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Summer Homes
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Barton
Hobart, Australia
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Hi there, my family stayed at this resort on April 26 as a stop over between Thelma & Toby's Island Camping Adventure at Tandan Beach (30 minutes north) and Puerto Princesa, and it would have been the cleanest and most cared for resort of any that we saw all along the beach front at Port Barton.

The rooms were basic but nice, very clean, the 4 garden cottages are painted in bright red, blue, green and yellow, resturant/bar was beautiful, the food was terrific, the staff were wonderful, and the gardens were a real treat, and sadly we had nothing bad what so ever to say about this place, and i gave it a 5 star rating based on what we got for our money, php1500 ($40au) for a garden room with a queen bed plus an additional single for our daughter, and we had a great evening meal for around php800 ($20au) including a few beers and drinks for my wife and daughter.

We will be returning to Palawan next year, and this will be our destination once again.

Oh, and right in the middle of the long Port Barton beach, not at the northern end, which we found to be somewhat dirty and untidy, with a river running from it out into the ocean.

Cheers

Room Tip: All 4 garden deluxe rooms are great, if you are a solo traveler or a couple doing a trip on a budget...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank glenpinn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Summer Homes was probably the nicest and best cared for place we stayed in this price range on all of Palawan. The rooms are spotless and bathrooms are super nice. Great grounds area, fun tiki like bar that was willing to make whatever cocktail we wanted, and great food. And finally, the staff was hardworking and friendly, which seemed a rarity at that point in our trip.
Couldn't recommend this place more, and quaint Port Barton is definitely worth a night or two on your trip!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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California City, California
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23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We rented the cottages with ocean view. Beautiful! Extremely clean room and bathroom. You can hear the ocean all night long, or go into the garden or the front beach and relax there.

The restaurant has excellent dishes and amazing variety for a small town. In fact, after trying a few places, we realized that this restaurant was the best option available in regards to food quality and price.

One issue was that we were told that the room came with hot water. However, the water heater never worked in the 4 days that we spent in Summer Homes. We were told that it was because the solar panel had not had enough sunlight to be in working condition. In the end, it was a minor situation, although we had to shower pretty fast because water was icy.

Overall, a very relaxing experience. I would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Choose the cottages if you can. The contact with the ocean is relaxing and an experience so diverse...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed at Summer Homes for 3 nights in March 2013. We paid 700 Peso's for a small double room (not a bungalow) with bathroom. We didn't eat at the restaurant because the menu looked very overpriced. There was free wifi, but the connection was extremely slow.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Katie H
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44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Summer Homes is a great choice when in Port Barton. The rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable. The restaurant attached has good food but is a little overpriced. Be prepared for an expensive ride either to/from Puerto Princerra as there is only one bus or jeepney that travels back and fourth. If you miss that, you will have to hire a private that charge $100 one way. Also, there is limited Internet access and electricity while in PB. Overall, a great quiet, peaceful, and beautiful beach getaway.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The resort is a great deal. Very good rooms and the best bungalows in front. Brother had a room, we (family with small kid) had bungalow. Bungalow was really the best what you can get for 24€. Nice, clean, cosy room. With ok bathroom. Beautiful terrace with sea view and between the terrace (bungalow) and sea is only nice grass and sand beach. The best, esspecially for familys with small kids.
We have only one problem and this problem could be big if would miss the flight. We rent van with driver in the resort. Everything was ok, but when we came to Puerto Princesa the driver become strange. He saw the police and turned away from the main road. And this happened few times and we were a little bit nervose because we had flight. We were drving around PP like that for one hour and he turned from main road each timehe saw police or because there was some police control. We were in PP for the 4th time so we knew that we are close to the airport and it was only 15min left to check in. And than he drove somewhere were it was deadend street, of course I completelly pissed off, two times. I asked him what kind of problem does he has with police and if he has a driving license.... I said also that I wont pay him for the van if we will miss the flight and that I will call the police. Than he went through police controle, he had luck, they didnt stoped him and we were on time on the airport. So be careful when you rent the van. We just trusted the summer Homes but maybe we should check the driver first.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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105 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice resort in a good location in Port Barton, directly to the beach. The rooms towards inside are of lower quality and I can only rate these. I would always recommend a cottage with sea view, they are of much higher quality. Very friendly and nice staff that is very attentive. All kind of tours and activities are offered there. Also very good food. You can also eat here directly on the beach lit up by a bonfire. Overall I enjoyed my stay a lot.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Summer Homes
Address: Port Barton, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Port Barton
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Barton
Number of rooms: 16
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Summer Homes Port Barton, Palawan Island

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