El Nido, by far, tops my most fave destinations in Phils. Many local tourists has the initial impression of the place as being so expensive and too isolated, therefore only a few of them has tried visiting the place so far. But through a bit of some research and reading online blogs, I found out that there's actually a lot of affordable accommodations already mushrooming along the town's popular Bacuit Bay, and Rosanna Cottages is one of them.
Not my first choice initially, but everything got easily booked up that time until I hit this resort. I contacted the owner, Ms. Rosanna, right away via email and instantly received a reply from her. She handled my queries well and gave instructions on how to finalize my reservation, including the pymt of an initial required deposit via bank transfer. Once you are in the El Nido shuttle terminal, the resort is just a mere five minutes walk from there. No need for a transpo ride unless you have a load of baggages with you. The resort is divided into two areas. Rooms/cottages with balconies in the beach area fronting the scenic Bacuit Bay (these are the most in-demand rooms so make sure you have your reservation advance) and the seemingly newly-constructed rooms right across the road. As usual, only room available was on the latter as the beach front ones were all occupied. Good thing about the rooms across the road is that they're more spacious that can occupy 4-5 single beds in it.. really suited for families and groups. I found them very basic yet clean, and the A/C works well. Some nuisances, however, is that in the middle of our stays, the bathroom drain got almost completely clogged bec. of accumulated sands in its water passage. As our room was the first unit nearest the road, the vehicular noise from the zooming vehicles/tricycles can be loudly heard esp. in the early morning. Wi-fi signal is also very weak in this area than that of the beach ones for obvious reason that the main router might be situated on the latter.
Inclusive in the room rate is a basic yet generous breakfast set (choice of American or Filipino breakfast). You can already request for it a night before if you want it to be prepared earlier than the usual. Do note that the resort does not have its own restaurant, so they'll just deliver the foods directly to your room. Excited for island tours after?? Almost all of the resorts out there offer island tour packages of the same standard fixed rate. However, in RC's case, I found their rates cheaper by a hundred pesos from the rest, but without compromising the quality of their tour guide services and the tours themselves. All things said, I must say that Rosanna Cottage is one of the resorts out there that provides a really good value for the money. You should try it too on your future El Nido visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Rosanna`s Cottages Hotel El Nido
- Rosanna's Pension El Nido, Palawan Island