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Hadefes Cottages
Ranked #30 of 116 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2013

While we didn't exactly booked a packaged accommodation & Tours, they offer tours at a standard rate, and as a group, you may probably benefit from a packaged tour if you dont have the patience to research for your itinerary.

Overall the resort offered a very affordable , clean and conveniently sized room and T&B. We slept like a baby the whole time, our room has 2 double beds with AC. Breakfast is a bit economy in size, you might want to buy canned goods from the sari-sari store outside if you have big appetite.

The crew are also part of the Hadefe Family, who lets you cook in their public kitchen, however, we are lazy, instead of eating at expensive seafood restaurants, we decided to to ask one of their bangkero's Mang Emil, to shop and cook for our dinner. Seafood is really cheap in the market, especially when its a local who will buy, or if your haggling skills are good. He, some kids, and other guests at night, was also our constant companion at night, watching TV, drinking and sharing stories.

While its a 3 minute walk away from Lagen resort, one of the nicest resorts in the area, the location may be a bit on the bad side when its raining and you carry a heavy luggage, since tricycles can not enter the path going to the resort. Its a 10-15 minute walk from the road. Better secure a motorcycle ride from HAdefe before coming in.

You may also need to know that the terminal is now relocated to the public market, just outside the small town of El nido. All vans and Buses are restricted from coming inside the Town, so you still need to take a tricycle for P100.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Room is new & clean. Crew are accommodating. Nice view from the deck. They have free breakfast & food is good. It`s quiet and far from the crowded place in the so called "bayan". But it`s just a 10 mins walk from the restaurants and bar. It`s a good place to stay. Recommended. You can contact MJ Enor at 09999941318. Best to book first before going in El Nido.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Best for backpackers who doesn't have a luxurious taste. Accommodating and friendly staffs. Yet be prepared for sporadic electricity. They do have aircondition units but the electricity supply is very limited (A common event in El Nido...) ... you'll end up using their electric fans.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We've been here last Dec 26-29, 2012 with our friends. We've been searching online for a couple of packages from PPC to El Nido when we came across with HADEFE. After comparing with others, we landed on this place where you can feel like you are at home. Very nice ate and kuyas who are very accomodating. They offer breakfast and coffee or hot drinks in their mini restaurant. From the the start of booking and communicating with Mr. Hanny, it was really a smooth transaction. All staffs who helped us even the tour guides were so nice. Cottages itself are very relaxing and refreshing. However, if you are looking for an extravagant accomodation this is not a place for you. What exciting on this place is, even it is a little far from the center, youll got a chance to pass by a cementery and it's a little dark at night. So bring your own flashlight:) Electricity and water flactuates but still acceptable. Cottages are beach front and when it is low tide you can see a rocky place. When you woke up at dawn, you've got to see the moon set:) Nevertheless, it was such an unforgettable experience staying with HADEFE.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

My friend and her son went to El Nido via a van from Puerto Princesa recently (december 2012). She was the one to discover this cheap accommodation which already includes transfer to and fro the airport, half-day tour in Puerto Princesa, van going to El Nido, island hopping tours with sumptuous meals and breakfast throughout the stay.

Hadefe Cottages is certainly a peaceful place to go to in El Nido. It's away from the bars and restaurants but the owners will make sure that you have a ride to the city center if you have availed their packages. You just need to pass by a cemetery going there that is creepy at first but something you'll get use to during the stay. You either need to ride a motorcycle or travel on foot if you want to try the bars. The owners are a little aloof because your guide will be the one to take care of you throughout the stay.

Don't expect a very nice accommodation since it's a very basic one. Some rooms have airconditioners but the electricity is quite erratic. I don't mind since we go on tours in the morning just freshen up in the afternoon then go to the restaurants/bars in the evening leaving me very sleepy once we arrive in the room.

Breakfast can also be requested: Filipino, English, etc. They serve different kinds since there are a lot of foreigners during our visit.

All in all, it was a good stay except for the electricity. Our guide mentioned that it's something that the local government is working at because of the volume of the visitors they are having already.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Been to Hadefe several times and will keep on coming back.

Their cottages are very basic, nothing fancy, but good enough to have a decent sleep.

I have no complain with their service. The view, outstanding. I can spent hours just sitting and looking at the Cadlao Island.

By the way, they can cook basic food for you.

Loy was our tour guide and a very funny guy!

Hope I can go back to El Nido soon.

Room Tip: Fan room is good enough to have a decent sleep.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Hadefe offers fan and ac cottages, all of them i believe has their own t&b. location is very good since it's quite far from town center meaning you'll have a very quiet night but it also means you have to walk for few minutes to go to town to eat or shop and doesn't mind passing a cemetery. you can also consider this resort as beachfront and you will be rewarded a great scenery esp. in the morning and afternoon, and for us, place was just perfect considering their rates.

will definitely stay here again if ever we decided to come back to El Nido ;)

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hadefes Cottages

Address: Ca Alan, El Nido, Palawan Island 235345b2, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 116 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Price Range: $6 - $8 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best palace to stay in El nido. nice cottages, on the beach just out side of town good sun sets and a reef just in front, we will meet you at the air port, the bus station or the port and carry your bags for free. No advanced payments needed to book. ... more   less 
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Hadefes Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island

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