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Serena Road Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
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The Alternative
Ranked #31 of 52 El Nido B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Go try thier beach cottage accommodations. Much better than elnido town which is very clumped together. Problem with elnido town is theres too much people which makes the place a little messy and overcrowding is starting to be an issue. Its nice to be in a beach with good staff and nice, beautiful place and good food. This is thier... More 

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Davao City, Philippines
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15 hotel reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Despite its simple facilities, its my preferred hotel in El Nido for its scenic view of the bay and Cadlao Island. Also, hotel administrator is friendly and accommodating. The place has a spacious veranda with provided hot water and utensils where you can enjoy your coffee or tea. The only thing that most people complain about this place is its... More 

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kota kinabalu
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights and booked for the family fan room. The only disadvantage is that it has no air-conditioned (only fan) and its so hot with fans. And the best part goes like this, Views... you can say it's heaven on earth. The staff's are so good and i can guarantee you that you are in good hands.... More 

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Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed on the Island, this was perfect! Not luxury, but great. The food was nice, en the view made me want to stay longer! If you book the island accommodation it comes with a tour. The only advise I have is make sure you make clear what tour you will do! We planned to do tour C, but ended... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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81 reviews 81 reviews
54 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights it was clean and reasonably priced the restaurant area was a great place to relax in food was ok. Staff were excellent and very helpful. We organised a day trip through them and it was a great day with plenty of food. Well done to the guys.

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leeds
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Blown away by the beauty and ambiance of the area. We stayed on the island and it was like heaven on earth. Edward, Norma and their team couldn't have been more hospitable and kind. Food was fantastic and facilities were basic but what we expected. Thank you for the most memorable vacation!

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Hsinchu, T'ai-wan, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for 5 days in late January for our Chinese New Year holiday. We chose this hotel for the central location, and reasonable price. We stayed in a family room, which faced the bay with an excellent ocean view. Room was fairly large, big windows and balcony facing the bay, private bathroom, towels and basic... More 

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Guntur, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

rooms are very basic, though clean. may not get hot water for bath all the time. food is not good for vegetarians. we had to struggle to get some fried rice and noodles. though staff are nice and co-operative.rates are high for the standard of room. there is no electricity from 6 am to 2 pm. we found other hotels... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This place would be perfect if it was not for the run down accommodation. We had an island cottage, which was situated on a private island, great food, amazing tours and the best staff you could ask for! The fact we had a rat nesting in the villa wall, a toilet that did not flush and a sink that dripped... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

I you want to stay in El Nido town then from what I've seen prepare to be disappointed and previous reviews of this hotel could be true. I however can say that the accommodation on the private islands (not marketed well on their website) named "island cottages" are nothing short of amazing. Yes the accommodation is rustic, tired and needs... More 

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Address: Serena Road Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Also Known As:
The Alternative El Nido, Palawan Island

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