I last stayed at Marco Polo hotel some three years ago, and was pleasantly surprised to return recently. A highly enjoyable visit, which surpassed my recollections. I was in a refurbished room on a higher floor which was excellent.
Although quite an elderly building, it remains well presented, with a pleasing ambience. It has an imposing entrance hall, and during my visit prior to Christmas it was beautifully decorated, with a lovely Tree, and a number of staff in Christmas outfits, all of which added greatly to the ambiance.
I particularly enjoyed lunch at the pool bar, a proper bar with a lovely outlook across the pool area which is on several levels. Although I didn't try it, the gym looked modern and well equipped for a great workout.
The one issue for me with the Marco Polo hotel is it's location; it is a little out of town and therefore further away from the air and ferry ports, and major Malls. Traffic can extend travel at busy times. However some might see its location as a bonus, as it is away from the noise of the city, and has great views across the city and the hills from it's elevated position. It also runs a free shuttle to the two major malls. I understand the Blue Bar on the very top floor of the hotel is well worth a visit; alas I was unable to visit as my overnight was on a Monday when Blue Bar is closed. It's more than a bar, as food is served.
The staff were helpful, competent and confident, all indicators to me of being well trained; well done, as the quality and competence of staff can make or break a visit.
For me a great but far too short lived stay. I will be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu City
- Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Island/Cebu City