El Nido: Accommodations

So this is becoming a trend in our travels, not booking accommodations at our destination. Well, at least not for all of them. Whenever we travel, we make the most of it by going to different places that are close to each other.

I remember, a year ago before our Palawan trip, walking several kilometers in the old town area of Legazpi, late at night, before finding a place to stay. We didn’t have trouble with the Caramoan leg of that trip. In my defense, I always have an extensive list of hotels, inns, B&Bs and resorts. Unfortunately, all of them are often fully booked!

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Trusting our fate to a complete stranger at the airport proved incredibly helpful. She arranged for someone to pick us up at El Nido’s town terminal, Mercy, who graciously helped us scout for a place to stay. A few hotels and inns later, we arrived at this charming little place called Inngo Tourist Inn.

We’re not luxury travelers. Stretching our budget almost always outweigh comfort in terms of accommodations. When you’re in a place like El Nido, you’d want to be as close to the beach as much as possible. We were able to find available rooms fronting the beach, but considering their price and state, we opted to go with the cleaner and nicer looking Inngo Tourist Inn. The beach isn’t that far from Inngo Tourist Inn, it’s just right across the street.

Inngo Tourist Inn is a bit pricier compared to some of the beachfront accommodations we found. However, we realized that the few extra hundred pesos is well worth the comfortable bed, cool air-conditioning system, remarkably clean room and bathroom, hot and cold shower (no soap and shampoo though), free breakfast and charming ambiance.

Breakfast is delivered to your room’s cozy, little veranda. Very reminiscent of places we stayed in at Ubud in Bali. Food is good. Inngo Tourist Inn doesn’t have a restaurant, though there is no shortage of places to eat around the area.

When we were there last, they were building an extension to the hotel. The owner is a very accommodating man. After showing us to our room, he gave some tips about El Nido and delivered breakfast to our room himself the following morning. Staff are also incredibly accommodating and courteous.

Before checking in at Inngo Tourist Inn, we went to Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B at Caalan beach, adjacent to El Nido’s main beach. Unfortunately, they were also fully booked and have no vacancy for the next two nights. We asked Ate Bing, the caretaker, to reserve the room for us as soon as it’s available.

Our original plan was to stay in El Nido’s main town for two nights then transfer to Corong Corong beach for that quieter, less commercial, more laid back feel. Our concern though was, since we’re still going on another island hopping tour, we wanted to be as close as possible to the ferry terminal.

Caalan beach is only a few meters walk from El Nido’s main beach. Take the path from the east end of the beach, you’re near Gawad Kaling once you’ve passed (don’t get spooked) the cemetery. Caalan beach has that small village feel, where everybody knows everybody. There are very few resorts and restaurants on this side of El Nido.

You’ll have a clear view of El Nido’s iconic Cadlao island from here. The area is also much cooler compared to the main town, as it faces more to the open sea.

Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B only has two very spacious rooms, both right by the beach. The rooms are very basic, fan-cooled, no hot/cold shower. The very warm and accommodating Ate Bing and staff more than make up for what the B&B lacks. That and the fact that by staying at Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B you’re able to help the local community by sustaining the business that the NGO built for them.

If you’re not fortunate to book a room at Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B, I suggest you visit for the food. It’s cheaper compared to the ones found at El Nido’s main tourist areas, and they’re really good. My travel buddy was craving Sinigang that time, which isn’t on the menu; Ate Bing immediately asked one of her staff to look for ingredients. Servings are good for sharing, despite the menu saying otherwise.

Room rate is Php 1,000/night. We added 100/person/day for breakfast.

Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B Location

Caalan Beach Walking Path
El Nido, Palawan
5313 Philippines

Caalan Gawad Kalinga Resto / B&B Contact Info

(0905) 460-4723
(0919) 220-7208
(0927) 826-7236
*Not sure which ones are still in use. I suggest contacting them via facebook.

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