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Corto del Mar Hotel
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Coron
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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“Great hotel in Coron Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

I have spent a week in Coron during my honeymoon in September and we stood at the hotel Corto Del Mar. I must really recommend the hotel especially for the friendliness and helpfulness of its staff. Service was at an excellent level.
The infrastructure itself is great (great rooms, swimming pool, amenities...)
The restaurant is great and provides typically Filipino food and great service.
I woud definately come back to the Corto Del mar if I come back to Coron !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in September as a family of four. Very tastefully designed and comfortable hotel - by far the best standard to be seen in the whole of Coron town. Family room was perfect for us - 2 sep bedrooms plus small lounge sep shower and sep toilet. The hotel is only 8 months old and everything still looks new. Lovely dining area overlooking pool which is a good size and perfectly clean. Excellent service from staff and management who went out of their way to assist with information and all arrangements. Thank you Herve and Patrick for you very warm and welcoming hospitality.
3 nights was plenty of time in Coron town which is a good launch pad for tours of the lakes and local hot springs. Not many good restaurant options - only place we ate at outside of hotel was at Sea Dive resort which has a restaurant on stilts over the water and a good bar with pool table. We also organised our tour of lakes from there on a private boat - very reasonably priced and great quality. Only a couple of small negatives to highlight - 1) the grass area around pool is a little muddy which makes sitting by the pool not that inviting; 2) the included breakfast is a little too pedantic in terms of what is included and what costs extra - seems unnecessary to do this and only diminishes from what is otherwise a very welcoming atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

First time to Coron and chose the hotel as we stayed, the location is not in center of town, but it doesn't matter cause the town is small and walk to sea dive around 7-8 Mins. The hotel is new one opened in last Dec and everything fits our requests. The staffs are very friendly and helpful, my wife got stomachache at hotel and they paid high attention on that, and even can call doctor if my wife gets worse. I appreciate and Corto Del Mar hotel will be my only stay in Coron!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Makati
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in this hotel due to tripadvisor reviews! No regrets on choosing this hotel, as every investment was worth it.

Cons:
- I did not like the location that much as it was located in the squatters area. However, I believe the hotel is already doing something about this. And the people weren't a bother actually.
- Rooms weren't sound proofed meaning all the gossiping of the people living in the squatters area can be heard. At night time, there was a dog that kept on barking which made it impossible for us to easily fall asleep after a tiring trip.
- When we arrived, the pool was a bit dirty. The water was clean but there were a lot of floating objects (leaves, small branches, dead insects, etc.) But on the second day I think they cleaned it.
- We couldn't control the temperature of the water coming out of the shower, it was either cold with low pressure or EXTREMELY HOT with so much pressure. The shower was a bit of a struggle, plus the drainage did not suck the water smoothly. It's as if the shower was flooded while you're showering. The faucets had low pressure as well, but did not have hot water.
- They do not have a mini bar or a small ref to cool your drinks, which made sense since you are only provided with one key card which means that once you go out of your room, power will be turned off. So no cooling period for the rooms, but this is more environment friendly. Hehe!
- Our room was located at the third floor of the hotel, they don't have an elevator but this is okay as the stairs looked great and it felt like we were at home. It was a beautiful scene actually.

Pros:
- Although I mentioned that the place is surrounded by squatters, once you're inside the hotel area you wouldn't feel it as much. We actually felt like we were on a different country as the hotel looked great! Our tour guide even told us that the owners were very particular to the details as during the construction, they would tear down and rebuild an area if the quality of work did not satisfy the owner. Talk about quality! :)
- Beach towels are available, however they do not automatically offer it. You would have to request for it which we totally forgot when we had the island hopping. However this is not a big deal. :)
- Breakfast was plated, but it's good! You have options whether you want continental, filipino or american. I liked the Filipino Tapa and American Bacon meal. :)
- Staff were friendly and accommodating. Both nights, we had drinks in the hotel. Since we were on budget we bought drinks outside the hotel. They did not charge us corkage fee, they even provided us with glasses and buckets of ice. Which was actually nice of the hotel, as we enjoyed our drinks by the pool side. Their pool area is very relaxing!!!! :)
- Rooms are very spacious! We loved the family room, it had two flat screen TV with cable connection. However the one in the receiving area had grainy connection but no problem. We just watched inside the masters bedroom.
- Toiletries were okay, they have shampoo and soap provisions but I brought my own. They also have complimentary bottled water.
- They have 3 high powered aircons in the room, one for each area (Masters bedroom, 2nd bedroom and sala) which made our stay very comfortable.


I loved everything about this hotel! I would definitely go back and recommend to my friends. :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

I came to Coron to visit an old friend of mine and he recommended this hotel. At first, I really didn't know what to expect, but I certainly had the most wonderful time. This Hotel offers all modern comfort, the rooms are very clean and modern and most importantly they have air conditioning that works perfectly. There were many power cuts on the island, but luckily this hotel has the only big generator on the island, which means that you never have to worry. The staff and management were very friendly and helpful. They organized a deep diving course for me in their own center, which is by the way as modern as the hotel. Everyone was very professional and extremely helpful. Many thanks to Olivier, who accompanied us to the most amazing places! Back in the hotel, we were always welcomed with a very warm smile and the managef Patrick was always looking after us. The food was excellent. There are some choices around the island, but at the end you always end-up at the corto del mar restaurant. Too bad that I live so far away, but I am definately thinking about going back.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Corto del Mar stands out in many ways.. My boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised and happy with our choice!

For starters, they have the BEST PIZZA on the island! Try the Pesto Prawn one, thats our favorite! The staff and facilities are very hospitable and clean!! The owner's son openly mingles with the guests and even joined us on a dive trip to view 2 wrecks!

Situated near the centre of Coron Town, Corto Del Mar is easily accessible by tricycle. We stayed in the superior room which had a nice sized bed (suitable for taller people). The view looks out to the sea which is refreshing too. One thing is dont leave spare change lying around as the cleaning lady mistakes that as a tip. We lost all out coins the fist day and figured that was probably what happened. The pool is beautiful too.. It is roughly 30m in length and has a unique curved shape. Lounging by the pool is a must because the ambience is so peaceful. You can hear sounds of children playing as well as a marching band from the nearby school! You can also view the iconic CROSS located on top of Mount Tapyas from the pool!

The Wifi connectivity is quite poor though. This hotel would be great to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed at corto del mar this july 24th.This is our first time to visit palawan.The time we arrived in manila,my family was trying to hold on us not to travel due to typhoon,but we still went to palawan.But when we arrive to palawan,the weather was very good and sunny.We are both exhausted from a long travel,but when we arrive to the hotel,we felt like so energised.Seeing those carvings on the door,the design on the wall in every corner,the pool,and most of all,the warm smile of each staff make us feel more at home.The hotel is amazing,its near to everything...The staff specially the manager Patrick,are so friendly..He check and have a small chat with his guest everyday even on his days off, he visit the hotel.He also helped us about the tour.from 1st day up to our last day.The rooms is worth the value you pay for.they just need to put a mini bar in every room,knowing that most of the guest is coming from different country,the time difference is a lil'bit problem for me.i end up feeling hungry in the middle of the night (phils time) while the country where we live is only dinner time.and the restaurant in the hotel is not a 24hrs ofcourse which i understand (but i do wish that they come up with a 24hr room service :P) i hope the owner will also read this.and the security guards need to start wearing uniforms so they can be easily recognise by the guest if they are part of the hotel staff and not just a man who lived within the area and not sitting in the entrance as if its just their past time or their hangout area.it would be nice too if they think of putting a pool bar or atleast expanding the hotel and put a play room.They have already a soccer table next to the bar and dining tables and chess board next to the entrance which is really cool. a pool table and dart area will be a good addition to this.We tried lunch,and snack the first day we arrived and it was amazing..the following day we tried the breakfast and the food that im craving for is not on the list,however,the staff ask me what sort of food i would like to eat,and i said i love to have mango crepe if its possible,and the staff inform the chef and he make one for me...and that makes us feel that in this hotel,all the staff are trying to give extra mile just to make their guest happy and satisfied.And i would like to recomend that crepe,that is the best crepe i've ever had compare to crepe i've tried in rome,brussels,canada and abu dhabi.if your planning to go for a massage outside the hotel,i recommend going to VBM/VMK (cant remember the exact name of the spa) but it is next to milk tea place along BPI bank and opposite to a home decor shop.its a 5 mins walk from the hotel..otherwise you can ask the reception to call a masseuse and have it in your room.Dont miss out doing island hopping or going to a hot spring or scuba diving.Ask Patrick (hotel manager) regarding this activities..he knows people who can give you a good price and a good satisfaction after doing this activities.If you are craving for seafood,dont hesitate to ask patrick too...(this guy knows a lot of good things,his really are a good asset in the hotel :) ) just a reminder,the night me and my boyfriend had dinner in one of the restaurant i order a lobster (but they gave me a slipper bug) so the one that show's (picture) in the menu might not be the same to the one they will serve to you,so ask the staff first what kind of lobster it is,as it is quite expensive per kilo of it.And also if you walk at night,its safe...and also the stores closes early too.regarding the fitness center,i dunno if they have one, but i dont really have time for gym if im on holiday,seriously...no one does i think.We will definitley come back and stay in this hotel again.And one thing we will not forget..... "SPREAD THE WORD...BRING YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS HERE" and im sure they won't regret staying in this hotel.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Corto del Mar Hotel
Address: Comeseria Street | Barangay 1, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Corto del Mar Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corto del Mar hotel is located in the heart of Coron town on the island of Busuanga in the north of Palawan. The hotel and its 32 bedrooms and suites have been decorated with taste and character giving the hotel a unique blend of Mediterranean and Filipino feel. With beautiful views over Coron Island, it's a great place to go explore the gems around whether on banka or motorbike. ... more   less 
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