A few months back, I stumbled upon a blog entry written by James of Nomadic Notes. His photo while working and drinking coffee at one of the pods of The Alternative Inn made me want to book a trip to El Nido right away. I also saw a similar image from my friend Tiara’s blog. That’s it. I want to stay in The Alternative Inn!
Luckily, The Alternative Inn is also working with Agoda. I prefer booking hotel accommodations through Agoda since I find payments through Paypal more convenient (and less heartbreaking financially LOL). I read some reviews. It mentioned that aside from the majestic view, what they truly love is the staff of this hotel.
I arrived on a gloomy Friday afternoon. The only room available that day is â€˜LIGHT’, which is good for 4-6 guests. A big room for a solo traveler, eh? The next day, I moved to â€˜HEALING’, which is a room for solo/couples. I chose the beachfront fan room because the sound of the waves makes me feel more relaxed. I didn’t travel the whole month of July. This is a personal dream trip so might as well splurge 😀
The cheapest fan room is Php600 and the most expensive is Php1,200 with breakfast. Â The Alternative is one of the most established inn, bar and restaurant within El Nido. I noticed that most of their guests are foreign couples. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the view anyway?
The food in The Alternative is quite pricey, but the servings are ok. On my first night, I tried the Banana Hart meal (Php189), which is their specialty.
I consider The Alternative as my home in El Nido. Kuya Larry would greet me and the other guests every morning to ask if we’re ok or if we need assistance on tours and other concerns. I enjoyed my afternoon chikka with Kuya Boyet, who is a Caviteno now residing in El Nido. His stories about Palawan and its history made me love the place more.
To be honest, leaving the place was hard for me. It is my ideal accommodation. It may not be as grand as other hotels, but I feel comfortable and at home here. Facing the beach view while working on my laptop made me productive (I finished some tasks that I struggled to finalize while in Manila). On my last two days, I would spend the mornings just staying at one of the outdoor pods while drinking Avocado Fruit Shake. Aaahhhâ€¦. El Nido life. =)
There’s a number of cheaper accommodations in El Nido, but I do suggest that you check out The Alternative Inn. Please say hi to Kuya Larry, Boyet and the rest of the staff for me =)
^ I booked my room via Agoda and received instant confirmation. Yipee!
UPDATE (2015): I just heard from a friend a concerned blog reader that The Alternative Inn is now CLOSED. I really feel bad because I really had a nice stay in this place. Aside from the very inspiring morning view when I eat my breakfast or if I just want to chill in the afternoon, the staff were very helpful and hospitable. I really felt welcome and its like I’m just having a vacation in a family rest house.
My El Nido trip happened in August 2012 and I’m hoping to come back soon. For the meantime, you can check the hotels on the widget below for more El Nido accommodation options:
Although the The Alternative Inn doesn’t operate anymore, I’d keep the posts I wrote about it. I have so many lovely memories and I’d rather remember it as it is. Do you have more recommendations?
The Alternative Inn / The Alternative Bar & Restaurant Serena St., Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Philippines +639178963408