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Balaibinda Lodge
Ranked #1 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Coron
Moreno Valley, California
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“In town.”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

The location was great. The public market is just right outside and the boating trips walking distance. We had the family room which could accommodate up to 6 people. The room was quiet. They have their own generator when the electricity goes out. On first night, the beds were itchy- bed bugs. The egg crate mattresses are not being disinfected properly. They changed the bedsheets but didn't help. Bring lysol spray for the bed if you plan on staying there. Breakfast is ordered the night before, so cold food in the morning. There's no warm water.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

After enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Coron, Balaidinda was a nice place to relax and savor the days' awesome adventure! We enjoyed our free breakfast, nice and clean room, but most of all the friendly, courteous and helpful staff. The location was great since one can easily access the market, restaurants and tour companies...simply homey and charming place at a very reasonable price!

Room Tip: rooms located at the third floor or any rooms by the courtyard
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Stayed here in September, after we searched for the best hotel we could find on our limited budget. It did not disappoint in any way. It was comfortable and perfect for what we needed. The breakfast surpassed my expectations. We stayed in an interior room, where it was quiet at night. There was some noise from people passing by in the morning, but not enough to be a nuisance. I was glad to hear they weathered the storm from Haiyan well, because I would love to visit again.

Room Tip: Interior rooms are better for noise. The second floor is where the dining area is, so you will get...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Ulan-Ude, Russia
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We booked here last minute because our flight was cancelled in Coron back to Manila.

Compared to nearby hotels, Balaibinda has a great design and friendly staff. It is located at the center of town. Having a bad experience from a hotel near Balaibinda, this place felt like heaven for us. They have a good dining area, nicely designed rooms and an upper deck view of the sea. Breakfast is also free. Their price is also very competitive!

Since the hotel is quite small, you might hear people outside your room. At least that's our experience when we stayed at the ground floor. We also booked the second floor facing the road for our guests. They didn't complain about the noise of the tricycles although some comments say that it can be quite loud... i think it's still worth it...

Room Tip: Might be best to stay away from the rooms facing the road although it still worth it...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

I transfer here after the Ecolodge increase their rate. The hotel is more accessible, rooms are clean, friendly staff and nice buffet breakfast. Their WI-FI is accessible in room. Good thing is they have a standby generator, brownout is common in Coron.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

Centrally located to restaurants, public market, banks and pier. The place is safe. Rooms are good with basic amenities. They arrange for your airport transfers ( to and from) for a reasonable rate. Suggest that you connect via their website. They inform you all the things which you may need to know when traveling to coron (i.e what to bring, mode of payment, atm locations). This is a convenient and safe hotel especially for solo travelers.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights with my mom, my two aunts and my cousin. We booked the penthouse rooms, which were nice because they had a fridge, hot water maker, plus adjoining balconies and a rooftop patio. Totally worth the extra pesos, which don't amount to much for the privacy and view. Like others have mentioned, the rooms are small. But the AC was strong (such a nice respite from the Palawan heat!), and the water pressure and water temp were perfect. The decor of the hotel is very charming, filled with native artwork that gives it an authentic feel. Breakfasts were good, with enough choices for a 4-day stay. We also pre-ordered dinner one night and it was excellent! You do have to ask the front desk for extra towels and toilet paper, which is not a problem, but it would be nice for those things to be automatically replenished. Also, I HIGHLY recommend some sort of hotel guide that explains all of the services and processes, since they are quite unique to BalaiBinda. A guide of things to see/do would be an added plus, and perhaps a recommendation of clean and cheap places to eat in town.

That said, the hotel is very close to the public market and launching point for Coron tours -- totally walkable, but you may want to pay for a trike since the heat is pretty intense. Good restaurants, milk tea, fruit shake and coffee places nearby as well (try Coronzy Coffee & Ice Valley).

For our first tour to Malcapuya Island, Banana Island and Bulog Dos, we joined a group tour, which we booked just down the street from the hotel past the roundabout. If you have a small group, you can trike to the Hot Springs and skip booking this through a tour operator. On our last day, we only wanted to go to Lake Kayangan and Banol Beach, so we hired a private bangka for 1500 PHP. That doesn't include entrance fees and food so the costs were nearly the same as joining a group tour, but you have the benefit of a private boat and customization (a big deal for me). In the end, it was totally worth doing it this way.

Enjoy Coron -- it is BEAUTIFUL. BalaiBinda is a great value -- with airport transport included in the price. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for the penthouse rooms, it's worth it!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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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 31 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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