I have to say that I am not particularly fussy about backpacker hotels or resorts. The only thing I wish was that I get a good deal for what I am paying for and that maybe I get a friendly welcome. I don't need a 5-star smile with a free welcome drink, just people who actually know how to treat you with respect.
The resort itself is outside of town. One could take a very cheap tricycle for only 9pesos or walk 10 minutes, which is nice to do in the province. It's no problem, but one could actually find cheaper rooms nearer to the town. Cheaper but with the same facilities. The food in the resort is very expensive. Being a FIlipino I know exactly how much reasonable rice meals should cost, and they charge alot for simple meals like pork adobo. Me and my fiancee ate most of our meals in town.
I also don't suggest to take the tours booked by the resort, they recommend you to take packed lunches. Unlike if you go to the town and meet some locals, they can hook you up with a cheap boat rental, we paid about 1,500pesos, good for 4 people, for the whole day. Plus we get to choose which spots to visit. IN addition to this, when I arranged to meet with the boatman before we left, we all went to the market, and bought some fresh fish, (a giant tuna for 160pesos!), some pork, soy sauce, vinegar, etc... for us to grill when we have lunch in one of the secluded beaches. It was great! We had a great Coron tour thanks to a lovely gentleman named Allan from a restaurant called Binalot TOng Daon.
The rooms itself were okay. We got a pricier room, about 1,880 pesos a night, because I jsut came form a fever and really wanted to a shower heater. Unfortunately, the heater was broken. THey were nice enough to offer that they heat me up some water in a pail. Tehre was airconditioning and a few cable channels. Not that you really watch tv in COron anyways. The rooms were clean and they had towels you could use. No soap though. Good thing we brought all our own toiletries.
The only part that upset me was the fact that there was only one staff member that handled all the work, so if she wasn't around, nobody else could help us. I wanted to cancel the tour that I booked with them because we found a tour outside instead which was cheaper, however since she had left, nobody knew if I could or couldn't. I suppose that one lady who handles all the business of the resort is always stressed, which meant that it wasn't always pleasant talking to her. IN fact she scared me a bit, because she seemed to be getting impatient when I was asking about the tours. It made me kind of feel bad to be asking so many questions. I'm not a nag, but of course, I just wnated to be sure I had enough money for everything.
We met a couple who actually stayed only for one night in Kokosnuss and moved to another resort that was cheaper, had better staff, and had the same facilities (plus soap! hehe), plus it was a bit closer to the town. Also part of the services of the new resort they stayed in was a FREE shuttle to the airport. We had to pay 150pesos per person each way. Maybe for foreigners this doesn't sound like much being that 1$ is worth 45pesos, but we're FIlipino budget travellers, so 150pesos per person each way can really dig into our pockets a bit.
I also found out that that couple we met were not aksed to send any cash advance for making a reservation. This upset me a bit, becasue they had informed me thru email that I have to send 3000pesos or they will cancel my reservation. I could only pay either thru bank transfer, PAYPAL (which always fails me!), or western union and I will have to shoulder the charges. I sent the the money which makes up about 3/4s if not more of the total room bill (we stayed a total of 2 nights only).
Our stay was fine, we slept well and we were out of the resort most of the time anyways. They have very cheap rooms for walk ins that just want a bunk to sleep in, but aside form that, there are plenty of places in and around town that you may visit instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KokosNuss Garden Resort is THE place where you can relax! Only 950 meters from the somewhat crowded center and watering holes. Best is: take a 5-minute tricycle ride for 10 Pesos/person,(rate is fixed by municipality) 24 hr service. - Charming rooms - Delicious Food - Enchanting Garden - Great Tours - Reasonable Prices. We offer you: 26 cottages, Bungalows and Hotel rooms, modern or in traditional Filipino style. All rooms are spacious, cool & airy, comfortable, bright and lovely equipped. All rooms and cottages come with private bath rooms with solar hot & cold shower, toilet, hygienic tiled floorings,cable-TV, aircon or ceiling fans, private terraces, balcony or secluded garden, air conditioning or ceiling fans. 24/7 Backup Generator, no brown outs. Our large tropical garden, sheltered and cool, offers a quiet respite from civilization. Garden chairs, hammocks and shaded resting areas invite you to a life of leisure. Garden Restaurant with international and Filipino specials in family atmosphere with good food and low prices. Enjoy our homemade specials and fresh seafood in Filipino, Asian and European style, dine "al fresco". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kokosnuss Garden Hotel Coron
- KokosNuss Garden Resort Coron, Palawan Island