Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hotel Centro Puerto Princesa Palawan

Inside the lobby of the Hotel Centro. Quite lovely actually.
The newest large Hotel to open recently (April 2011) is Hotel Centro which is located in Bgy. San Pedro near the junction of the North and South National Highways.

Lots of people have stayed there since I posted this and are quite happy with the accommodations. However, I have had lunch and dinner there and I must say, it's the worst hotel food I've had in town yet.

My brother and his family occupied 4 rooms recently; 2 honeymoon suites and 2 deluxe rooms.  The deluxe rooms are tiny! Especially for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids.  The Honeymoon suites and family suites which they occupied were sufficient.

Decorative staircase at Hotel Centro.
The hotel also has an elevator, though only about
3 to 4 people at a time can ride in it.
If you need to use the Internet, they do have a small computer room in the lobby. There is WiFi in all the rooms, and it was pretty fast last time we stayed there.

They do have quite a nice large pool, where locals can take their kids for swimming lessons this summer! Also available is a spa and gym.

You can book online which makes it handy.

Entry to Hotel Centro

Hotel Centro reception and lobby.

Puerto Princesa Palawan growing growing

It will be two years this October 2011 that we moved to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  The amount of new buildings going up is astounding.  The Robinson's mall on the National Highway North is going up pretty fast as well as another mall called 168 Mall, which is already advertising office space, even though it's not quite done. I actually am getting excited about the fact that I won't have to drive to city Center to shop at the lone supermarket when Robinson's supermarket opens.

We live in San Jose, which is off the Natl. Highway North and there is very little traffic on this part of the highway, but at the junction, where North and South Highway split, it now takes me almost 15 to 20 minutes to get to my bank in San Pedro where it used to take about 5 minutes!! The traffic is due to the over abundance of gas tricycles and now, more and more gas motorbikes are showing up, clogging the road even more.  If this keeps up, our streets will be filled with as many motorbikes as Vietnam!  I hate going downtown anymore to shop at the only supermarket NCCC, the traffic is so horrid.

I am so glad we bought a property out of town. Out there, there is no traffic to speak of at all. Soon we will be building a home to live in so we can get out of our rental.  The countryside is so lovely and green.

I can't wait to begin experimenting with sustainable farm practices once we move out there.

Here is a blog about other things to do in Puerto Princesa.