The Funny Lion Inn: Newest Boutique Hotel in Coron, Palawan
Developed by the same young-at-heart team behind Amorita Resort and Momo Beach House in Panglao Island, Bohol, The Funny Lion Inn is the newest addition in Coron, Palawan by the One-Of Collection boutique hotel group. Located in the quiet outskirts of Sitio Jolo, the brand-new establishment stands out as a relaxing retreat for both couples and families wishing for a private nook away from the hustle and bustle of the town center. It’s only a 10-minute drive by van or tricycle from town, or adventurous guests like myself may borrow a bicycle from the hotel. It’s a tough pedal at some hilly sections of the road, but still an enjoyable way to travel between the hotel and the heart of Coron town.
I had the privilege of being one of the hotel’s first-ever guests after a five-day sailing expedition from El Nido with Tao Philippines. After checking in, I immediately plopped into the cotton-soft bed, relishing the luxury after roughing it out at open sea and desolate island camps. The “Cub Room” I stayed in was large, warm and cozy. The toilet and walk-in shower was similarly fashioned. Hot showers were made complete with eco-friendly lemongrass shampoo and soap which smelled heavenly sweet. The room, however, still lacked the finishing touches of interior design that will give it as much character as the hotel’s name, which alludes to the game reserve of African wildlife in Calauit Island, a popular tourist attraction in Busuanga. Moreover, the temporary wifi was spotty. However, these final details will be taken cared of when the hotel will be completed by the end of the year.
Walking though the hotel building, there’s an infinity pool and jacuzzi pool next to the restaurant that stretches out towards a mangrove area that I’m glad was not cleared away for the hotel’s construction as it blocks the view of the sea from the pool. Aside from providing lush greenery, the mangrove serves as natural barrier from wind and sea, especially during the stormy monsoon season. In line with the hotel’s safari theme, the hotel restaurant is aptly called Hunt and serves Filipino and Western food for both guests and walk-in diners. I especially enjoyed my daily Filipino breakfast of local longanisa (pork sausages), and their refined version of tinolang manok (chicken soup) and baked prawns for dinner.
There’s more in store once the hotel will be completed. Though still under construction during my visit, there will be a rooftop bar – the Pride Rock Deck – above the mid-rise hotel with views overlooking the Coron Passage and the green hills of Lajala Island. There’s a nice view of the calm channel with moored yachts and buzzing outrigger boats. There’s even a pair of jacuzzis where you can relax and savor that cocktail while watching the sun go down!
Soft opening rates are PHP 4,500 for both King and Cub rooms, inclusive of welcome drinks, complimentary breakfast for two and van transfers from Coron Airport. Maximum occupants of three persons per room.
Published peak rates are PHP 6,800 for the King and Cub rooms, and PHP 7,650 for the Pride room. All rates are for single or double occupancy.
Filipino and Western food are served at the restaurant next to the pool. Non-guests are welcome to dine at the restaurant; expect to pay around PHP 400 to 500 per person for a full meal.
Boat tours around the top attractions around Coron Island, such as Kayangan Lake, Banol Beach and Siete Pecados Marine Park, as well as tours around Coron town, which includes Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hot Springs, are offered by the resort through pioneer tour company Calamianes Expeditions & Eco-Tours.
How to Get There
The Funny Lion Inn is 10 minutes away by tricycle (PHP 40) from the town center of Coron. Airport transfers are typically included in the room rates, free of charge.
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The Funny Lion Inn
Address: Sitio Jolo, Barangay Poblacion 5, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Tel. +63905 395 5445; +63 2 5539549 or +63 2 856 1443 (Manila office)
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