5 charming hostels in Puerto Princesa

From old-school pension houses to cool backpacker hangouts, these hostels offer comfort on a budget in Palawan’s capital city

Tres Pension House

Tres Pension House

Tenzai Pension House (Photo: Remedios Lucio)
Tenzai Pension House (Photo: Remedios Lucio)

Tenzai Pension House

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this pension house feels like a home away from home, thanks to its warm and friendly service staff. It’s ideal for families looking for a simple and cozy abode away from the hustle and bustle of the city center; we also like the fact that there’s a lovely little garden where the kids can play. Free WiFi is available throughout the premises, too.

How much: From US$27 for a double room to US$56 for a family room.

Victoria Romasanta St 5, Wecom Rd, Brgy. San Pedro; +63 915 476 0274; facebook.com/tenzai.pension

Also read: Top things to see and do in Puerto Princesa

Tres Pension House
Tres Pension House

Tres Pension House

This cozy garden hotel boasts an eclectic mix of Filipino-Japanese décor, with a Zen-style garden to boot. Its location is a major plus – it’s just 15 minutes away from the airport, and within walking distance of several useful spots, such as Puerto Princesa City Coliseum and Robinsons Place mall. Both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms are available, both of which offer television sets and free WiFi.

How much: From US$21 for a standard room.

Purok Molave, Peneyra Rd, Brgy. San Pedro; +63 48 723 1541; facebook.com/trespensionhouse

Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn
Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

Decked out in shades of pink, purple, blue and green, this hostel is as colorful as they come. The European-style courtyard at the center of the premises further adds to the whole eclectic vibe – perfect for photo ops, we say! Appearances aside, the inn makes a great base from which to explore popular tourist attractions like the Underground River and Honda Bay; the front desk can even help you to book package tours.

How much: From US$53 per night.

296 Manalo Extension; +63 48 434 2430; purplefountain.weebly.com

The lounge at Tree House Inn
The lounge at Tree House Inn

Tree House Inn

Situated just 2km from the airport, this hip yet homely backpacker’s hostel offers four private and dormitory-style rooms that can accommodate a total of 22 guests. Other amenities include common hot and cold showers, a shared kitchen, a common TV lounge and complimentary WiFi. While there’s no in-house restaurant, there are several decent eateries in the area which can be reached on foot.

How much: From US$10 per person per night.

2/F ARL Building, Malvar St; +63 484 340 005; treehouseinnpp.com

Guestrooms at Balai Felicisima
Guestrooms at Balai Felicisima

Balai Felicisima

This brightly painted and homely B&B boasts comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with amenities like a flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom and minibar. But above all, the hostel prides itself on its warm Palaweño hospitality, and with just 13 rooms on site, you can be assured of top-notch, personalized service – think complimentary daily breakfasts and free round-trip airport transfers.

How much: From US$27 per night.

Rizal Ave. Extension, Bancao-Bancao; +63 48 723 2123; balaifelicisima.com

Written by

Remedios Lucio

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