Best Hotels to stay in El-Nido, Palawan [Updated for 2019]
Thinking to travel to the Philippines, and planning to stay in El Nido?
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Let me introduce you to the El Nido Hotels Scene.. 🙂
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Let’s review the best and the most value for money hotels in El Nido.
There are many places to see and tour in El Nido, you probably want to stay there for around a week (depends on the weather) to be able to enjoy everything this amazing place has to offer.
Over the past few years, more and more restaurants, attractions, shops, and hotels are popping, as more tourists are visiting El Nido.
However, El Nido hasn’t developed fast enough to serve the capacity of the tourists.
Therefore, this is the most important tip for you, if you about to visit El Nido:
When you plan to visit El-Nido, try to book a hotel as soon as you know the dates of your stay (at least 3-5 weeks in advance, even more, if you’re looking for the best and top-rated hotels – and there are no many of them).
Yes, also if you are traveling to El Nido during off-season… I can tell myself after being there a few months ago.
El Nido Areas
There are a few areas you can stay in El Nido, which depends on your preferences, and travel purposes:
- El Nido Town – the heart of the town, where you can find many hotels, restaurants, and places to rent scooters.
You can easily book island hopping tour from the many tour operators that available here.
- Corong Corong – 10 minutes from El Nido town, this beach is less crowded and you can find more comfortable hotels. Not much to do here.
Island hopping is usually going out from this beach (don’t worry if you don’t stay in this area, probably a shuttle will be included once you’re booking any tour).
- Marimegmeg Beach – This beach is developing over time, and along a wide piece of stretched, beach you can find a few restaurants and lounges lying to the beach.
You can get here with a short tricycle ride from the town – ~12 minutes, 150 php.
- Las Cabanas beach – Located just near Marimegmeg Beach, This is a great place to relax.
- Private Islands – More and more hotels are offering a unique experience of a private island, which you can book and stay for a few days.
El Nido offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets. The fact is that there are more cheap hotels to stay (especially in the town), which is great for backpackers and budget travelers.
If you’re looking for more spacious or high-class and even luxury places to stay, you can find them too, however, there is a limited selection, therefore I suggest booking ahead.
Most Value for Money Hotels and Resorts in El Nido, Palawan
These hotels are not necessarily cheap comparing to other hotels in the town, but they are providing the best value for your money, as we experienced.
El Nido Resorts
Now, if you traveling on a high budget, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking one of El Nido Resorts, which each one of then (four) is located on private islands.
These resorts are expensive and don’t fit most of the travelers budget, but I can say it was an amazing and unforgettable experience for us.
This is the perfect place to celebrate a honeymoon, take a proposal or just celebrating any other occasion.
YOU WON’T REGRET IT! (although your bank manager might be)
- Super warm staff
- Private Island
- High variety of animals on the island
- Great breakfast
- All sports activities are included (kayaking, snorkeling, lagoon tours)
Check prices: Pangulasian Island
El Nido Mahogany – Corong-Corong
Mahogany Resort established in 2015 and located in Corong-Corong beach just a few meters from the water.
They offer spacious and cozy cottages and villas, that are well designed and comfortable.
Corong-Corong Beach during low tide, just in front of Mahogany Resort:
- big, spacious villas/bungalows
- tranquility and sumptuous garden
- large private balcony
- located just near the beach
- Amazin Sunset view
- although it’s located just on the beach, it’s hard to swim in this area due to the low tide.
- 15 minutes walking to the town
Check prices: Mahogany Beach Resort
Coco Resort – Corong-Corong
You can read here my previous post, Coco Resort Review.
Coco resort is located just a few meters from Mahogany in Corong-Corong beach.
Both hotels are quite new, and so their facilities.
- Hotel rooms and facilities are new
- garden, relaxing resort
- Delicious breakfast
- Big Balcony, with fan
- Poor WiFi (to be honest it’s a common problem in the town)
- a little bit pricey, but comparing other hotels – but worth it
If you’re looking to escape the crowd – you definitely need to consider Qi Palawan, which is considered as a true pearl in the Island.
Qi Palawan is located in San Fernando town on the northeastern coast of Palawan approximately 60 minutes from El Nido town and 50 minutes from El Nido airport (not Puerto Princesa Airpot).
The beachfront hotel operates just 8 cottages, and it’s just the perfect place to get away and explore the beach or just relaxing and experiencing Palawan, in a not-touristy way (as much as possible).
- Quite and private stay – couple’s popular choice
- A beachfront hotel with a private beach area
- Clean, comfortable and spacious cottages
- High rated restaurant
- Welcoming stuff
- member of Zero Carbon Resorts
El Nido Bayview Hotel
Bayview hotel is located in Barangay Corong-Corong, and to get there; you need to take a tricycle of rent scooters. (7 min)
The panoramic view from the hotel is breathtaking! And a perfect place to escape from the town of El Nido.
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- Fantastic view!
- Excellent breakfast
- Recommended booking the Seaview room
- Great staff
- Need to take lot of stairs to get the rooms
- Tricycle is required whenever you want to get to the town
Check prices: Bayview Resort
Slide to see more photos of Bayview Hotel:
This is a budget hotel, located just in the town of El Nido, few minutes of walking from the main road and the restaurants.
The prices are low comparing to other places in the town, and so the accommodations quality, but the view from the balcony (2nd floor) is priceless, plus they serve an excellent breakfast.
Rosanna’s Pension can be a great place to stay if anyway you’re not planning to stay in the room too much…
- Lovely view from the balcony
- Delicious breakfast
- Great Location
- Rooms are dark, not enough light
- Not a spoiling hotel, but providing a great option to low budget travelers
Check prices: Booking.com
Other Hotels in El Nido
More places to stay, which we didn’t stay and can’t review:
- Spin Designer Hostel
- Bucana beachfront guesthouse
- Cabanas de Nacpan Camping Resort
High Budget Hotels and Resorts:
Have you been to El Nido? Which hotel in El Nido do you recommend?
Please share with me in the comments below how was your experience!
Traveling to El Nido?
Check my quick and the only guide you need for Island Hopping in El Nido: