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Al Faro Cosmio Hotel - Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Al Faro Cosmio Hotel - Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Old Dec 17, 19, 11:01 pm
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Al Faro Cosmio Hotel - Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Hello everyone!

I decided went on a trip to Philippines around Thanksgiving and would like to review the hotel I stayed at in Coron, Palawan - Al Faro Cosmio Hotel. I actually ended up visiting 3 different continents, but thatís another story in the future. So here is the review!

After a 45-minute van ride, I made it to the boat dock. The hotel staff was already waiting for my arrival and helped me get my luggage loaded onto the boat. It was a quick 5-minute fascinating boat ride to the hotel. I donít think Iíve ever been on a speedboat before.





Another hotel staff member already waited for me on the other side of the island. Once getting off the boat, I had to walk on a wooden bridge over the water to get to the main entrance. To get to the lobby, we had to climb a steep hill for another 5 minutes. At the top, a group of hotel staff greeted me in Tagalog and offered me a fresh-squeezed orange juice as a welcome drink. Check-in was a breeze. But I had to wait for a while at the lobby because of the sudden tropical downpour.



Room

This hotel has two types of accommodations: ocean panorama rooms and lighthouse villas. Yes, you can actually stay in a lighthouse! Upon check-in, I ended up getting a standard room in a newer apartment (ocean panorama) that has its own swimming pool.



The main area is more like a studio apartment where the kitchenette, dining room, and living room share the space. There are a couple of chairs and sofa, dining tables, and a bar-height counter along with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and a sink. The common area is shared with three other rooms, but there wasnít any other guest occupying these rooms.







My room has a great view of the water. As you can see below, this was the view after sunset.



Dining

Al Faro Cosmio Hotel is not an all-inclusive resort; however, being situated in a remote place, there wasnít any option but had your meals in house. There is only one restaurant, located at the main lobby which opens until 8 PM and opens for breakfast at 6 AM. The menu is somewhat limited, though it was entirely sufficient.





The restaurant has a bar with a few bar stools, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.





I had a Filipino breakfast for two days in a row. The first morning, I had corned beef and scrambled eggs with fried rice and a glass of mandarin orange (powdered) juice. The corned beef was a little too oily to my liking. The following day, I had luncheon meat and sunny-side-up eggs with fried rice and a glass of guava (powdered) juice. It was better, but nothing memorable.





The restaurant was quite busy at dinner time, which was expected, considering this is the only place you can order food. One thing I like about it is that you could pre-order your dinner meal ahead of time, so you donít have to wait very long. One thing to note about this hotel is that the staff was accommodating and friendly, just the typical warm hospitality youíd expect in most Asian countries, notably in southeast Asia.

For dinner, I ordered pork adobo, which was served with rice and crepes with chocolate ice cream for dessert.





Amenities

There is a total of two swimming pools at this property. There is one outside of my room. And the main one is right outside the restaurant, which has a better view, in my opinion.







You can also get a massage treatment at UFO Spa, inside the ďbirdís nestĒ.



There are also other activities and excursions you can take within the property, such as yoga and kayaking. I canít remember on top of my head since I didnít partake, but I believe it is either complimentary or very inexpensive.

Conclusion

I very much enjoyed my stay at Al Faro Cosmio Hotel. Keep in mind, Al Faro Cosmio Hotel is not a 5-star luxury resort by any means, but itís charming and has some cute little quirks. Breakfast was mediocre ó nothing special. On the other hand, dinner was delicious! I donít think Iíve had pork adobo before, but it was so good! In terms of service, I canít say enough good things about the staff. They are genuinely lovely, hospitable, and welcoming, which really sets the tone of the entire experience.
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