I have stayed at SotoGrande several times over the past few years and have always found it to be a good hotel.
It is on Lapu-Lapu Island which is not on Cebu Island. You have to cross the bridge past the airport to get to Cebu.
The hotel is in a SAFE and quiet area. Taxi drivers need to present their ID's to the guards to gain entrance and they are monitored. You will be safe here and will have zero concerns about your safety. Once you leave the area and go past the guards, it's a different world out there.
Depending on the room you select, the amenities will differ. The suite is a large 2-room space. It comes with a basic refrigerator and air conditioning in each room. On this trip, I had to change rooms because the AC wasn't working properly and after failed attempts to fix it, I elected to change rooms to a smaller room.
The suite has a dining table and plenty of room to lounge around.
My chief complaint is that there is only 1 television in the suite and it is in the Living Room. For a person that has been on an airplane for 23+ hours, sitting in a chair to watch TV, while fighting jet-lag isn't very appealing. I would rather watch TV from the bed, where I can relax and allow my body to adjust to the time zone changes.
The bathroom was fine. Water pressure is good and everything works.
The staff at the SotoGrande Hotel is one of the friendliest and most caring staff that I've ever met. I travel around the world for my job and have stayed in hundreds of hotels. The staff at SotoGrande are in my top 3 hotel staffs. They are courteous. They are prompt. They really try.
Many of the staff are young and doing internships or working at SotoGrande as their first job. They welcomed my family as if we were long, lost relatives. They talk with you and will tell you what you need to know about the area.
The bellmen and restaurant staff are some of my favorite people. Always smiling and available to help.
The restaurant can be a challenge for some palates because they are expected to cook food that appeals to people from all around the world. In the hotel lobby you will find Koreans, Japanese, Australians, Americans, Europeans and a mix of other people from various backgrounds. The chef can't please every palate so what may be acceptable to me, may not be so acceptable to other people.
The hotel is due for an update so that is why I give it 4-stars instead of 5. They need to change the room decor and spruce up the faucets and other small details.
Do take advantage of the pools for La Mirada and also Soto Grande which is the condominiums next door.
There is a banquet hall that has a great pool and an even better buffet at night. Check it out. There is music and entertainment.
There is a basketball court and the staff will play. The beach is right on the property and very clean and safe.
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- Also Known As:
- Sotogrande Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Sotogrande Hotel And Resort
- SotoGrande Hotel & Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island