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“Good location close to SM Mall” 3 of 5 stars
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Express Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   M.J. Cuenco | Mabolo, Cebu City 6000, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #39 of 76 Hotels in Cebu City
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“Good location close to SM Mall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

For what you pay, this hotel is fine. It is clean, comfortable and only a 5 min walk to the mall, where you can go to eat at any time.

The rooms have a very small window which makes the room dark, but there's no fresh air. My only real complaint about the hotel is the bedding. The bed was made with a bottom sheet and.a blanket on top. I am sure that they wouldn't wash the blanket every time someone stays so there really should be a top sheet to keep the blanket clean and to be more hygienic.

The breakfast was simple scrambled eggs, fruit and waffle. Taxi from the ferry cost 90 pesos and to the airport was 180 at 6am.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Luzon, Philippines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Convenient to SM Mall Cebu City. More of a business and family hotel, accommodating staff. Very nicely priced and totally worth each Peso. Adequate breakfast, restaurant is basic Philippine style menu, not expensive. Book for 2 people if solo, and get 2 breakfast, no extra for 2nd person. hehehe Best Budget Hotel in Cebu IHMO. Only one block from the SM Mall. Getting a taxi to other places, no problem, doormen quite helpful. Be aware that there are 2 Express Inns, the other in on Mactan Island, near the airport, and distant from City Center.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I stayed in this hotel 2 times. The staff are warm, accommodating, and quick to please. The breakfast was a simple continental style. It was enough for an early start to the day. The rooms are simple and very clean. The only down side is that the Internet is almost useless most of the time. I guess the bandwidth is very small. The hotel is not expensive, and I will surely stay there again in February. The taxi ride to Cebu Airport cost about 170 pesos during the day. Better take a white taxi, a yellow cab charged me 250 pesos for the same route at 9pm at night. It is really convenient to the SM, just a few minutes walk

Room Tip: avoid the rooms facing the street.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Here is a low cost hotel . It is a good hotel for the price . Clean , painted , near mall. Do not Pay extra for the breakfast not worth it. Only complaint is the restaurant next door . It sucks . Eat at mall.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Zamboanga City, Philippines
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The hotel is near SM and Cebu Doctor's University. The hotel staff were accommodating. Had a problem with the shower head but it was attended to within 5 minutes after calling housekeeping. The complimentary breakfast was okay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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N. Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Well located hotel for a stopover in Cebu. It's a 5-10 minute walk to the SM City mall where there are any number of places to eat alongside an 8 screen cinema and IMAX. It's between the north and south bus terminals, but closer to the north terminal. (White) Taxi to the airport cost 170 pesos at 9am on a saturday.

It's comparable to a travelodge in the UK. Clean, comfortable bed, reasonable shower, cable TV and quiet AC. Perfect for a budget stayover.

The breakfast however is woeful, certainly not worth paying extra for. It's one glass of orange juice or coffee along with a small portion of scrambled egg and toast.

Ask for a room at the back of the hotel as the road out front is noisy.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Greenfield, Indiana
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5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Everyone is correct about having the address as there are 2 express inns and taxi drivers dont seem to know where this location is as easily. Hotel seemed nice and clean. But we did find 1 cock roach in our room and i wouldnt stay here again cause of that lol. Breakfast was free but fee to bring it to room(which site i booked room never mentioned this fee). I couldnt understand front desk staff well and they werent so friendly or helpful. Was just an ok stay but i dont think id come again. Hotel near mall. No prob getting taxi here. Booked room online. Apparently they take money out of ur debit/charge and put it back in(to see if funds are available) so this was a confusion cause i thought my room had been paid online however u can only pay in cash at desk. I didnt like this especially since i thought i paid online and wasnt sure if i was overcharged but luckily i had enough cash on me to pay with out going to atm. Site online never stated that room had to be paid in cash in person. This was inconvenient to get straightened out while carrying bags in a busy lobby area in peoples way. Rooms were upstairs and they did have an elevator.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Express Inn

Address: M.J. Cuenco | Mabolo, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Cebu City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 76 Hotels in Cebu City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Express Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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Also Known As:
Express Inn Cebu Island/Cebu City

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