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“New, nice and a island inside Cebu City” 4 of 5 stars
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Escario Central Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Escario Central, N. Escario St. | Camputhaw, Cebu City 6000, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #9 of 76 Hotels in Cebu City
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“New, nice and a island inside Cebu City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Located a little bit aside of the city center and the osmena circle, this hotel has the advantage of being in the center but totally in silence. Here you sleep like on a island. No noise at all. The Hotel is new build and consists of ground floor bungalow rows, Each room has aircon, a double bed and ensuite facilites incl. warm water. WIFI is for free and so is a internet computer in the lobby. The hotel has no own restaurant, but just around the corner a a coffee, which cooperates with the hotel in terms of brealfast (you can sign and pay with your hotel bill) and further on some other restaurants which provide excellent food (e.g. freshly made lechon).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saitama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

During my trip I stayed at 4 different hotels.

If I went back to Cebu this would be my 1st choice (out of those 4).

It was the cheapest, the quietest - yet a decent location, had the most reliable wi-fi, and had the best shower.

I'm very picky about showers, it was hot, had decent water pressure and wasn't a fixed position shower so I could actually clean myself rather than just getting wet hair and shoulders.

The rooms are under 2000 pesos and as good as or better than many that are over 2000 pesos.

In the immediate vicinity there is a general store and the cafe on the corner was particularly good, as well as other restaurants including McDonalds.

This was the only place I stayed where the Internet worked every single time I tried it, and the speed was decent too. Also, there is a little garden, you can even take your laptop out there if you want a table in front of you.

I used the laundry service and they did a good job and didn't take too long.

I'm able bodied, but if I weren't then I'd appreciate the lack of steps - this hotel is all at ground level (also good in a disaster, or for people who hate lifts/elevators).

Some might say the TVs are a bit small, others might be more bothered by the lack of desk/table in the rooms, and this certainly isn't a luxurious place (no pool etc).

It is a very decent and respectable deal to be had.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I stayed in an Orange Room for 3 nights just last week. It had two Double beds, but curiously only one pillow on each bed.

The pros:
* New hotel, meaning it's clean.
* Good location, adjacent to Escario Central Plaza, with a 7-11, a 24-hour McDonalds, and other cafes. It's a 5-min taxi ride to Ayala Center, or a 15-min walk, but that's not recommended since there are practically no sidewalks on Escario St.
* Super efficient AC, cools the room in 3 minutes.
* Great and free wi-fi, no dropped connection in 3 days.
* Ample closet space
* ok, basic, no frills bathroom, with plenty of hot water in the shower.
* Good friendly service from the staff, from the receptionists to the cleaning staff.

The cons:
* Not a single chair in the room(!) even though there is plenty of empty space, and the room is intended for 1-4 people. Trying to use your laptop becomes an adventure, as you can only sit on the bed and place it on the single nightstand. Not comfortable at all.
* No mini fridge, which frankly is inexcusable in the Philippines. Cannot keep anything cold after 5 minutes. I have no idea why some hotels in the PI and other tropical places don't have mini fridges that cost $250, last 5 years and can recoup the investment within a month.
* The hotel's distinguishing feature becomes its liability. The cabana/bungalow-type rooms, even though away from the deafening traffic outside, suffer from the internal "people" traffic just outside your room, whether it's the guests or the room cleaning staff. And the thin walls and a huge window facing the common area don't help either. Don't plan on sleeping late here.

Side notes:
* a 1-kilo of wash and fold laundry cost 165 pesos (2 kilos minimum), which is an absurd price in the Philippines.
* there was water pipe construction going on outside one of the rooms. I was awakened by hammering noise at 8 am on Saturday morning! Ask when they will finish this before you book.

Overall, for a couple of days it's a good option. But I don't see how one can stay here for any longer duration.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Quezon City
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This hotel has a connecting restaurant where breakfast can be ordered for around $5. It has an adjacent commercial complex that has a 7-eleven, Zubuchon, bank and coffee shops. The hotel staff are friendly. No frills. Thick mattresses, clean bathroom. I hope the staff maintains the cleanliness.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Luzon, Philippines
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

It is a simple hotel but it's very neat and I think fairly new. There were 4 of us in 1 room with 2 beds, hihi but we survived! We did fit and just shared the pillows.. The air conditioning was good, we found ourselves so wrapped up in the comfortable bed sheets when morning came. We were fetched from the airport and if I remember correctly it wasn't check-in time yet but we were allowed to leave our bags in one of the rooms. The reception area is a bit small so if there are a lot of guests it can get crowded, but nonetheless the staff are accomodating. There's also wifi in their place so just ask for the password. The cabled tv was working properly and I remember my friends and I were watching pirates of the carribean, haha :) We also had food delivered via the 21212 and had a really great time bonding in our rooms. There's also a bubble tea place and Mcdo right outside and that was convenient as well for breakfast or late night snacks.. Escario Central Hotel is for those who are looking for nothing fancy but a quality stay :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mindoro, Philippines
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

escario hotel has cabana type of modern rooms, very simple but cozy , i love staying in the room the whole day. it is also very near from my favorite restaurant zubuchon.
The rooms are clean and well maintained, the airconditioning and cable tv are excelllent.
the place is safe even you are travelling alone, staffs are always there to assist you, outside the hotel are lots of restaurant, coffee shops that you can stay to hang out, my favorite place are the spa, beauty salon and nail spa, they are around escario hotel .everything you need is just around the corner.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Found this after looking at many review sites for hotels in Cebu and so glad we booked here - the staff were lovely, room very spacious and good TV - really nice villa's and not in a great big tower block and in good location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Escario Central, N. Escario St. | Camputhaw, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Cebu City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Cebu City
#11 Business Hotel in Cebu City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Escario Central Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sprawling fusion of modern and zen accommodationSituated in Cebu, this hotel is close to Ayala Center, Magellan's Cross, and Cebu International Convention Center. Also nearby are Philippines Taoist Temple and Heritage of Cebu Monument.Facilities and ServicesThe hotel is within a strip mall where you can enjoy various cuisines, spa & salon, afternoon tea, desserts and more. Secured outdoor parking is available, a satellite reception area and a business desk.Room AmenitiesFunctional rooms with complimentary WIFI, complimentary bottled water, bathroom essentials (towel, soap & shampoo), hot & cold water, cabled LCD TV & customized beds with duvet to guarantee a comfortable stay. ... more   less 
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