Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan is one of the chain’s 13 locations within the Philippines. It is a beachfront, family friendly, full-service hotel. Read on to learn how Microtel was the perfect location for our girlfriend getaway and why it’s also the perfect place for the whole family to stay.
Hotel Review: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Puerto Princesa, Philippines
On the rare and special occasion of getting away with some girlfriends to the Philippines, sans children, I intended to find the perfect place for us. While Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, in Puerto Princesa, is definitely worthy of returning to with the whole family, it also proved to be a dreamy spot for a few moms looking to unwind. It was everything we needed as far as a relaxing atmosphere, friendly service and tropical paradise.
What Works for Families
- Beautiful, child friendly, beachfront location.
- Secluded, quiet area.
- Free hourly shuttle to, and from, the city.
- Free wifi.
- Pool and play structure right beside restaurant.
- Buffet breakfast included in room price ($).
- Free flowing tasty coffee/lattes/cappuccinos 24/7 in lobby.
- Baby cribs available upon request.
- Early check-in and late check-out given, if available, for your room.
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- Rooms hold 4 people max., so larger families would need more than one room.
- If you prefer being close to restaurants/shopping, it’s a little far from the action.
Microtel was very efficient and professional in communications with us while booking. When there was a typhoon in the area a few days before our flights, they answered my “what if”s” quickly and put me at ease. They arranged pick up for us at the airport (included in cost) and we were met by a friendly staff member holding a sign. After a 25 minute ride to the hotel in a comfortable, air conditioned van, we stepped out and dipped our toes into paradise.
One of the things that really drew us to Microtel out of all the hotels we considered in Puerto Princesa, was that it was one of the few that was actually beachfront.
Some of the reviews I read online had me a little nervous about the quality of the beach, but upon arrival, those fears were put to rest. It was obvious that this is an incredible place. The water is shallow and the tide goes out far, but the water is clear and clean. We really enjoyed floating around and chatting in our calm little corner of the Pacific Ocean. And it would be a good spot for little ones to play as well.
The beautiful location treated us to amazing sunrises and sunsets, with blue skies, balmy breezes and tall palm trees, in between. There are many lounge chairs all around the pool and hammocks hung up between palm trees. The music seemed to be just the right volume wherever we were and always seemed to be the right song for our holiday mood. We really were in awe of how perfect our girlfriend getaway felt from start to finish
Entering the hotel, we were always greeted with a warm smile by the concierge. The lobby is roomy, has comfy furniture to relax in and opens right up to the beach at the back of the hotel. From the turquoise painted wood furniture and door frames to the gorgeous view, it has a slight Mediterranean vibe and feels very inviting.
The service from the staff at this hotel was very impressive. They were extremely kind, attentive and took the time to answer our many questions as we booked day trips and planned our time in Puerto Princesa.
The rooms feel clean, fresh and modern. We were lucky enough to get an ocean view room and got some beautiful shots of the sunrise from our window. Microtel says the beds are “chiropractor approved” and I believe them. We all had very comfortable and rejuvenating sleeps. The pillows were also comfy and plentiful! (Plentiful pillows matter to me.)
The bathroom was a decent size and had a great shower. (No bathtub) While the hotel requests that you not hang clothes to dry on the balcony, there was a handy line to pull out from the wall and attach on the other side in the bathroom, to hang bathing suits to dry.
There were plenty of outlets to charge our devices and the Philippines is compatible with North American chargers, also using the same voltage and frequency.
As I mentioned, we were pleased with the free flowing coffee in the lobby and the free Wifi. Next to the coffee was an ice cold drinking water cooler. Big, soft beach towels are available at the pool. The restaurant is right beside the pool, so you can enjoy a bite to eat or glass of wine poolside, or move to one of the outside tables. There is a souvenir shop right on site, which came in handy on our final day.
The buffet breakfast included 2 or 3 types of fresh fruit to choose from and omelettes made to order, daily. There were also different hot prepared foods offered each day. This was typically garlic rice and different tasty proteins. As there weren’t really other restaurant options close by, we ate most of our other meals at the restaurant too. They offer many Western options and some local dishes as well. We were happy with the food and the prices were very reasonable.
Outside of the Hotel
The Philippines has an endless list of beautiful and unique locations. What caught our attention about Puerto Princesa was the snorkeling in Honda Bay. Our snorkeling tour was a very enjoyable day that included visits to 3 different islands, a delicious seafood lunch, and massages on the beach . (We paid extra for the massages.)
Another trip definitely worth making is the 1.5 hour drive to the Underground River. It’s a new (7) natural wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a highlight of our trip to boat about 1.5 KM into the over 8 KM long river. We saw plenty of bats and unique limestone formations. If you’re feeling adventurous after the river tour, there is a zip line over the ocean, available to enjoy for an added cost of about 15 USD. It was another highlight of the trip for me.
This island and this area is really a remarkable place. I’m hoping to get back there again, and if I do, I would happily return to Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. This hotel was the solid foundation of our very enjoyable and memorable girlfriend getaway. When on vacation in the Philippines, one could not ask for more.