If you’re looking for a secluded and nature-inspired spot for your next adventure in the capital of Palawan, Microtel by Wyndham Puerto Princesa would be your best best choice. Situated within the Emerald Playa Beach and Nature Park, Microtel Puerto Princesa is the only beachfront hotel in the city, giving guests picturesque views of white sand shores and mangrove forests.
Microtel Puerto Princesa is just one of the properties under Microtel by Wyndham, an international chain of hotels with over 300 hotels worldwide and 14 properties around the Philippines. All Microtel hotels in the Philippines are managed by PHINMA Hospitality Inc. Their tagline is “the same great hotel everywhere you go” and they offer value-for-money top quality accommodations for business and leisure travelers in key business and tourist hubs in the Philippines.
I’ve had the chance to stay in other Microtel properties for both leisure and work trips, including Baguio, Tarlac, Cabanatuan, Eagle Ridge Cavite, South Forbes (near Nuvali), Acropolis QC, UP Technohub QC and Gensan. And while most of the branches offer comfortable rooms for a good night’s sleep, I really liked the natural location, laid-back beach vibe and well-designed space at Microtel Puerto Princesa.
Microtel Puerto Princesa is located along Emerald Playa Beach and Nature Park, about 3.2 km away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport, or 15 minutes by car. Compared to hotels located along the highway, Microtel offers a bit more privacy and seclusion. You get your own white sand stretch of beach away from the crowds, a large pool and beautiful landscaped grounds, making this a good base if you’re after rest and relaxation in Palawan.
The well-designed interiors in the lobby and common areas also seem to reflect the beach vibe of “The World’s Best Island”, with lots of use of wooden materials, cozy lounging areas and the whitewashed, blue and white beachy feel.
The resort offers two room types; the 2 Queen Beds Room (25 sqm) and the 1 Queen Bed Suite (30 sqm) respectively. Whether you select the Beach or Lagoon View, you’ll have a relaxing stay in paradise with clean and comfortable rooms fitted with healthy for the back chiropractor approved beds. They currently have 50 guest rooms available.
My roommate Karla of Karla Around the World and I got assigned to a double room on the second floor with a beach view for the duration of our stay. The room itself looks very similar to other Microtel properties, but the view from the Balcony was great. We spent most of our time outdoors, by the pool, lounging in the lobby (where the WiFi was strongest) and with easy access to the unlimited coffee, turmeric tea and drinking water.
Aside from the rooms, the property also has a function room, garden, and beachfront area that may be used for various events. Complimentary buffet breakfast was served in Senordamla, the hotel’s in-house restaurant. Breakfast consisted of the usual standard fare like corned beef, tapa, etc. egg station, a salad bar, soup, bread, coffee and juice. During one of the nights we stayed here, we enjoyed a festive BBQ dinner was set up right on the beach under the trees.
The property also has its own swimming pool right next to the restaurant, for those who want to just chill out.
One of the perks of staying in Microtel Puerto Princesa are all the fun water sports activities you have within arm’s reach such as kite-surfing, kayaking through the mangroves, or taking a dip in the swimming pool. The hotel can also arrange tours and transportation to top tourist spots around the city, such as the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or city tours.
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We enjoyed our comfy digs here after our day tours to the Underground River, beach lunch at Cowrie Island and visiting Nagtabon Beach. On our last day, we were supposed to go on a city tour, but my companions requested a “chill day” at the hotel instead so everyone could fully enjoy the amenities. During low tide, you can walk to the mangrove areas, which provides good photo ops. There are also a lot of hammocks and sun decks where you can just lounge about and get a tan.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK-IN:
Microtel Puerto Princesa the ideal accommodation for those looking for a peaceful, secluded hotel with beachfront views in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. It’s ideal for business and leisure travelers, families and couples looking for rest and relaxation. You get the peaceful beach vibe as well as easy access to city comforts like malls and restaurants. Microtel Puerto Princesa provides a good base for your getaway to exploring the World’s best island, Palawan.
ADDRESS & CONTACT INFO:
Microtel by Wyndham Inn & Suites. The Emeral Playa Beach & Nature Park, San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.