We took a private van from Puerto Princesa (arranged by Gullivers Travels - wonderful, see my post on them). The driver didn't quite know where the hotel was and neither did any locals, when we first got into town. We found this odd as it isn't that new and the town is definitely not that big. The trip was long (around 5 hours give or take if you don't stop), but the roads are great until about an hour out of El Nido, then it is under construction and very rough. A pretty dive though.
The activities in and around El Nido mostly consist of island hopping and diving - if you aren't interested in either of those, you might be bored. There is not a great beach to speak of, there is one, but no chairs or towel rental or anything. The boats (and there are a lot of them) are all parked in the bay, so not really a relaxing beach. There is a waterfall and a nice quiet beach called Las Cabanas. All of the tricycle drivers (no taxis) know where these are. I would recommend a day or afternoon at Las Cabanas. About a 10-15 tricycle ride at around 200 pesos - and the driver will wait for you to take you back to town if you want. We considered renting a bicycle and taking it, but there are a couple of fairly steep hills and not sure about the bikes. The beach itself is nice and quiet - definitely nice if you have been in town. Lots of little shacks that sell drinks (beer, some food, etc.) but no other amenities that I saw. No towel or chair rental. The beach is nice, but only a few spots where it is easy to walk out to swim - the rest is rocky.
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- APTR (a place to remember):offers island hoping tours,diving, night diving,with bar and restaurant, arrange other activities like in land tours to Nacpan Beach, Las Cabañas Beach or maremegmeg beach, night swimming, Zipline and Limestone trail tracking (Ferrata Nature Interpretation and Eco Tourism Adventure Trail ... more less
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- APTR - A Place To Remember El Nido, Palawan Island