I've been staying at GMC for two times the last months. First time, I went there with a friend and we we're so stunned by the beauty of both El Nido and the charm of GMC that I felt I had to bring my girlfriend there as well.
The hotel is nicely located a short walk (10-20 minutes, depending on your physical conditions and your phase. 10 minutes means you'll be pretty sweaty, especially if walking by daytime) from El Nido town. The walkway is nice and goes through some cosy and beautiful areas. If you go by night, you'll need to bring a flashlight. The location outside town makes the hotel very quiet and peaceful, and with only 8 cottages, it almost feel like living within a big family. The 4 beachfront cottages are amazing, and ever cottage (I tried a couple of them) are clean and very well maintained. While going to bed, you can hear the sound of the ocean, the geckos and the peace around you. The power goes off during nights, often from 5 or 6 am, and then the fan also goes of for a while. So if you're looking for LCD-screens, AC, bath tubes and panorama windows, this is not really the place though.
Rose, the owner, is a fantastic women taking very good care of her guests. She's got a lot of knowledge about the area, and GMC also have their own "private" boat captain, arranging daily tours to the beautiful archipelago of El Nido. A couple of girls are helping Rose out with the place, all of them very kind and helpful. The breakfast is a delight, so is the sunset and the entire atmosphere of this place. Just hanging out, zipping a mango shake while lying in the hammock reading a book, watching the ocean - it is like taken from a movie scene. The only reason I wouldn't recommend people going here, to Golden Monkey Cottages, is that I'm afraid they'll be fully booked the next time I want to make a reservation.
/ Thomas Gustafsson
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Golden Monkey Cottages are situated on Ca-alan beach, just 10 minutes walk from El Nido town. We offer quality accommodation with comfortable fan rooms and clean modern bathrooms. Each cottage has a large veranda and a spectacular view of the islands. Since we are located just outside of El Nido, away from the noise and bustle of town, we benefit from the peace of the surrounding forests and you will be free simply to relax and absorb the atmosphere. You could hire a boat and be taken to a secluded beach to soak up the sun, have a picnic, swim, snorkel and enjoy the magnificent scenery. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Golden Monkey Cottages Hotel El Nido
- Golden Monkey Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island