arrived in el nido without reservation. after seeing three hotels we choose the entalula guesthouse. we got an a/c room on the second floor (there are also several cottages which looked nice). we had a pretty nice view of the beach and beautiful scene of the ocean and islands. it was a little obstructed from the roof of a cottage below but a pretty excellet view anyways. the room was simple and clean. comfortable bed.
the bathroom was a bit small and was the sort where the shower is just next to the toilet without any separation, curtain or slope for drainage. this caused the floor (and toilet seat) to always be wet which was slippery and got messy with sandy flip flops and dusty shoes. i think that should have been better designed. the water pressure is non-existent. i could hardly get the shampoo out of my hair. the shower just dripped out. the hot water machine did not work they said due to the low pressure.
we paid over double the cost of a fan room to have the a/c unit turned on (i think all the rooms have a/c but they only turn it on if you want to pay for it). the a/c worked pretty well and there was also a ceiling fan. on our first morning, we woke up so so so hot and the a/c and fan were off. my boyfriend went to ask about it and was told there is no power in the whole town from 6 am to 6 pm. i was pretty annoyed about this since we were baking up there and we paid for a/c and it was not disclosed that we were only getting it for half the day. i feel we should have been told about that prior.
the windows do not open and there was no screen on the main door or the patio door. we opened both and got some good cross ventilation in the morning but it would be better with screens to keep mosquitos out.
since it is a guesthouse it had a nice homey feel but you walk through the "lobby" which is basically the side of the family kitchen and tv room. that was a bit awkward and i felt like i was intruding a bit.
each morning they left a tray with hot water and mugs on the door step but they left no instant coffee packets or tea bags with the water. you have to go downstairs and buy one for 10 pesos which my boyfriend and i never did. we are not big coffee or tea drinkers but i think it would be much nicer if a few packets were included on the tray. so much more appealing to just grab the tray and take it to the patio to have a morning drink than having to go downstairs to and buy one in sleep clothes.
the owner set us up for an island hopping day trip which was awesome!
the location is awesome, right on the beach and main road. close to the rest of the town, restaurants, etc.
- Also Known As:
- Entalula Hotel El Nido
- Entalula El Nido, Palawan Island