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Stayed at Balai Adlao for four nights in August. Unfortunately, El Nido was experiencing heavy winds and rains so we spent a lot of time at the hotel, unable to do the tours. Attitude and service of staff was very helpful and cheerful every time we needed something. Room size and amenities were comfortable. I liked the interior look and feel of the room. There is also a free water dispenser for guest use in the reception area. Staying at Lio is nice and away from the hustle and bustle of the town so would definitely recommend this place to those that are looking for a relaxing stay. It's important to note that Lio is further away from the town (approx 20 mins away), but there is a free scheduled shuttle that is well organized by staff in Lio and in the pick up point in town. Alternatively, you can have reception call you a tricycle but this would be an additional cost that can add up. Room from improvement would be variety in breakfast dishes - currently the dishes have the basics, but would be nice to have more options. Also entryway from Lio beach and shops to Balai Adlao was quite difficult to get to in wet sand and rain, perhaps look into adding paved steps for easier guest access to Lio shops and beach in wet weather. Would also recommend to add a water vase and mat outside of the rooms to clean sand off of your feet before entering the room. Would still keep Balai Adlao as an option for my return to El Nido (in sunny weather!) but hope staff and management continues to strive to improve facilities as there is great potential for this resort.

Lobby staff were not generally helpful when asked for local advice. We found that often room wasn't cleaned (3 out of 6 days). Even after requesting additional towels & bath mat these were not supplied. Precinct around LIO beach was amazing, and definately good choice for those wanting to avoid backpackers and after a more private & relaxed atmosphere. Hotel staff also failed to assist with baggage transport from bus pickup point to reception (big distance across sand). Bathroom amenities very basic, no toothpaste kit or shaving kit supplied, just bath shampoo & body gel. Bathroom in room 108 was very small too, a little cramped for 2 people. Shower pressure was decent though. Breakfast was Phillipine, with local hot dishes and small range of bread piklets and salad options + cereal. Overall, it's a great location & accomdation fairly modern (although room size on smaller size) but definately worth staying at LIO beach due to restaurants, bars, and secluded upmarket beach that's less densely populated than other areas for tourists close by.

The room was not too big nor too small, just perfect. Breakfast was fantastic as the bacon was cooked crispy. The staff was excellent and super helpful. The amenities are simply fabulous. Congratulations to 10 Knots. You've certainly gone a long, long way.

We felt very comfortable at the Hotel Balai Adlao. The crew at the hotel lobby was very attentive. And especially we want to mention the housekeeping once. Especially Glen, who was a very happy and good employee. Only the hotel doors are not well equipped against noise. In the morning you can hear people talking in the aisle of the hotel rooms. Many guests are disrespectful in this matter. They call and speak around 06:00 o'clock in the aisle very loud and disturb the sleeping guests. The hotel reception would have to tell the guests this when they check in. The Lio-Resort is paradisiacally beautiful. But it's a pity that the resort only has 6 sunbeds on the beach. Unfortunately, this is much too little.

We enjoyed our stay at Balai Adlao - the rooms were clean and comfortable, but upon booking a deluxe room (and later finding out that all rooms were marketed as deluxe), we were initially disappointed with the size. None the less the rooms are more than adequate for a short stay. Located as part of a resort on Lio Beach, we found the whole resort very quiet with not many tourists around. Restaurant options on the beach are limited and we found the food to be okay. There is an free hourly shuttle service that takes guests into town and back, but take note as it is a first come first served basis, we found that you had to be at the waiting area at least half an hour before the minibus left to ensure you would get a spot so most of the time we didn't bother and made use of the tricycles instead.

This was amazing. The hotel is at Lio beach, right by the airport. It’s 15 minutes from El nido center. I loved it because El nido Center is very beautiful but very crowded, and the beach in El nido it’s not good to swim because it’s where you have all the tour boats. Lio beach it’s amazing so the hotel location is perfect. It has very good restaurants, very good food and service, but you can have lunch or dinner in the center, they have free shuttle, if it’s full at certain hours, you can just grab a tricicle. Breakfast was also very good. It doesn’t have a pool but I personaly don’t need it, you have the beach right in front of you, 2 steps and you’re at the beach. Cleaning team was very good and they are super nice. Even the bed and sheets, I loved everything. Everybody is supernice there. Reception, cleaning staff, breakfast everything. Rodel at the reception was the person we talked the most, we was perfect and super helpful. But again everybody was. LOVED IT 🙏🏽🌴🌺🐚 Pictures are from the views you have from the hotel.

I booked 4 rooms a Balai Adlao in January. The hotel provides complimentary airport pick up if your flying into Lio Airport which is about less than 10 minutes away. After booking the room, I was contacted by a staff to get our flight details. At the Lioairport, a hotel staff met up with us and picked up our luggage from the baggage area. Balai Adlao is one of the hotels in the Lio Estate property. The estate provides a complimentary shuttle to El Nido town that runs until midnight (I think). The beach is nice but needs more beach chairs. Lots of restaurants but there’s no beach bar. You would have to go to the restaurants to get a drink. Beach towels are provided as well. Our room is pretty basic. Bathroom is spacious enough and bed is comfortable. There’s a safe but no iron or ironing board. If you’re planning to stay here, I would suggest to bring a water bottle with you. They don’t provide water bottles but there is a water station near the reception area. Overall, I think it provides a good value. If we go back, I’ll probably spend a few more to stay at Casa Kalaw for the pool.

This was not my favorite hotel, but I'm not going to deduct from the score as it will be 5 stars to other guests. The staff were friendly and mostly helpful. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is delicious. I went here with my wife. We like exploring, so something near El Nido proper will be better for those type of guests. We would definitely recommend this hotel who wants a relaxing quiet time. The beach is very nice and sandy. Most other beaches in El Nido are shelly/rocky. There are other amenities to rent out such as surfboards. However I would not recommend renting a surfboard as the water was low and one of the fins broke on the sand bar and it is expensive to replace. There are numerous restaurants to choose from. We ate at one and it was delicious. The other restaurants in the area looked great too. The room was a little small but cozy. Also the resort is only a 5 minute drive from El Nido airport.

My wife and I stayed at the Balai Adlao from January 26 to 30, 2019. My wife's family also stayed here from January 26 to 28. It's not a bad hotel at all. First, you should note that it is about 20-25 minute drive from El Nido town. That was perfectly fine to me as the town tended to be a little crowded with backpacker types and the food options weren't anything to write home about. That being said, most, if not all, of the island-hopping tours leave from the beach adjacent to the town. The tours pick you up from your hotel. Also, the hotel is right next to the El Nido airport that is owned by the same corporation that owns the Lio Beach and resorts. It's only a 5-minute ride from the airport. There are only a few prop flights that leave in and out of this airport. It is only serviced by Air Swift (you'd have guessed right if you guessed that Air Swift also is owned by the same corporation). The prop planes that service the airport are pretty quiet (and, as I mentioned, only a few flights go in and out of there during the middle of the day), so you need not be concerned about any news. The room: The room was spacious and clean. There was a enough hot water and water pressure was decent. The A/C was ice cold and it stayed that way throughout the night. Included breakfast: The dining area for Balai Adlao's included breakfast had a decent breakfast that was included with your room. Caveat: My wife and I aren't picky when it comes to breakfast. The food certainly was good enough to get us through to lunch time, whether our lunch was at one of the restaurants on the beach or during one of our two island-hopping tours. Lio Beach restaurants: Speaking of the restaurants on the beach, there were a number of good restaurant options on the nearby Lio Beach. Fat Choy was a must. Try the tofu sisig. I wish my wife and I had eaten there prior to our last night. El Nido Grill was very good as well. For those wanting a break from the typical Filipino fare, try Globy. As it's name suggests, it had a wide range of options from different countries. Spa: My wife and I had one-hour Swedish massages at the resort's spa. We paid $15 each. The decor of the spa definitely needed an upgrade but the staff was pleasant. Oddly enough, this resort is not that old for the toilet in the lobby bathroom to have been broken. Beach: The beach itself is nice. The pier sticks far out into the water and can be a bit exciting because of the rough surf crashing against it. My wife and family explained to me that January is the coldest month in the Philippines, and explained that this was why the surf was so rough at the beach. The water was warm enough but you generally did not see many people out in the water. This was compounded by the fact that the Balai Adlao does not have its own pool (if you want a pool, stay at the Casa Kalaw) The sunset from the beach (especially from the pier is amazing). A true negative about the beach is that the resort only has about 10 beach chairs set out. I'm not sure what they're trying to accomplish by keeping the number of chairs so low but, to the extent that we're not out island hopping, we would have wanted to be able to laze around at the beach. The resort wasn't that full when we were there. I can imagine how the chair problem would be even worse in December or March/April. Please add more lounge chairs to your beach! Shops: There are a number of shops on Lio Beach mixed in among the restaurants and spa. We only frequented two tour companies. I highly recommend El Nido Yacht Club. My wife and I did a catamaran tour with this company and it was amazing. That being said, I wasn't that impressed with the El Swift company with which our family took an island-hopping tour aboard a banca (the small wooden Filipino boats). There was A LOT of waiting around, especially after we returned to our van from the tour. A Mercury Drug store was in the process of being built.

Located on Lio Beach so bit far from centre. Hotel provides shuttle to centre but you have to be there on time (evening) otherwise the minivan is full. The lady in charge of giving you the number is very unfriendly. Rest of staff were nice. The whole set up is weird and it looks like the owner wanted to set up a huge resort with various hotels, bungalows and restaurants but that they ran out of money. Quality of food in the restaurants was far from good. No fridge in room. Very stingy with toilet paper. Lio Beach is promoted to be good for shopping. There were 2 or 3 shops. Breakfast was disgusting. Beach is nice. The access road is horrible. Big disappointment.

Lio Tourism Estate El Nido Palawan

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

Balai Adlao places you within a 10-minute drive of popular sights such as Caalan Beach and Bacuit Bay. This 3-star hotel has 20 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. It's connected to a shopping center in central El Nido and also close to El Nido Main Beach and El Nido Dock.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Balai Adlao Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:00 AM to 10 AM.


All of Balai Adlao's 20 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Desks and free toiletries are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Balai Adlao enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and a water dispenser. Airport transportation is made easy with a free airport shuttle (available on request). Staff members can answer questions about accommodations, and also provide front-desk service during limited hours. This hotel also has a garden.

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