For those of you that have just stumbled upon this page, before you continue reading, you have to know that Palawan is one of our most favorite places on earth. I know that is a big claim for travel bloggers such as ourselves, but really, it is. Now I won’t bore you with all the details of how amazing Palawan is because I know you don’t need any more convincing.So without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in Palawan for both hotels and hostels.

Best Places to Stay in Puerto Princessa, Palawan

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Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa

Budget: Sheebang Hostel

Quick Info
Room Type: Twin | Dorm

Wifi: Yes

Near: By the main hi-way

Price Range: $7-20 a night

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay for a night before catching a flight, consider staying at Sheebang Hostel. The entire place is basic but its a great place to meet other travelers. They have a great bar within the hostel and is within walking distance to the beach. Although it’s pretty far from anything, you can easily catch a tricycle or motorbike ride anywhere you want to go.

To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Hostel World | Agoda

Budget: Palawan Village Hotel

Quick Info
Room Type: Double |Family Rooms

Wifi: Yes

Near: Libjo

Price Range: $12 a night

Located a short distance away from the airport, this place provides a very cheap and relatively clean place to stay for a few nights while you explore Puerto Princessa. Although the city is located 2km. away from the property, if you’re arriving in Puerto Princessa late at night, this place is our personal recommendation to get your bearings. For an unbeatable price of $12 for a standard fan room w/ breakfast (for two people), this is definitely a bargain!

To see prices and read reviews, check:   Traveloka | Agoda

Mid Range: Butterfly Totem Guest House

Quick Info
Room Type: Double |Family Rooms

Wifi: Yes

Near: 300 m from Palawan Museum

Price Range: $20-59 a night

This lovely bed and breakfast is a hidden gem for people traveling in big groups. The place is clean and has everything that you need. It is in close proximity to the airport and to restaurants around the area. The owners of the place are very lovely and are more than happy to help you out and accommodate your needs. (Prices start at $ 20 for two while family rooms good for 6 runs at $59)

To see prices and read reviews, check: Agoda | Booking.com |  Traveloka | Hostel World

Splurge: Canvas Boutique Hotel

Quick Info
Room Type: King|Double

Wifi: Yes

Near: 1 km away from Puerto Princesa Airport

Price Range: $100 a night for a private room

This unique boutique hotel is very hip and trendy and is conveniently located 1km away from the Puerto Princessa airport. The place is full of light installations and interesting murals which add character to the place. The outdoor pool provides a refreshing break from the heat of the city. Definitely a good splurge and is one of the best places to stay in Puerto Princessa, Palawan. (Prices start at $100 with breakfast)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com |  Traveloka | Agoda

Luxury: Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa

Quick Info
Room Type: Pool Access | Villa| Suites

Wifi: Yes

Near: 2km from the Puerto Princesa International Airport

Price Range: $130 a night

If you are looking for the ultimate luxurious hotel while in Puerto Princesa, look no further as this place is absolutely spot on. The whole ambiance of the place provides a relaxed feel. Between the palm trees and massive outdoor pool, a few nights stay here will leave you well rested and rejuvenated. It really is one of the best places to stay in Palawan! (Prices for poolside villas start at $130)

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Alternatively, you can also book or check reviews here: Booking.com |  Traveloka | Agoda

Best Places to Stay in Coron, Palawan

The Funny Lion

Budget: Lagrosa Backpackers Hostel

Quick Info
Room Type: Twin| Double (AC and Fan)

Wifi: Yes

Near: Coron Town

Price Range: $12 a night  

Located right in the heart of Coron, Lagrosa Backpackers provides a clean and affordable place to stay while touring around. The staff are very helpful and can help you get things done like laundry or arrange for a massage. Please note that because this is located on the main street, it can get noisy sometimes. (Prices start at $12 a night for a fan room)

To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Hostel World | Agoda

Mid Range: Discovery Island Resort & Dive Center

Quick Info
Room Type: Cottage |Family Rooms | AC Room

Wifi: Yes

Near: Private Island: 5-minute boat ride from Coron Town

Price Range: $42 a night

Located on its own private island just 5-minute away from the main town, this place is a good bargain for those that want a beachfront property. Although the rest of Coron town is inaccessible (short boat rides to and from can be arranged), everything that you need is already located here. The location is perfect compared to the other landlocked places to stay in Coron, Palawan. (Prices Start at $42 for two)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Traveloka | Agoda

Splurge: The Funny Lion

Quick Info
Room Type: Twin | Double| King

Wifi: Yes

Near: 10-minute drive from Mount Tapyas

Price Range: $120 a night

Located just a short drive from one of the best viewpoints in Coron, The Funny Lion offers luxurious amenities which are perfect to enjoy after a day full of diving/island hopping. Things like an outdoor pool and tub set next to a mangrove forest immediately makes you feel closer to nature. The food in their restaurant is also very noteworthy! (Prices start at $120 a night for two)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com |  Traveloka | Agoda

Luxury: Huma Island

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Double |Family Rooms

Wifi: Yes

Near: Beach Villa | Water Villa

Price Range: $414 a night for a villa 

Although Huma Island isn’t exactly in Coron but in Busuanga itself, this private island is as luxurious as it gets. This well decorated high-end resort boasts of beautiful views of the ocean. The staff here are all well trained and deliver good quality service. If you are looking for a private getaway, this island in Coron is for you. If the price tag agrees with you, Huma island is one of the best places to stay in Palawan! (Prices start at $414 a night including breakfast)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Traveloka | Agoda

Best Places to Stay in El Nido, Palawan

Spin Designer Hostel

Budget: Spin Designer Hostel

Quick Info
Room Type: Double |Family Rooms | Dorms

Wifi: Yes

Near: Calle Real (main town)

Price Range: $20-120 a night

While this place isn’t the cheapest, it’s a great option for those who want something a little bit more comfortable. Spin Designer Hostel is a new upscale hostel that’s clean, well-designed with bright cool rooms. The hostel itself is located within walking distance from everything making it a convenient place to stay in. Oh, it’s also worth noting that the breakfast included in the room price is absolutely delicious!

To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Hostel World Agoda

Budget: Dormitels.Ph

Quick Info
Room Type: Single | Double Rooms (Fan & AC)

Wifi: Yes

Near: Corong Corong beach

Price Range: $12 a night for a private room

This no-frills basic hostel is a great choice for those that want to stay in a beachfront property instead of the main town. Although the main town provides more options for those that want a bit of nightlife as it is closer to Corong Corong Beach. Despite this, these clean beds are great for budget backpackers! (Prices start at $12 for two people)

To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com  | Agoda

Mid Range: Ashok Homestay

Quick Info
Room Type: Double (Fan & AC)

Wifi: Yes

Near: El Nido Town Proper

Price Range: $25 a night

This family run homestay has everything you need to have a pleasurable few days in El Nido. It is very basic but the family who runs it makes up for it all with their service and friendliness. They will help you sort out a boat tour, transportation to your next stop and will even make countless recommendations on where to go and what to do! Great for budget travelers. (Prices start at $25 for two people)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com  | Agoda

Splurge: Lio Villas Resort

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Double |Family Rooms

Wifi: Yes

Near: Victory Gate and Wattay International Airport

Price Range: $6-50 a night for dorm rooms/ privates

Located 4.5 km away from the main town, this resort is a great alternative for those who want to getaway. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the pool is pretty stunning. Trike rides to town are readily available and cost around $4 a trip. The restaurant offers good food choices while the staff are friendly and attentive to your needs. (Prices start at $90 for two people)

To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Agoda

Luxury: El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Double |Family Rooms

Wifi: Yes

Near: Victory Gate and Wattay International Airport

Price Range: $6-50 a night for dorm rooms/ privates

Alongside with Lagen Island Resort, this five-star luxury resort is a haven for those looking to unwind and unplug. Located on your own private island, you have the entire ocean as your backyard. The location is stunning alongside with the fantastic service that the staff provides. With rooms nestled just by the water, this perfect seaside escape is worth every penny. Private beach picnics can also be arranged along with the many outdoor water activities. This is absolutely one of the best places to stay in Palawan! (Prices start at $380 for two people)

To see prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com |  Agoda

Our Recommendation: The Adventure Option

Now if there is one thing that we would recommend anyone to do while in Palawan is to arrange for an overnight beach camping trip! This has been one of my favorite experiences to date! We arranged ours while we were in El Nido with one of the many tour operators that offer this. They do not openly market this trip but is something that we highly recommend that you ask about. Out of the places in Palawan, sleeping under the stars is the best! Often times, the company would provide for everything including the tents, food, and an island hopping tour. The beauty of having an island all to yourself plus a few bottles of Tanduay, priceless! Traveling solo but still want to do this? Check out FB groups like the Philippine backpacker or make friends with people in your hostel and organize a group!

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