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  • Pamoayan Beach2.71 km
  • Pamoayan Falls4.51 km
  • Snorkeling In San Vicente4.84 km
  • White Beach4.86 km
  • Port Barton Marine Park4.97 km
  • Twin island5.08 km
  • Exotic Island9.08 km
  • Port Barton12.37 km
  • San Vicente Pier15.59 km
  • San Vicente Plaza15.65 km
  • Elsa's Cottage & Restaurant

    Purok Pagkakaisa, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines - See map
    "We had an awesome 3Nights stay :-) the location is perfect, FREE instant coffee at Elsa's Restaurant and FREE drinking water."
    maria T. - March 3, 2017
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 87% of guests
    Very good cleanliness
    7.3 rating for cleanliness
    • Airport transfer

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Balcony/terrace

    • Garden

    • Laundry service

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    Location score
    9.3/10
    Review score - United States
    8.6/10
    Cheapest price score
    Room comfort score
    6.9/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Palawan properties
    Better than
    94
    %
    of Palawan properties
    Better than
    93
    %
    of Palawan properties
    Better than
    85
    %
    of Palawan properties
    Value for money7.7
    Distance to city center250.0 Km
    Location rating9.3
    Nearest airportSan Vicente Airport (SWL)
    Distance to airport16.4 km

    Rooms available at Elsa's Cottage & Restaurant

    Front Cottage
    Front Cottage
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 queen bed
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    Bungalow Garden
    Bungalow Garden
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    Duplex
    Duplex
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    Family Room
    Family Room
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 single bed and 2 double b...
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    What people love about Elsa's Cottage & Restaurant

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "Very good resort with easy access to the beach and various tour operators."

      Mary E.

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      January 14, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "Lovely place for relaxing off grid."

      Indrapriya

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      October 20, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Staff are very friendly, accommodating and willing to help."

      Maxwell

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      April 3, 2016

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "The location is outstanding and you stay few feet from the b..."

    Indrapriya

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    October 20, 2018

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    What they offer

    6.8
    Good
    Staff 

    "Staff - they are very helpful and approachable."

    Edward

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    November 30, 2016

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    Airports

    San Vicente Airport (SWL)
    16.4 km
    Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)
    87.5 km
    2.8 hours
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    Agoda Reviews (216)Booking.com Reviews (21)
    7.5
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    Cleanliness7.3
    Facilities6.8
    Location9.3
    Room comfort and quality6.9
    Service6.8
    Value for money7.7
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    9+ Exceptional (26)
    8-9 Excellent (40)
    7-8 Very Good (39)
    6-7 Good (27)
    <6 Below Expectation (39)
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    Mar - May (47)
    Jun - Aug (8)
    Sep - Nov (12)
    Dec - Feb (104)
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    8.0
    Excellent
    Kelly from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Fantastic view and accommodation- staff could’ve been more friendly”

    Fantastic view and accommodation bungalow on beach with stunning ocean views. Comfortable bed and great bathroom and water etc. Staff were good but could’ve been more friendly. Definitely would stay again. Great location on beach front near bars/restaurants and good access to tours etc too. Enjoyable stay!

    Reviewed March 25, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Luca from Italy
    Family with young children
    Bungalow Garden
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    An oasi in paradise”

    We stay in the room cottage, very essential but comfortable for the standard of port barton. Breakfast is ok, restaurant is medium and cocktail a are great!!! Beverly, the manager, is like a treasure in this island, she knows like felling you at home! She is really skilled to organize everything that you need

    Reviewed May 05, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Andrea from Philippines
    Family with young children
    Family Room
    Stayed 1 night in April 2018

    Very good”

    The owner was very hands-on. We requested breakfast at 630am, not knowing their staff starts working at 7am. But the owner accommodated our request, she herself cooked our food! She even have nice stories about the history of the resort :)

    Reviewed May 04, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Albert from Germany
    Couple
    Family Room
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

    At the beach with hammock ”

    We planned to stay their 3 nights but added some 6 more extra nights. Elsas and Port Barton overall is a nice tranquil place to hang around for a couple of days. There is a good choice of restaurants in the village and there is a home made ice cream shop just behind Elsas. Beach front huts are the best choice but their other rooms are nice as well.

    Reviewed March 19, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Nachum from United States
    Couple
    Bungalow Garden
    Stayed 1 night in February 2017

    Good choice for Port Barton”

    It is located on the beach strip. Has a restaurant a few meter from the beach with a nice ocean view. The food is similar in selection and quality to other restaurants on the beach. Has a beutiful gardrn. Room price is good compare to other places on the beach with same quality. The room has cold shower only. Electricity is like in the entire town from 6pm to midnight. Internet is sometimes available but as in the rest of the town, very slow with a lot of interuptions. One thing you may not want to do is to order the van to leave Port Barton thru the front desk. Our van did not show up and we had to wait for the next one. I am not sure who's fault it was but something went bad with the booking.

    Reviewed February 20, 2017
    4.4
    Carlota from Philippines
    Family with young children
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    Carl from Cebu”

    The front cottage from was very dirty from Top to Bottom. There were cobwebs along the corners, there was no AC but an very dirty electric fan was provided. They did not provide mosquito nets. We went to the front desk at night, the in-charge was not there. I think the owner ( a woman) was really disturbed by our presence because they were having dinner. I was just about to confirm our Island Hopping Reservation the next day. I just think the owner was not accomodating. I just think since they are the first (pioneer) hotels in Port Barton, they just disregard the customers usual comments such as lack of cleanliness in their front cottages. I hope they will change.

    Reviewed June 06, 2019
    4.8
    jingo from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    beach front cottages needs rehab”

    pros... bang for the buck excellent location cons... water is brown. taking a bath is very uncomfortable so many mosquitos because of the plants around the cottage cottages are old. needs paint or whatever not going back there

    Reviewed May 30, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Indrapriya from Philippines
    Couple
    Bungalow Garden
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

    Excellent”

    This is more for nature lovers who can live with basic facilities. The location is outstanding and you stay few feet from the beach. Lovely place for relaxing off grid. Note - The is no power during the day and only fan and lights during nights which is almost the case in the whole town.

    Reviewed October 20, 2018
    6.0
    Alexandra from United Kingdom
    Group
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    Ideal location, shame about the staff. ”

    You can not fault the location of Elsa’s Cottages, right on the beach front. The boat tour run by the hotel was fantastic as well. Unfortunately the staff in the hotel were not welcoming, if anything made you feel like you were annoying them by turning up to check in. We tried to eat in the restaurant both nights we stayed only to be told the kitchens were already closed despite the restaurant being full of people?! Rooms are basic but are fine for the price, the beach front location and waking up to the view of Port Barton Bay every morning is what you’re really there for. I would just advise anyone staying there in future to not spend too much time in the presence of the hotel staff, go down the beach for dinner where staff are much more welcoming.

    Reviewed March 08, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Dawn from United States
    Couple
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Cottages on the beach are very nice.”

    Some noise from generator and club across the street especially in back cottages. Like most places in Port Barton no electric except between 6pm - midnight. Also no hot water but good water pressure. It’s so hot in the Philippines and you get used to the cold showers. We kept our own place tiddy and asked for soap toilet paper and clean towels as needed. But I guess if you ask they will clean the room. Otherwise room is very clean upon checkin. Always hot and cold water and free coffee available which was nice.

    Reviewed February 19, 2018
    6.0
    Gerardo from New Zealand
    Couple
    Duplex
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    excellent location and that's about it...”

    in terms of budget accommodation min things to improve: Wi-Fi never worked. shower was rather bad. staff seemed they couldn't care less about guests. probably hired and not owners. bad booking management: they verbally confirmed we could stay for another night only to find out late at night that we actually couldn't and had to leave next day. continental breakfast was bad.

    Reviewed February 17, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Mary from Philippines
    Family with young children
    Duplex
    Stayed 1 night in January 2018

    Thumbs up!”

    Very good resort with easy access to the beach and various tour operators. The place is very quiet and very relaxing. Electricity in Port Barton is from 7PM to 12MN only, but Elsa's has generator, and we slept soundly through the night in our fan-cooled room. One thing that can be improved is the order taking in the restaurant. Nobody approached us at our table to take our order, and we had to go to the desk to give our orders. Understandable, since we noticed that the resort only has 3 people taking and serving orders, and one even has to attend to reservations and resort inquiries. Overall, it's a very good place to stay for families with small children.

    Reviewed January 14, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jana from Germany
    Couple
    Duplex
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017

    We loved the place! ”

    The Mainhouse ist located directly at the beachfront. Its a lovely place, nice staff, it feels like paradise. The rooms or cottages are located next to it or on the backside. While we stayed there, there was a construction taking place right next to elsas, we didnt hear anything!

    Reviewed March 22, 2017
    4.0
    Chloe from Canada
    Couple
    Duplex
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017

    Acceptable”

    Terrible service. Had to chase down staff to attempt to check in. When we were reluctantly helped, we were told to wait until other guests returned so they could juggle rooms (they had given away our "beach front cottage".) Pictures online are misleading. The nicer cottages are at the back of the property along the road, the cabins closer to the beach are dark and dingy. There is ongoing construction and roosters rule the yard in front of the cabins. Bring ear plugs!

    Reviewed February 23, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Tomas from Czech Republic
    Couple
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

    Entry to paradise. The best place to stay in Port Barton. ”

    Staff very friendly and helpful. Beach front cottage offers very agreable accomodation, nice terrase to sit and enjoy the sea, sunset . We initialy booked 3 nights only but prolongated of two more nights.

    Reviewed February 20, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Kaisi from Estonia
    Couple
    Front Cottage
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

    Good location”

    They have a good location, right by the sea, but we had a cockroach problem in the bathroom. Fortunetly we could kill them and they could not get in the room. Restaurant was a bit mote expensive, but ok.

    Reviewed January 20, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Stephanie from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Bungalow Garden
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Nice relaxing stay”

    Enjoyed staying at Elsas, the staff are very nice with a restaurant attached so easy for breakfast. Room was big and not too hot with only a fan. No electricity in day but that is Port Barton wide, not specific to Elsas.

    Reviewed January 09, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Thomas from Netherlands
    Couple
    Duplex
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Chilled out place”

    We visites elsa's after it was recommended by a traveler we met. It's right at the beach, has a fine restaurant and is nicely kept. Of course no electricity at night because it is in port Barton, so it can get a bit hot. Towels were included and you have a nice little porch to sit at.

    Reviewed December 08, 2016
    6.8
    Good
    Edward from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Duplex
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

    Port Barton - Elsa's Cottage”

    2 good points for Elsa 1. Electricity is from 6PM to 6AM the following day. You don't have to worry that it will be cut short till 12MN. 2. Food Prices - they have good selection of foods with reasonable prices compared to other restaurants out there. You can have 1 good meal from Php 200 to Php 250. The room where I stayed is kinda old as it could be the first cottages when they opened long time ago. The water from the faucet is not that clean, its a little bit yellowish. Staff - they are very helpful and approachable. Overall, everything is okay with Elsa and this is located near the center area of this small place.

    Reviewed November 30, 2016
    6.8
    Good
    laurent from France
    Solo traveler
    Family Room
    Stayed 1 night in June 2016

    Good value”

    location is great, straight on the beach. bungalow are clean. staff can be a bit moody. and we had no luck coz big group of local people coming to do island hopping screaming around at 5h30, 6am, no staff to tell them no keep quiet . about food, we tried only one time and i as been very dispointed so we stop eating there. Last thing, we ask for laudry, being probably the only one that day to ask for this, they manage to lose ( i use the word lose to be correct ) some panties of my friend and obviouly noone seems to realy care when you ask them to find it. overall the place is ok and relax

    Reviewed July 31, 2016
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