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Princess of Coron (outside)
After rats drove us out of the SeaDive Resort, and we visited several other pensions and guest houses, we were very happy to come across the Princess of Coron Resort (also named the Hausman Resort & Lodging House, after the Austrian proprietor who has lived local for more than 25 years).
Mr. Hausman and his family live on the premises. He has been building the resort up from the ground over the years and has done an impressive job. The grounds and the rooms are remarkably clean and comfortable. The staff is overly courteous and eager to help!
A few conversations with the family and you can get first hand information on how Coron has evolved over the last 30 years. Mr. Hausman brought the first car to the island from Manila in the 70's and still drives it today...
Unique Qualities: The rooms have A/C and solar heated water.
The beds are very comfortable and vary in sized depending on the rooms.
There is a small pool in the shade of the giant trees.
On the grounds, the family keeps a few monkeys (don't worry, they are quiet), a horse and a few very friendly dogs.
If asked for anything, they will take care of it, even if you want a ride down to the hot springs!
Only downside is they don't take credit cards (yet). Cost is ~1600PHP depending on the room.
I just Googled the place and came up with a second web page. There are alternate emails and phone numbers listed:
Halfway down that page, Karl states that the phone numbers listed are no longer associated with the hotel, but the page is not updated. I recommend trying to contact them through this website. The email listed below is still valid.
Address: 6 Nueva Street, Coron, Palawan (Busuanga Island)
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Just a few meters down from the intersection of Nueva Street and Rizal Street. 2 minutes walk from the Catholic Church.
Other Contact: email@example.com
The Seadive Resort landmark
Upon recommendation, we stayed at the Seadive Resort for two nights... until we were able to find alternative accommodations. Needless to say, we were not impressed. If you do stay there, try to get a room on the 2nd or 3rd floors because we felt the rooms on the first floor were too close to the noisy hallways and smelled of mold and seawater.
However, we were not impressed by the thin walls. We could hear nearly all that went on around us. But the final straw that broke the deal was when we had rats... not just one, but two. The tidal changes push the rats up into all of the buildings along the waterfront. The concrete substructure with the grass mat wall linings make for a perfect dark nesting ground for the rats...
The first ran across our room and up the wall through a small hole to its nest. Management came in and "fixed" the problem by plugging the hole. The problem was that there was a second rat still hiding under the bed that no longer had an escape route. It proceeded to run laps around the room, over the bed, and through our luggage. I managed to trap him between the window and the screen. After this incident, we quickly noticed how many corners and surfaces had rat dropping on them. We managed to get the night's stay for free, but checked soon enough.
Unique Qualities: If you are on a budget, the 560PHP rooms with fan, electricity and hot water should be good enough (see 2nd photo)
The restaurant is decent, but there are much better in town. Breakfast however is worthwhile.
They do have internet, laundry, and a good quality dive center. We continued to visit for drinks on the balcony and use the dive shop, we just avoided the rooms.
A benefit is that this is one of the few places that does take credit cards.
Address: Barangay 3, Coron, Palawan (Busuanga Island)
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Down a long walkway that is about 50m from the Jeepney/Tricycle/Bus terminal.
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +63 (048) 723-0293
Price: less than US$20
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