As the largest province in the Philippines, teeming with natural wonders, no other place inspires wanderlust like Palawan province. Centrally located along the pencil-shaped island, the provincial capital of Puerto Princesa City is the perfect jump-off point for adventures to El Nido, Port Barton, and the region’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.
Wanderlust Bed & Breakfast is one of the newest accommodations in town, conveniently located along Rizal Avenue, a leafy thoroughfare lined with popular restaurants, cafes and bars. The boutique hotel inspires guests with its interior design inspired by Palawan’s nature and culture, and sustainable local products sold at their lobby cafe-cum-bar. Travel photographs of Palawan – including a few of mine! – hang at the reception area. The front desk can also assist guests with booking massages, renting motorcycles, and arranging van pick-ups for onward travel to other destinations on mainland Palawan.
The 12 available rooms are named after municipalities in Palawan (I was billeted at the Cagayancillo room, which was perfect since I would be diving at Tubbataha Reefs), and they’re decorated with murals by local artists and indigenous decor. The rooms are spartan with pop of color and feature en suite toilet and shower with hot and cold water, and eco-friendly shampoo and soap dispensers. A water dispenser is provided for at the lobby to reduce plastic waste from bottled water.
The hotel has a lobby cafe and bar on the ground level, where they serve the complimentary breakfast. Breakfast options include classic Filipino silog meals (tapsilog, tocilog, longsilog, and dangsilog) and Western fare like rösti (pan-fried shredded potatoes in butter), omelette and eggs and toast. For lunch and dinner, they offer an a la carte menu of all-day breakfast plates (₱229-249), gourmet entrees and short orders (₱149-349), and original cocktails (₱149-279) created by in-house chef Raymund Salazar. My favorite dish was Catch of the Day (₱299) – barracuda topped with bread crumbs and Cuyo rock salt on mash potatoes. A few local products are also sold at the restaurant like sustainable civet coffee, cashew nuts and Cuyo sea salt.
The property’s central location affords guests several choices for dining out, including some of the old-time must-try favorites like Kalui (500 m away) and Kinabuchs (750 m away). A newer restaurant is Guni-Guni Bistro (1.3 km away). For more recommendations of the new places to eat and drink in the city, check out my previous post.
Accommodation starts at ₱1,200 for Single Occupancy Room, good for one person, and ₱1,500 for a Standard Double Room, good for two persons. The larger upper-level rooms are Premium Quad Sharing for ₱3,500, good for four persons. All rooms are inclusive of complimentary plated breakfast. Find discounted rates here!
How to Get There
Wanderlust Bed & Breakfast is only 2 km from Puerto Princesa International Airport and 13 km from Irawan Bus Terminal (the new bus terminal). A cost-effective means of transport while staying here is to rent your own scooter. Located 200 m north of the airport junction (across Star Oil gas station), Bataga Vehicle Rental (contact no. +63 9530867992 or +63 9126062075) rents out scooters, motorbikes and cars to tourists. Scooter rental rates are ₱500 per day, exclusive of fuel.
Address: 420 Rizal Avenue, Brgy. Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Contact Numbers: +63 942 748 9310 (Smart), +63 927 774 9960 (Globe) or +63 991 398 8781 (Dito)
Wanderlust is a good option for budget traveller like me. The complimentary breakfast is a great deal to start the day. Is there any drink including with the set-meal breakfast. I guess, just buy it on their Cafe. Thank you for sharing this, I will definitely come to Palawan in May.
Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your stay at Wanderlust and exploration of Palawan.