Last year, we stayed at GoHotels Puerto Princesa, and I’ve already written a review about it. But this year, we went back to Puerto Princesa to check out Robinsons Place Palawan, and with the hotel being close to the mall and everywhere else, it was the obvious choice. Note that its prime location isn’t the only reason to like the hotel, however. Read more…
1. Windsor Beds. GoHotels Puerto Princesa has comfortable beds that assure a good night’s sleep. I should know that because after each day we went around Puerto Princesa, I lay on my bed then slept soundly—forgetting each time that I have tasks to do. Of course, their beds come only with high-quality linens and the fluffiest pillows.
2. LCD Cable TV. An LCD Cable TV is useful when there isn’t much to do at night, and admittedly, during weeknights in Puerto Princesa, the city seems to sleep early. Then, with nothing to do outside, it’s really best to lie in bed while watching HBO.
3. Safe and Secure. How can I say that the hotel is secure? Well, for one, they visibly have security personnel guarding the vicinity, and I saw security cameras in hallways and common areas. In all rooms, they have electronic safety deposit boxes.
4. Fun Vibe. This starts from the yellow and green motif of the exteriors that extends inside the rooms. More importantly, the fun vibe is exemplified by their staff—they have this cheery culture that I like. Whenever I pass by their crew in the hallways or at the reception desk, I was given a genuine greeting and a warm smile.
5. Super Shower. This may not mean a lot to some, but with the hot, humid days we experienced in Puerto Princesa, showers were a luxury to me. GoHotels Puerto Princesa’s bathroom has a jet shower embedded onto the ceiling and a handheld shower—both thankfully gave me good hot and cold water pressure.
6. Free Wi-Fi. Wi-fi is serious business in the hotel. Proof is the existence of several routers on the ceilings of the hallways. Their wi-fi worked well, and I got pretty fast speeds.
7. Transport Access. Transportation is never a problem. The hotel’s located by the main highway, so multicabs and tricycles to and from the city proper pass by day in and day out. The San Jose Terminal for long-distance buses and vans is a short ride away, but recently, Robinsons Place Palawan opened a small terminal within the vicinity for public vans to Roxas and El Nido. The hotel has an airport shuttle van that can be booked online, too.
8. Service Plus. Despite being a “essential service hotel,” the friendly staff of GoHotels Puerto Princesa do not fall short in providing efficient service. They handled my requests well—from room cleanup to wakeup calls. Anyway, speaking of services, the hotel now has two desks that can arrange tours in Palawan, a cafeteria that serves pre-booked breakfasts and all other meals, a souvenir shop, a small spa, and even a conference room.
Verdict: I equally liked my second stay at GoHotels Puerto Princesa. The quality room, the friendly service, and the hotel’s different features all at a low cost make it a smarter choice for travelers. Plus, it being next to Robinsons Place Palawan gives it an advantage—all needs are within a three minute walk. Its location likewise makes it very convenient as a base for the well-known spots in Puerto Princesa, such as the Underground River and Honda Bay.
GOHOTELS PUERTO PRINCESA
Puerto Princesa North Road, Barangay San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City
Contact: +63 922 GOHOTEL or www.gohotels.ph/puertoprincesa
Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
Notes: Walk-ins are accepted, but online booking is encouraged. Accepts credit cards.