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“Dangerous!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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The Last Beach Cottages
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123 Elnido Proper, zone 3, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines (Formerly Hippocampe Beach Cottages)   |  
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Ranked #35 of 54 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Davao City, Philippines
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“Dangerous!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We made a reservation here some 3 weeks before we travelled to El Nido and nowhere on the website, or in the emails from the proprietor (Bernard Tissot), is it stated that arrival after dark is not recommended.

Why?

Because the property is a lengthy walk along the sea-shore from the Northern end of El Nido proper and if you make this trip with luggage after dark, as we did, you will encounter a high tide which bars the way necessitating a 100m walk inland through a palm grove in pitch dark. Note that many people in the area (including other hoteliers) are not even aware of the existence of Hippocampe!! When it is necessary to re-join the shoreline (still in pitch dark), it is not to a beach but over rocks which made walking (still with luggage and wearing only flip-flops because no-one from Hippocampe felt it necessary to warn us of this!!) dangerous.

We eventually found the beach resort in semi-darkness and called out twice (I like to think I have a reasonably loud voice) and received no response. We negotiated the tricky return trek to El Nido and made other arrangements.

I am astonished those reviews made by the French visitors failed to mention the difficulty of finding one's way back to the resort after dark. At no time did M. Tissot mention that stout footwear and a torch (flashlight) would be necessary to actually find the place after dark.

NOT recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The only good thing about this place is that its quiet and has its own beach but beware its way out of town and there is no road that leads to it. You have to walk 20mins to any food places. You can call the owner up and he will help bring your luggage to the place.
There is no air conditioning or fans in the room. The rooms are clean and spacious with a mosquito net.
If you want peace and quiet it has a lovely garden and rooms have balconies where you can relax. Though if you want to be the center of town or easy access to town this is not the place for you.
It is also not suitable if you plan to arrive after dark.
If a road was built it would be a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 123 Elnido Proper, zone 3, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines (Formerly Hippocampe Beach Cottages)
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #35 of 54 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
The Last Beach Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island

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