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Panglao Island Circumferential Panglao Circumferential Road, Tawala, Panglao 6344 Philippines
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#2 of 17 Specialty lodging in Tawala
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Welcome to Unk's House! The only Homestay on Panglao! We provide home style, family friendly accommodation, only a short walk to Alona Beach, restaurants and bars. Newly renovated rooms and bathrooms, an outdoor eating area and share kitchen, and all this on the doorstep to beautiful Bohol and our amazing islands. If you need anything just ask! Our guests are like family and we are happy to have you come and stay for a while. Have breakfast with us in the morning before your adventures. We are a little off the road but quiet and clean. Just 400 meters from Alona Beach and even less to Bars and restaurants. Before you book any tours please talk to us first! We have drivers and boat captains who can do private tours at great prices. James and Emma are happy to pick you up from the port/ airport for a fee and sometimes can even take you on tour! We can give you advice on what to do and what to see, and even know some hidden gems. Unk's House Homestay is our home! See you soon!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
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Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
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Grade: 71 out of 100
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Venice Anne B wrote a review Nov 2020
Tagbilaran City, Philippines1 contribution
Me and my partner are very pleased and did not regret choosing Unk's House for our weekend. The place is far from the noise but close to where the action is. The staff and especially the hosts, James and Emma are very accommodating and will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. They do their best to suggest the best places to eat and even offered to drive us to a Korean restaurant. Unk's also set the standard for free breakfast - viands aren't cut small and amazingly tasty. They also have a very cool rooftop where you can chill and very fast WiFi which helped me finish work early and get to enjoy Alona more. Truly, they're the heart and gem of Alona, Panglao.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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janice t wrote a review Aug 2020
Cebu City, Philippines2 contributions
I would not recommend this place.It is not nice at all like stated in the reviews.I book this place because of the review but I prefer the other places with the same price. I had better experience in other home stay in Bohol than this. It looks so cheap like tianggi sheets. Orange, Yellow and green colors does not work for me. Really nothing special
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Evan McKnight wrote a review Oct 2019
21 contributions5 helpful votes
Unk's house is a real gem. Super friendly staff and owners, really nice free breakfast and a nice quiet friendly atmosphere. Perfect for the traveler who wants good value, an extremely clean, comfortable place, and a quiet location to get a good night's rest. This is my 4th stay at Unk's house and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the attributes I mentioned. I've already booked a room for my next two vacations with them.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Contact owners on their Facebook page for prompt booking and service.
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Response from JamesMathers, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Hey Evan. Youre always welcome mate. By now you are part of the family!
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Traveler wrote a review Sep 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Not a great experience. I would not recommend this place at all. Wont be coming back. One of the most ugly room ever. Go stay to a nice hotel for comfort. The decor is thumbs down. Spend your money somewhere else
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from JamesMathers, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 1 Oct 2019
Its a shame you chose to be unhappywith our home. This is our home and we live here. We are clean, friendly and serve a great breakfast. In recent memory our guests have all been very happy. Any issues have been sorted out through simple contact with us. Looking at your other reviews it seems you wouldnt have been happy anywhere. Next maybe you could speak to us about your issues. It helps to talk to us so we can do something about it! We appreciate the time you took to leave the feedback. Telling us after you loeave doesnt really help you at all!
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Jezerene V wrote a review Sep 2019
United Kingdom122 contributions13 helpful votes
Super friendly and helpful owners and staff. Comfy rooms and good location. Recommended highly!!! Place was clean and spacious. The owners Emma and James were super helpful in booking and advising where to go. Their breakfast caters for all. It is really worth the price.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from JamesMathers71, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 4 Sep 2019
Thank you so much for saying such nice things! We loved having you stay and hope you come back and visist soon!
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Shel25_7 wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom122 contributions122 helpful votes
We stayed for four nights and right from our first day, we knew we would love the place. I arrived not feeling too well and was offered some fresh ginger, lemon and honey tea. After a good nights sleep and a filling breakfast, was ready to start exploring the island. We hired a driver through the Homestay and were taken on a days tour of the island. The cost was 2500 pesos. We enjoyed the tour so much that we hired another to take us to a few ‘secret’ spots recommended by James and Emma. The room we stayed in was well presented and clean. We were apprehensive about the shared bathroom but there was limited other guests using it whilst we where there. Air conditioning worked well and we only experienced one power outage during our stay. Laundry is done onsite and this was 400 pesos for one load. Free tea, coffee and filtered water is provided which is a rarity in the Philippines. Location was perfect for us as not to close to Alona Beach but close enough should you wish to take a stroll. The highlight of our time in Bohol was most definitely the hospitality from all family members at this Homestay. This is a family home and runs as such, with varying generations around the property helping. This adds to the charm of the place as Emma and James have opened up their hearts and home to share with other travellers. Weaving hanging rice baskets with nana, to being taught how to play UNO with Jarrick; each experience was a unique one that we would have not be able to experience had we stayed in a hotel. The girls were all great - special mention to Michelle and Laraina who cooked some lovely dinners for us and were more than happy to help with any requests we had. Emma was also kind enough to share some of her imported special wine from Aussie.......a lovely evening was spent hearing the history of UNK’s and Emma’s time living in Australia. This was a great experience and the guys here are doing a fantastic job. Should I ever return to Bohol, I hope to come and see all the new changes you’ve planned.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from JamesMathers71, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 4 Sep 2019
When are you coming back! We all miss you guys and hope to see you again! Please let us know how you are doing.
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Helena H wrote a review Feb 2019
Zagreb, Croatia147 contributions97 helpful votes
Unk's house is a hidden jewel on Panglao. It is close to Alona beach and quiet. During our 2 weeks trip to Philippines this was the best place we have stayed in. James & Ema's hospitality is amazing. They have simple yet very charming bamboo huts and superior rooms with private bathroom in a brick building. Excellent dive center (Prana in Vanilla Sky hotel) is a 5 minutes walk from the place.The breakfast is excellent and value for money unmatched.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Personally I love bamboo huts but for 1 person only
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Response from unkshousehomestay, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 23 Aug 2019
We miss you as well! So nice to meet you and we hope you come and see us again! Just pop in and say hi!
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Sana B wrote a review Dec 2018
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We highly recommend Unk's place. My husband and I spent 2 nights and our hosts Emma and James were very friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and they had free Wifi and hot water. The women working at the homestay were also very kind and friendly. We had to leave to oslob very early in the morning and they woke up at 6am to prepare sandwiches for us. James gave us very good recommendations for places to visit around Panglao island. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you Emma and James!
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from unkshousehomestay, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 5 Jan 2019
Thank you and we hope to see you again soon!
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doohan666 wrote a review Jun 2018
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Traveling around the Philippines can be hard work and accommodation can be short of acceptable. Rest assured Unks House is a place you would be happy to call home. I was surprised at the level detail in the house, then I met owner Emma and all became clear....she had lived in Oz for 20+ years , so customer service is something she knows is important for the sake of ones business. My room was large, the bedding was not threadbare, pillows large and soft. HOT WATER...a rarity even in hotels. Fresh cooked eggs ,baco,toast and fresh fruit for breakfast ,perfect start to the day. Beer prices pleasing. Laundry done real quick. Warm host and staff always concerned about your wellbeing. I slept really well which is unusual for me A place for social intercourse with fellow travellers away from the chaos of Alona Beach with its booming bars and restaurants. Don't forget Mavis ,the cute little wagging tailed pooch. Credit where credit is due. Thanks !
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: They have rooms for individual needs
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Response from James M, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 24 Jun 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words. We really are doing our best and want everyone too feel at home. It's a small place but we have a big heart! Come and visit us again. You'll love What we have done with the pace! Take care and travel well
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maroe102 wrote a review Apr 2018
Bali, Indonesia4 contributions2 helpful votes
Unk's house was one of the nicest homestays we stayed in during our vacation in the Philippines. The host Emma and James are super caring and love to chat with their guests and help organize anything from scooters to trips and they even arranged a private boot for us to take us to Balicasag island. They truely want to make you feel at home in their place and help you make the best of your vacation in Bohol island! I would definitely stay at Unk's house again!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from James M, Owner at Unk's House Homestay
Responded 15 Apr 2018
We would definitely let you! We hope to see you again soon
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PhilippinesVisayasBohol ProvincePanglao IslandPanglaoTawala
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Frequently Asked Questions about Unk's House Homestay
What are some of the property amenities at Unk's House Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Unk's House Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Unk's House Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Luna Rossa Vegetarian Italian Restaurant, Vanilla Sky Restaurant, and Bougainvillea Spanish Restaurant.
Does Unk's House Homestay have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Unk's House Homestay offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Unk's House Homestay have airport transportation?
Yes, Unk's House Homestay offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Unk's House Homestay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Unk's House Homestay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Balay Kabilin (14.3 km).