We stayed at Casablanca 1 last March 2015 for a business-related trip. We found it to be succinct - 2 single beds each with a fairly good pillow and blanket; 2 desks and 2 chairs, free internet - but we brought our own pocket wifi - so I wouldn't know how fast the download time be; hot and cold shower, flushing toilet, the window-type aircon - though remained cool all the time, was a little noisy - they should upgrade to split-type; they should also upgrade their fat TV to a flat TV; a sizeable closet; no window - so there's no view of anything. Our room was on the ground level and at the end of the hall - fairly quiet. Service was fast especially when we requested that the shower be fixed because, at a certain time during our 4-day stay, the shower was just too hot and was almost scalding. There's a common kitchen, which I liked, but wasn't able to take advantage of it because I was told that we would need to have our own kitchen stuff to be able to cook anything ... and borrowing off other guests' stuff is not allowed. Oh yes, they do have long-term guests here. When we were there, a small group of a local airline pilots were staying there, too ... and they had their own cooking and eating utensils. They leave their cooking/dining supplies/materials in Casablanca 1 because they do come-and-go depending on their assigned flights. What I did was go to the town market and buy fruits - lots of them, and also bought some other snacky eats ... we somehow survived not eating well.
Around the area, there are a few eating places - Rock Cafe was the first one we checked out. Mistake! We ordered breakfast and we were served cold bacon and eggs and diluted coffee. Hubby got sick in the stomach afterwards - the whole time we were in Mactan. We also checked out (for lunch) Grand Blue Restaurant which has the view of the ocean. The security guard said that they are open but when we got into the dining area, we were told that they haven't done the marketing of food, and they can't prepare anything. So disappointing. Anyway, we found Shrimp n Silog - which was an all-day diner. This was the best - compared to the other two ... and a cute little diner, too, with its black and red colour motif. For a better dining experience, we "travelled" all the way to Ayala Terraces in Cebu City. I've got 2 previous reviews titled "Lemon Grass by DPH", and "Laguna Garden Cafe@Ayala Terraces, Cebu City".
Please check out my captioned photos for a better understanding of how the three hotels located in the Big Foot studios are different from each other (info courtesy of the security guards). Hopefully, the hotel, and the community would have better restos/cafes would be available to travellers. All is well and we will go back there again.
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