Located in San Rafael, Puerto Princesa, Astoria Palawan is a little far from the city especially if your intention is to go on excursions to the Underground River (Subterranean River National Park) and Honda Bay Islands, or go fire fly watching. If you will book your stay in Astoria, be prepared to pay higher tour package prices. You may book this direct with the hotel.
On its own however, Astoria Palawan is clearly one of the best hotels I have been to because prices are reasonable considering the high end rooms, amenities, finishing, and overall aesthetics. Architecturally, it was well thought of and the owner(s) of this property definitely did not scrimp on its fixtures and art installation.
Located in a 5-hectare mango orchard, it boasts of an infinity pool; spacious gym; indoor playroom with video game facilities; a billiards, table tennis, and foosball table soccer game room; karaoke room; a tree house; an outdoor playground; and a mini-golf area. Minutes away from the main facility is the Palawan Waterpark also owned and operated by Astoria. This is definitely a good place to visit although it is suggested that aqua socks be worn because the floor bed of some pool areas are not so smooth. We had a 1-day free waterpark access. Just coordinate with the hotel front desk officer-in-charge to arrange this.
Astoria has outdoor fat bikes (since the wheels are thick) as well that you can use for free and a beach front. At the time of our visit, the beach was under rehabilitation so swimming here was not allowed. Still, we were able to take great photos.
Since there are mango trees surrounding the hotel, it is advisable to apply insect repellant as the area is sprawling and good for long walks.
There are also function rooms in the facility so definitely, this place was designed to suit not only families but also companies intending to have seminars/company get-togethers. A bonus feature is the cool shower pods by the pool. All you have to do is step on the pod, and voila, this serves as an instant shower before taking a dip in the pool.
The breakfast buffet that comes with the hotel stay is not shabby either. The spread is delicious although the food choices are rather limited. In the evening, expect a lounge singer to enthrall you while you wine and dine the night away. To book with Astoria,visit their website at https://www.astoriapalawan.com.