Hrmm... just ok
Koobaburra has a hotel transfer service and took us only about 8mins from the airport to the hotel. Upon arrival at the reception lobby, they served us a welcome drink of orange juice (u can taste its from a powdered concentrate), hope they just offered us a cold bottled water.
The two Family suite rooms are located at the 3rd/last floor of the hotel, no elevator. There’s a sea view from the terrace of the floor. Room is spacious, maybe can accommodate extra beds for extra persons, and have cabinet provisions for stuff. Beds, pillows & sheets are clean and comfortable. Air condition is ok and working even theres power shortage in the area. They have separate toilet & bath area, no toilet bidet, toiletries are provided, hot shower not working properly. Cable is not working when there’s a weak power supply and fone signal may be weak as well. U can tell that theres not much guests as we hardly see people, and u can see dusts in the room and bathroom, maybe our room hasn’t been occupied for a week.
They have a hotel restaurant but they don’t have much menu to offer as they don’t have much food stocks. Free breakfast but same 2 choices for 2 mornings (longsilog/danggit silog), on 3rd morning offered only a tough pork tapa. Theyre not even equipped for take away supplies if u plan to order packed meals, and not much variety of choices of drinks either. They have separate restaurant & bar (Outback restobar) at the back area of the hotel but I didn’t see people going there.
Hotel is along the road and not far from the main town proper (10mins away). U can get tricycle (local tuktuk version) and can take u to town from Php10-Php15/person depending on distance. Hotel can make arrangements for ur tours. Tour agencies wud pick u up by shuttle vans and bring u back to the hotel after the tour so I don’t think the location or going & getting back to the hotel can be a major concern. If u decide to go out at night to eat or explore the city, its not hard to get back at the hotel, just take the tricycle and ask to bring u to Kookaburra or tell them it’s the hotel near the Pristine Beach Resort.
Staff are ok, they try to be nice & helpful with anything, but sometimes u can see them frown or make face when u tell them a misunderstanding, and they wud even insist what they heard rather than apologized for the misunderstanding.
Kookaburra is about mid-range but basic. Can be an ok place to stay since u wud just be out most of the time for ur tours, but not highly recommended. I stayed in a hostel (in Puerto Princesa) after I returned back from El Nido, which I had better experience.
Family - May 26, 2015