On our way back to Manila from El Nido, the option of flying out straight of El Nido to Manila was unavailable, due to the fact that the Lio airport was in the middle of renovating, expanding, and basically building a concrete runway, and operations were suspended for the time being. Lia and I had to take the RORO bus from El Nido to Puerto Princesa – a trip that was supposed to last 6 hours, but became 10 hours because we we’re stuck somewhere in the middle of Taytay and Roxas for 4 hours because of some problems with the engine and the brakes, so on and so forth. We left El Nido at ten in the evening and arrived in Puerto Princesa at some time past 8 in the morning. By then, I was already nearing the end of my patience with the trip because Lia had already woken up and was starting to feel the toll of such a long trip and kept on saying, “Mama, I’m dizzy. My head is ouchy… hold me… stroke my head…,” looking very pale. I could see she was fighting the urge to throw up.
I chose Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn upon the recommendation of my friend Andy, who had stayed there a few weeks before, saying that I would like it because its new and quite nice. I primarily chose it because they provided free pick up from the bus terminal, as well as free transport to the airport. With my 4 bags, 38-kg baggage, 14-kg carry-on, and 16-kg toddler, I really needed that. I was eyeing the Hibiscus Garden Inn as a place to stay for the night because my students’ family owned it but I could not get in touch with them at first.
Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn in Puerto Princesa is owned by the same family that owns the Marina Garden Inn in El Nido. I liked the fact that they responded very well to customer inquiries, called back for updates promptly, and texted back right away when messaged on the phone. I must say that they have very good customer service.
It was rainy in Palawan that entire week so we didn’t get to see the sun at all. From the street, the inn could easily be missed.
The Toyota Avanza that was used to pick us up from the bus terminal brought us into the driveway and straight at the doorstep of the reception area.
At the lobby are travel magazines, and an album filled with beautiful photos of El Nido, just in case guests wanted to go to El Nido and continue their trip of Palawan there. I loved those photos – El Nido through ultra wide angle lenses on a clear, sunny day.
We were booked for only one night as we had the flight for Manila for the next morning. At the reception area, we paid for P1,590 for our room with the porch, and breakfast for two; then we were led to our room right in front of the purple fountain in the middle of the courtyard.
Even though the inn did not look very nice from the outside, Lia immediately took a liking to the colors of the inn. She especially loved the purple fountain. She played in the garden the entire morning after our arrival.
As for me, I was quite taken with our room. After an exhausting bus trip, I found the room extremely comfortable, and found it hard to leave the room the entire morning. If we hadn’t been picked up by our friends Rose and Del, owners of Makulay Lodge and Villas in El Nido, now based in Puerto Princesa, for lunch at a hole-in-the-wall authentic Italian eatery, we would’ve stayed all day inside.
Lia loved the single bed. She exclaimed, “Oh! It’s my bed!” And since it was right by a window, “Oh, my own window!” Though she only liked playing there and slept on the big bed with me that evening still.
That evening, they asked us what we wanted for breakfast the next day and what time we wanted our breakfast served. I asked them if they could serve it at six, and the next morning, our breakfast was served on the table at the porch. I had a really good morning because of that.
I loved this inn. I would recommend it to anyone who is planning to stay in Puerto Princesa. Lovely colors, beautiful design, excellent furniture, cozy; very comfortable, quiet and private. Guarded and with excellent service.
Special Introductory rates until Feb 2013:
Standard room: Php1,490 with breakfast for 2pax
Standard room with porch: Php1,590 with breakfast for 2pax
Standard rooms have 1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 single sofa bed and is good for a maximum of 4pax. Standard rooms are also air-conditioned, with ceiling fan and emergency lights, LCD TV, Wi-Fi internet, hot & cold shower, electronic safe
Family Suite: Php1,950 with breakfast for 2pax
The Family Suite has 1 double bed, 2 single beds, 1 single sofa bed and is good for maximum of 5pax. In addition to air-conditioning, ceiling fan, emergency lights, LCD TV, Wi-Fi internet, hot & cold shower, electronic safe, the suite has a refrigerator and ceiling fan.
All guests have complimentary roundtrip transfers.
PURPLE FOUNTAIN COURTYARD INN
296 Manalo Extension
Puerto Princesa City
Palawan 5300, Philippines
Mobile 1: +63 917 537 2772
Mobile 2: +63 999 882 5800
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