Standard Native Aircon Room
Novie's Tourist Inn
Novie's Tourist Inn
Inexpensive, quick, uninformed booking, exotic loc
We booked online about a month in advance, primarily for location and price. We were uninformed about the place or the unit(s) themselves. Check-in was stressful because we thought they knew we were coming, they didn't. And they had no idea of what we had reserved until the regular receptionist returned about 14:45, (when ck in was 14:00) and put us in a place high on a cliff with little room in it. We then asked about something bigger and we ended up in another room, much more accommodating. The bathroom was natural stone with tile & large. The water could be sandy or rusty at times, why? The people tried hard to accommodate us. The units are more attune to being an older cultural type of structure. We were told the owner wants to keep the facility like bamboo with thatched roof type of ambience, which is okay, maybe even great for backpackers, (which is a lot of their business). They were building more units. They do have a restaurant and they do sell tour packages but we didn't use them. They work strictly on cash which is why we chose to use other facilities. They restrict the use of a/c, electricity from 10am-4pm. One evening the electricity was out causing some stress. The only TV was in the reception area. They had some inadequate Internet WiFi near the reception area but it was weak and many people would try to use it in the evening.
A great place outside of town
Novie's is a nice, quiet place to stay that's only a 5-minute trike ride from El Nido. The property is very lush and overgrown, and the rooms feel pretty private (although the walls are pretty thin!).
However, we experienced constant power outages during our stay, due to some heavy rain (though, I guess, normal for this season?). Novie's also has signs posted that they only have electricity during certain hours of the day, but I don't think the schedule applied while we were there.
Other than that annoyance, the place is a nice budget choice!