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“This is Cebu afterall” 3 of 5 stars
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Montebello Villa Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Banilad, Cebu City 6000, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #21 of 73 hotels in Cebu City
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“This is Cebu afterall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Decor was old. Usual charming Filipino hospitality was strained. Rooms were dark, dingy and had bugs (centipede and ants). Pool area was great but was overrun with locals on weekends who apparently have "membership". Breakfast buffet usually ran out and wasn't replaced promptly, fruit offering was limited, although special dinner offerings with fresh seafood was exceptional. Heavy European presence. Overall, needs a facelift and some inner cleaning and upgrades. No gym but great free wifi. In the middle of Cebu so easy to get around. Staff needs to improve customer service to get better ratings but for the price, it was still average.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Its a sprawling city hotel. Although the place has been in operation for a long time, it has maintained its homey atmosphere. It has lots of pocket gardens, rooms that are spacious and pools for kids and adults to enjoy.

Room Tip: If you are not on a budget, choose the villa that has direct access to the pool area.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This hotel was the choice of my former classmates who came home for a class reunion. We booked three deluxe rooms with twin beds each. My group got so nostalgic when we entered Montebello's premises because it brought back many happy memories . Disappointment and sadness immediately took over our joy when we saw our rooms. Truly this hotel needs a major rehab. The beds were not comfy, there was no fridge in our room (online though they said there is one), no bulb in a lamp, leaking faucet and no hot water when we took our shower. Management said their water heater was busted that day (??).There were also plenty black ants in the toilet. It's time for them to fumigate the rooms too because at night there were plenty mosquitoes. They also have to clean thoroughly the dust and dust mites from the draperies.
We enjoyed the daily breakfast buffet though and had fun swimming in the big pool - water was clean. The hotel staff always greets you with a smile and willing and able to answer the many queries of my friends. The lovely garden is well maintained and flowers a bloom.
Montebello needs a major renovation on its rooms.What more can you ask when you are staying in a 3-star hotel for budget conscious ladies like us, who came home more for bonding and fun with our old dear classmates.

Room Tip: There are renovated rooms that are sold out quickly; so book very early to get those newer rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I travel to Cebu two or three times a year. The Montebello Villa is my favorite. There are other reasonable 'Business Class' hotels that are cheaper, like the Northwinds and Castle Peak, but the 'MV' is far more comfortable.

It's a bit older but well seasoned. The Gaisano's Country Mall is next door, and University of Cebu is across the boulevard, all within walking distance. Spend a little more and get the better room.

They have a beautiful terrace and garden, a great place to entertain guests, have dinner or a drink at the pool side bar.

I'm sorry if some others were disappointed because the 'MV' wasn't perfect, but then again, this IS Cebu!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We just love our room view which is a big backyard of big trees and birds are humming,a very serene place.The food was great,my Australian fiancee loves the food especially our fave gambas al ajilo-prawns.At night when we have our dinner,at poolside,there was the local band that plays our fave song,very romantic indeed.This hotel is also accessible to taxis,and there was mall (Country Mall)at the nearest,and Ayala mall is also near as well.We enjoyed our stay in Cebu and would probably will stay here at Montebello again soon.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

You will feel that you are in the paradise even if location just at the back of a big mall. A little outdated rooms. I stayed with kids. Pool is great! And just few steps away from the Gaisano mall where you can grab a bite.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

When traveling from the Mactan airport to the Montebello Villa Hotel, it is not hard to see all the development, traffic, people and noise in the ever developing City of Cebu. However, upon arriving through the gates of the Montebello Villa hotel, you will immediately notice how quiet it all suddenly becomes. You then look around and can hardly see any tall structures surrounding this "garden" hotel and the constant wind blowing through the property makes you believe that you are not in the middle of downtown Cebu City.
The hotel is over 40 years old and various sections of the hotel have been recently renovated. The Deluxe room that I stayed in was quite a large space if compared to other hotels that advertise Deluxe room accomodations. The hotel is surrounded by a huge garden and has three swimming pools. This hotel would be an excellent location if you are traveling with small children. Also an ideal venue for garden style weddings which I was told occurs quite frequently. This iconic hotel has been through a lot over the years but it still maintains is claim to be the ONLY garden hotel in Cebu.
If you are looking for a quiet place to be in an almost resort atmosphere, this is a place to consider. Just make sure you book rooms that have been recently renovated.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Montebello Hotel Cebu City
Montebello Villa Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City
Address: Banilad, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Cebu City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 73 hotels in Cebu City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Montebello Villa Hotel 3*
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