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Marina De Bay
London
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Misleading Website”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

Mediocre experience staying here but good value and good base to explore Underground River and Honda Bay tours.

We stayed in the Queen room which was a good size and they put my parents in the next room which was good.The rooms were not sparkling however and I did not want to hang my clothes in the wardrobe as it had a very distinct musty smell.

We had a lovely little terrace in the back of the room which was nice to sit and have a drink.

The pier needs work and the 'restaurant' at the end is nothing more than a run down hut. We did not eat at the hotel either except mangoes at breakfast.

My partner and I had massages each which was really good value for money.

The pool is not one you can really swim in but more of a child's pool.

Stay here if you want to explore near by, we used their free shuttle service into Puerto Princesa every night to eat which was so fun.

Overall it was quite good value for money but the hotel needs some improvements and I am not sure why they are extending it when they could utilise that funding on the existing facilities.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

My daughter and I stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights during the week in the middle of July. It has all the things I look for: amazing views, comfortable lodging. But the huge bonus was the staff, who pampered us and went out of their way to cater to our needs. Despite the rain, they were able to arrange an interesting half-day city tour. We were lucky to have sun for the underground river tour, and managed to do some zip lining the morning of our departure. An early morning swim looking out over the bay, with a swallow dipping it's wings in the pool was pure delight. I will stay at no other place if I visit Puert Princesa again, which I hope does not take too long. As a writer, I love places that inspire me. Puerto Princesa is a jewel, and MDB helps it shine.

Room Tip: There is currently some construction on the property, but it didn't disturb me.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Preston, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2012

This place is rustic but has a beautiful view of the bay. Service is very good. Bong our waiter all around kind of guy- is very helpful and gave us excellent customer service. This is Not five star resort but it has everything you need. We did Honday Bay on the first day and Underground river on the second day. We had a fantastic dinner one night at Badjao sea view restaurant. The food there is excellent!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Binan City, Philippines
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2012

My family and sister -in-law stayed for 3d2n , nice place, thanks for pick up/transfer to /from hotel to airport, service is good also the food, our accomodation for couple and 2 companions @ MDB was so comfortable going to Sabang Puerto Princesa Underground River.. so amazing!!
Nice view/sea/birds playing/ cute ceiling in lobby,mezzanine house..
exciting and memorable trip for us..

Room Tip: rooms in front of office downstairs are quiet
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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5 Thank ladyMin
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Malolos,Bulacan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2012

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Room Tip: Room no 6 of the Junior Suite overlook the ocean
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank neneng47
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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2012

This is a friendly resort which is a mixture of good and bad. On arriving we received a room which was not suitable so were happily moved to a better room but had to pay an upgrade. All staff were very helpful and hospitable and nothing was too much trouble. They organised tours for us.The restaurant was a large open buliding with lovely views but the meals were sub standard . Breakfast was OK but other meals we tended to eat in the city.
The resort is about 25-30 mins from the city on an appalling busy road partly unmade but the Resort had a free shuttle bus each night to the city.

Room Tip: There are rooms facing the mangroves but they tend to be a bit dark. I recommend staying on the &quo...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank barry1943
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Cavite
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2012

Friendly and courteous staff, big and clean rooms, wonderful view . I love the free transfer to/from the city and the airport The food is just right. The meat of the port sinigang needed a little more cooking. But overall , our accomocadation at MDB made our Palawan trip a very memorable one.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the boat accomodations specially the upper level (Captain, Admiral and Commodore...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Marina De Bay
Address: Purok Sandiwa Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Puerto Princesa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Princesa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina De Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marina de Bay is a private getaway resort situated just twenty minutes away from the airport. On that way from the airport, you will already see a breath-taking view of the Puerto Princesa bay and the mountain ranges. It is also at Marina de Bay where the private yachts and boats can be viewed docked at front. During the night, the ambiance becomes even more spectacular with the vast view of the stars in the sky and with the dainty lights of the city screaming in from across the waters. Marina de Bay is not like any usual hotel building simply built in the city, it encapsulates the natural wonders of Puerto Princesa - a hidden paradise. ... more   less 
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Marina De Bay Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa

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