Friday, December 5, 2014

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: A Wonderful Stay at Palo Alto

A week before our much awaited travel to Palawan, an unexpected email came to my inbox inviting me for a complimentary 2-night stay at Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Princesa City with Underground River Tour for two. As I've read about the hotel's excellent amenities and services while searching online for places to stay in Puerto Princesa, I gladly accepted their invitation. The timing couldn't have been more perfect with our scheduled travel and  I immediately cancelled my previous hotel and tour booking at another Puerto Princesa accommodation.

My wife and I first went to the northern town of El Nido and stayed there for two nights. On the third day, we traveled back to Puerto Princesa by bus and arrived at the San Jose Bus Terminal at around 7 PM. Shortly after arriving, we were picked up by Palo Alto's van driven by the friendly Nervin. When he learned that we are from Mindanao, he began talking to us in Bisaya. We learned that he hailed from Zamboanga Sibugay and the owner of Palo Alto also hailed from that province.

From the bus terminal, it took us less than 10 minutes in getting to Palo Alto. We took a left turn from the highway and passed through a graveled interior road before finally arriving at the hotel.

Palo Alto prides itself as an eco-friendly and relaxing tourist lodge where guests can relax and commune with nature. And we immediately felt this upon stepping into the hotel premises. Despite being only 10-15 minutes away from the city proper, Palo Alto can make you feel like you are staying in a quiet forest as the place is surrounded by trees. Wood sourced from Palawan's sustainable plantations were prominently used in the hotel's construction and its design makes one feel more closer to nature.

After filling up the registration form at the reception area, we were handed with the key to our room. We then simply walked across a grassy lawn and right into the bedroom door.

Having been used to backpacker-type accommodations in almost all of my travels, I felt privileged with the kind of room Palo Alto granted us. It is very spacious that it could comfortably fit in three queen-size beds. The walls are painted in relaxing light blue colors and the prominent use of wood in the construction gave it a more homey feel. A bamboo lounge sits beside the bed which is fronted at a good distance by a large LCD TV placed on a wooden cabinet equipped with a personal ref and and a safety deposit box. The bathroom with solar-powered shower heater is also very clean and spacious. The room is superbly cool and comfortable that we had the best two nights of sleep here during our almost week-long exploration of Palawan.

At the upper level of the hotel, one can see the trees that surround the place. They have a spot for squirrel and bird watching and I was really impressed on how they were able to preserve this forest setting despite being only a few minutes away from the city. Right across a narrow street outside the hotel's gate is Palo Alto's extension area where their swimming pool, function hall and more guest rooms are located.

Palo Alto has its own restaurant called Salakot Cafe. It is here where we availed our free breakfast. On our first day we ordered tapsilog and longsilog and then pancakes with fresh fruits on the next. The meals were all tasty and filling enough to jump start our mornings in Puerto Princesa.

Though the hotel is a bit far from the highway, those who wish to go to the city proper need not worry as they have a scheduled van service for their guests. During our stay, we were shuttled to Puerto Princesa downtown at 6 PM and were picked up in a designated area at 9. It gave us enough time to buy pasalubongs and souvenirs and eat dinner in a local restaurant. Van transfer to and from the airport is also available for all of their guests. 

As an added service, Palo Alto also offers customized and packaged tours for solo, couple and group travelers. You may visit their website to know more of these packages. In my future post, I will tell you one wonderful reason why you should book your Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour with Palo Alto.

Overall, I love Palo Alto's "forest within a city" setting. The hotel has excellent facilities and the staff are very courteous, helpful and friendly.For nature lovers looking for a place to stay in Puerto Princesa, Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast is highly recommended. 

For inquiries and reservation, kindly visit Palo Alto's official website and Facebook Page.

1 comment :

  1. Oh, it looks so beautiful. There are lots of hotels in Palawan, it's nice you get the great one.


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