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“Excellent Budget Option right at the beach”
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Casa Buenavista
Ranked #44 of 94 El Nido B&B and Inns
Helsinki, Finland
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“Excellent Budget Option right at the beach”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Excellent Budget Option right at the beach which is peaceful though. Minimum traffic noise in the morning afted seven o'clock. Good bugdet option with minimum bedroom facilities with decent AC and great location!

Generator is used only exceptionally when power-out. Normally power on during 17pm-06am. So you're going to wake up at 7.30 latest when the AC goes out but that shouldnt bother you when going island hopping ;)

Room Tip: Stayed in room 3 which was optimal with twin beds (separate). Room1 only room facing the beach but t...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

we stayed at this hotel for 3 nights just this past month and we enjoyed it. It has a very homey atmosphere, and the staff there are very welcoming and helpful. We stayed in Room 2, which is a room with a private washroom and a/c. We liked the location of this hotel (right by the ocean).

the only negative thing for me is the thin walls in this hotel. We could hear our next door neighbors pretty easily. the window also leaked abit when it rained, which got some of our stuff wet, but it's not a big issue.

I recommend this place if you're looking for something basic and affordable.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tel Mond
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Casa Buenavista is excellently located right on the beach. The view from the balcony is great and it isn't noisy there at night. The rooms are cleaned daily and the service is friendly and helpful. Like all hotels there, it suffers from the daily blackouts from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. but as we were out every day, that wasn't much of a problem.

The bathroom was a bit problematic and smelled (and if you open the window, it's ridiculously hot) but we managed and would recommend the place to anyone staying in El Nido.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Telford Shropshire
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stayed at the Casa Buenavista for 5 nights during our stay in el nido. The location is right on the beach so we had beautiful views of the bay from the balcony and was convenient to reach all the restaurants and bars. They also provided free drinking water and free coffee throughout the day. We had room 3, twin beds with shared bathroom. Room was a good size and cleaned upon request. However we found the room very noisy as it faced onto the street so we were woken up daily from 6am even with the window closed. Bathroom was cleaned daily in the mornings, but felt this needed to also be cleaned in the afternoon as the floor was often covered in sand from people returning from day trips and it was regularly used by other people that worked in other places downstairs.

El Nido only has main electric from 2pm - 6am and the Casa Buenavista does not run their generator through the down period. We experienced a blackout whilst staying here and they only ran the generator between 6pm and midnight which was frustrating as the rooms were incredibly hot through the night and the generator didnt extend to the hot shower whereas many places ran their generators constantly until mains electric was restored. We asked if we could be compensated in some way because they had the means (ie the generator) to make it a more comfortable stay during that time but they would not. Not sure how they devise their pricing, we had fan room, but could change to air con for a further 200pesos, however the room with private bathroom was only 100pesos extra for air con which we were quite annoyed about.

Overall, a fairly decent budget option if you choose the shared bathroom, with friendly staff and good location but a few minor changes could have improved our stay greatly.

Room Tip: Rooms 3 & 4 were shared bathroom and face the street but good value to be right on the beach. Ro...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Awesomely sited for restaurants and the beach.
Rooms are clean and bed comfy
Staff are exceptionally nice and informative. Really made my stay in el nido that much better
Plus the complementary tea and coffee goes down a treat

  • Stayed August 2013
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Zamboanga City,Philippines
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed last June 28 to July 4,2013 in this Inn, after reading the reviews here at Trip Advisor.The place is located at the beachfront,with a stunning view of Bacuit bay.The room was clean but the comfort room, although clean, has some dirty accumulated some sort of salt or soap residues on it the faucets and pipe.It doesn't really bother me but what i was thinking is what if thier guests are female specially foreigners? For sure they will find it dirty.They offer free mineral water and unlimited instant coffee.The front desk staff was so dumb and apathetic.She cannot even offer us some basic advices.She practically doesn't know even the major tourist destinations in El Nido.You have to request the change of your bedsheet and towel,otherwise,it will remain the same all throughout your stay.Overall,if your not planning to stay in your room the whole day and spend the rest of the day outdoor,this place is a practical,cheap choice for your vacation.

Room Tip: There is only one beachfront room which is booked on a first come ,first serve basis,but it does'...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Lipa City, Philippines
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stayed here for three nights last April. The place was clean, they have very accommodating & friendly staff and is in a very good location, just one itty bitty downside for a beach front accommodation?.. the water in the shower is salty! Over all a good value for money. Will still recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa Buenavista
Address: Rizal Street, Beach Side, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #44 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in El Nido
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Casa Buenavista Hotel El Nido
Casa Buenavista El Nido, Palawan Island

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