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Skylight Hotel
210-A Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #76 of 131 Puerto Princesa B&B and Inns
Philippines
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“DIRTY ROOMS”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

The hotel is located in the heart of the city and does not exude any kind of welcome in its edifice. The rooms are musty, dusty and full of mosquitoes. The towels are already old and instead of white, it has turned dirty white and almost about to be brownish in color. The bathroom tiles and the rooms in the first floor are full of mildew. The cabinets are dusty. The only good thing is the free wifi in the room.

Room Tip: Their deluxe room are a little better but their standard rooms are terrible, the mosquitoes are ever...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012 via mobile

The place is nice. It's just the negatives overwhelms the positives.

Room
Pro: rooms are nice
Con: they have a kareoke bar in the hotel but it's so loud in the rooms. Some people might want to sleep in the room. Just saying.

Food
Pro: free breakfast buffet and dinner buffet has 32 dishes.
Con: 32 dishes for dinner are left over from lunch and they don't refill. Breakfast buffet is free but it's left over from last night (so lunch from previous day) and no refills. Haven't dared to try lunch here. Found bread but it's crawling with ants.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

We stayed here because our travel agency booked us here without our knowledge. And we travelled in peak season so it may be possible that there were no more available rooms on other hotels. My review: Don't stay on this hotel unless a) you're travelling for business b) you have no choice due to budget constraints. This is not a very good hotel if you really want to enjoy the wonderful island of Palawan, unless if you have a VERY tight budget. Skylight hotel offers a lot of basic amenities but none of them excels.

The rooms are mediocre. The room we stayed at had no cellphone signal so we have to go out to contact people (especially our tour guide / manager). It is clean enough though. But the bathroom has a window that makes the bath area visible from the outside if one peeks into it. This is not much of a room, just a place to sleep.

The location is in the middle of Puerto Princesa city. That is good if you want to travel around the city instead of the beaches and islands of Palawan. The good side is that it is close enough to the good places to eat like Kahlui, etc. Other than that, you cant really feel like you're on vacation if you stay here. I prefer a beach-front hotel.

The food is not bad but not good. Staff is friendly but not the best in service. Overall, a cheap hotel that may be worth your money depending on what you want if you're in Puerto Princesa.

Room Tip: Dont choose a room located at the basement.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The hotel is perfectly located, but the convention center is a ride away, (1KM).
Front-desk is friendly, staff is ok, room service is ok,

Room Tip: Book in advance. This agent is great, http://me.lt/8U1Ae, tell him Dr.Moreno sent you. Skylight hote...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bacoor, Philippines
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

Good location, the hotel sits right on the main road of Puerto Princesa, they provide free to/from airport shuttle. The shuttle is the best thing about the hotel. The room they put me in was small, dark, and kinda smelled.

The two nights I was there, there were two different events in the hotel's function hall/area. I checked out the breakfast the following mornings and I kinda had the feeling the food served are from the events of the previous nights. The decorations were definitely the same, they don't put the decorations down for the breakfast buffet the following morning. The food was pale, and they sure didn't look freshly cooked.

Find something better of greater value. Please.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

hi!! just like the many,we flew all the way from manila to puerto princesa for the first time. It was already late in the afternoon when we arrived in the airport. We needed to get hotel to rest for the first night. We found Skylight Hotel with the help of a kind agent. We thought that the rate that they gave us was good, so we took one room, since my wife and I were so tired from our flight."I THOUGHT WE COULD RECOMMEND IT!" The first thing that I noticed was that the beddings are really not new,as if the room was occupied by others. I saw fallen white hair strands on the bed sheets which are surely not ours--this was during our first night. "We don't know the place, in general." So here comes the next day, believing we are provided with basic set of toiletries but there was no even a toothpaste. Good thing we brought with us our own. As a hotel routine, they changed our beddings and did the rest of their room service. The housekeeping crew were very nice, but we were not so confident on the cleanliness. Once again, it's really just for the reason that we were newbies in Puerto Princesa so we planned to have our entire stay in this hotel (Skylight Hotel). Everyone was leaving since they were just for a short stay. We even thought that we could get a good discount since we stayed quite long. We tried to negotiate with the manager but the receptionist refused and told us that the manager was busy. and the bill looked like it was no the full amount.and that concluded tha it was not really worth as far as we are concerned.try others...we are still coming back to palawan soon!!! happy touring!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

This apartelle is not as good as it looks like on the picture, the location is great, the rooms given to us was located next to the laundry so a lot of the staff can be heared talking, the doors are not really well insulated.

The most disappointing part that happened to us, was when we surrendered our camera in the reception for safe keeping as we were going out for snorkling, when we came back the camera was not in the safe box - we asked for the manager to handle the situation as the front desk staff was not really handling it properly we waited for 1 hour and ask the manager on duty - this was around 7PM, the lady manager came and asked if I was sure if I handed the camera over... :( very disappointing, customer service in terms of this situation was handled very bad. The overall staff was fine - but managers needs more training on customer service.

Puerto Princesa as a place is one of the best places I've been, but you need to think twice before booking your stay in this apartelle, I'd rather stay and pay extra with other hotels in the island. Thanks

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 210-A Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Puerto Princesa
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Ranked #76 of 131 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Princesa
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