Hibiscus Garden Inn is ranked #1 out of 29 hotels in Puerto Princesa on Trip Advisor and #1 out of 32 hotels in Puerto Princesa in popularity on Virtual Tourist. I went through the various reviews, blogs and photos and saw how Hibiscus Garden Inn looked like when it was new and had just opened. It’s looking a bit different now because the trees, the grass, the plants have all grown lush and the garden is looking so much more beautiful.
I wanted to stay there primarily because it is owned by the Blasselle family, three of which were my students from six years ago, and I wanted to visit them. On the day I was to leave El Nido bound for Puerto Princesa though, I could not get in touch with the kids and I ended up staying at the newly-opened Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn, as recommended by my friend Andy who had stayed there a few weeks before. You may want to read the blog here. As it turns out, the two inns are a few meters away from each other on the same road – Manalo Extension. It was gloomy and rainy the entire time we were at Puerto Princesa and I never did see the sun even for a bit but even in the gloomy weather, Hibiscus Garden Inn looked beautiful.
Hibiscus Garden Inn opened to guests in the last quarter of 2008 in Manalo Extension, a few minutes away from the airport and accessible to restaurants, shopping and commercial centers and/or government offices in Puerto Princesa, either by tricycle (minimum fare of Php8) or by foot, depending on your inclinations.
The single-storey 14-room Mediterranean-inspired building sits in a spacious garden accented by local furniture, native arts and handicrafts. The tropical, relaxing and laid-back ambiance as well as clean, quiet, cozy and modern accommodations make the stay and the price of the rooms well worth it.
The front building with its reception, lobby and souvenir shop:
Everywhere I looked, I saw traces of Casa Rosa in Taytay, Palawan. They both share the same mood and nearly the same design elements.
Hibiscus Garden Inn has 14 spacious rooms designed for total comfort – 10 Standard/Classic, 2 Queen, and 2 King rooms.
The Classic Rooms (30 sq.m) all have a queen size bed and a single bed, good for 2pax and max of 3, and go for Php1,800/night.
The Queen Rooms (40 sq.m) have a king size bed and a single bed, good for 2pax and max of 3, equipped with a mini bar, refrigerator and a private garden, go for Php2,300/night.
The King Room (50 sq.m) has a queen size bed, a single bed and a retractable extra bed, good for 2pax and max of 3, go for Php2,800/night and the Family King Room (50 sq.m) has a queen size bed, a double bed, 2 retractable extra beds, good for 6pax, go for Php4,300/night.
All rooms have a private bathroom, hot and cold water, split type air conditioner, ceiling fan, 29 inch TV with cable, digital safe, and free internet wifi access. The Queen and King rooms have their own private gardens.
The inn also has its van for transport services. Guests are given complimentary roundtrip airport transfers.
Hibiscus Garden Inn
Manalo Extension, Puerto Princesa City
Phone: (+63) 48 434-1273
Click here to view their brochure in pdf
I went there to visit the Blasselle kids. The twins, Marius and Fanny, were already in school but Sweety and Lou were there. Their house is only next door to the inn.
The girls certainly have grown tall and beautiful! I could not stay long because I was on a 10am flight back to Manila so we bid each other goodbye quickly and I promised I’d come back to visit them again soon.
Lia had fun with the girls, as well as the dogs and cats in the yard, but refused to have a photo taken.
- Trip Advisor: Hibiscus Garden Hotel
- Virtual Tourist: Hibiscus Garden Hotel
- Travel Book: Hibiscus Garden Inn
- Pinoy Road Trip: Hibiscus Garden Inn: Value for Money Family Accommodations in Palawan
- Palawan Trips: Hibiscus Garden Inn
- Agoda: Hibiscus Garden Inn (With 179 reviews)