I stayed at the Golden Prince in November 2011 on two separate time periods for six nights. I tried booking directly through the hotel's website, but it took them several days to respond. Since I needed quick confirmation, I booked through agoda.com. The room rates were the same, but agoda.com required pre-payment.
The hotel is in a good location. It's about three blocks from the largest shopping mall in Cebu - the Ayala shopping center. You will have to walk across the very busy Archbishop Reyes Ave to get to Ayala which can be a challenge since pedestrians have no right of way and crosswalks and signal lights are dangerous since they give you (pedestrian) a false sense of security.
The hotel is about a 200 pesos metered taxi ride from the airport if you take a white taxi. Do NOT take a yellow taxi! The yellow taxi meter rate is almost twice as high as the white taxi. The airport touts will try to hustle you into a yellow taxi so BEWARE and learn from my mistake.
When anyone calls you through the hotel front desk, they will always ask for the caller's name and ask you if you want to accept the call. I liked this security measure. I've been told that guests at local hotels have been victimized by prank or flim-flam callers pretending to be members of "Abu Sayyaf" or some other scheme to get your money away from you.
The Golden Prince appears to be popular with business travelers since the hotel offers meeting rooms for training and conferences.
For guests, the hotel offers a breakfast buffet with mostly Filipino food. As with most breakfast buffet, the food is warmed over and of not great quality. If it wasn't free, I would not have eaten there.
The breakfast dining area is very small. If too many guests show up at the same time, getting a table to eat is a problem.
I stayed in the Superior room which had a queen size bed. It's a large room for one person and would be comfortable for two. The bathroom is small and only had a shower, no bathtub.
The room has a small refrigerator. There is NO room safe. There is cable TV with a very good selection of English language channels.
As a hotel that's marketed toward business travelers, I was surprised that it offered only one-hour of free Wi-Fi. After one-hour, you have to pay. This was my biggest gripe with this hotel.
Overall, it's a good hotel if you 're looking for an inexpensive place to stay. Unlike many inexpensive hotels, the hotel staff at the Golden Prince exhibit professionalism and pride in their hotel which is always a good sign that they care about their guests.
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