Hibiscus Garden Inn

Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa Philippines: Top 3 (Updated 2021)

Generally speaking, well known hotels &  resorts in the Puerto Princesa are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly Puerto Princesa.

The lesbiangaybisexualtransgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture[vague] in society and also have limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated (if not accepted) in Filipino society. Despite recent events that have promoted the rights, general acceptance, and empowerment of the Filipino LGBT community, discrimination remains. Homosexuals in the Philippines are known as “bakla“, though there exist other terms to describe them. Similarly, Filipino lesbians are generally known as Alfa.

Puerto Princesa is a coastal city on Palawan Island in the western Philippines. It’s a base for boat trips through the massive limestone caves and underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles and rays. Close to the port is the 19th-century Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral.

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1. Paboreal Boutique Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

Paboreal Boutique Hotel
Paboreal Boutique Hotel

Paboreal Boutique Hotel is a gay-friendly accommodation that offers an outdoor pool and terrace. Set in Puerto Princesa, the property features an on-site restaurant and free private parking.

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a TV. Certain units include a seating area for your convenience. Views of the sea, pool or garden are featured in certain rooms. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Paboreal Boutique Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property.

Nestled in a peaceful location; a 5 minute drive from PPS international Airport. Paboreal Boutique Hotel is the ideal holiday retreat in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Experience a reassuring sense of privacy, the superb hospitality provided by our attentive and a discreet staff in a totally “SMOKE FREE PROPERTY.” Here, you will find an intimate and pleasing experience home away from home where excellence is both a vocation and a promise to those who share an appreciation for a different way of life. Each room has its own spacious private veranda, stunning and vibrant bathroom, with second floor accommodations providing infinite ocean view. Restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Paboreal Boutique Hotel, where the dreams of luxury become reality.

About 5 to 10 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Princesa and only 150 pesos to the airport for a tricycle (or 300 pesos for a car ride). It is very close to the Princesa Garden Resort so we actually took a tricycle for 100 pesos and had dinner at the resort. The location is quiet which we preferred to the city centre. I would recommend to stay here if you want to be close to town but in peace and quiet.

Paboreal is a delightful place to stay in at Puerto Princesa. A very charming boutique hotel where quiet and peace are felt. Enrico, the owner, is very accommodating. You’ll never feel alienated by his friendly gestures towards his guest.

All staff are very professional and go above and beyond to help in any way. The hotel is impressively well maintained and spotlessly clean. Food is of a high standard and reasonably priced. Rooms are very spacious and well furnished with very comfortable beds and each having a large private balcony. Lovely clean swimming pool and sunbathing area. This hotel comfortably meets any European standard of a 4 star hotel at a price which is very very reasonable. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here whenever lm in Puerto Princesa.

The Paboreal is a fantastic hotel for your stay in Puerto Princesa. Quiet and relaxing spot but provides easy access to all areas of town. The staff was welcoming and friendly throughout my stay and provided excellent recommendations for dining, shopping, etc. Rooms and property are very clean and comfortable. Overall wonderful experience.

From the moment you walk into the door of the hotel (after them picking you up at the airport on time), you will feel like home. You are greeted with welcome drinks, given a tour, and checked in without a hick-up. The rooms are very large, super clean, and all equipped with a large balcony that looks at the awesome piano themed pool and courtyard.

There is also STRONG wifi at Paboreal Hotel, an endless supply of hot water for comfortable showering, and many tv channels to choose from (after you long day of touring the island). You will never be bothered, cooked a made to order breakfast, and immediately be helped with any questions or needs that you may have.

The hotel is located on a quite spot and you can reach everything by local tricycle drivers easily. The way to the city takes 10 min and the beach is reachable in a few minutes by walk. Please check this restaurant: Bajao seafront restaurant – it’s 10 minutes by walk from the hotel and it’s directly at the sea.

The room was very clean, tidy and spacious. Bed was comfortable and each room has a balcony or a terrace – what makes your stay even more precious. The breakfast will be served until 10 which will be prepared freshly by the personal.

The pool area is clean and relaxing too…

The rooms are  comfortable, the staff friendly, and the overall overnight experience pleasant. It is also a gay-friendly place in a country that may not be so, so I’d recommend this place to those who may not be too comfortable being open in other place.

Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa
Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

How much does a room costs at Paboreal Boutique Hotel ?

Prices start 55 $/night for Paboreal King Room. The Superior King Room is  75$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Paboreal Boutique Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa you can find the best hotels deals in Puerto Princesa during  Balayong Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Puerto Princesa  on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

 

2. Hibiscus Garden Inn 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

Hibiscus Garden Inn
Hibiscus Garden Inn

Nestled within beautiful landscaped gardens, Hibiscus Garden Inn offers complimentary two-way shuttle service from Puerto Princesa Airport, which is conveniently a 3-minute drive away. It operates a 24-hour front desk and provides free Wi-Fi access in its public areas.

Fitted with tiled flooring, air-conditioned rooms are furnished with an in-room safe, a cable TV, minibar, fridge and seating area. Hot/cold shower facility and free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathroom.

Guests at Hibiscus Garden Inn can approach the friendly staff for assistance with luggage storage, laundry and car rental services.

Hibiscus Garden Inn is every traveller’s hideaway – with a relaxing ambience, comfortable and clean accommodation, warm and friendly people and staff to make your vacation a truly enjoyable one. All rooms are fully air conditioned with basic amenities, spacious and homey. Set in a tropical garden oasis where your body and mind will find true relaxation while you are on a holiday. Hibiscus Garden Inn is just 15 minutes away from the newest International Airport, accessible to various tour destinations, restaurants and other points of interest in the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The rooms were very clean and comfortable and the possibility to order a fairly good breakfast was a nice addition. The location was quite good with a 5 minute van ride from the airport and some 5-10 minutes from a mall by tricycle. There were also a few restaurants nearby and with a short tricycle ride, even more were accessible and the staff at the inn helped with the reservations if needed and were also friendly whenever asking for something.

The rooms are spacious, warmly-lit, with nice touches of local materials like capiz shells for the doors and aparador (big clothes cabinet). I don’t mind that the wifi is on the sitting area outside the room as it’s very nice to sit there and admire the beautiful garden. The duyan (hammock) is very inviting and would’ve spent the entire afternoon there if it weren’t for work. The food at the dining area is flavorful as well. Every order of coffee comes in a French press.

The staff are very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The location is also very convenient, walking distance to Rizal avenue as well as convenience stores and other eating places, minutes away from the airport.

The staff were extremely friendly and efficient. Checking in and out was a breeze. The room was clean and well furnished, and the air con worked amazingly. The bathroom was spacious and very clean as well. The best part for me was the hammock outside each room. It was so nice to spend a few minutes listening to the birds, relaxing in the hammock, and taking in the serenity of the Hibiscus.
We ate breakfast in the Hibiscus restaurant and the food was tasty and we were well taken care of by the staff.

What we really loved about this place was the gardens. We’re quite ‘nature-loving’ people and we loved the natural beauty of the tropical plants and the carved wooden objects and handcrafted furniture interspersed throughout the stepping-stone walkway that led through the garden through to the rooms and restaurant. We loved eating pizza and drinking mango shakes in one of the the ‘kubos’/bamboo shacks in the main garden.

The restaurant was nice too, we tried most of the dishes their menu had to offer (although there wasn’t too much choice..but it was fine). Along the main street (Manalo) there were other awesome restaurants and cafes we could just walk to. There’s Haim Chicken Inato (a must try place for dinner) and White Fence Cafe. Oh and if you want a good massage, go to Nuat Thai at 1 Manalo. They’re open till late.

A tricycle can take you to ACCC grocery mall. There’s a new bakeshop there that has pretty amazing breads and pastries.

The room we got was the King Room and it was HUGE. It also had a mini garden. The bathroom was huge also.

It’s a beautiful simple and quiet place where you can relax to the sound of your natural surroundings: the garden and many birds chirping when the break of dawn comes out. We stayed in the King size room with big size bathroom which was clean and private garden with hammock. It was conveniently located to popular restaurants, pasalubong shopping, and main cathedral.

Every tricycle ride out starting from Hibiscus is approximately P10/pax. The staff were friendly, concern and accommodating to our request. Not only that there resto has the best tasting wood baked pizza in Puerto Princesa. (esp. Four Seasons pizza) I highly recommend this place for the individual traveller, honeymooners or gay couple.

Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa
Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

How much does a room costs at Hibiscus Garden Inn ?

Prices start 83 $/night for Classic Double Room. The King Room i103$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Offering garden views, air-conditioned rooms are furnished with an in-room safe, a cable TV, minibar, fridge and seating area. Hot/cold shower facility and free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathroom.

Where to book online – Hibiscus Garden Inn – Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa you can find the best hotels deals in Puerto Princesa during  Balayong Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Puerto Princesa  on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Atremaru Jungle Retreat 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

Atremaru Jungle Retreat
Atremaru Jungle Retreat

Atremaru Jungle Retreat features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Puerto Princesa City. Among the various facilities of this property are a garden, a private beach area and a terrace. The accommodation provides karaoke and room service.

All units at the hotel are equipped with a seating area. At Atremaru Jungle Retreat every room is fitted with a desk and a private bathroom.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.

If you looking for luxury, look somewhere else….but if you are looking for an unforgettable experience you are in the right place . Hotel is situated inside the tropical jungle , rooms are really big in Filipino style and perfectly clean (you sleep and you hear all nature’s sounds) and the food is really good ( the best he had so far in the Philippines) . The beach is 15-20 walk down a path into jungle.

The setting was incredible, really is fully immersed in the jungle. Rooms very clean and comfortable. The staff were super helpful and a thank you to Roman who helped with transfers from airport and very much available throughout the day to answer any questions. Food also delicious!

The hotel is eco friendly and feel many hotels should take note the rain water supplies the pool and water system for all the hotel rooms it’s fantastic. Our room was brilliant as it had great amount of space, the balcony aloud for an amazing view of the jungle and beach we found this area was very easy to relax in.

A real experience to stay in this amazing place which is 100% off the grid, eco-conscious, and creating all its own electricity and renewable resources. The rooms are massive in size including very large balconies with stunning views of the mountains and sea. Ours was the Rapitik and at 80sqm was perfect for the two of us. The rooms and all common areas are kept very clean and are simple in decoration but positively perfect for the setting. It is a true experience staying in the jungle, and in my view very luxurious. That said, please note there is no hot water in the rooms, nor are there air conditioners … neither of which I found to be a problem.

\With the fans provided the rooms were airy and cool enough … with loads of cross ventilation across the open windows with very effective mosquito screens installed. The cool showers I found to be refreshing and not a problem. The GM Romain Metaye was extremely helpful and accommodating to all our questions and requests. On the property there is a 25min hike down to a private beach which is untouched and pristine. There are also jungle walks on the property. The resort has a fantastic covered pool as well and the spa for massages is highly recommended. I had three massages in four days. The food at the inhouse restaurant is more than adequate, and the staff very friendly. Altogether an unforgettable experience and would love to go back anytime.

LGBT Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa
LGBT Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa

How much does a room costs at Atremaru Jungle Retreat  ?

Prices start 85 $/night for Suite with Balcony. The King Suite with Ocean View is  129$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has a balcony, soundproofing and tile/marble floor.

Where to book online – Atremaru Jungle Retreat – LGBT Friendly Hotels Puerto Princesa you can find the best hotels deals in Puerto Princesa during  Balayong Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Puerto Princesa  on Booking.com or  Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Vlaicu Sorin

Traveler, trying to be a photography, hostel lover , backpacker, beer hunter. In search for the perfect place.