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Montebello Villa Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Banilad, Cebu City 6000, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #22 of 76 hotels in Cebu City
Quezon City, Philippines
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Montebello revisited”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I first stayed at Montebello Villa back in 1996, staying overnight on a business trip in Cebu. I was impressed by the hotel back then and even had a dip at the pool after returning from meetings. I remember the food was good and the staff were kind and helpful. On a recent trip to Cebu, I booked another overnight at the hotel where I attended a workshop. I found the hotel homey and the breakfast buffet good. The front desk staff were kind and efficient. However, my observation is that the pool can be quite crowded and the hotel needs some updating for its rooms.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Montebello is not just a typical villa hotel. It's homey ambiance and obscure location makes it an interesting place to stay. It's rustic spanish style structure matched with a spacious lush garden right in the heart of the city is already a treat for those who want a relaxing stay. They have spacious rooms accompanied by nice and friendly staff making your whole stay a lot more pleasant. There's a big mall right at the entrance, a badminton center and perfectly sized pools for every age. But the most attractive feature of Montebello is the value for money. Its
actually very cheap compared to many luxurious hotels. And if that's not enough reason for you to come back, perhaps the sumptuous menu prepared and cooked just like home will!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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Perth, Australia
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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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Additional Information about Montebello Villa Hotel

Address: Banilad, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Cebu City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 76 hotels in Cebu City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Montebello Villa Hotel 3*
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