Friday, December 16, 2016

Palawan: Casitas De Az Pension l Budget Accommodation in Puerto Princesa

While I was booking our hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for our vacation last July, I asked my friend who owned a travel agency who also arranged the airline flights and guided tour for us, to give me several options. As thorough as I know he is, he came up with some of the luxurious hotels as well as cheap / budget hotels in Puerto Princesa for me to chose from. I know that we will be mostly out and about exploring so budget hotels are a great option for me. It was a family trip with my mother-in-law (MIL) so I wanted a budget hotel without compromising the cleanliness, location, comfort and service for our 3 days 2 nights stay.

I read good reviews about Casitas De Az Pension that's why I didn't hesitate to give it a go.


We landed in Puerto Princesa International Airport at 2:30 in the afternoon via Philippine Airlines.

Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-200

Densely populated Metro Manila as viewed from Philippines Airlines window

An island off the coast of Puerto Princesa

Philippine Airlines snack (flight was just an hour flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa)
It was our second time flying with Philippine Airlines and first time on a domestic flight and was not disappointed. In fact, the crew and the captain were all very professional. We landed safely despite a quite cloudy weather condition

Manong driver with our van service from the hotel was already waiting for us outside the airport. We were so excited to explore Puerto Princesa and it was so nice to see the city with our own eyes for the very first time. It did not take long to reached the hotel. It's located 10 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport and 10 minutes from the city center. It was a pretty decent property. It was off peak season but surprisingly, the place was full.

Check in was quick and easy. The staff was helpful, nice and friendly except that they need to smile often.

We were given a large family room with three double beds, large bathroom with hot and cold shower, AC was working fine, there was a TV set, a walk in closet and a dining table right outside our door. We were also informed upon check in that we can have clean drinking water from the reception if we need it. Wifi is available but accessible at the corridors and not inside the rooms.

Family Room
This is one of the three double beds at our family room.

One of the three double beds in our family room
One for my MIL, one for the kids supposedly and one for me and Ferald. Prince insisted to sleep beside me and his dad so Mica had the bed to herself and had a good night sleep.

What I love most about this accommodation was its well-manicured garden in the courtyard, giving us all the reasons not to stay indoors.

The property is clean and well maintained and every corner is picture perfect

It has its own Thai restaurant at the second floor where we had our complimentary breakfast every morning before our tours

You can also ask to be seated al fresco at the balcony with the view of the hotel courtyard

Their breakfast menu has at least 5 to 6 options. Consisting mostly of 2 sunny-side-up eggs, bacon, toast and coffee. Ferald and I like their huevos rancheros and order it every day.

Overall, we were satisfied with our chosen home away from home in Puerto Princesa.

On the last day at the hotel, we were late for the airport drop off because we tried to squeeze in one more activity to our itinerary and no regrets deciding to go for it the last minute as it was worth it. The hotel staff called me to check where we are because the van service who will take us to the airport was already there. We came in a rush but the good thing was we already packed our things so we just have to load everything in the van. The staff helped us with loading and bids us goodbyes with warm smiles.

If you are looking for a cheap/budget hotel, be sure to check them out.

Casitas De Az Pension
Cayapas Building, Valencia Street corner Bonifacio Street Brgy. Bagong Silang Puerto Princesa., Palawan 5316, Philippines
Phone: +63 48 434 1945

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