Canvas Boutique Hotel: A cozy place to stay when in Puerto Princesa City
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A hotel review of Canvas Boutique Hotel (hotel info), my official home during the three-day Puerto Princesa Heritage Tour.
I was recently invited to join the sponsored Palawan Heritage Tour, along with several other travel writers, last Feb 16-18, 2016. The Puerto Princesa City Heritage Tour is going to be open for the general public this coming April. The major sponsors of the event will include the Palawan Liberation Task Force of the Palawan Provincial Government, the City of Puerto Princesa, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Palawan Tourism Council, the Puerto Princesa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippines AirAsia, and Rajah Travel Corporation.
On the first day of our tour, we arrived on the City of Puerto Princesa via AirAsia. It was almost lunchtime when we arrived, so we all headed immediately to Canvas Boutique Hotel (check rates), our three-days, two-nights tour’s official hotel partner. When we arrived there, we were warmly greeted by Carmel, the hotel manager who understandingly and happily invited us for snacks immediately as we arrived.
Aside from the warm welcome—which I give five stars plus the snacks—Carmel and the hotel staff made sure that our check-in process was done quick. And indeed, after only about five minutes, we travel writers were immediately given our respective key cards!
The 49-room Canvas Boutique Hotel (website), I learned, opened only last November 15, 2015. It was my first time to stay in this hotel, and I was very impressed from the moment we were greeted warmly from our flight, up until the moment I stepped into its lobby.
The high ceilings and elegantly bright stalactite chandeliers gave the hotel a very relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Each corner appeared so delicately well-maintained, that I felt like I was inside an art gallery. The place looks so luxurious, but not to the point that intimidated me. Best of all, the room rates of this newly opened hotel was not expensive!
Enough about the lobby, though, let’s talk more about my wonderful experience in this hotel.
Canvas Boutique Hotel is conveniently located along Puerto Princesa North Road in Barangay San Miguel. It’s also located right in front of everyone’s favorite souvenir shop, the Central Pasalubong Center. We travel writers didn’t experience any difficulty going from one place to another because of the hotel’s accessibility.
Each of the four floors of Canvas Boutique Hotel has a unique mural located in front of the elevator. The murals, we were told, were hand-painted by local artists, as well as by different artists from other parts of the country.
Whenever I used the elevator in the hotel, I was really thrilled every time the elevator doors opened to each floor, because I have always loved the Filipino culture being showcased in local artworks. I was even more thrilled, then, when I found out that my room also had its own unique mural! The mural on the wall captured the beautiful wonders of nature that Palawan could offer. In overall, it gave my room an even more relaxing aura.
I was in awe while looking around my room for the first time, not only because it was stunning and beautifully decorated, but also because it had everything I could possibly need. My room had a queen-sized bed and four comfortable pillows. I had my own working cable TV. I also had my complementary instant coffee, complementary tea, free welcome drink, linens, and mirrors. Underneath my work desk was a tiny red-colored mini cooler. On the other, I had an old-school functional telephone, which I thought served as a nice additional character to the unique design of my room.
I also had a working desk with a “loud bastard” bamboo sound amplifier on the side. I give it ten stars for having enough sockets as well—I always bring a lot of gadgets with me during my travels, so I found that very, very convenient. Beside the work desk is a safety deposit as well.
My room also has a separate bathroom, toilet, and lavatory, which good if you are staying here with friends, It will save you from the hassle of queuing. I loved the excellent pressure of the hot-and-cold rain shower. I also liked the fact that the hotel minimized their use of plastic by using a refillable shampoo and bath gel containers inside each shower room.
Canvas Boutique’s rates start at Php3,500 to Php4,000, depending on the room type and capacity. You may also book your room here online and find discounted rates via Agoda.com.
The hotel has a 20-meter uniquely-designed outdoor pool by the garden. The pool offers the perfect ambiance for a refreshing dip while drinking beer, or for reading your favorite book.
The hotel’s only restaurant was named Painted Table. The cozy restaurant had an open kitchen, a bar, Palawan cherry-inspired ceiling, and an al fresco dining area that could accommodate 22 people.
One of the restaurant’s features that caught my attention was the long, communal painted table (which I assume is where the resto got its name “Painted Table”), designed by “Dolphin Guy”, AG Saño.
Painted Table also offered excellent food. We had a chance to sample some of their sandwich samplers, potato wedges, and black velvet cake when we first arrived in the hotel.
But aside from their satisfying snacks, Painted Table also offers breakfast buffets. The hotel was almost full during our stay in Puerto Princesa, but their breakfast buffet spread located in front of their spacious open kitchen made us enjoy our meals, nevertheless. During our stay, we had breakfast meals ranging from bacon, Danggit Lamayo, Pork Adobo, sausages, fried rice, breads, and even some fresh fruits for dessert. We were also allowed to request any of the chefs to make us freshly-cooked omelet. A coffee and juice corner was also conveniently located at the nearby bar area.
I very much enjoyed my stay here in Canvas Boutique Hotel. I loved the delicately-designed murals of each floor, and the one in my room. I also had everything I could possibly need inside my own room.
I also give five stars to all the members of the hotel staff. Everyone, from the guard to the housekeepers, were very helpful, attentive, and kind. I lost my key card during my stay, and they quickly replaced it without problem. I also requested a roll of tissue paper, and they delivered it immediately as if they came just beside my room!
The only thing that I think the hotel should work on is their in-room Wi-Fi. Nevertheless, I believe that this minor flaw could be fixed in the next coming months.
In overall, I give this hotel 9 out of 10 stars! I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to Palawan. I recommend this to my friends and to anyone who plans to have a trip to Puerto Princesa anytime soon. Its walls and atmosphere give you a glimpse of Palawan’s beautiful culture. It’s cozy, luxurious, but not intimidating, and reasonably-priced. Hotel service is perfect too, despite the fact that the hotel was almost fully-booked during our stay.
My three-day Puerto Princesa Heritage Tour would never have been perfect had I not stayed in Canvas Boutique Hotel. Puerto Princesa really never ran out of surprises! Until my next visit, PPS!
Canvas Boutique Hotel – Book Online via (Agoda)
Puerto Princesa North Road, Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Contact Number: +63 9173070555
Many thanks to Palawan Tourism Council, USAID, Rajah Travel, Provincial and Puerto Princesa City tourism offices, Canvas Boutique Hotel and Philippines AirAsia for making this trip possible.
For inquiries about Puerto Princesa City Heritage Tour Package, you may contact them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (632) 894-0886 local 1504. Visit their website at www.palawanliberation.com or follow them on facebook www.facebook.com/palawanliberation.
To encourage tourists to visit Puerto Princesa City, Philippines AirAsia flies 5x daily from Manila with promotional fares now available via www.airasia.com. Fly-thru service from Kalibo to Puerto Princesa is also available with seamless connection via Manila.