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Nido's Friendly Inn
Ranked #74 of 105 El Nido B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I had a hard time finding cheap and clean accommodation in El Nido and I was happy to find Friendly Inn. I think I paid 500 pesos for my own room with private bathroom. It's pretty basic and small, but it's clean and just the right price. The staff are friendly and there's wifi on the balcony.
Another perk is it's about 2-4 blocks away from the bar/restaurant area so you can actually get a quiet night's sleep.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kiri M
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I stayed here with a friend for 5 nights in the second building out the back, not the main building, in a small double room (700 pesos p/night). It was newly constructed, clean and nicely designed with timber from the property that they had cleared to make the new building. The shower and toilet were always clean, the bed was comfortable, our linen was changed for us after three days and the fan in our room kept us cool through the night. There was a thermos of hot water, cups and coffee sachets outside our room every morning which I thought was nice.

I really liked this place. Iris, the manager, was super friendly and helpful. When we bought some seafood at the local market, the staff cooked it for us for a small service fee (100 pesos). The location was good, behind the busy main street but still close enough to get around quickly. It is also a bit more reasonably priced than other places and had good WIFI. You only get electricity in El Nido between 2pm and 6am and we never had any unexpected disruptions to this. It was fine.

All-in-all it's a great value, clean, comfortable and well-run place that gives travellers the stuff they need without any fuss and big friendly smiles. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Conor K
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We originally wanted to stay here for a few days but ended up staying here for 8 days!! The staff was incredibly nice and helpful here. They arranged our bus with Fort Wally to El Nido via email for us.We ran into the owner Leonore at Fort Wally and she gave us some tips about taxis in El Nido. Iris, takes care of the inn and is extremely helpful as well. She will arrange taxi's, tours, and make suggestions on places you can see and do while you are there.

We had a motorbike accident, Leonore and Iris were concerned about us, checking in on us, even arranging a taxi to the clinic. Leonore provided us with some antibacterial cream for our scrapes.

We originally started with the air con room but decided to switch to the fan room (800PHP). The aircon works really well. We were too cold that's why we switched.

The Inn is an easy 3 minute walk to the beach. Its in a quiet area of El Nido. They installed a light bulb on the street to make the street more visible.

The one thing I didn't like about the property were the roosters next door, there's heaps of them and they start crowing at random times, as early as 3am. So I strongly suggest you bring some ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.

Overall, I'd recommend this place for anyone looking for budget accommodation. The staff was extremely helpful. I sure will miss staying at this place, especially since Iris and Leonore were very lovely women!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank soultraveller04
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

We stayed there for a week in November-December. Got the fan room with a private bathroom (without toilet seat). The price was 800 per night but I guess most of the rooms were empty, so we got it with 700.
I think they don't clean the rooms unless you request. Also there are many many roosters around. Their neighbors have at least 10 roosters and they start making noise very very early in the morning.
People were very friendly. The house was kept always clean. They also offered tours (although when we booked island hopping tour A we had to rent the snorkeling equipment in addition), laundry service and you could also order (buy) breakfast. The place is in the town, so location is really good! The streets are not so dark as described before and I think there is nothing to be afraid of :)
I would suggest the place and would stay there again anytime!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Reene M
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

My initial impression of Nido's friendly Inn, from what I researched, was that it's clean and very basic. They actually have two websites which really confused me at first. But both websites contained similar pictures so I figured they were referring to just one place.

I got in touch with the owner of the inn, Ms. Iris, and she was very helpful and excited when I called. I originally wanted to stay for just 1 day (i'm on business) but extended to two nights.

Pros:

1. Place is very clean, floor is polished, bed sheets are clean. The room is very basic, without hot shower, but for one budget room, it's better than most.
2. Friendly host - they'll arrange for your tours, engage you in conversations, etc.
3. Budget - very affordable at Php800/night for 2 pax, standard room. Php1,400 for a/c.
4. Wi-fi - at least they have wi-fi.

Cons:
1. Away from town. They're in front of Jehovah's witness. When night came and I was still out with family and friends, I actually got scared walking the dark alleys and streets to get to Nido Friendly Inn. Even our driver did not know where it was located; it's a little hidden and the alleys have no lights whatsoever.
2. No hot shower - I mean, isn't that supposedly a basic amenity?
3. Noise from other guests - you sometimes tend to hear unwanted noise from other guests.

But I liked the place. in fact, everytime I'm in El Nido, i'll make sure to spend some nights here because it's really affordable and good for lounging. They have a bench by the frontyard where you can just read or sip hot coco or something!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank keshie07
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Mar1begu
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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2015
Thank Barbara V
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Address: Tabangca Street | Bgy. Masagana, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #74 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in El Nido
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