Very impressed. Big, grand hotel; all the faclities you could want; bedrooms and public areas clean and well-maintained; and an overall feeling that the place is well managed. Sure, the location appears to be a bit out-of-the-way, but Cebu is a big place and no one hotel is going to be central to everything. Besides, after a day of the pollution and chaos downtown, it's nice to retreat into the hills to somewhere that is slightly cooler, and far quieter. And air-con taxis are cheap and readily available (about Peso 100 to get to or from downtown, in 10-15 minutes) and, during my visit at least, the traffic was nothing like as bad as I had expected it to be. The hotel does offer a free shuttle bus down to the two main shopping malls, every hour or two, but do not make the same mistake as me - it does NOT pick up downtown as well, it only drops off (I wasted 20 minutes waiting for a non-existent shuttle to arrive at SM Mall).
Some small points that impressed me: the bathroom in my room looked like it had been refurbished - perfect re-grouting; repainted ceiling and varnished door. 80 channel TV with a perfect picture (how many times have you had poor TV reception in hotels); a rubber mat in the bath tub to prevent slipping, which was clean and changed daily; big fluffy white towels. My room was on the 21st floor of the hotel, and offered a panoramic view of Cebu, right out to sea and Mactan Island. There was free wifi in the room (even though Reception had advised me that it was chargeable - maybe I was just lucky to pick up a signal) but the Internet access did crash twice during my stay.
The hotel has a big, clean, well maintained outdoor pool. Plenty of sun-beds. I liked the fact that the pool-area is well used, with a busy Italian restaurant by the pool, which served excellent food, and music acts on a small stage by the pool during dinner.
Breakfast in the main restaurant was excellent - the range of food, the quality, and the service was generally keen and attentive. No complaints at all.
Overall, if you can get a good rate, and don't mind feeling that you are not in the centre of town, this grand hotel up in the hills, is an excellent place to stay.
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- Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu City
- Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Island/Cebu City