Not a beachfront so dont be deceived! You have to cross the street to get to the beach. Limited view from the 3rd floor where we were. When we arrived they had land/property problems. The beachfront they were referring to is an extension which was fenced with barbed wires with uniformed securities guarding it. We couldnt use their cabanas nor their hammock as it was located there. Such a disappointment!
The rooms and bathrooms are big compared to the ones in town. The bed is hard but I dont mind but what I do mind is the pillow. It's so hard that it hurts my head! The blankets are just thin flat sheets, not enough for the cold aircon. So we asked for additional sheets instead. Their shower is big but it needs to have a shower curtain so the toilet bowl and floors wont get wet when showering. Electricity shuts at 6am, they have generators but they dont want to turn it on. I asked once but there's just too many lame excuses it's annoying. Too much whining and drama on his end. Neighbor's generator was pretty loud every morning that even if you'd like to sleep longer you'll be prevented from doing so because of that loud motor sound. Maybe you'll get used to it...? Or wear earplugs.
We booked a land tour with them the day before our supposed tour. We were told that our van will arrive at 930. So we were preparing our things in our room before that. We were at the reception area exactly at 930 but there was no van to pick us up. We waited til 10 and there's still no van for us. The person who booked us was in a hearing and couldnt be reached. Thank goodness the girls came in to the rescue. They called someone and in half an hour there comes our van. Tour pushed through an hour later from the original sched. When we came back from our tour the guy who booked us apologized and said that the van came at 9 and left when we didnt come out. What the heck ?! He was the one who told us that we were going to be picked up at 930!! And even if they came 30 mins before the agreed time arent they supposed to come down and ask where their guests are? They are so unproffessional! And they are even friends with this person who booked us! What a shame! Next time I will just ask the girls who is more reliable than the person in charge. Oh i forgot! They
dont have a manager there or a supervisor.
The food is just ok. Very basic nothing special. Good enough to fill our hungry tummies. The cook tries too hard to impress at times expecting to be complemented which i did. (Whaaat? I was hungry...) Breakfast are choices of processed food with omelette and rice. I dont know why they dont offer bangus or tinapa or danggit considering they are just next to the sea where there are lots of fishermen around??
The staff there were great! (Esp the girls) They were courteous, accommodating and they would do anything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. They're always smiling and very helpful. Ask and you shall receive. Our room was cleaned everyday. All you need to do is just tell them to. They respect your privacy so if you dont tell them they wont do it.
All in all our stay with this resort was average. I would probably come back here... Maybe. I just wish their land problems would be settled fast coz it's embarrassing to their part and annoying to the guests. A big disappointment to all. I would rate the resort 3 stars El Nido Standard and 4 stars for the nice staffs. If it not for the bookie i would have rated the staff 5! Before i forget, they should do something about the ants. They're all over!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doublegem Beach Resort and Hotel is a beachfront property with direct access to the beach, that althas a sprawling 30,000 square meter lot about 3km before reaching El Nido town coming from Puerto Princesa City. The resort is blessed with the beach on one side and the lush forest and mountain on the other side, with the EL Nido Highway at the middle of the property. The resort boasts its location and accessibility as one of its many advantages. It offers a variety of rooms created specifically to cater to the different preferences of guests for their ultimate enjoyment of stay in the world's most famous island destination, EL NIDO. From the 12 air-conditioned rooms started in 2014, we now have 74 rooms to choose from, all airconditioned. 1. Beachfront building - rooms have direct access to the beach and its oceanview rooms offer sweeping view of world's famous Bacuit Bay and the stunning sunset even inside the room. The front office is located here where all guests do their check-ins and check outs. 2. Forest building - it is located on the forest side of the property across the road and all rooms enjoy the cool breeze of the resort's private forest. The common balcony/hallway on the 2nd and 3rd level has the view of Bacuit Bay and the stunning sunset. 3. Coral Bay buildings - rooms have direct access to the beach, have rustic motiff that use the local wood, sawali, stones, glass and concrete combined. It has a beautiful beach garden which grows local plants and flowers with big trees. Oceanview rooms offer sweeping view of Bacuit Bay and the amazing sunset. All rooms have their own private verandas. 4. Beachfront Executive Villas - the 3 villas are single detached houses made to cater to guests who value privacy the most. They have different designs and has private verandas that has views of the garden, infinity pool and Bacuit Bay. The resort's exclusive private beach has a beautiful SUNSET view of the famous Bacuit Bay with the islands as a backdrop. The guests can enjoy the 160-square meter infinity pool, lounge at the wide beach area with lounging sofas, hammocks, beach beds and beach chairs, sip soe cocktails at the sunset bar, have lunch, dinner & eat pizza at our restaurant with amazing views, squeeze some sweats at our beach volleyball & basketball areas, have soothing massage at the beach massage, enjoy an elevated view of some fishes jumping out of the water at our tree deck, enjoy a lazy afternoon watching sunset at the boardwalk, and have some yoga at the beach garden enjoying our stunning views of Bacuit Bay early morning or during sunset afternoon, all at the beachfront with direct access to the beach. The resort has a 24-hour back up generator, covered by CCTV cameras, have in-resort telephone system, 24-hour front office services, with security personnel at night that roams all around the resort, all rooms have cable television, hot water system is powered by solar, except for coral bay rooms that is powered by gas system, 24-hours standby maintenance personnel, gym, and business center. The restaurant can accommodate guests for seminars, private meetings, birthdays, etc. We have a private aircon room that can accomodate private karaoke sessions or small meetings. We offer island hopping tours, both for groups or private tour, diving tours, inland tours, airport transfers both from El Nido or Pto. Princesa City, boat to Coron, motorcycle rentals, kayak rentals, body board rentals and speedboat private tours. Applicable charges are in accordance with local tourism rates. We also offer a cozy, romantic private dinner for two on the tree deck or on the beach or for group private dinners. It’s a 10-minute ride to El Nido town and 20-minute ride to El Nido airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doublegem Beach Resort & Hotel Inc El Nido, Palawan Island