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Doublegem Beach Resort
Ranked #82 of 104 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Orange County, California
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“Relaxing Location...Welcoming Staff”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

The Doublegem hotel had not actually had a grand opening when we stayed there in January and although they were still working on the landscaping, this did not hinder any service. I appreciate how long into the night the employees worked to finish the gazebo in time for us to enjoy the rest of our stay. The owner/manager Del and the entire staff were welcoming and made us feel at home. They took care of my parents during the day when my siblings and I went island-hopping.

I like Doublegem's location because it is in a quiet area with Corong Corong Beach within view and just a few steps across the small street. The hotel owns the land across the street on the beachfront and they have tables and chairs set up for guest use. The Corong Corong beach is small and the sand is not as white as the pictures of Nacpan or Boracay, but it is still a great location to view the sunset and walk on the sandbar in the morning. You can see the sea stars in the water at this time. You can walk along the beach to Los Cabanos, but make sure it is low tide because there are times you have to walk in the water and you will have to climb large rocks. I would recommend this trek only if you are bored with relaxing at Corong Corong. It took us 30mins to leisurely walk/climb to Los Cabanos to have an expensive beer (by Philippines standards) and enjoy the view from this point. We took a trike back to the hotel from this area cause the water was getting too high. From Doublegem, it is also easy to catch a trike into El Nido town (5min ride) as they are always passing down the street. Personally, I enjoyed hanging out near Doublegem where the staff felt like family and the only other tourists were at the hotel further down the street. Corong Corong is a more peaceful area to consider when visiting the El Nido area.

For breakfast, we had a choice of tuna or corned beef with eggs and rice. My eggs were cooked perfectly to my liking (not too runny but not overcooked). Aside from the grilled food prepared on the beach during our island hopping tours (with Midnight Sun), our best El Nido meals were the breakfasts at Doublegem.

If I ever returned to El Nido, I would definitely stay at Doublegem again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

The food was really good. We've got the #9 room which is ocean view and I'm not disappointed. The room is big and really clean. The price is reasonable and affordable...We will surely go back there. The staff was really nice and accomodating most especially Kuya Regan. Thanks a lot! See u all again nextyr!:)

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

The location of this hotel was fantastic; it was away from the crowded town proper. A previous review mentioned it wasn't a beach front property but don't let that scare you. it's directly across the street and it's exclusively for hotel guests. Watching the sunset and having breakfast there was fantastic. when the tide went out at night, you'll able to walk along the beach and explore sea creatures (starfish, jellyfish, sea urchin, etc.)

The staff was uber friendly and rooms are standard. Who wanna stay indoors while in El Nido, anyways? Breakfast was complimentary and wasn't too bad. Do keep in mind, if you order food from there, they run to the market to purchase fresh ingredients so it's not a quick turn around for consumption. If you have wet clothes, don't hang them in the bathroom. It'll get moldy quick. Instead use their clothes line on the other side of the reception area to hang your wet clothes. They don't automatically clean your room everyday but if they'll happily do it if requested.

Overall, it's a hotel worth returning too. The staff made this stay quick special. Thanks!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Having second thoughts in choosing this hotel for a week stay during the planning stage that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The town proper was so crowded and not the ideal place for me and my wife to stay and have a good relaxing vacation. Doublegem's location is perfect.. Peaceful, quiet , clean and simple stay in El Nido, which made it memorable and worth going back with the whole family. Heartfelt thanks to the staffs Junnet, Renci, Annabelle, Frank and even the owners Del and Darwin are so hospitable. Good jobs guys and keep on making your guests stay in your hotel a blessed one. Looking forward to our return, im sure your swimming pool by the beach front will be done by then, but even without the pool yet, its already a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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jovbez, Business Coordinator at Doublegem Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for appreciating the beauty of Doublegem and the effort of all our staff to make your vacation fantastic Gremlinm3!! :)
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

We had a nice stay here. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are modern a and clean. The view of the sunset from the private beach area for guests is sensational.

The mattress was very hard,but overall a good experience for the money... Would stay again.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Where do I start. This was our first trip to the Philippines and we were not to be disappointed. We stayed here for 6 nights and loved every minute. Yes the place is going through some minor construction nothing to worry about. The staff were brilliant from Mr Edmond, Redjem, Annabel, Janette and the every smiling JM.

We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Delia and Darwin who were wonderful and Delia was interested to know our thoughts on the resort and if we had any suggestions

On our return from island hopping on my wifes birthday Darwin had cooked beautiful tuna steaks and Delia provided some of her own red wine to celebrate. It was clear to see both Darwin and Delia have a vision of how they want their resort to look in the future. Doublegem has an absolute wonderful location and El Nido town is with easy reach by tricycle.

Each night when we returned from out visit into town we were greeted by JM, Annabel and Janette who would patiently wait up until the last guests returned. My son who incidentally had flew over from Oz to meet us, took great pleasure in updating JM of new music trends on Youtube.

The beach is across the road, the sea is safe, the view is breath taking and the welcome warm. I ask myself would we go back, yes is the answer, without doubt.

On a closing note. The day we returned to Puerto Princessa Delia and Darwin kindly offered us a lift and we gladly accepted and after a 5 hour plus journey we said our goodbyes.

We hope to return one day and meet everyone again. Thanks for an amazing time.

Fraser, Katherine and Simon Wallace.

PS: Delia I think I still have Darwins business card with his email. I will let you know when we hope to return.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

Initially not impressed as we had dramas trying to check in with the staff on hand that night. Combo of communication breakdown & a long day of transiting (5 hour drive to Cebu, flight to Puerto Princesa & then another 6 hour drive to Doublegem). Once we had some sleep & had a chance to take in our surrounds was happy with our choice.

Doublegem is a fairly new complex & is located only a short 5 minute tricycle ride from town & across the road from the beach. Didn't eat dinner there as the breakfasts were pretty ordinary but there are plenty of options either within a close walk or quick ride into town. The rooms are clean & spacious but if staying for any length of time you need to remind the staff to come in to clean or replace toilet paper.

The staff are friendly & helpful even if there were times when we had trouble communicating. Jovelyn the owner I believe, was always helpful when on site & helped out when we thought we might not have enough rooms for our group for our length of stay. As noted by others, be aware that there is no power between 6am & 2pm which wasn't an issue for us, as most times we were out anyway during those times.

Nice resort, clean rooms, great location & friendly staff

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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jovbez, Business Coordinator at Doublegem Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 25, 2014
Thank you for your review Mr. Thendy.Actually, I am not the owner. It is our responsibility to ensure that we accommodate all our guest. I hope that you will consider doublegem again when you get back and recommend us to your friends who plan to go to El Nido in the near future.
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Property: Doublegem Beach Resort
Address: Brgy. Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #82 of 104 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Doublegem Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Doublegem Beach Resort provides 12 air conditioned rooms in a three-story building equipped with a flat screen TV, toilet, and private bathroom with a hot and cold shower in each room. Superior rooms has a scenic ocean view. Each room has a large window, so proper light and air ventilation is provided. Amenities are Infinity Pool, Volleyball Court, Basketball Court, Beach Front Restaurant. Front desk opened and staffed 24/7,Daily housekeeping included in room rate. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Doublegem Beach Resort is in the process of expanding and improving our facilities to further improve the resort and our services. Rest assured that the on-going expansions will not compromise the quality of your stay with us. The on going construction is in the beachfront; rooms for guests are in the forest building on other side of the road. The construction start at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm only. ... more   less 
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