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“Clean Hotel, Helpful Staff!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Balaibinda Lodge

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Balaibinda Lodge
Ranked #1 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Coron
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Clean Hotel, Helpful Staff!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed at this hotel in during the first two weeks of Dec 2012 for four days. Stepping into the hotel, was almost like a world on it's own w/ it's indoor like atrium as part of their lobby. The hotel was well staffed and clean, the room we stayed in (although a bit small) was clean.

Breakfast is inclusive for the duration of your stay but the only thing I can say is that you will be asked every evening for your choice for the next day's breakfast which can be a slight inconvenience. Another plus with staying at this hotel is that you are right in the middle of everything. The market place is just a 30 second walk away, the main pier is w/in a two minute walk and other restaurants are nearby. Also, the staff was very helpful in securing tour guides if necessary. I recommend hiring your own "banca" or boatman and do your own tour for about 1500 php -this is if you want some privacy and tour at your own pace. Overall I would stay at this hotel again, it's a newer hotel and I hope they keep it up!

Room Tip: choose a room in the inner courtyard to avoid the noise from the street
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank igap
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

We have a wonderful stay at Balaibinda and definitely come back here.For some reasons good location accessible to all near the market, port etc, unlimited coffee, great staff, and I love the interior of inside the Balaibinda with unique ethnic designs. Maybe, all I can suggest is they should offer laundry service because there is only 1 laundry service in town which quite difficult after you do all your tours.Thank you Ms. Geena for granting our special requests. Can't wait to come back here! More power to Balaibinda!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LAKWATSA P
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

The Good:
1.) Location!
- Right smack near the marketplace. Everything is within reach. If you don't mind a little noise at night. With all the full day tours, you will be dead tired to mind hearing tricycles at night. If not, consider getting the inner rooms that are not along the road.
- Restaurants like Bistro Coron, Coron Edge, Centro Coron are just 2 to 3 minute walks away. Foodtrips and the barbecue place for locals is a few distance away. The bbq place is definitely a good way to cut down the budget for meals.
- The trail and jump-off point for Mt. Tapyas is just a 5 minute walk. Access to the boat tours, near Sea Dive, is nearby as well.

2.) Relatively new
- If you are particular with how your hotel looks, then consider Balaibinda. The rooms are clean and new but a bit small. It has the charm of a boutique hotel so those are definitely a plus.

3.) Other perks
- FREE coffee all day. FREE breakfast everyday. The food served are really decent.
- Friendly staff. They gave us contacts for our tours for the Coron Island Loop and Calauit Tour. They let us put our groceries and beer for the tour in their fridge.

Some things for improvement:
- Coron is still a small 'sleepy' town. The regular power outages would really make me consider getting a fan room in other hotels next time. We only used the AC once in our 5 day stay. Would've saved half of the budget for accommodation. This is the reason why I'm marking the value at 3 stars.
- Rooms do not have intercoms so expect staff knocking on your door for tour updates every now and then.

Room Tip: Agoda sells the roadside rooms. Consider getting the inner rooms instead.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank blindgeekpoet
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Manila
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36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012 via mobile

If you want to be right smack in the middle of the "not-so-busy" life in Coron, Balaibinda is a great base. It just opened this year and the facilities are, of course, brand new. The bathroom fixtures (including heater for the shower) are quite decent. It's such a pity water supply seems to be a challenge since we never got the chance to use the heater because the rain in Coron seems to do a much better job than that of the shower head. It's the same with the tap in the small sink. The room that we stayed in (family room, good for 5) had ample space. Some of the rooms we had a glimpse of seems to be wanting of a bit more space for moving about.

The dining area, located on the second floor is quite airy which also opens out to a small garden patio on the ground level. The overall interior of the place is tasteful though there is a tendency to overdo the "knick knacks" around the place.

The proximity of Balaibinda is a real PLUS since the public market, the boat terminal, and food places are just a stone's throw away.

Just expect at least one power interruption per day. Air conditioning units switch off automatically but Balaibinda's generator provides enough power for ceiling fans and lights.

The room rates are reasonable for a new place like Balaibinda. Here's hoping that the place will be kept spick and span through the years.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank pokster
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
125 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

Enjoyed our 4D 3N stay in stay there. It's a walking distance from the port, market place and dining places.It has a homey atmosphere, the rooms are quite clean and looks new, free wifi, and the heater is working perfectly fine except if there are brownouts. There were several brownouts during our stay there but they have generator to use for the lights and the fans.

My only comment here was when we tried to order for lunch, it will still take some time for them to cook since they still need to order from the market. So we end up eating lunch outside. But no worries since there are many dining places to choose from.
Make sure you advice them early if you are going to have lunch there.

The breakfast is ordered the night before and you have to make sure the time you requested to serve is the time you will actually eat your breakfast. If you are late, you might find the food not so hot anymore.

Overall, we have enjoyed our stay here and will booked in this hotel the next time we come back to coron.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Jen F
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Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, Philippines
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Balaibinda is right at heart of the town of Coron, a 30minute ride from the airport. You can ask them to fetch you at the airport, just make sure you call/text them ahead of your expected time of arrival ( note: a fee of P150/person for the shuttle). We got a room for three right at the roadside but it wasn't noisy. Free fast WiFi anywhere in the lodge for net addicts and I think that's a big plus. If you plan to go to any certain tourist spots within town on your own such as the Mt Tapyas, Cashew store & Maquinit Spring just get in touch with the staffs at the front desk and they will hire a tricycle for your tour ( with a charge of P400 ). They also make arrangements for day tour packages. Truly a value for money..Small tip: At the corner of the street where Balaibinda is located, there's a small eatery called "Food Trip" which is a must try- their food are simply sumptuous! :D

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank MitzVi
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Additional Information about Balaibinda Lodge

Property: Balaibinda Lodge
Address: 22 Don Pedro St | Barangay 3, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Balaibinda Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balaibinda is among the newest built tourist lodging in the small town of Coron on the island of Busuanga, in northern Palawan, a province in the Philippines. It is conveniently located in the heart of town, in the bustling food and business district. It is just a few minute's walk from major banks, churches, schools, market, wharf and an array of restaurants and souvenir shops.This modest hostel has 3 floors and a total of 18 rooms. It houses a bar and restaurant. It has modern architecture with hints of ethnic influence in its fixtures coupled with eclectic interior design which results in a distinct ambience of class.We have staff that is warm, friendly and ready to assist you in your stay to ensure your comfort and help make your vacation in Coron fun, exciting and memorable . ... more   less 
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