There are so many different choices of accommodation when looking for where to stay in El Nido Palawan, from the budget hotels and hostels to five-star luxury resorts in El Nido.
Situated at the northern tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines, El Nido is high on the list of must-see destinations for any traveler.
With its gorgeous white sand beaches, stunning coral reefs, and out-of-this-world rock formations, all surrounded by clear seas, it attracts the attention of anyone looking to find paradise!
It can be quite challenging trying to find the right place to stay in El Nido as you have to consider the area you want to be in, the types of accommodation you are looking for, and what will be the best fit for your budget.
So to help with all of this, I have put together this complete guide of the best places to stay in El Nido, all split into luxury, mid-range, and budget accommodation to help make your selections that little bit easier.
QUICK PICKS: WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO 2023
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read this full guide, these are the 3 best hotels in El Nido to suit all budgets.
Best Luxury Hotel In El Nido
Mahogany Resort & Spa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Incredible service
- Steps away from Corong Corong Beach
- Swimming pool, spa, and wellness center
Best Mid-Range Hotel In El Nido
- Near the beach and top restaurants
- Fantastic seating area near the garden
- Clean, beautiful apartments with a balcony
Best Budget Hotel In El Nido
Zhaya’s Beach & Cottages ⭐️
- Right on Bucana Beach
- Great rooms with sea view
- On-site restaurant and free WiFi
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO – FAQ
Before I dive into where to stay in El Nido, here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions from first-time visitors.
WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN EL NIDO?
The best place to stay is El Nido town, which is where all the tourists normally stay. Here, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, endless hotels, guest houses, and bars to party all night long.
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO FOR FAMILIES?
The best area to stay in El Nido for families is Corong Corong Beach, which is a peaceful area with a beautiful beach to relax and many restaurants within walking distance.
Of course, here, you’ll find many hotels with spacious family rooms, and you’ll be only a short tricycle ride away from El Nido Town to take tours of the nearby islands!
Also, it’s the best beach in El Nido to stay, if you plan a relaxing time with your loved ones.
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO FOR NIGHTLIFE?
If you’re here to party, then El Nido Town (also known as Barangay Buena Suerte) is your place. While there are no nightclubs in the area, you’ll find many bars to have a drink and meet people.
And who knows, you may even find people to join a tour with in the morning!
I recommend coming to SAVA Beach Bar to enjoy the night as they close at 2 am and they’re located right next to the beach, a real treat in this best area to stay El Nido offers!
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO ON A BUDGET?
The best place to stay in El Nido is Barangay Buena Suerte, the main town. You can easily book hotels for less than $30 per night at a guest house and they sometimes even offer breakfast!
IS EL NIDO EXPENSIVE?
El Nido is a pretty cheap travel destination and you can have the time of your life without breaking the bank.
An average hotel will cost you between $25 and $50 per night, a meal at a local cafe or restaurant only a few dollars, and tours generally cost you around $20 per person.
Needless to say, this is your best bet for a cool and affordable vacation!
BEST AREAS TO STAY IN EL NIDO
Despite the relatively small part of the island, there are a few areas where to stay in El Nido for different interests. Here below is an overview of which area to stay in El Nido:
- El Nido Town/Barangay Buena Suerte: Where to stay in El Nido for first-timers
- Las Cabanas: Best place to stay in El Nido for the beach
- Nacpan Beach: Where to stay in El Nido to chill
Now, let’s jump into the main section and go through the best hotels where to stay in El Nido!
EL NIDO TOWN – WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO FOR FIRST-TIMERS
LUXURY: MAHOGANY RESORT & SPA
✔️ Rating: 8.6/10 | Reviews: 100+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Situated just outside of town this resort in El Nido is perfect for a luxurious stay while being close to all the town has to offer. Mahogany Resort comes equipped with an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, and spa facilities.
Close to some of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido, you are within hiking distance of Papaya Beach and Marimegmeg Beach as well as being just a short boat trip away to both Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.
Rooms are spacious and well equipped with comfortable beds, TV, and private bathroom and all come with a balcony with gorgeous views out over this stunning El Nido resort.
Mahogany Resort is arguably the best El Nido resort for families or couples traveling together, wanting that little taste of luxury. A top pick to consider when searching for where to stay in El Nido.
LUXURY: BUKO BEACH RESORT
✔️ Rating: 9.2/10 | Reviews: 100+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set a short way outside of El Nido Town, this gorgeous tropical resort offers one of the best places to stay in El Nido.
This beach resort in El Nido comes with an outdoor swimming pool and has a native design throughout.
Situated close to many of El Nido’s popular and most beautiful beaches, it’s also only a short drive to some of the picturesque lagoons and a short drive to the ferry.
All rooms are beautifully decorated with traditional design and come with private outdoor showers. Rooms are all air-conditioned and come with an outdoor terrace and seating area.
This beach resort El Nido is perfect for couples due to its romantic location and picturesque style of holiday but would also suit families and groups of friends.
LUXURY: VELLAGO RESORT
✔️ Rating: 9.3/10 | Reviews: 70+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This best hotel in El Nido set right on the beach is beautifully presented. It comes fully equipped with a restaurant, outside seating terrace, island hopping tours, kayaking, and snorkeling can all be arranged by this beach resort in El Nido.
Just 1km from the town center, you are also perfectly located for island hopping and some of the most beautiful beaches are close by including Commandos Beach and Papaya Beach.
Apart from that, this is also where the El Nido Tour A and other tours leave in the morning, and that adds some convenience!
All rooms come with a sea view and an outdoor seating area for you to take in the stunning sunsets. Rooms are spacious, very comfortable and all come with a private bathroom.
This is one of the best places to stay El Nido offers for families and couples. You are close to all that El Nido has to offer and beautifully placed for any activity you may wish to partake in.
MID RANGE: FRANGIPANI EL NIDO
✔️ Rating: 8.7/10 | Reviews: 70+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
With an outdoor pool, terrace, bar, and outstanding views out to the ocean, this resort is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in El Nido. The rustic, traditional styling is of a high standard and perfect for anyone looking for that extra twist.
Close to the town and a short distance from Nacpan Beach and Mantiloc Shrine, you are perfected located for exploring all El Nido has to offer.
All rooms are well equipped with an en suite bathroom and balconies with sea views.
This is an ideal location for couples and families searching for where to stay in El Nido. You are perfectly located in the surrounding area while having many amenities on site.
MID RANGE: LIO VILLAS RESORT
✔️ Rating: 7.2/10 | Reviews: 80+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Situated in El Nido, Lio Villas features peaceful and comfortable accommodation which is among some of the best places to stay in El Nido. It houses an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and beautiful gardens.
Situated just outside of town, this accommodation in El Nido is close to many of the surrounding beaches, restaurants, and bars.
All rooms come with a pool or garden view from the balcony and are equipped with comfortable beds in an air-conditioned room with a private bathroom.
This is a lovely El Nido accommodation for couples or small groups of friends looking for where to stay in El Nido.
BUDGET: ERLITTOP GARDEN ECO LODGE
✔️ Rating: 8.9/10 | Reviews: 80+ | Class: ⭐️
Situated a distance outside of El Nido, these lodges are worth the mention for backpackers really wanting to explore the areas away from the town and participate in naturalistic, rural, eco-living. The wooden and leaf structures are nestled in amongst the landscape and local delicacies are served on-site.
Situated in the hills away from El Nido, this is a secluded spot that requires some getting to from town but the views and accommodation are well worth the effort. Tours can be arranged from reception, as well as snorkeling and fishing trips.
Each hut, tent, or cottage features views of the natural surroundings, such as hills or the sea. Huts and cottages feature balconies. Guests have plenty of privacy and have access to a bathroom with shower facilities, and toilets.
This is a perfect budget accommodation in El Nido for solo travelers or couples looking to escape from the world and live in nature for a while, taking it all back to basics.
BUDGET: ANANG BALAY TURISTA
✔️ Rating: 7.6/10 | Reviews: 100+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is another great accommodation in El Nido town, perfect for travelers looking for a convenient place to stay.
Anang Balay Turista provides everything you need – comfortable beds, a restaurant with sea view, and free WiFi. The area is close to fishing and snorkeling sites which can be arranged from the campsite.
Located right on El Nido pier with outstanding views, you won’t need to hire a bike or a car to go on the various El Nido tours, which is a massive plus.
All rooms come with a private bathroom and WiFi, beds are comfortable, and air conditioning are provided.
This is virtually the best place to stay El Nido offers for solo travelers looking to find the real El Nido away from the hustle and bustle of town and the sometimes crowded tourist spots.
LAS CABANAS – BEST PLACE TO STAY IN EL NIDO FOR THE BEACH
LUXURY: COCO RESORT
✔️ Rating: 7.7/10 | Reviews: 200+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set in a large, quiet, relaxing garden, this El Nido resort is dotted with luxurious cottages, surrounded by gorgeous nature, and filled with coconut trees.
Coco Resort comes with an outdoor swimming pool, sun terraces, cocktail bar, and spa. They also offer water sports equipment hire and snorkeling gear.
Located close to Las Cabanas Beach, this is one of the most beautiful and zen places to stay in El Nido and within walking distance of a range of local bars and restaurants.
All rooms are gorgeously presented with spacious facilities and private bathrooms. All have views of the outstanding gardens and there are also beach huts available if it’s a more romantic location you are after.
This is a gorgeous location for couples looking for a romantic break or looking for great restaurants and bars in the local area. Also great for water sports enthusiasts.
LUXURY: VELLAGO RESORT
✔️ Rating: 9.3/10 | Reviews: 70+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This accommodation in El Nido is just a short boat ride away from Las Cabanas Beach but very much worth the mention in this guide. It can only be reached by boat and is a secluded paradise for adult guests only.
Rated one of the best resorts in El Nido, Vellago has six rooms but each stay is customized for each visitor. Dinner is served on the beach in the evening in the most beautiful and idyllic setting. Snorkeling and kayaking are also offered by this El Nido resort to explore the surrounding area.
Around 2 miles from Las Cabanas Beach, this is by far one of the best places to stay in El Nido. It’s also very close to Entalula Island and Big Lagoon for travelers wanting to explore the local area.
All rooms are beautifully presented, with full air conditioning and outstanding views of the sea and private beach. All rooms come with a private balcony and private bathroom and are equipped with a minibar and room service is available.
This is the most ideal spot for couples due to the highly romantic nature of the resort and the surrounding area and how secluded and picturesque it is.
MID RANGE: ORANGE PEARL BEACH RESORT
✔️ Rating: 6.9/10 | Reviews: 70+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️
Set on a stunning beach, this beach resort in El Nido offers lovely accommodation typical of island living, with traditional décor and friendly staff.
With a private section of the beach, all rooms open out onto the sand, making this the best place to stay in El Nido for those looking for real beach living.
Located right on the beach, Orange Pearl Beach Resort is also close to many local bars and restaurants and also well within hiking distance of many attractions including many beaches of outstanding natural beauty.
Rooms are clean and well presented, although on the smaller side, however, this is made up for by the fact that they open up on to the beach with some of the best sunsets in El Nido. The rooms all come with comfortable beds and private bathrooms.
This resort is great for small groups of backpackers traveling together and also couples looking for the perfect sunset location.
MID RANGE: BAYVIEW HOTEL
✔️ Rating: 8.2/10 | Reviews: 50+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is one of the newest hotels in El Nido and boasts 360-degree views of the rainforest, coconut plantation, mangrove forest, and the panoramic ocean sight of Bacuit Bay Reef.
Bayview Hotel is also the perfect location for some of the region’s most beautiful sunrise and sunsets. This mid-range budget hotel in El Nido offers breakfast every morning and a range of children’s and family activities throughout the day.
Located well within walking distance of many of the local beaches, it is also easily accessible to the town for the local bars and restaurants.
All rooms come with a private balcony offering spectacular views. The beds are comfortable and rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with flat-screen TV’s and private bathrooms.
This accommodation in El Nido perfect for families as they offer lots of activities tailored for children throughout the day. It is also great for couples looking for that romantic getaway.
BUDGET: VALI-JOE TRAVEL LODGE
✔️ Rating: 7.6/10 | Reviews: 100+ | Class: ⭐️
Located right on the beach, this El Nido accommodation provides a lovely service for travelers looking to travel El Nido on a budget.
Featuring an outdoor terrace and a range of evening activities, this is the perfect place for travelers looking to meet other like-minded people and is perfectly located to explore the local area.
The mountains are well within hiking distance and also close to Bacuit Bay and Danut River. The local town has many restaurants and bars and the local nearby beaches are of some of the most outstanding natural beauty.
Every room comes with a private balcony and a private bathroom. Family rooms are also available and all come with comfortable beds, TV, and WiFi.
Although very accommodating for families, this is one of the best El Nido hotels suited for couples backpacking together or solo travelers.
BUDGET: ST. JOHN ISLAND VIEW
✔️ Rating: 7.6/10 | Reviews: 100+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️
This small budget hotel in El Nido is set right next to the beach and provides quaint rooms all looking back out into the gorgeous jungle setting surrounding it. There are small restaurants aroun serving traditional, local food, and staff can also arrange kayaking and diving expeditions for you.
Located a small walk away from Marimegmeg Beach, and also close to Mount Bubulugan and Bulalacao Falls. The airport is also only 7km away if you are looking to save on travel costs.
All of the rooms have traditional, décor with modern and clean finishes, and a private bathroom. All rooms are airconditioned and laundry service are also available.
St. John Island View is great for small groups traveling together as there are some multiple bedrooms available. This is also great for solo and couple backpackers.
NACPAN BEACH – BEST AREA TO STAY IN EL NIDO TO CHILL
LUXURY: SEDA LIO
✔️ Rating: 8.1/10 | Reviews: 300+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Located right on the beach, Seda Lio is a 5-star resort in El Nido with an outstanding quality of service. While staying you can enjoy the use of their outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and games room and there is a kids club available on a daily basis.
With its modern, sleek interiors, this Palawan El Nido hotel is the epitome of luxury and one of the best places to stay in El Nido.
Although a short distance away from Nacpan Beach, there is a shuttle service from the hotel to the beach. This accommodation in El Nido has its very own, tucked away private beach. The hotel also offers transport to all other tourist spots.
Each room is decorated to the highest standard and with breathtaking views of the ocean or pool and terrace areas, viewed from each of the balconies of the rooms. Rooms come with large, comfortable beds, flat-screen Tv, and iPod dock. You also have use of a minibar, tea and coffee maker and all come with a private bathroom.
This property is highly recommended for couples that are looking at where to stay in El Nido but is also perfect for families due to the facilities on-site that cater to all ages.
LUXURY: LAGUN HOTEL
✔️ Rating: 8.2/10 | Reviews: 200+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lagùn Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace where can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the restaurant.
This El Nido hotel is presented to the highest standard with beautiful, traditional décor with a modern twist, and the pool looks out onto the beautiful scenery surrounding it.
Located right on the beach, you are also very close to Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon and within hiking distance of Mantinloc Shrine.
Rooms are large and comfortable, and some come with balconies and outdoor seating. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV and all have a private bathroom.
This is ideal for couples and families, the facilities are to the highest standard and are perfect for that luxurious getaway.
MID RANGE: NACPAN BEACH GLAMPING
✔️ Rating: 8.5/10 | Reviews: 400+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Situated just a few steps from Nacpan Beach, these beautiful glamping pods are also presented with a swimming pool, bar, and garden. The resort is beautifully set between the palm trees with gorgeous views out to the ocean.
Located right on Nacpan Beach you are also close to Calitang Beach and Big Lagoon.
Pods are open and spacious and come with comfortable beds and seating areas. Pods are also equipped with an electricity socket. Bathrooms and toilets are shared but are maintained to the highest standard.
This is the perfect resort for couples or groups of travelers. The atmosphere is lively and fun and you get the added benefit of being able to share your cocktails and watch the sun go down over the ocean, right from your room.
MID RANGE: EDEN
✔️ Rating: 8.4/10 | Reviews: 40+ | Class: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set right on the beach, within 700 yards of Nacpan Beach, this El Nido beach resort offers lovely rooms overlooking the jungle around. There are several restaurants nearby and the resort offers complimentary water sports activities including snorkeling and windsurfing.
Close to the airport and ferry, you are also close to many of the surrounding beaches and lagoons and within hiking distance of the mountains.
It goes without saying that this is one of the best hotels El Nido offers.
Presented in beach-style décor, rooms come with a fan, wooden flooring, and a terrace with a seating area. The attached bathroom includes a shower and a private toilet.
This is a great location for backpackers with a bit more to spend on accommodation. The resort is open, friendly, and welcoming so it is a great spot to meet other travelers whether you are traveling alone or in a small group.
Highly recommend when searching where to stay in El Nido on a mid-range budget.
BUDGET: VALINE GRACE COTTAGES
✔️ Rating: 7.9/10 | Reviews: 60+ | Class: ⭐️
Situated within a few steps of Nacpan Beach, this El Nido accommodation offers fantastic beachside living for any traveler. The resort has a lovely open terrace and is situated within the palm trees surrounding the beach.
The resort is around 13 miles from Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Matinloc Shrine. However, staff on site can arrange a shuttle service to locations of your choice.
All rooms come with a balcony with a sea view and all are equipped with a private bathroom. Rooms are comfortable and perfect for backpacker-style living.
This is the perfect place to stay in El Nido for solo travelers, the location is beautiful and the shuttle service allows you to freely explore El Nido at a minimal cost. This cheap hotel in El Nido is also suited for couples and small groups of travelers.
BUDGET: ZHAYA’S BEACH & COTTAGES
✔️ Rating: 8.4/10 | Reviews: 200+ | Class: ⭐️
These delightful beachside huts are set about a mile along the coast from Nacpan Beach and offer perfect island-style living for any backpacker traveling on a budget. There is a bar on-site and part of the beach is sectioned off only for guests.
Located close to Nacpan Beach, you are also within a short shuttle ride from Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Mantiloc Shrine. I can only include it as it’s a best place in El Nido to stay on a budget!
The huts are basic, with a bed and minimal facilities but all come with a private bathroom and are more than enough for any serious backpacker.
Zhaya’s Beach Cottages is a fantastic location for solo backpackers, the huts allow some privacy while also placing you in a small island community of like-minded travelers.
Couples and small groups would also enjoy the benefits of these lovely beachside cottages, and it’s overall one of the best El Nido where to stay places!
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
BEST THINGS TO DO IN EL NIDO
El Nido is by far one of my favorite destinations in the Philippines and there is no shortage of fun things to do including island hopping, beach bumming, hiking, waterfalls, and much more!
Click on the links below to see my detailed guides of things to do in El Nido:
- El Nido Tour A
- El Nido To Coron Island Hopping
- Seven Commandos Beach El Nido
- Big Lagoon El Nido
- Secret Lagoon El Nido
- Shimizu Island El Nido
- Taraw Cliff Hike
BEST TIME TO VISIT EL NIDO
The best time to visit El Nido, weather-wise, is between April and July when temperatures are hot and there is barely any rainfall. This is also high season, so expect to see many tourists during these months.
I recommend planning your trip to El Nido on the shoulder months of the high season between November and March which sees a bit of rainfall but usually only lasts for a couple of hours and the rest of the day is sunny.
Try to avoid the typhoon season which is typically between August and October.
BEST EL NIDO TOURS
Looking for the best El Nido Tours?!
Visit the Viator website to see all of the top-rated tours in El Nido and be sure to book online in advance to be guaranteed the best rates!
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