Coming from a 5-hour land travel from El Nido, I arrived past midnight at Puerto Princesa and went straight to one of the newest hotels in the city, Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa. The guard standing by the wide entrance immediately came to greet and assist me as soon as I stepped out of the van.
I’m impressed with the overall appearance of the hotel –bright, colorful, wide, and artistic. The design of the hotel lobby is quite unique. The entrance is spacious with no doors, which makes me feel welcomed. The floor has patterns that look like the roots of a tree. I soon learned from its front office manager, Mr. Don Duenas, that the design of the floor is inspired by mangrove roots that are commonly found and protected in Puerto Princesa.
Hue hotel has a modern and culturally rooted architecture with the materials sourced locally. It’s hard to miss their colorful reception counter made of “Banig”. My personal favorite is the wooden balinsasayaw birds that will welcome you at the entrance.
Located on the 3rd floor and offering views of the city of Puerto Princesa, I stayed in an air-conditioned deluxe room, which measures 25-sqm and has all the basic in-room amenities that I need; spacious, bright, and hippie. I personally love the colorful pillows and the rag made of handwoven mat. The headboard design comes in different shapes and style. I’d describe this room as very “instagramable”
The room has a safety deposit box, cable TV, hairdryer, strong WiFi access, bottled water, coffee, and tea. If memory serves me right, Hue hotel is the first hotel that I’ve been to that doesn’t offer plastic bottled water, instead the bottle is made of glass. I think it is commendable and a good initiative to lessen the use of plastic. And as per Don, the water coming from the shower and sink is even potable. Imagine, the water that I use for showering is drinkable. Isn’t it amazing?
The deluxe room comes with 2 double beds. The mattresses are not too firm, just enough to give me a comfortable sleep. There are lights coming from different parts of the room that can be easily controlled since all the switches are just beside the beds. Lastly, there’s a modern bathroom equipped with hot and cold shower and complete toiletries.
The next day, I had breakfast at Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar. This is one of the coolest restaurants that you could probably find in Puerto Princesa. I admire its contemporary design, wide, clean, simple and minimalist. I love the hanging wooden tables and bulbs. The wall is mostly made of glass allowing natural light to come into the room, giving me that cozy feeling while having breakfast. They offer typical Filipino dishes for breakfast, a variety of bread, jams, and salad.
Hue hotel has different facilities to enjoy, one of them is their outdoor pool. Located on the top floor, it offers a relaxing atmosphere with a great view of the city. There is a bar right next to the pool area where you can order your favorite cocktail while watching the sunset. The pool is one-of-a-kind. The tiles are made of terrazzo, one of the toughest products available when it comes to tiling materials. The floor has a colorful, abstract design inspired by local banderitas found during Philippine Fiestas. You will never run out of things to do in the hotel vicinity. They also have gym and spa.
The hotel’s location is right at the center of the city. Approximately 5-10 minutes away from the new Puerto Princesa Airport and just beside a mall. Everything you basically need is within reach; restaurants, cafès, and shops. The hotel also provides complimentary roundtrip airport transfer. If you need help on your tour in Puerto Princesa, don’t hesitate to approach one of their Travel and Tours Assistant. Some recommended places to visit are Puerto Princesa’s underground river, Honda Bay, butterfly garden, and firefly watching.
I would list Hue hotel as one of my top favorite hotels I visited so far. The design is impressive and fascinating. I love how they incorporate the Filipino culture in their architectural designs and I admire their effort to help the environment by not using plastic bottles. This is a big step in helping make our world more habitable.
It’s distinct designs make its outstanding from usual cookie-cutter hotels. Every corner has its own story to tell. Truly, Hue hotel is not just a place to sleep in Palawan, it’s a destination by itself. Added with warm and hospitable staff. I would definitely stay here again on my next visit to Puerto Princesa.