my family and i saw the website and the reviews. at first we wondered why there were no pictures of the actual room on the site but let it slide. BIG MISTAKE. upon our arrival, we were puzzled as to why the cab driver stopped. then, we saw that hotel carmen was not actually along the street, it was in a narrow alley-way (eskinita) with a cheap sign painted on the cement wall leading you there.
the room was so small. it's about the size of my bathroom back home, or 1/3 the size of your average classroom. AND THIS WAS THE FAMILY ROOM! mom and dad shared the "double" bed and i was on the "twin" bed but they were practically the same size. space between the beds was like 10 inches apart and you cant really walk around the room without bumping into each other. it's so annoying that they publish it as a family room when it looks like they just stuffed as much furinture as they can (two beds, one closet which was right beside a desk and on top of the desk was the tv which was beside the door. across this cramped mess were the beds, which had a weird smell and made us unable to rest properly. can u picture how small it is?
btw, beside the closet is the wall.on the wall is a very tiny aircon but it was cold so thts ok. but below the aircon on the wall is a tiny door that says "fire escape". totally freaked me out and made me feel like tiny dwarves were gonna come in at the middle of the night. i mean shouldnt the fire escape be outside the rooms? this is like creating an alternate entrance to the room, compromising the safety of the guests.
the bathroom- shower looked ok, the blue tiles were the saving factor. however the toilet seat was yellow and cracked. i dont understand why the people reviewed it as "new" when it looked rotting and old.
the pictures on their site are definitely deceptive. i suggest asking them to email you actual pics of the rooms u wanna book if u plan to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Mediterranean inspired tropical oasis awaits you. Wrought iron balconies to take in city views in the upscale neighborhood of Fuente Circle in Cebu City, Philippines. Restaurants, malls, and Internet cafes are within walking distance. All rooms are air-conditioned, with hot and cold shower, color television with cable, telephone, and complimentary wi-fi throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Le Carmen Cebu Island/Cebu City