We stayed at Escario Central Hotel 6 different times ! over 6 weeks in June & July. We flew into Cebu from Australia this time ,rather than Manila ! Cebu is so better ! & much cheaper !
After a recommendation from friends ,decided to try Escario & booked online to initially stay just ! for the first night we arrived in Cebu , as we were going to Bohol the next day on the ferry .
I can see why ? they call it " Escario Central Hotel " as its so central to pretty much " Everything " you need or may want to do in Cebu city , and at a very reasonable price & its modern and clean .
As Escario is new, I found a couple of Taxi drivers that did not know were it was , But you just tell them across road from Jolly Bee & Next to McDonalds on Escario Ave , and your there !
The Entrance to Escario is like a Mall ? or centre , that you drive into Full of Trendy Cafe's , Bars , Restaurants , with Escario entrance at the end ! with free parking and Excellent ! 24 hour Security , that also help you get your bags from your Taxi or car .
Escario reception is bright , clean and friendly , by staff in neat clean uniform's . I found all the staff friendly and very helpful and efficient ! and the hotel house keeping staff were excellent !
The standard red rooms are Clean , Modern , & have 2 full length double beds ,separate bathroom with hot cold water ,and a decent size ,good shower ! and rooms have a flat screen TV ,AC ,& Free WiFi and Free news papers and a computer in reception if you need it .
The only Negative is there is no refrigerator ! in a standard room , but for 100 peso extra per day ,you can have a ref option ,or queen size beds option rooms , but i found the standard rooms very good for the price . There is 24/7 food and cold drinks etc at the excellent 7Eleven store a 1 minute walk from your room ! or 2 minute walk next door to McDonalds , or across the road 3 minutes walk is Jolly Bee if you want fast food !
But if you want something more ! Both sides of the entrance to Escario there is maybe ? 10 x EXCELLENT ! bars ,cafes, restaurants, open till late , serving traditional Filipino foods ,American , Spanish , Italy , & Western foods , and coffee bars with lovely cakes etc , and a few trendy shops. My favourite was the cafe Sari ,were all the local Filipino's and business people seemed to meet , for a meal ,coffee etc . You can get a breakfast voucher from Escario reception for Sari sari cafe for 180 peso , giving you several options for breakfast with excellent coffee , or meals from there menu . Escario to Ayala shopping centre is so close , only 80 peso ? SM mall 120 ? peso ,Robinsons mall maybe 100 peso by Taxi . You only have to walk out of the reception ! and the excellent security staff will get you a licenced taxi , and note there number in there security log , and tell the driver were you want to go .
We ended up using Escario as a base ! as its so central to Cebu city ,business ,banking ,shopping ,even medical , and only 200 ? odd peso Taxi ride to the Airport & Ferry terminal with 1 hour away , ferry ride to Bohol !
We then flew to Luzon for a week ,then back to Cebu , to Escario for a night , then ferry to Bohol and Panglao islands for a week , then back to Cebu for a full week ,at Escario , then flew to Mindanao for a week , then back to Cebu ! to Escario for the night ! again . We then went back to Bohol for another week ,and then stayed at Escario the last 2 days before flying home to Australia. It really is so " CENTRAL " and convenient to " pretty much everything "
We travel the Philippines on a regular basis ,as we have bought land and built a house in Bohol , and will now use Escario Central Hotel as our base ! flying in and out of the Philippines to Cebu City . Sure its not 5 Star ! but its Central ,Cheap, Modern and since the recent earthquake ! a very good feature ! its single storey !!! with a very safe design with wide walkways to nice green lawns and its very secure ! . It seems to be in a very good area on Escario avenue , and its well off the road , so its quiet ! and you don't get people just walking in all hours as the 24/7 security is there . I personally always look at what security there is , were I stay in the Philippines , especially in the larger city's , these guys were exceptional at there job , and making sure we were taken care of ,and checking where we wanted to go in Cebu , getting us numerous taxis each day ! and they were so appreciative for the tips I gave them , the head of security told me they bought extra coffee and food those nights , So give them a tip ! they are looking after you ! ensuring safety to you and your family and even 20 to 50 peso ! goes a long way for them .
If you want 5 star ? even 4 star ? ,perhaps an infinity pool ? or a beach ? Escario Central is not for you ! Its not romantic ! or silver service ! but Escario is Central ! Convenient ! Clean ! Modern ! Safe and Secure at a budget price ! saving money for all the other nice things ! in the Philippines :) and right around the corner ! from pretty much everything ! in Cebu city :)
Tip @ Mactan Airport , arrivals taxis are usually fixed price 500 + ? peso to your hotel !
Just walk out the arrivals doors, straight across the car & taxi pickup area, go up the ramp walkway through into Departures ! walk out the front doors and the normal white ,Metered Taxis are dropping off there fares , so you just wait for a good clean ,roadworthy ! looking Taxi & your flag fall ,on the meter is only 40 peso ! & then its the fixed Taxi rate . From Airport to Escario 180 peso .
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Escario Central Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City