Chose this place because it was ranked #1 on TA and was not disappointed. The amenities are basic but very cozy. The hotel is located on a quiet street, and the courtyard/lobby area is very welcoming, with lots of lush plants, a fish pond, talking parrots and comfortable chairs. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. There is an area downstairs where you leave your flip-flops, which is a nice touch and largely prevents the typical problem of sand spreading throughout the hallways/rooms.
Don't expect any luxury - this is not a resort; it's not on the beach, it does not serve food and drinks, and the AC does not work during power-out periods (like 95% of El Nido). However the owners Virgie and Eddy are extremely friendly and welcoming, and always strike the right balance between chattiness and not invading your personal space.
As an added bonus, the building is made of concrete and seems very sturdy compared to some of the beach front accommodation. We stayed there during Typhoon Yolanda; although El Nido wasn't hit too badly, we didn't know what to expect, and some of our friends ended up leaving their hotel on the beach to stay here, where they felt much safer.
Will definitely stay here again if I return to El Nido.
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- Also Known As:
- Bulskamp Inn El Nido, Palawan Island