Coron has seen some major changes since my last visit 5 years ago. Aside from the better road from Busuanga Airport, definitely a lot more options for lodging has popped out. It was mid last year when Coron Ecolodge extended an invite to stay if ever we find ourselves in Coron. Luck have it that I I got a scheduled trip to Coron and took their invitation. Here’s my honest impression about this lodge.
By this time I have been familiar with GoHotels brand of accommodations. I’ve stayed in their Mandaluyong and Dumaguete branches already and their staple character remains – the no frills yet comfortable rooms painted with the freshly colored green and orange, windsor beds, memory foam, rain shower, Cable TV, complimentary wifi, within mall vicinity and good value rates. These are all there on their GoHotels Puerto Princesa Palawan branch as well, the difference is in the location and the personal service.
It was one of those cases when I originally booked in one hotel but ended up in another. When I got back to Yogyakarta coming from my Borobudur trip, I took their efficient bus system and alighted at the station near JL Parangtritis. Hotel Winotosastro already caught my impression as I was passing by especially with their promo of IDR 137,500 (US$14) for their basic room but decided to take a very long walk to a lodging at the Jalan Prawirotaman. To make a long story short, the US$10 accommodation I booked was so far at the said street, I didn’t feel comfortable and secure with the room so I decided to just look elsewhere.
It’s not often I splurge on an accommodation, but when the need arises for the sake of photography, I would make a consideration every now and then. For my trip to the UNESCO Heritage site of Borobudur in Indonesia, I wanted to be within the vicinity of the temple for easy access for the sunrise and staying in Manohara Hotel Borobudur would be the best option to stay.
To be away from the town center for about 1.5km isn’t always a bad thing. For those familiar with Sagada, the nippy weather, the balmy sights of pine trees and mountains are one of the few reasons people escape to this charming highland town. But the growing popularity of this mountain town has lead to a bit noisy stay at the town proper. Finding Yabami Bed and Breakfast at Mabbay was a good thing. A small family-run in with large rooms by the roadside and lush view of pine trees at their backyard.
Urban nomads looking for the comforting sights of a mall in a rural setting will find GoHotels Dumaguete an easy place to stay in. Like any of their branches GoHotels is usually accompanied by its big brother, the Robinson’s Malls making sure, guest would have all the comforts and needs just a few steps away. Their Dumaguete branch adds a gentle twist. Aside from its well manicured gardens and bright colored green and yellow walls, it’s the staff that also spells the difference. Somehow, the genuine smiles and friendly vibe does exude naturally for Dumagueteños.