Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast: A Leafy Retreat in Puerto Princesa
Located in the leafy outskirts of the city center, Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast is ideal for those who want a quiet and relaxing mid-range place that exudes the atmosphere of Puerto Princesa as “The Forest City” of Palawan. The old wing consists of a two-storey building surrounding a central garden. The rustic structure itself was built from acacia wood sourced from sustainable plantations in Palawan. Tall acacia and jackfruit trees provide natural shade in the compound. Open-air corridors provide views over the compound and the surrounding greenery from outside all the rooms. There’s even a watchtower erected for bird spotting and squirrel watching during sunrise!
However, its location outside the city center can be a disadvantage for those who want to be right in the action close to restaurants and nightlife spots, but an advantage for those who want a leafy retreat away from the hustle and bustle of a city experiencing a huge tourist boom in recent years. Here, Mother Nature is your welcoming host. Instead of the sound of buzzing tricycles and construction work, birds and geckos chirp during the day and balmy nights are accompanied by the soothing orchestra of crickets and bull frogs.
Besides providing more modern rooms, the newer annex across the road also has an events pavilion and garden swimming pool. A tour office at the old wing offers travel packages to Puerto Princesa Underground River, Honda Bay and other destinations in Palawan.
Accommodation starts at PHP 2,400 for double or twin rooms, which are fully air-conditioned and come with LCD Cable TV, hot & cold water and free wi-fi access. Families and barkadas, on the other hand, might want to opt for their deluxe loft-type rooms, which can accommodate four to six persons, at PHP 6,000.
Standard Filipino and Western fare are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I found their food lackluster and their servings small though. If you want to eat dinner downtown, the guesthouse provides a free daily shuttle service that leaves Palo Alto for the city at 6pm and returns at 9pm.
How to Get There
Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast is 15 minutes from the city center of Puerto Princesa by tricycle, who often charge PHP 60 to 80 pesos for a chartered trip. The guesthouse can arrange pick-up from the Puerto Princesa International Airport.
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Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast
Kawayanan St, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
Palawan Office: +63 48 4342159 or +63 9175952725
Manila Office: +63 2 8501142 or +63 9178008117