Where to Stay in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is one of the most beautiful islands on Planet Earth and I challenge anyone to argue. The beating tourism heart of the Philippine island is the region of El Nido, and for good reason. Crystal clear jade seas, towering limestone cliffs, and white power sand beaches are just part of the draw.
Finding a place to lay your head in El Nido isn’t difficult. The difficult part is actually choosing which of the many El Nido accommodation options to go with. Whether you want to stay in town or on a private island, in a hostel dorm or in a luxury villa, there’s a place for you in El Nido.
Over the past few years, tourism has been booming, and more and more El Nido accommodations are available to book online, something that was difficult in the not so distant past.
I’ve curated a list of accommodation options at various price points to help you plan your trip.
Spin Designer Hostel
Spin Designer Hostel – El Nido is a hip hostel that features a shared kitchen with barbecue facility, a games room, and a common terrace with views surrounded by a lush forest. WiFi is free throughout the property. Guests can enjoy daily scheduled activities at the property such as movie nights with free popcorn, beer pong, and margarita nights. Other activities like barbecue, pub crawl, and walking tours can also be arranged at an additional cost.
Bunks from $25 / Private rooms from $65
King’s Landing Hostel
King’s Landing Hostel is a 2 star hostel, just steps from the beach in El Nido known for their friendly staff who are more than happy to help you book things like tours, transfers, and other activities. Free wifi and free parking are both available. Their rooms are relatively bigger than most hostels and have a mixed Rustic-Native architecture with modern amenities such as spacious clean CR with Hot/Cold Rain Shower, toilet with bidet, pocket doors, full double size beds, and luggage racks.
Bunks from $17 / Private rooms from $45
Peak House Garden Pension
Providing a fitness center as well as a terrace, Peak House Garden Pension is located in the heart of El Nido surrounded by beautiful gardens. Free wifi and breakfast are included with each room.
Standard rooms form $60
MaryGold Beachfront Inn
MaryGold Beachfront Inn is small, mid-range inn providing simple, clean, beachfront accommodations in the most accessible location in town. One of the first accommodations in El Nido, MaryGold is a labor of love, created by a Palawan family and now operated by a third generation of Canadian-Filipinos.
Rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV and are equipped with air conditioning – backed up with a new generator so. Certain units at MaryGold Beachfront Inn have a balcony. All rooms feature a private bathroom.
Standard rooms from $66
Cuna Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant and bar on-site. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a desk, and a TV. The rooms also come with a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer and a shower facility with free toiletries. Some rooms at Cuna Hotel feature views of the mountain.
An American breakfast is available daily at the property while guests may enjoy the complimentary snacks at the lobby. In-room dining may also be arranged.
Standard rooms from $80
El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island
If you really want to treat yourself, check out one of the luxury island resorts in El Nido. Pangulasian Island is an Eco-Luxury island resort in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Walk along the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Guests are treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design.
Villas from $950
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