Arriving Arriving at Royal Oberoi, be aware that (1) you won’t notice the old hotel stone sign by the highway and (2) the 20ish meter road from the highway to the hotel is not concrete. From the gate of the hotel, it’ll look like a simple house with well-kept plants by the walk way. But then once you get past the office, you’ll discover the wide pool and the garden hidden behind the two-store infrastructure that welcomed you in the beginning. I was surprised so as the trees and grass around it. I loved the external set-up and landscaping especially during the night. (See photos uploaded)
The hotel service was good, but their tours during that time were kind of difficult. We were lucky enough to be able to go through our original plans but the other guests weren’t. Constant follow up with the management (which we did) helps prevent this. You have to book your tours as early as possible, too. Even if we were able to take the tours we wanted, (e.g. PPUR, Honda Bay, etc.) we didn't enjoy much in two of these because of the tour guides with us. I believe they are a separate business and not directly connected to the hotel, but the management still has to make sure their guests are well taken care of by the tour guides they have chosen for us.
Our tour guide for Honda Bay was late because she had two separate groups (two separate vans) that day, and we were obviously not the priority. I don't have to pour out my disappointments but our group felt like we had to figure out things on our own. It was frustrating. For the City Tour, the tour guide was obviously new. Not only was she 1.5 hours late but she also talked more about her life than the facts and trivia of the city. She points to us buildings like the “fire department”, “city jail” and “Robinson’s mall” as if we can’t read it and without any relevant follow up information about it. And she also admitted that she still doesn't really know much when our tour was about to end.
To make up for that, on a lighter note, their food was good. They have big servings and a well thought/cooked set of dishes. We got their offer of having to pay per day including 3 meals. You may even eat in tables by the garden, by the pool or just in the restaurant. The service crew is great. They’re kind and easy to talk to. We requested some of our dishes to be meat-free and they did not disappoint.
The room we got, a suite villa, was very neat and tidy. Housekeeping gets two thumbs up for how they keep our rooms well. And during our stay, none of our valuables were “misplaced”. What I don't get about the suite villa though is the two-floor set up. I find it difficult to be transferring up and down (I am aware this cannot be changed unless they renovate), I’m not sure if it’s just me but I find it a bit uncomfortable.
As a whole, I can say that our stay in the hotel was pleasing. I would definitely recommend it just as long as you express your need for experienced and good tour guides, and also keep asking for follow-ups and updates regarding the tours you booked.
PS. There was this girl that annoyed me a little on the first day. She was throwing herself at a pool chair, walking about and fooling around loudly with the crew by the pool bar. She acted like she belonged there but didn't actually work there. As a guest, I find it very “unwelcoming” to have someone act that way in a supposedly hospitable property. But for the remaining four days, I found her “well-behaved”. Hmm…
- 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