As I said, even on a lean month like September, lodgings in a tourist town like Coron were fully-booked, especially popular ones like the Village Lodge and the overrated Sea Dive. So we ended up in the most expensive place, the Coron Gateway Hotel which was on its soft opening at that time. This was located in a nondescript building that looked more like an office than anything. The room cost us P3,500 a night, but we were certainly satisfied when we saw it.
I liked its interiors, and an LCD TV wasn’t something I expected to find in a provincial hotel. We also had a balcony that looked out into the sea, a big bathtub, a shower and a marble-tiled bathroom. Because of its features, I’d happily recommend Coron Gateway to couples scouting for their Coron honeymoon. It’s better than being marooned in a resort like Club Paradise, especially as there are many activities you can do in Coron itself.
Now am sure some people would frown on the hotel’s location since it’s beside the town market. The road isn’t paved as well so there were muddy parts. But this wasn’t a big issue for me as I like checking out the public market when am in a certain place. The seafront view in our room also made up for it, plus the fact that we were just a few walks away from our favorite restaurants and commercial stores.
Unfortunately though, we were only able to try Coron Gateway Hotel’s accommodations. We didn’t even get to try their coffeeshop, probably because we were taken aback by misspelled items on the menu like chicken finger and potato leak soup 😀 I don’t know if it was because they were on a soft opening, but even the hotel staff weren’t wearing uniforms. In terms of the cleanliness of the place though, we didn’t have any complaints.
At the time of our visit, there were only two price ranges for the rooms: P3,500 for the junior suites, and P7,500 for their so-called presidential suites. The latter had a living room, a dining area and kitchen ~ definitely ideal for families and big groups.