Friday, July 27, 2012

Travel guide to Puerto Princesa, Palawan and La Villa Princesa Hotel

I was really excited when we booked our flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan ( booh! excitement kills!) via AirPhil express for 2500 to and fro. yes, i know, its expensive but hell yeah! who cares! I get to travel with my bff's most especially with a friend who gets her first trip out of Luzon Island ( via plane) hahah! You know who you are! lol

Planning stage. I browsed a lot of forums looking for the best itinerary for a 3D/2N vacation in the country's largest City rich in natural resources, Puerto Princesa! Well of course, where else would I look but PinoyExchange and Girltalk!

One of the pexers, Ms. Tiara has a travel agency located at Palawan. I actually talked to her last year for my Solo trip but due to budget constraints.. nevermind! I then again called her for updated tour rates. Yes, I know i should've DIY this tour but we're on a large group and i guess, P4300 worth of trip is okay for us.

Inclusions:
Airport Transfers
Hotel Accomodation for 3D/2N (i requested for just 1 room for more bonding moments.eeek)
Daily Breakfast ( 3 pcs of toasted bread, small amount of butter and jam), a sunny side egg and a coffee.
Tours and Lunch.

April 13, 2012.

To start the day, soon as we arrived NAIA Terminal 3, we saw Jay of Kamikazee outside. Then, at the check-in counter we sa Gloc-9, Urbandab, and of course, Parokya ni Edgar! (teehheee). I was so excited that I immediately found Buwi sitting on the floor.lol (yes, had some pictures too). He said they were bound to CDO for the T5.

There's always a first time, and yes, my first AirPhil express ride. And, I still find ZestAir and Cebu Pac FA's prettier than Airphil's. lol! Hey,  im just sayin'. I'm fugly but i'm not an FA. (defensive!). We had a smooth ride, Anak always gets her window seat, and Jes had her first time. hihihih..


We arrived at Puerto Princesa around 9:30am, waited for the luggages and looked for the tour guide that will transfer us to our Hotel.

Left to right: Anak, Mike, Tanya, Jessica, Xave and Renan
We stayed at La Villa Prinsesa Bed and Breakfast, located along Manalo Extension, just 3 minutes away from Puerto Princesa Airport and 5 minutes away from the downtown.


At first, I was actually wondering how would we fit inside a Family Room since we were 7 in the group. But the room they gave us was WOW! It has 3 queen sized bed and a Single bed. 2 were downstairs and 2 upstairs. Yes, it has mezzanine. The room also has 2 flat screen TV's, AC, Private Toilet and Bath and a veranda and free Wi-Fi too!

Upstairs
Downstairs
La Villa Prinsesa Rates:
Check-in time is 2:00PM and check out is 12:00 noon.

STANDARD ROOM –PHP 1,400 per night
(Good for 1 to 2 persons)
1 Double Sized Bed, Private Bath with Hot and Cold Shower, 1 hp Split Inverter Air-Conditioned Units, 32 inch LCD TV, set of toiletries

FAMILY ROOM WITH VERANDA – PHP 4,400 per night
(Good for 6-7 persons)
Down : 1 Double and 1 Single Size Bed
Up : 2 double Size Bed and 1 Single Bed
With Private Bath with Hot and Cold Shower, 1 hp Split Inverter Air-Conditioned Units, 32 inch LCD TV, Private Veranda, and set of toiletries

Rooms were Cambodian inspired (they said..) with modern art pieces. Looks new to me as we can still smell the paint,and that's a big no no for us. We even see plastic bags of charcoal hiding below the stairs. It's hard to breathe, it stinks and its hurting our eyes! But overall, we loved our room!

Its 10:30am when we arrived at the Hotel. We fixed our things and rested for a while. Around 11:00am, we went to a nearby restaurant they call Balinsasayaw. Good thing, it;s just a 1 minute walk.


So we ordered this and this and this and this....


Bulalo. Kilawin. Pork Sinigang. Crispy Pata. Pork Liempo. Eggplant Ensalada and Adobong Kangkong which is not in the picture. lol. Food's worth around P1600 for 7 pax! Heavy eaters.



After lunch, we went back to the Hotel to rest and waited for the tour guide to arrive. Teehhheee!!!


The van arrived around 1:30pm to start our first day itinerary! Puerto Princesa Half day City Tour.

Baybay (Baywalk)
Plaza Cuartel
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Souvenir Shop (not recommended)
Crocs Farm
Mitra's Ranch
Baker's Hill
Souvenir Shop

9 comments:

DiversityHuman said...

Wow! It's a very nice place...

Truly "maid in the Philippines!"

stray pusiket said...

Hi! I saw your blog via Pex. looking forward to your next posts about your Puerto Princesa trip.


btw, added you on GFC =)

michymichymoo said...

Hi Aileen! Can you email me Ms. Tiara's contact details? Please email me here: michymichymoo@dekaphobe.com

Thanks!

http://www.dekaphobe.com

aileen said...

Hello stray pusiket! thanks for dropping by!

Sis michy, ill ping you nalang sa fb. lol
Palagi ka ba sa Eton??

TravelPh said...

wow!!
Philippines indeed a very nice place and blessed country as well.
Thanks for the share.

Viviene dela Rosa said...

Wow! I enjoyed so much every details of this post. We are planning to visit palawan this summer with my boyfriend and I think this is perfect for his taste. I will recommend this to him and I think we can afford the hotel accommodation. I really like the place. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, it cool.

aileen said...

yes sis. super sulit mag stay diyan. aside from that, super lapit sa airport at halos katabi lang niya yung balinsasayaw. :)

bago pa yung hotel eh.

Anonymous said...

Cool.I know also place called http://gohotels.ph/puertoprincesa. This budget hotel is so cool :)

Anonymous said...

love it! really cool.Yes staying in budget hotel is very recommendable. tipid nga pero di ka naman dadayain
they will treat you rin like queen and king

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