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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Where to Stay in Puerto Princesa: Dallas Inn

I personally chose the place to stay for my first solo travel. I'm not into fancy hotels. Why stay in an expensive place, when you'll be out most of the time? I just want a clean place, easily accessible and of course affordable. I checked some recommendations in Trip Advisor, and Dallas Inn perfectly fits the bill. Majority of its reviews are positive, so I made up my mind to stay there.

Making a reservation was stress-free. I just sent them an email, they asked me to deposit 50% of the payment and that was it. I was all set.

I arrived at around 9:00 AM. I was glad that when I got there my room was ready. Normally, check out times are noon so I was actually expecting to be accommodated when I got back from the tour. A lovely lady showed me my room and told me about a few rules.

my bed

The room was actually tiny. It has very limited space. It only has a bed, a fan, a mirror and a desk where you can put some of your stuff. Amenities are very basic too. Check out the photo below to see what I'm talking about.

The en suite T&B's space is also very small. All you can do inside is turn around. No walking around or whatsoever haha. But hey, for me it didn't matter as long as it's super clean and the water pressure is fine.

my small room

Outside, there's an area where you can relax. If you don't feel like going out, you can read a book in the hammock, talk to the other guests or go online if you have a laptop with you. They have free wifi. The connection is not very good but it will do. You're not in Palawan to just surf the net anyway. :)

the chill-out area

They also have a dining area. It is surrounded by the garden so there may be some mosquitoes. However, they do have mosquito coils all over the place so you might not have a single bite. They also provide free water and coffee all day, which is good. You don't have to buy your water every time you're going out on a tour. :)

They have some sort of a "curfew" at night. They do lock the gate at 10:00 PM. If you'd been partying for the night, you might have a hard time waking them up to open the gate for you. We'll that was understandable. They are doing it for security reasons. It is not really just an inn. It feels like a real home.

common dining area

I had a great stay there. The place was so homey. It is clean, the family running it were all very nice and it has a great location. It's in the city center but tucked in a quiet road off the highway. There are no street noise to bother you at night.

What I liked about it the most is, it is very reasonable. It is perfect for backpackers out there who are living on a small day to day budget. If you are very tight in budget, they also have dorm rooms. I highly recommend this inn for budget conscious travelers like me. :)

Accommodation Information:

Dallas Inn Palawan
Address: #11 Carandang St. Mangahan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Contact Nos: +63 919 967 8558; +63 915 759 5296
Room Rates: PHP 600 for Standard Room; PHP 300 for Dorm
Others: 50% down payment is required to secure your reservation

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥

This Part 3 of my Puerto Princesa travel series.

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