Terrific service. Check-in time was 2PM but hotel staff allowed us to check-in earlier since our time of arrival was around 7AM. Spacious room and nice facilities. With internet cafe and restaurant on the ground floor. Am very particular with bathrooms and I'm glad that the hotel has a clean & spacious bathroom with hot/cold water and a tub! Taxi lane beside hotel makes travel very convenient. Situated in a safe & private area, but very near commercial establishments. Cheap hotel, spent P2K only. Also accepts credit cards with no surcharge. Highly recommend this place!
- 15 minutes from the Airport
- 5 minutes from the Port / Pier
- 15 minutes from the nearest Beach
- 2 minutes from the nearest Mall
- 5 minutes from Downtown or Uptown - Cebu
- 2 minutes from Cebu Business Park
If you want to feel like a “haciendero” in your own estate – at least for the length of your respite, try Plantation Bay Resort and Spa at the far southeastern corner of Mactan, half an hour away from Cebu City.
This colonial-looking village sprawls over eight hectares of secluded grounds. Developers scooped out a 3.5 hectare sand-lined bathtub over barren rocks and turned it to a vast concrete saltwater swimming lagoon, with built-in jacuzzis, waterfalls, water-slides, dive-rocks, and hydro-massage pools.
On the fringes, they created white sand beaches from powdered mountain stone, built villas around the water’s edge, strung hammocks between palm trees and carved out meandering jogging trails.
The hotel also offers a wide range of sports – from diving and snorkeling, jetskiing, para-sailing, motorboating, sailing, water-skiing and fishing to pistol-shooting, golf, tennis, billiards, and tabletop sports.
Plantation Bay charges about USD$145-$220 per night for their Waterview rooms, depending on the season; USD$185-$260 per night for Water's Edge rooms described as just "0-2 seconds from the water", and USD$190-$250 per night for Verandah Suites "5-10 seconds from the water".
Their huge bedrooms are reminiscent of old Vigan houses, paneled with dark-colored wood salvaged from ancient residences and churches and trimmed with coconut timber. The ceilings are plywood skillfully hand-stained to simulate mahogany.
My room was 46 square meters, with two queen-sized beds swathed in white sheets, antique wood furnishings, remote-control TV, mini-bar, electronic safe, and split-package air-conditioning. The bath was spacious, with black stone and marble finishes, separate shower and deep tub, hair-dryer, and extension phone. My verandah was just a few steps from the edge of the lagoon and I enjoyed swimming in the miniature sea in front of my room.
While the water is fun, the food choices are limited and the prices, outrageous. Famished after swimming, my friends and I trooped to the Kilimanjaro Kafe. I guess we were too hungry to mind the prices, until later. Caesar salad with grilled chicken was P590 per plate, good for one person; chicken pita was P250 and mango shake, P180. And if dinner was expensive, breakfast was obscene, at P825 per person, to think that we only ate bread, eggs, yoghurt and potatoes.
Still, Plantation Bay offers a convenient take-off point for the underwater action. The resort faces the Hilutungan Channel, which is 900 feet deep with a steady current, an ideal place for scuba diving.
If you want a real get-away, go to Alegre Beach Resort. It’s an hour and a half drive from Cebu City, 80 kilometers North, close to the farming and fishing town of Sogod.
The five-star resort is perched atop a white sand beach that sets off an emerald sea. It feels rustic compared to the Shang. The thatched roofed Spanish styled cabanas are set in lush tropical grounds overlooking either private gardens or endless ocean. Guests stroll through coconut groves, hibiscus and bougainvillea clusters to get around.
And they have the most magnificent bath fit for a queen. The tub sits high, on a marble platform at the hindmost part of the cabana, softly lit, with a centerpiece arrangement of palm leaves and flowers in a glazed Oriental jar. The effect is Zen-like and yet grand.
Yet it will cost you. A Deluxe Room goes for over US$270 per day; a Super Deluxe Oceanview with garden, $355; while an Oceanview Suite with garden costs $545 per day. They have peak season surcharges of over $40 for Holy Week, Japanese Golden Week, Japanese Obon, Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.
The service is good and unobtrusive, with a more personal touch. Before retiring, you will find calachuchi flowers and chocolate kisses thoughtfully laid out on your night table.
However, the gastronomic experience at Alegre is not as exciting, although their creamy Carbonara and Alegre Bouillabaise - fresh seafood soup, are worth trying. You can dine al fresco on the terrace of The Pavilion Restaurant or inside the airconditioned hall. Dinner buffet goes for P650 per person. A la carte orders cost P300 to P550 per person. Mango juice and strawberry milk shake goes for about P50; orange juice, for P160.
Anyway, I came here for the sea. The resort has three private beach coves of sugary white sand and you can do shore entry for fun dives.
If you like to do a sea wall, there’s an expansive drop-off a hundred and fifty feet deep just in front of the resort, a few minutes boat ride away. I had the first dive of my life on this wall and became addicted to diving ever since.
I have followed the 2,400 feet long lip of this abyss, taking in the spectacular sight of ledges decked with soft and hard corals, barrel sponges and giant clams.
Had the furtune to stay here a few days in october 2007 and found it very nice, had a long look around at the hotels and this was the best and actually had a window :) not a great view but it added light into the room. The cheap price (by Cebu standard) with a very clean room in this newly established hotel
will use this as we will return to Cebu many many times
no no no
but impecible service and a good location with jeepneys taking u everywhere u need to go when u figured th numbers out, close to tourist spots and bars, lots of internet cafe everywhere.....
Tha room is spacious, and if you are a smoker you can choose one that has balcony. Breakfast is served at 6am.
This hotel is 3 star class but you'll get great value for your money. If you really plan to go around Cebu while you're there and would just like to have an airconditioned, clean, comfortable, with hot & cold water, cable TV lodging for maybe a week's stay, or you would just want to have a place to sleep, eat and take a bath after a full day's worth of traveling, then 3 star hotels like Vacation Hotel in Juana Osmeña street, near Sacred Heart School, would definitely be an excellent choice! The hotel is very accessible to Cebu's uptown and downtown areas. The staff are friendly too. We have no problem staying there.
This hotel has efficient room service, hot & cold water, cable TV, airconditioner, restaurant and swimming pool.
Villa Inez located in Andres Abellana St. Guadalupe, Cebu City. Room rates range from Php500-700. Spacious rooms, clean bathrooms and that homey feel of wood floorings and walls. Common living area just outside the room with cable channeled TV where we spent the 2 hours waiting for our rooms to be cleaned, since the guests prior to us just left.
own bathroom//2 single beds//clean bed sheets//spacious room//common living area
it is my 3rd time in cebu city, 2nd time around this year thats why cebu city again. last may from my trip in cebu-bohol we stay here in pacific pensionne. so its my 2nd time in pacific pensionne. kinda familiar around the place. We check in and get 2 rooms. one room for only 750 good for 2 person and 200 for extra person. nice and clean aircon room. good for the budget.
walking distance to jollibee, then mc donalds and also to crown regency hotel where skywalk/edgecoaster experience. then another few walks to robinson, mercury drug, hospital and shamrock in fuente osmeña circle. and also to larsian- popular eating place in cebu city...
We stay in Business Hotel during our trip in Cebu because it is in the heart of the City proper.
very accessible to mall and transportation...
Hotel Stella is a relatively new hotel situated one street back from Osmena Boulevard on Barangay Capitol
I would recommend this hotel to somebody who really just wants somewhere clean comfortable to lay there head at night or someone on a trip to Cebu City to meet a say prospective partner.
Everything the offer on their website www.hotelstella.com.ph is true.
One warning this hotel does not really suit families as the rooms are very small even the family room which we stayed in is small but saying that the rooms are clean, 81cm flat screen tv wall mounted with a good range of both local and cable channels,small standard bar fridge, wardrobe for basic clothing, bathroom was clean but small.
Staff are very very friendly nothing was a trouble.We had a couple of issues getting the room cleaned but that was more miscommunication and the time we were leaving the room of a in most cases afternoon.
It doesn`t really have any outstanding qualities aside from the really friendly staff everyone from the security guards to the porters, cleaners, receptionists is a credit to the hotel
A bit underrated, GV Tower is perhaps one of the better alternatives to stay when visiting Cebu City, more so when you will be out most of the day and just want a cool nice place to rest for the night.
Nothing really outstanding here, but the accommodations are relatively affordable and come with the basic amenities (air conditioning, private toilet and bath with hot shower, cable TV). I paid only Php 650 for a single room, quite small though with not so good a view, but they also have larger rooms with full views and balconies.
GV Tower is conveniently located within the downtown district, and very near many of Cebu City’s main attractions, within walking distance of the Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño, Magellan’s Cross, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro, among others.
The hotel is just a block away to Colon Street, which hosts a daily night market. Taboan Market, where one can find a wide variety of dried seafood and other Visayan delicacies, is just a short ride away.
I personally like the location and the views.
The hotel has a café terrace at the 7th floor, overlooking Osmeña Boulevard.
The City View Function Room at the 17th floor affords a spectacular panoramic view of Cebu City, as well as neighboring Mandaue City and the City of Lapu-Lapu in Mactan Island.
Good day! I just came back from Cebu. My husband competed at Mr. & Ms. Philippines 2009. We arrived earlier than the competition date so we decided to book at a hotel and picked la guardia. Because of all the hotels I have emailed La guardia was so eager to reply to me and room rate is 550. When we got there at first sight we feel slightly disappointed because it is really located at a very old building so first impression its not safe but when we entered the hotel people are nice and accomodation is ok. Accesible to many amenities like we did go to a gym just infront because he has to workout a little bit for the contest. We have to go to barber shop for his haircut. Food is just downstairs.. We love the foodpark at colon, especially chorizo de cebu and the 5pesos barbeque. Malls are everywhere.. Walking distance to metro gaisano, unitop, elizabeth mall.. and most of all the center of attraction to cebu which is the basilica sto nino and magellan's cross. And there are jeepney rides going to everywhere.. Very good if you really want to experience cebu city
I stayed at the SDR Apartments, they're located in Mactan and extremely nice. We paid $50 US a night, but very very nice apartment. There's a small kitchen, and a living room/bedroom. It's walking distance from a small mall and lots of restaurants. Would definitely recommend to anyone. They also have internet downstairs for a small fee and shaky wifi in the rooms.
Costabella is a garden resort with beachfront. Gardens and resort property is very well-maintained, the pool clean and the staff seemed very efficient, but may need to smile more and act more concerned. Lost my beloved camera at the Taoist Temple and reported at frontdesk in case it may be returned by someone. All i got was an 'ok po'. Specially loved the buffet breakfast.
I stayed at a place called Roseate Pension. It was about 2 blocks from the Crown Regency hotel (with the skywalk at the top of it.) If I recall correctly, we paid about $20 U.S. for a room with AC, hot water and two beds. It might have been $20 each but I think it was $20 total. That is a bit over the 800 pesos but not by a lot. I don't recall the exact amount we paid though so give them a call if that is in the right area.
I have no clue what part of town that was in as it was near my friends family and they found the pension for me.
Clean, airconditioned and inexpensive
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