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Hadefes Cottages
Ranked #15 of 99 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Taguig City, Philippines
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not perfect but worth it!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Hedefe was recommended to me by a colleague. True to her words, it only offers the most basic accommodation - a bed, basic toilet and electric fan/ac. Nonetheless, the staff were very accommodating specially MJ. She was so patient answering all my inquiries. I am also thankful that she gave the beachfront cottage with no additional charges. The package she gave was very affordable compare to other hotels/cottages. It was a 4D/3N accommodation with two island hopping tours (A&C) plus lunch and daily breakfast. I like Hedefe's location because it is far from the the hustle bustle of motorcycles and the people. We can really feel the serenity of the place. We have the fantastic view of Cadlao and Helicopter island as well. Since it is far from the 'bayan', we have to walk like 10-15mins to have our dinner. We also need to pass by a cemetery. So, flashlight is really a must!

They serve breakfast around 6:30AM. You can choose from Filipino/American food. Coffee is unlimited in the morning. They have hot water all the time.

It might have been the start of peak season because our island hopping trip was composed of 16 people. It did not hinder our enjoyment nor excitement but it made it more remembering. We made new friends. But I hope that next time they should inform their guests that they will be joining a big group. It was really not expected!

Overall, our stay in Hedefe, was not perfect yet it was worth it! Definitely, if we'll go back to El Nido, we will still be your guests. :)

Room Tip: Choose the beach front. You'll get the best view of the ocean and the islands.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MLCainap
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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davao city
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

We booked a package of 3N/4D supposedly for 6 people. But since 2 of my friends can't come HADEFE (MJ) stil offered us the same price for 7k per pax.It included everything Bfast and lunch,guide, van etc. Straight from the airport we were fetched by their guide and we were expecting other groups to be with us since it's only the 4 of us. But Yeah! no other group inside the van but only the 4 of us :) From airport to Sabang we were guided by Shyre for our underground river tour. and after that we headed to EL NIDO. It was rainy when we arrived to El Nido and a small motorcycle was waiting for us to go to cottage. It was exciting experience because it was rainy and the road was narrow. When we were in the cottage our guide Kuya Loy instructed us to our tour for the next day. The room was spacious, clean and air conditioned. You can choose either aircon or electric fan. Electricity is only available 2.30 pm to 6am. It's ok though because during the day we had our island tours. The first day of our tour we joined with other group. We had tour C. It was fun though meeting others and also seeing those amazing islands.After the tour we had the chance to go their "bayan" to buy souvenirs which is about 15 min walk from the cottage.Just bring flashlight for it is a bit dark and you will pass by cemetery. People you meet along the road will also smile and greet you. We also asked their staff from Hadefe to cook food for our dinner. They bought fresh Lapu-lapu and shrimps for us. It was delicious of course as we expected.On the 2nd day of our tour, it was only the 4 of us in the boat along with Kuya Loy our tour guide, Kuya Emil our boatman,cook,and snorkling guide, Dodong, the very upbeat young snorkling guide and our phorotgrapher and another guide to which i didn't had the opportunity to ask Kuya's name. We had tour A and it was really enjoyable swimming in the lagoons and discovering hidden cave. After our day 2 of island tour it was time to go back to Puerto Princessa. My friends and I had a very fun,enjoyable,memorable experience and the staffs were so accommodating like you were just family. Thanks so much Hadefe and MJ for answering all our concerns before the trip. We will surely come back! :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank dorz c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

We booked for package 5d/7pax underground river, el nido tours A, B, and C, we are fetched from the airport and sent back there. The price for this package is very affordable 7k each and that includes breakfast. Lunch is included like the other standard tours got. All our requests have been granted which is not an ordinary hotel could provide. What Im impressed was mr. Hanny permitted us to acquire half of puerto princessa tour for free, and that's an incredible offer beyond the itinerary, before sending us back to the airport. To wrap up the review, affordable prize and a great value is awaiting for you when coming to el nido via hadefes resort. Oh wait, the ride from puerto princessa to el nido and vice versa is amazing too :)

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank clarkinaizer
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We directly booked with Hadefe and communicated with them via email. They were very accommodating and they adjusted the itinerary according to my wish. The cottages are very simple -- a bed, basic toilet, fan +/- aircon. I loved that it's away from the main beach where the crowd can get loud and rowdy, but if you want to go to the town center, it's just a few minutes walk away. We had Kuya Emil (boatman and guide) cook dinner for us -- more value for money! He prepared fresh fish, crabs and shrimps. He's a very good cook! His boat is also special because it has a grill where they prepare lunch during the island hopping. Once we dock on the island where we're supposed to eat, the meal was already ready so no time is wasted waiting for the food. Will definitely come back here and I'm looking forward to bird-watching and camping on one of the islands.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Amy C
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Makati, Philippines
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Hadefe with their pamana room. A calm and quiet place to stay. Accommodation had a free breakfast. The room was very spacious and clean. We were only a couple but the room could accommodate four persons. Location is a bit far from the town. You have to pass by the cemetery and it was very dark during the night. Good thing they provided us with flashlight that we used every time we would go to town to have our dinner.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Erwin E
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Quezon City, Philippines
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43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

El Nido is really one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. It made us happier when our package rate didn't pressure us. The accommodation of HADEFE is simple and homey. If you are on a tight budget don't worry because Hadefe will give you the most "SULIT" package. The staffs here were like our relatives, accommodating and friendly. :) They are not after the budget you paid them they are after your satisfaction and happiness.
When you go to El Nido expect for an electrical problem, because in the whole place the electricity is not enough to supply every establishments. There are specific time that there's no electricity at all.

Room Tip: All rooms are spacious.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank RoniRomero
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Manila, Philippines
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank cybercatz2002
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Property: Hadefes Cottages
Address: Ca Alan, El Nido, Palawan Island 235345b2, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 99 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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