Visiting friends and loved ones in Cebu, Philippines would surely be wonderful and memorable, especially when you are staying at a place that’s not only budget-friendly and well-situated, but also one that makes you feel at home. A place with good food, warm and friendly staff, great service, clean rooms, and amenities that match the price you are paying for are things that matter to make your hotel stay a satisfying one. The following are the top three hotels considered by many travelers and visitors, through Agoda, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor, as being affordable and pleasant places to stay in Cebu.
Main Hotel and Suites
Main Hotel and Suites is a 4-storey, family-owned boutique hotel located at J. Panis Street, Old Banilad Road, Cebu City. It has its own café and is situated near many fast food chains, restaurants, and bars. The IT Park and the Crossroads are nearby, where you can also find many great restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Malls like Gaisano Country Mall, Ayala Center Cebu, and SM mall, are also a few minutes ride away from the hotel. There is a golf course and some spa and massage centers nearby if you enjoy them. This budget friendly hotel lets you enjoy their facilities and services starting at $27 per night. Hotel services and amenities include the following:
- Free Breakfast;
- Air-conditioned rooms with flat screen cable TV, telephone, private bathroom with hot and cold showers and free toiletries, and WIFI access;
- Room service;
- 24-hour front desk;
- Shuttle Bus Service and airport transfer;
- Free Parking;
- Wheelchair access;
- Tour desk and souvenir shop;
- Laundry and Ironing services; and
- Safety deposit boxes.
Being known to many for its pleasant rooms and warm, friendly staff, Main Hotel and Suites has earned 96% travelers’ rating at TripAdvisor, 8.3/10 rating at Agoda, and 8.5/10 rating at Booking.com. Some of the remarkable comments made by local and foreign tourists, and by solo, couple, group of friends, and family travelers include the following: “great hotel value with very attentive service”, “outstanding service and friendly staff”, “room was big, WIFI in room, good breakfast, good staff – really efficient, very clean”, and “best $30 hotel I’ve ever stayed in”.
Escario Central Hotel
Another satisfactorily-rated boutique hotel in Cebu City is Escario Central Hotel, located at Escario Central Mall, Escario Street. Many tourists prefer this hotel for its low rates and great location, situated within a mall of restaurants, convenience stores, and coffee shops. It is just a few minutes away from the bigger malls and the nightlife of Cebu City. It is also a new and clean single-level boutique hotel with a cozy contemporary garden setting that offers a relaxing retreat despite being in the heart of the city. There’s even a picnic area in the garden of the hotel.
Escario Central Hotel is great for honeymooners and couples, as well as single ladies and gents on a budget, who want to experience a comfortable stay, warm service, and proximity to good dining, shopping, touring, and night life in Cebu City. A reviewer at TripAdvisor from New York with a Filipina girlfriend even said that Escario Central Hotel is like a 5-Star Hotel, describing it as better than the pictures he saw, helpful staff, efficient housekeeping, and spacious room. A couple from Canada also reviewed this hotel at Agoda for being reasonably-priced, basic, clean, with friendly staff, and with good restaurants nearby.
Starting at $32 per night, you can enjoy air-conditioned rooms with WIFI access, flat screen cable TV, complimentary bottled water, hot and cold shower, and bathroom essentials. Other hotel services and amenities include airport transfer, car park, laundry service, business center, restaurant, massage, WIFI in public areas, safety deposit box, ATM, and wake-up call service.
Quest Hotel and Conference Center
The third hotel on the list is not exactly a small or a boutique hotel, but we preferred to put it on the list because of its very affordable price and very good location. The Quest Hotel and Conference Center offers very affordable accommodation for solo, couple, friends, and family travelers, alike compared to other three-star hotels. Starting at $42, you can even enjoy the amenities and services of a 5-star hotel with free buffet breakfast and clean air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, WIFI access, and basic bathroom amenities. Some rooms even have private balconies. They have great facilities like swimming pools for adults and kids, a poolside bar, a large restaurant, a business center and meeting facilities, a family room, as well as facilities for disabled guests. They also offer babysitting services, laundry services, and tour services.
One of the best things about this hotel is that it is just walking distance to Ayala Mall, a popular mall in Cebu, where you can shop, dine, watch the movies, and enjoy other forms of entertainment. It is also a few minutes away from SM mall, another major shopping and dining mall, as well as the Cebu ITPark, the Crossroads in Banilad, and the Uptown area, where you can find good restaurants and enjoy Cebu’s nightlife.
Local and foreign tourist reviews for Quest Hotel include the following: “very good food, excellent service, and good location”, “staff was very nice, comfortable bed, clean and modern room”, and “great value for money and great location.”
Although there are many small and big hotels worth staying here at Cebu, these three, as declared by many other tourists through their reviews, have made their stay very satisfying and memorable with affordable rates, outstanding service, good food, great location, and pleasing rooms.