Ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.8 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
Posted May 15, 2013 on Hotels.com
Recommendedby SG from Hong Kong
Very remote and expensive to go on tripsPosted May 9, 2013 on Hotels.com
Nice hotel although overpriced. Did not realise how remote it was as you can only get to it by boat despite being on main island. Hotel wanted 150 American dollars just for a ride into coron town. After some hard bargaining they agreed to get me there for 2 dollars ! Had to stay night in town once got there as last transport back was at 4 pm so only go to this hotel if you want to remain in the resort!
Recommendedby Romy from Quezon city
Posted Apr 1, 2013 on Hotels.com
It was good.! Very quite, great surrounding and beautiful scenery.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Nice place, but not sure about a repeat tripPosted Mar 27, 2013 on Hotels.com
Was surprised to find that a hotel charging these prices does not provide free pick up. There really is no alternative way of getting to the hotel other than by the arranged transportation. The best thing about the hotel are its staff - really friendly and helpful. Always smiling. Food choices on the menu were limited (particularly for me, a vegetarian). Since there is no way for you to go elsewhere to eat, you were basically stuck with that menu for the entire stay. Rooms were clean, but had no TV, phone or wifi. No TV or wifi I can live with, but it was inconvenient not to have a phone to contact front desk when there was something wrong. You have to walk to the reception area (we stayed in one of the furthest huts) and then back again if you wanted something. Should also think about providing free shuttle service to the neighbouring sister resort. As there is limited things to do at El Rio itself, then a trip to Club Paradise was a good way to kill some time. Waters would have been fantastic for snorkelling, if only there weren't so many jelly fish around. Apparently good for diving though.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Romantic getawayPosted Jan 24, 2012 on Hotels.com
Stayed for 3 days & 2 nights, including new years eve. From the Busuanga airport, had to travel 20 mins by land and more or less 20 mins by boat. It was exciting. The whole place is one perfect romantic getaway. Not crowded. Hotel people are so nice and friendly. We were welcomed with their very own El Rio song upon arrival. Food was great but quite pricey (for people with small apetite, just go with their ala carte menu). Had so much fun snorkling. Their Coron tour package was a bit pricey as well but it was worth it. Thanks to our guide, Ronnie, we had enjoyed the whole trip. Overall, I would recommend this place to those who plans to visit coron.
for Everyoneby Virginie from France, Australia and Brunei.
Room with a view and rats.Posted Dec 29, 2011
Pros: The beautiful surroundings.
Cons: Rats in the native cottages.
This hotel is located in beautiful surroundings. The charming bungalows are situated on the water edge with lovely views of the bay. However, the maintenance leaves a lot to be desired. We had rats in our native cottage and we were told that they were part of nature and that they lived in the roof. We insisted to move into another room, but we found a rat there as well. Finally, they moved us into a concrete bungalow where there were no rats (except on the verandah, which was fine as long as they didn't get in). I believe it's unacceptable to sleep with rats in a 4* hotel. I have stayed in many eco-friendly bungalows (many of them cheaper and more basic than those at El Rio Y Mar) in the tropics but I had never seen seen a rat in my room before. The service leaves a lot to be desired too. The staff is overall friendly but, with some exceptions, ineffective and not knowledgeable. However,they did a great show, dancing and singing, on Christmas eve; they also played pool very well. Besides, the tours are overpriced (about 3 times the price you would pay in a resort around Coron, like Discovery Island Resort, or Balinsasayaw resort, where we stayed after) and not well organized (we came back from Calauit island at night on a rough sea because the boat had left the resort too late; no one on board enjoyed the experience...).
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Australia
the place to relaxPosted Sep 27, 2011
The resort have very good service to us.There so many service that we like in that resort like when we eat on the restaurant one man is playing a guitar and there are singers.The resort is nice also because it is quite and nice place to relax.The resort is nice because its near on mountains.they make my birthday very memorable in my life because there made a presentation in my birthday cake and my cake is delicious little bit sweet but it taste good.There so many plants and flowers it is colourful and nice in our sight.in our island hopping we see some corals on the sand and the water in the sea is clear.Also our bedroom is attractive to sleep. And thats all that i like the resort in coron,palawan thank you and good day.
Recommendedby A verified traveler from WI
El Rio Y Mar Hotel Serene but SecludedPosted Jul 29, 2011 on Hotels.com
Means of transportation going to the hotel is inconvenient, going through dirt road and boat ride to get to the hotel (aside from limited flights to the island). Facility is clean and scenic, offered tours to see coral reef, natural fish habitat and surrounding islands were fantastic but need to train guides better. Guides were nice but timid, they don't talk unless asked. Overall if you are looking for a relaxing and quiet vacation El Rio y Mar is a place to go, it can be paradise for scuba divers but not for people looking for night life.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Singapore
We'll definitely be backPosted Jun 15, 2011
I booked this hotel because it was given good remarks in almost all travel websites. I was impressed with marketing pictures and with a staff named "jen" who was very nice over the phone when I was doing enquiries from Singapore before I really booked it online. I visited Coron together with my BF. It was a tough month of searching for a nice place to bring him since it was his first time in the Philippines. As a Filipino myself, I havent visited Palawan too so it was a tough month of calling friends, checking websites and planning as to where to bring him. Of course, my main goal is for him to really enjoy and appreciate Philippines. It was a very good decision to book this hotel because of 3 things: 1. Location- If you are looking for a very relaxing place where you will really be close to nature in its finest then book this hotel. 2. Service- It was a pleasant experience all in all because of the nice staff there. They were very hospitable and sincerely friendly. Specially Marvin or Melvin who went with us for diving. 3. Room- I booked the Native Cabana and it was good. We were able to see the Casa room and it was even nicer. It was good that they let us wait there before our check-in. (One thing that you will like with them, they wont keep u waiting in uncomfortable places) The not so positive side is the high pricing for almost everything. Even for a single addtl tea in a day, we need to pay extra. And you need to rent a boat all the time to go to coron proper.
Not Recommendedby A verified traveler from Manila/Copenhagen
Too remote and costly compared to location/servicePosted Jun 3, 2011 on Hotels.com
Sand beach is not worth swimming in. Seeweed and stones all over. Location is too remote from anything on Coron as the attractions are far away by boat and car and very costly compared to other resorts in Philippines. Resturant is not at all up to the standard of the price for such a resort. Menu card show a lot of things, however most of the courses not available due to missing base ingridients. Example, ordered a Pebber-steak with mashed potatoes. Ended up with a steak with rice, "sorry sir we dont have any potatoes" was stated when the plate was served... For 4 days, they did not have potatoes for fries or anything. On dessert menu, they had 4 dishes out of 6 with icecream, "sorry sir we dont have any icecream" for 4 days. No Internet for entire stay due to "cloudy weather"... Even though it´s stated that they have internet. Divetrip from resort cost for 2 persons was offered at 2,5 times the price compared with other dive shops in Coron town, and there you get 3 dives each incl gear. Rooms are nice and clean. However overall I will NOT recommend this resort.