This trip was 10 months in the making. It took me a lot of research on where to stay, what to do, and basically how to enjoy El Nido without splurging, especially on hotel rooms which we will be leaving empty throughout the day.
For our first night in El Nido, we checked in at Tay Miloy’s Inn. Now, if you google “cheapest accommodation in El Nido”, Tay Miloy is probably the top search results. It’s located right in the town, a few blocks away from the beach, and is very close to restaurants, grocery stores, to everything.
We booked a basic fan room with shared bathroom but when we arrived, the room wasn’t prepared yet so we were asked to occupy a larger airconditioned room with private restroom. It was like heaven was on our side! The AC was working well, the bed was comfortable, the room was huge, it was old but was clean. The bathroom was very basic – a sink, a toilet bowl, a shower head, and a tabo and timba. Water supply was very adequate. Overall, our stay at Tay Miloy was so well worth what we paid for. Besides, Kuya Rodrigo was very helpful and accommodating with our tours so it was really nice.
Overall rating: 5/5
Price: Php500/night for a twin fan room with shared bathroom. We paid the same price for the larger room with private bath! How cool! I believe the AC room was priced at 1800/night, which can accommodate 4-6 people.
Location: Not familiar with the street name, but it’s very near the beach. Haha.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TayMiloysInn
Contact Person: Kuya Rodrigo – 0939 469 7192
We found Tapik Beach Park in Agoda. I’ll admit it, I was blinded by how cheap their accommodations were, and I booked it right away even if it says on the website that it’s an hour and half from the town. And I must say the dirt road to Tapik was so worth it. The resort was so homey and cozy and it was beautiful. The staffs, headed by Sir Randy, were all very accommodating and kind to us.
The resort relies on a generator for electricity, which is usually operational from 5PM, when the guests would usually lounge at their tiny cozy bar, until 10PM, when the guests are already in their rooms to rest. The rooms are all made up of light materials. Our beach hut had a huge bamboo window, which you can open up facing the beach. The colors of the sky during sunrise and how they hit you right in the face, is just pure bliss. Everything was so organic and fresh and lovely. There are hammocks and small cottages in front of the beach, and they also set up a bonfire for the guests. It was a lovely experience staying at Tapik. We stayed there for 2 nights, and how we wished we could’ve stayed longer.
Price: Php800/night for a beach hut with shared bathroom
Location: Barrio Sibaltan, El Nido
Contact person: Mr. Voltaire Alcantara – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last night in Palawan was spent in Puerto Princesa. Again, I’m all for budget hostels and JLC Hostel was one of, if not, the cheapest in the city. It also had good reviews over at Tripadvisor and Agoda, so I did not hesitate to book it right away. Location-wise, it’s fine. It’s within the city but is a trike away from everything – restaurants, transport terminals, even the airport. What I loved most about this hostel is that it is family owned, and the whole family was very kind and welcoming. I was exchanging emails with the owner Mr. Jemar Cabular (I believe JLC are his initials) for a few weeks to help us arrange our underground river tour. Everything was flawless when we arrived at JLC. We got a room upgrade for free, and our tour was right on schedule.
The hostel is literally a huge house that was converted to a guest house. The family stays on the front most room and the rest of the house were for the guests. Our room was basic but is very huge, and I believe can accommodate upto 5 people. The bathroom was a little small, but was very clean. They also have a clothes rack where you can hang your bath towels. They also provided an extension cord in case you need one. We were really tired that day as we woke up early to travel from Tapik to El Nido town, then we did the island hopping the whole day, then we traveled for 6 hrs by bus to Puerto Princesa. Our room was just the perfect place to rest that night. The only thing I did not like about our room? There was no water heater. I had to shower before sleeping and the water was freaking cold! Other than that, all was well. Photos above are from their Facebook page.
They do not serve rice meals breakfast but you get free coffee and pandesal for morning snack. It was really homey.
Price: Php575/night for a fan room with private bath. We were upgraded for a larger airconditioned room with no extra fee. God loves us. Lol
Location: #26 Old Buncag Rd, Puerto Princesa City
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JLC-Hostel-Puerto-Princesa-City/178973248791131 (the page is not updated though)
Contact person: Mr. Jemar Cabular – email@example.com / 0946 358 1359
Overall, our 10 month wait for this trip was so well worth it. Everything was awesome!
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