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Rovic's Tourist Hotel / Pension House
Ranked #85 of 100 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Hong Kong, China
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“Noisy, expensive, dark”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed there a couple of nights because we had no other choice. Given the much lower quality of service, the rooms are not cheap enough. Walls are paper thin, you basically hear everybody passing in the corridor. The sink in our room was falling down and the bathroom door hardly closed. We could not use the shower hose to wash our hair: the water was coming out drop by drop. No windows in the rooms either, when the pension is located right by the beach! Result: since there is no power in the morning, you basically have to shower/get dressed with your flashlight.
I will certainly not repeat.
And I should have read other guests comments before going there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We only had breakfast here, but the service was poor and the food mediocre. The quality and quantity is not in line with restaurants in the neighbourhood....Too bad with such a fantastic location they could have made much more of the place!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Staying in Rovic's pension was a disaster. First, the room smelled of poop in the morning, which we don't know why. The room was so small that the room door could only be opened about 1/4 of the way because of one bed is stuck in the doorway. The sheets smelled of we don't know what but was bearable I guess. The mattress was ok. There was no drying area inside the room. You had to dry your clothes in a small alley beside the hotel. Also during our stay, a group of loud guys would wake us up in the morning because we can hear almost every conversation outside our room. On the good side, breakfast for me would suffice until lunch time (during island hopping). Breakfast consists of rice, tocino/tapa (fried sweet pork or beef), and egg cooked sunny side up. The view during breakfast was the best. You could see the limestone cliffs and the sea and the boats docked near the shore. Rovic's was centrally located so you could just go out and explore El Nido Town.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Two things that I like is the rate and the beachfront..

However, I wouldn't wanna stay there again.. You can hear the walking in guest knock at night, electricity is problematic, beds/rooms aren't so impressive...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Oh Rovic's, Rovic's Rovic's. We stayed three nights with you, I'm so sorry but they were just terrible. The walls were not sound proof, so we heard everything! from the people next door, the tricycle in the street and the people walking in the corridors! In fact, they all sounded as if they were in the room with us.

We could live without hot water, but a toilet that didn't work just wasn't acceptable!

Only one of the staff seemed trained, the rest, we weren't sure were even working there, given their nonchalant presence.

The rooms were just too dark without lights, and there were no lights from 6am to 2pm, so we had to fumble for our stuff. And without air conditioning, it really wasn't very comfortable to sleep or rest at all.

But I must say, our son enjoyed your proximity to the shore. I guess that's the one thing I can say was good.

Hay, El Nido was fantastic, I just wish you were too.

Sadly, I have to write honestly about you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

stayed here for 2 nights towards the end of July.
beachfront location, although the beach was covered in rubbish.
room is made from painted straw/bamboo so there's no noise buffer, you can hear people talking word for word in the next room. can become quite noisy.
room was tiny (there was 5 of us) and linen was stained with mould. matress was a simple foam one, hard as a rock. there was one double bed and one single and 2 mattresses for the floor.
bathroom consisted of a toilet, and a tap with a bucket and scoop for a 'shower'. there was a shower head that connected to the tap but the smell of the water from the shower head made us gag so the bucket and scooper was the go. forget about hot water.
Electricity is cut off every day between 6am and 2pm (they do have a generator which operates one light in the room). Going to the bathroom between this time became impossible as you can't see what you're doing, unless you keep the door open.
They did provide free wi-fi during the hours the electricity is on.
You could also book 'island hopping' tours with them for a good price.
I guess this place is ok if you're on an extreme budget, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

we stayed there and the rooms had no daylight. as there was no electricity between 6am and 2pm they had one lightbulb in the room, supplied by the generator, but no light inside the bathrooms without a window. we had to keep the bathroom door open to operate inside the bathroom.
Further, the top linen was clean but as soon as we put this away we faced a dirty one. check before booking the room

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Rovic's Tourist Hotel / Pension House
Address: Beach Front, Hama St, Brgy Masagana, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #85 of 100 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rovic's Tourist Hotel / Pension House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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