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Coron Hilltop View Resort
Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Coron
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Reviewed 27 April 2013 via mobile

our travel agent really knows where to book us. another hotel for those who are looking for peace and quiet. my dad and i stayed for three days and two nights. the staff was friendly and kind. it still has the small town atmosphere that always made me feel at home. the rooms are spacious and clean. the food is quite expensive but you have to understand they have to ship goods from other places. i especially loved their chocolate pudding... mmmm... tasty. our trips have been arranged for us by the hotel with delicious packed lunches and was well worth every penny. and we even made friends with a trike driver named Ronel and our bankero and his crew. very nice people. i love coron, i love the hotel and i would surely love to come back!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2012

We stayed in a Deluxe room just a few days agao, I was with my sis in law & her friend, thanks to them for their generosity. We enjoyed every minute of pur Coron adventure made special by our accomodation at Coron hilltop. The room was clean, food was okay most of all the staff were very helpful & friendly. Location perfect. Would definitely love to visit Coron again & again & stay at Coron hilltop.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Kachuche
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Manila
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2012

Stayed in Room 1 and room 3, just in front of their small swimming pool

Room 1- My mother enjoyed the room as she is somehow claustrophobic and she wants more open windows. Room 1 is perfect for her although there are sign that we need to close the window due to insect that might enter our room. There is cable TV in the room but if there is no power in Coron town then there is also no cable connection. Dont worry they have power generator.

Room 3- Same as room 1 but the smell is something different. (Smell of Kulob) tried to spray perfume but still got the smell of old room not being used for quite some time. But the room is really okay.

Amenities inside the room they dont have kettle for hot water so you need to bring your own. They have cute sheet folding where they can create elephant out of towels. Very clean.

Price for the food are expensive around 150 to 250 per meal. We just decided to eat in this hotel since I am with my parents and its not convenient to go in Coron Town for dinner. Coron Hilltop is around 15 to 20 minutes away from Coron town you need to ride Tricycle.

All in all we enjoyed our stay in Coron Hilltop Hotel.

Room Tip: The location of Coron Hilltop is far from Coron town although its easy to take tricyle.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

ACCOMODATIONS:
Deluxe room was spacious, clean and smelled fresh despite the local materials used. Bathroom okay. Toilet had a bidet/spray washer which is a nice detail.

No instant hot water but they ask you to conserve water. Hot water doesn't come around in 3-8 mins which means you have to run the water and this is very contradicting to what they are asking - "conserve water". And we didn't have any on our first and last night. It was unstable all throughout: from warm water, it turns cold in 5 seconds. When you set it again, you get scalding water next so you end up turning the knobs every few seconds and never get it right.

For P4,000./nite, your room does not include a mini bar nor did they provide a simple kettle for coffee/tea making facility and neither are there free bottles of water daily. A bucket of ice costs P25 when they could simply give this for free.

On our first night, we ordered for chili prawns (P299) and chili crabs (P199). The prawns were fine but the crabs had very little meat in them (and I mean they almost had none) plus the crabs were male hence they had a distinct, pungent smell and taste to it. We also ordered for the budget meal of fish, mixed vegetables and steamed rice (P199). The serving was way too small (just a thin slice) which would cost P50 in Manila. I felt for my poor husband who ordered for both the crabs and budget fish meal that I had to order another dish to make up for the lousy ones previously ordered. Since he enjoys anything with coconut milk and chili, I ordered a 4th dish - Bicol Express (P179). Unfortunately, they used too much chili and very little coconut milk so the end result was, the chili over-powered the dish and killed the whole experience of enjoying what should be a delicious dish made with right balance of spice and cream.

After trying out a couple more things, we gave up and decided to get our lunch and dinner in town.

Perhaps they have their own definition of flambè because the fresh fruit slices were served on a platter, that's it. They were not cooked with alcohol and syrup and definitely no burst of flames there. To be honest, the cook has no business in the kitchen. He/She needs serious training at least in Manila. They have to realize the town relies on tourism and they need to be competitive in this area.

Set breakfast was mostly tapa (thin slices of sirloin, fried) or tocino (cured sweet pork slices, fried) with garlic rice, choice of egg, coffee or tea. They use powdered juice drinks which is high in sugar and has artificial flavoring. Canned juices are available for a fee.

One morning, we had pancakes and french toast. The syrup was served on a small dish for sauce dips. They should have used a syrup dispenser.

They also should include a knife as most foreigners do not use spoons.

Service is good (especially from Rod from the restaurant) but food quality is substandard. I may suggest that since the hotel has reached the service to a good level, they could simply keep this and work on other areas where they fail immeasurably like the food and hot water issues.

BROADBAND CONNECTION:
Internet was only available at the reception and restaurant areas but speed even at these areas was too slow, it was such a waste of time.

OTHER SERVICES:
Massage in the room from therapist Vilma was one of the best! With over 9 years of experience, she must be one. She's not employed by the resort but on call when a guest needs one. I give them a five here.

FACILITIES:
The pool is really just a plunge pool. Too small.

TOURS:
For the same package (visiting 6 destinations, a boat, tour guide, entrance fees, bbq lunch & drinks), you can get the island tours from town at P650/pax as compared to the hotel's price of P2,400/pax. However, the inexpensive rate from town means you have to join 4 or more people. I believe the hotel rate is personalized so it's your call.

If you want to see the town, forget about booking a tour (P550). Simply take a tricycle to town (from Coron Hilltop View Hotel it was P15 or P20/pax one way). The town is small. The Baywalk is a hop and skip away from the Public Market. You can visit the Cashew Nut Producers by again taking a tricycle from town at P9/pax one way. If you fancy dried fish or squid, it's just around the corner. Just ask the driver to take you there. Most drivers would happily wait for you. So, you pay them a roundtrip fare after. The Coron Town Tour includes a visit to the Maquinuit Hot Springs. Again, take the tricycle. From town, it's only P20/pax one way. If you want to visit the Tapyas Hill View Deck (700+ steps), the trail begins from town.

Overall, I would say given the daily rate they charge, it is best to get something from town.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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pasig
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Very nice hotel.

If you can get it at 50% off from those vouchers, it is really worth it.

The hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious enough with good a/c.

The hotel is around 8 km. to 10 km. away from the city proper. Peaceful surroundings. Even though the hotel is a bit far from the city, you can take a tricycle going to the town proper for only 20 pesos per head. Just tell the front desk ahead of time so they can call a tricycle for you.

The staff are very helpful and friendly.

The pool is really small.

No hot water in the bathroom.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Waterford, CT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Just want to let you know about my really bad experience in this hotel. Although the rooms and the hotel is beautiful, comfortable and very clean - the staff ruined our stay. First off as requested by the staff we have pre-orderd our dinner 3 hours in advance (by the way never heard that) but anyway when we showed up they have served us cold and overcooked food that they charge a lot of money considering Philippine reality! If that is not enough we asked for transportation to the airport - again they charge arm and leg - we waited for 45 minutes for the van to get there - it was very stressful for us as we were catching Internationale flights right after. We barely made it for our flight. The front desk supervisor when confronted kept telling us it will be only couple more minutes - ended up being 45!!! When I asked her to refund me the money and call another taxi she refused and when asked for another manager she said she is the only supervisor on duty - !!!! Again for the $500USDplus (3rooms and food) we spend on one night in this hotel it was extremely disappointing.

Room Tip: skip the restaurant and arrange your own transportation to the airport.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Manila
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2012

I did not expect that the hotel can be at par in accommodation and service because it is situated in the southen part of the Philippines, it actually is a great experience!
The staff and guides were extra nice and friendly!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Property: Coron Hilltop View Resort
Address: 6 Brgy. Poblacion | Sitio Dipulao, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Coron Hilltop View Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The island of Coron is part of the Calamian Group of Islands in northern tip of the country's last frontier, Palawan. It is the home of the Philippines' natural treasures and magnificent lagoons.Coron features an array of splendid seascapes and sceneries, breathtaking limestone cliffs, rock formations and spectacular Japanese World War II ship wreck diving locations.Coron Hilltop View Resort (CHVR) is a 5,500 sq. mtr. resort is strategically located between Busuanga Airport and Port of Coron. Its location is perfectly situated between the airstrip and jetty port to accommodate the comfort of our customers. This area harnesses the natural beauty of Coron and the laid-back rural culture of the vicinity. The resort exudes Asian beauty that captures the heart of travellers idyllically situated amidst tranquil paradise with lush forest, a perfect spot to start your day having a deep breath of fresh air to revitalize your mind and body.Coron Hilltop View Resort has 19 villas, a combination of uniquely formed standard, deluxe and superior villas. All amenities are accented with Asian interiors with a touch of local culture. ... more   less 
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