The Positive Facts:1) Pauline is very accommodating. She was punctual and willing to lend her Palawan expertise. 2) She and her husband, Simon, provided sufficient drinking water to the house. 3) The house location is centrally located. 4) The house was clean. 5) The bed was comfortable.
The Unfortunate Facts: 1) Daily loss of electricity (no generator to back up) - was not mentioned in description. 2) Ran out of water - while taking a shower, ran out of water (shampoo and soap still on body). 3) No A/C or fan / ventilation during power outage - Because the house lacked ANY screens, neither the sliding doors or windows could be opened because insects would flood the room. Room became VERY hot; as one could imagine during summer. 4) Garbage was never picked up after WE (the guests) placed it outside. As a result, local dogs ripped into the bag and spread the garbage around the entrance area. For three days, we passed the garbage strewn across the entrance way. Flies and stench. 5) VERY LIMITED WIFI ON EL NIDO…ALMOST 0 CONNECTION. If you have any business to do requiring internet while in El Nido, do not expect to have a connection.
Firstly, both Pauline and Simon are good people. I don’t believe they intentionally misrepresented the overall conditions, but within the house description they certainly failed to set correct expectations with respect to the house and El Nido’s available facilities. Frankly speaking, this house should be de-listed on AIR BNB. You CANNOT expect guests sustain the aforementioned conditions and accept them. If you know you have power shortages, buy and install a back-up generator. If your plumbing / water system is reliant upon sources outside of the city’s central distribution system, check the system so that your guests don’t have to leave their shower with soap on their bodies to ask the assistant next door, whom just happened to be available, to use the generator to pump water into the storage tank. If you have guests for an extended stay, consider picking up the garbage or informing them where it should be placed for appropriate disposal. Lastly, INSTALL SOME SCREENS SO THAT WINDOWS OR SLIDING DOORS CAN BE OPENED.
It is unfortunate to have to write what I am writing. However, place yourself in my shoes for a moment. You came to El Nido to relax, dive, and kick it with good people. The capacity to do that was limited given the perpetual hurdles to basic, modern living amenities.
My hope is that all the above is remedied and the house is re-listed subsequent to the fixes. The house does have unusual charm in the midst of a flood of commercialized listings. It could be awesome and my guess is it eventually will be. As for now, I do not recommend booking a room here.