Stayed at the Hotel Royal Oberoi for 3 nights in October 2012. It was the first stop on a vacation to Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Davao. We booked the 3 night tour package that included meals and the tours of the Underground River, Honda Bay and the City Tour.
We did have a problem with the transportation to the hotel, as there was a misunderstanding with the pickup time. We called the hotel for our ride and they asked if we could just catch a airport van since the hotel driver was not immediately available. When the airport van driver arrived he was attacked by 3 trike drivers who beat him up. Apparently the trike drivers were upset that we took the van instead of a trike. The airport police eventually stepped in and arrested all of them for fighting. Not a good way to start our vacation. Lesson learned: always confirm transportation from airport to the hotel.
We were greeted by the staff and owner Rose when we checked in. The service from the hotel staff was great. The staff forgot to mention a few of the hotel services when we were checking in, but it was understandable because we were telling them about the incident at the airport. We stayed in a Superior Deluxe room. Room is large and clean. Bed comfortable. Phone was not working and repaired or replaced the next day. Basic shower and toilet. Air conditioner in living area, not the bedroom and it was old style and a little noisy. Old style TV with fair reception and Wifi was slow, but since we were outside most of the time this was not a problem for us. Overall room was comfortable and we slept well each night.
Since we booked the package, meals were included. The food at the restaurant is awesome. Breakfast and dinner was great each day. The restaurant is open air style so there were a few bugs and mosquitos flying around at times. The staff was kind enought to put fans out to gently blow air around us, so the bugs were not a problem. I can't emphasize enought how great the food is here. You can check out the menus on their website. Like I mentioned before we continued on the trip to Cebu and Davao and stayed at 5 star hotels there with their huge buffets. But we both agreed that the best food on the trip were at the Hotel Royal Oberoi restaurant.
The daily tours were arranged by the hotel and we had a great time. After the daily tour we had dinner then swam at the pool and had a few drinks at the pool bar. It was relaxing, quiet and very peaceful.
The staff provided excellent service at the restaurant and front desk. Owners Mark and Rose were excellent hosts and we had a great stay at the hotel.
We continued on to much more luxurious hotels during our vacation. But when we look back on the trip, the hotel we liked the most was the Hotel Royal Oberoi. The service and food was the best on our vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 20 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Princesa city centre and airport, the Royal Oberoi Resort Hotel nestles in its beautiful landscaped gardens. Accommodations comprise 5 elegant Suite Villas with canopy style bed. 5 Superior Deluxe rooms and 5 Standard Deluxe rooms. All are equipped with hot and cold showers, cable TV, air conditioning, mini bar, intercom and free WiFi. The resort has the largest swimming pool in Puerto Princesa and the Grand Palm Pavilion Restaurant serves some of the finest food in Palawan. The Resort has a Spa and a fully equipped dive center. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Royal Oberoi Hotel Puerto Princesa
- Oberoi Puerto Princesa
- Puerto Princesa Oberoi
- Royal Oberoi Resort Hotel Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa