One of the most dreadful things to think about is the fact that after everything on your travel itinerary has been booked according to plan, you left out one important factor: accommodation. Whenever and wherever we want to go – unless we want to have a slice of an extreme adventure, of course – the most likely item to be found on top of our list will be the roof over our heads, right?
And thinking you are still in the process of randomly skimming through which hotels you are going to rest your weary head after a gruelling travel, we are making things easier for you. And oh! These hotels are not just your usual ones. They are packed with unusual features for all of you adventure seekers out there. Here is the list of the one-of-a-kind hotels you just can’t find anywhere else.
1. Hue Hotels and Resorts (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)
Is Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the next item on your travel list but haven’t decided on where to stay there just yet? Fret no more! Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa is just waiting for travellers like you.
Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa is founded on just two things – comfort and affordability. To start things off, it is your home away from home: cosy, clean, affordable, serene, and yes, very relaxing.
Aside from that, what makes this hotel worth staying is its unique feature that can surely soothe your weary soul – an avant-garde swimming pool! Yes, it is not just your ordinary pool. Instead of just the usual monotone pool floor, it is embellished with a multi-coloured, three-dimensional tile design that never fails to amaze anyone who comes near it. To say that this pool is mesmerizing is an utter understatement. In addition, it is but one of the few in-house hotel pools in the country with an amazing view of the exuberant city as its backdrop, even underwater! You heard that right! The extended pool deck is designed to let you see the beautiful city, and especially at sunset, while you are dipping into the pool’s cool waters.
Hue Hotel and Resort Ballroom is an ideal venue that bring out style and grace to any event or gathering With beautiful hanging bird cage accents as the highlight. Not only that, the hotel in general, has an inviting, state-of-the-art architecture that will truly make your day after a long day’s journey.
Rates: start from ₱3,800 per night
Addess: Km. 3 Puerto Princesa North Road, Brgy. San Manuel, Palawan
Access: Puerto Princesa International Airport – Distance: 5Kms/Travel Time: 15minutes
2. Canvas Boutique Hotel (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)
This is another amazing hotel located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The beauty of this place, unlike other large hotels, lies within its rooms and not on the outside. A work of art, a great place to stay.
The awe-inspiring beauty of Canvas Boutique Hotel starts the moment you set your foot on its lobby. The high ceilings and elegantly bright stalactite chandeliers gave the hotel a very relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Each corner appeared so delicately well-maintained, that I felt like I was inside an art gallery. The place looks so luxurious, but not to the point that intimidated me. Best of all, the room rates of this newly opened hotel was not expensive!
The hotel has a 20-meter uniquely-designed outdoor pool by the garden. The pool offers the perfect ambiance for a refreshing dip while drinking beer, or for reading your favorite book.
In addition, each room in this hotel has a unique slice of the rich culture of Palawan depicted on the wall paintings done by Palawan’s distinctive artists, including AG Sano, a well-known muralist and global warming activist. Everything in this hotel is definitely a piece of art.
Rates: ₱3,000 per night
Addess: Palawan North Road Barangay San Miguel, , Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Access: With a stay at Canvas Boutique Hotel in Puerto Princesa, a trip to Mendoza Park and Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum is just a few minutes away. This hotel is within close proximity of Hartman Beach and Robinsons Place Palawan
3. The Bayleaf Intramuros Manila
There rooms are cozy and comfy, with enough space to move around. All rooms are non-smoking. Pets are strictly not allowed. Sadly, wifi was erratic, got intermittently disconnected & reconnected. Inspired by a tavern owner in Italy back in the 19th century, Raffaele woodfired pizza is an expansion outlet using what used to be a veranda of Level 3 Meeting Rooms of the hotel. This is the closest one can get to the historic wall of Intramuros while dining. Pizza prices range from ₱400-₱450. Crusty or the traditional pizza? Your choice. Just don’t forget to tell your preference. Menu selection is wide enough other than pizzas and specials are offered weekly.
From Sky deck, the unobstructed, 360-degree view of the entire city including the world famous Manila sunset is simply stunning and very relaxing. This is how our guests cap their long days. They serves buffet on weekends with live acoustic entertainment. This restaurant is the place to chat, relax, share stories or connect with friends or simply unwind while enjoying the blue sky turn into an amber horizon during the sunsets while the clouds await the stars to appear. It’s pretty much the perfect venue and all the elements have been prepared for an enchanting evening. And so we say, “just make the moment count”.
Rates: start from ₱ 3,220 per night
Addess: Muralla Corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila
Access: With a stay at The Bayleaf Intramuros in Manila (Intramuros), you’ll be minutes from Manila City Hall and San Agustin Church. This boutique hotel is within close proximity of National Museum of the Philippines and Fort Santiago.
4. Hotel H2O (Pasay Manila)
It seems that the Philippines never runs out of awesomeness, and Hotel H2O is the total embodiment of this. If you love the feeling of being underwater, then this is the perfect place for you. Situated just beside the Manila Ocean Park, Hotel H2O lives by its name. The hotel features aquarium-like rooms teeming with a myriad of underwater creatures. Staying there lets you have a glimpse of what’s life underwater like from the comfort of your own room.
It also offers other unique room views as well, such as the stunning view of the alluring Manila Bay, especially during sunset. There are Aquarium rooms and suites that are luxuriously appointed, with chic and modern amenities.
Room and suite also include 37″ or 40″ flat screen LCD Television, high speed internet services, IDD telephone, complimentary mini-bar with premium champagne and boutique liquors on suite rooms. The bathrooms also offers modern fixtures and designs including a glass wall dividing the area. What more can you ask for?
White Moon Bar by Hotel H2O is an urban professional’s bayside escape from the metropolis. Retreat from the stress and let the iconic Manila Bay sunset highlight everyday life must-haves: good grub, cold drinks, sea breeze, after-office get-togethers, chill out music and parties ’til we drop!
With more than 150 dishes to choose from, Makan Makan is more than a restaurant – it’s a veritable pan-Asian village where the culinary delights of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines abound. Laksa, Roti Prata, Dimsum, Deep Fried Coffee Spareribs, Chili Crab, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Thai Green Curry Chicken, These are just some of the quintessential Asian favorites prepared fresh everyday by their chefs.
The hotel’s location also provides a spectacular and unobstructed view of the famous Manila Bay sunset. It is also a few kilometers away from the country’s second largest shopping complex, as well as a myriad of historical parks, churches, and museums. So if you are looking for a unique way to relax, Hotel H2O is the perfect place for you.
Rates: ₱ 4,000 per night
Addess: Roxas Boulevard, Behind The Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Metro Manila
Access: Hotel H2O is 30 to 45 minutes from the Airport and is 10 minutes away from the main road, Roxas Boulevard.
Directions & Landmarks: From Roxas Boulevard, turn to T.M. Kalaw then continue onto South Dr. Slight right onto Parade Avenue then take first left. Parking slots for hotel guests is located at the right side of Manila Ocean Park complex before the drop off. The property is located behind Quirino Grandstand.
5. Crown Regency Hotel & Towers (Cebu)
Crown Regency Hotel & Towers located at the heart of Cebu City offers not only a top-tier hotel service but an adventure of your lifetime as well. It sits adjacent to Fuente-Osmeña Circle, one of the most famous venues in Cebu.
Their room is styled in classic hues of rich brown and gold, exuding warmth in every nook and corner. Rich dark wooden floors, granite countertops, floor-to-ceiling granite bathrooms, and fine fabric draperies define this 32 square meter room, giving it a touch of sophistication. Be enthralled with an unrivaled view of the Cebu City skyline with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Are you ready for the most amazing adventure of your life yet? Brace yourself for the Sky Experience Adventure! At first glance, there is nothing so special about this place, but hold still until you reach the 37th floor of Tower 1. Here, you will be treated with the most spectacular view of the city through its Sky Walk, a 126.55-metre high transparent platform designed for, yes, you guessed it right, a sky walk! Enjoy a 360-degree view of the city while tethered on the secured rigging just above you by a secured harness, giving you a literal feeling of being on top of the world.
Rates: ₱ 3,800 per night
Addess: Tower 1, Fuente Towers, Osmena Boulevard, Sta. Cruz, Cebu City, Cebu
Access: 45 minutes away from Cebu International Airport
Directions & Landmarks: From Mactan Airport: Take Airport Road to Pusok Avenue, to Marcelo Fernan Bridge, turn left on Cebu North Road to Pier 4; right on Gen. Maxilom Avenue to Fuente Osmeña. Or you can take a taxi then ask the driver to drop you to Crown Regency Hotel & Towers at Fuento Osmeña.
6. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Cebu)
Another hotel in Cebu that is nothing short of being unique is Plantation Bay Resort and Spa. It is one of the few accommodations in the world surrounded by lagoons.If that is still not distinctive enough, wait until you experience the real fun of paddle boarding and kayaking in the calm, clean waters of the freshwater lagoons. On top of these, the resort also offers a unique wading pool complete with a bar. Now top that! That is literally ordering your favourite coolers while sitting on bar stools submerged under the pool’s water. That is not all, of course. The hotel also has world-class rooms, restaurants, and amenities that cater to your wildest definition of a nightlife. If you want more spice to your travel experience in Cebu, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is where you want to go.
Master’s bedroom with extra-large bathroom, living room with sofa-bed, powder room, extra-large balcony. Splendid views of our magnificent private lagoon and beaches. Balcony opens directly onto beach. Preferred by top executives and couples with one or two older children.
Rates: ₱8,200 per night
Access: 40 minutes away from Cebu International Airport
Directions & Landmarks: From Mactan Cebu International Airport, one can take a cab or a jeepney to Marigondon Beach Road. Plantation Bay Resort is on the left side of the road.