The Microtel by Wyndham is a well known international chain of affordable hotels and resorts. Their Puerto Princesa property follows the same line, offering a budget option for people who want to focus on tours and attractions rather than stay at the resort all day long. Still, this 3 stars hotel not only offers great value for money, but also high standards of service and quality considering the price.
That said, there are also quite a few distinct downsides to staying at the Microtel. The rooms are quite small and could use a renovation, and the hotel is quite far from the city, where most bars and restaurants are located. Still, it’s one of the better places to stay at during your time in Palawan, as you literally only have to open your room’s door and you’ll be at a stunning private beach. Read this detailed review carefully, and you’ll be able to figure out whether Microtel is the right accommodation choice for you Palawan trip or not.
The service is excellent, one of the best things about this place. Every guest we sent there came back full of praise for the friendliness of the staff. Issues are always resolved quickly, and they are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you leave the hotel feeling satisfied.
While the overall design is a bit stale and outdated, the hotel is spotless and very well maintained. The rooms could certainly use a facelift, but at least everything is working well and nothing is broken.
As mentioned, the rooms are quite small. This isn't the best place for families or large groups. Moreover, the inroom WiFi signal is virtually nonexistent. Other than that, everything else is fine and we didn't get any complaints. The beds are very comfortable, and the shower is working well.
The resort is located directly by the beach, and it's actually one of the nicest beaches in this area of Palawan. Being far from the city means you'll enjoy a much more relaxing and private experience. There's also a very nice swimming pool – large and clean and never too crowded.
Microtel is exactly 7km from the airport, and a bit more than that to reach the city center. So, the location isn't ideal since it'll take you roughly 20 minutes to get from the hotel to anywhere worthwhile. The upside is you get a quiet and remote location with a great beach.
Even though there are some clear issues with this hotel, there are a lot of good reasons to stay there. Its certainly not for everyone, but if you are aware of the problems and accept it, you will surely enjoy your stay there. Coupled with the cheap rates, this makes Microtel one of the better value for money accommodations near Puerto Princesa.
Since there are only 50 rooms at the Microtel, it’s no surprise guests have been praising the level of service so much. This is a place where you will enjoy a lot of personal attention, so in that regard its certainly better than the large resorts closer to town. The rooms are quite small though, so that’s something you should take into account. They each come with air conditioning, flat screen TV, mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Free WiFi is also included, but as mentioned the signal inside the rooms is very weak – you are better off going to the lobby or restaurant instead.
Luckily, since Microtel is a well established hotel, finding feedback guests left online is easy. We combine these reviews with our own experience of staying there, as well as the detailed feedback we got directly from people we sent there. This allows us to create a clear picture of the hotel is all about, and provide you with the most complete overview possible. If anything, we would say the ratings Microtel enjoys on various online platforms is slightly overrated, and you should take it with a grain of salt. Still, it's definitely useful to include this feedback into your decision making process.
Tripadvisor is where reviews seems to be a bit skewed, as Microtel is ranked as the 6th best hotel in Puerto Princesa, which to us feels a bit exaggerated. Still, since there are no less than 719 individual reviews, it shouldn't be taken lightly. Guests really liked how quiet and peaceful their stay way, and the fact you only need to open your room's door and you are at the beach. The most common complaint was regarding the WiFi inside the rooms
There are also 396 reviews on booking.com, where Microtel gets an average rating of 8.2 – also among the highest of any Puerto Princesa resort. Users on this site particularly liked how friendly the staff was, and of course the stunning beach location. The swimming pool was also mentioned a couple of times. The major complaint was how far it is from the main area, and of course the weak WiFi signal.
Lastly, we also found 777 reviews on Agoda.com. The overall rating is 8.1, so it's quite similar to booking's review. Here, people specifically mentioned the breakfast as being very nice, and of course everyone praises the staff and the beach as well. We pretty much noticed the same complaints like on the other sites, but here many people also complained about the rooms being too small and a bit worn down.
Here's why you should stay at this hotel:
Here are the main reasons this place isn't for everyone:
Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and is served in a buffet style. We didn’t get a chance to try it out ourselves, but everyone tells us it’s quite good. Other meals can be taken at the restaurant as well, as there’s a set menu for both lunch and dinner. Additionally, Microtel also arranges tours for its guest, such as island hopping and snorkeling at the nearby Honda Bay.
To sum everything up, the Microtel by Wyndham is one of the overall better choices of accommodation in Puerto Princesa, especially for those who want to stick to a budget. In that regard, it’s probably one of the best hotels in Palawan. For a relatively low amount, you get excellent service and adequate rooms. Most importantly, you’ll enjoy access to one of the better private beaches in the area. While the Microtel isn’t the best option for families, we certainly recommend any single traveler or couples to consider it while planning their vacation in Puerto Princesa.