cebu city was our last stop on our trip to philippines (we visited bantayan island, cagayan de oro, moalboal before that, check out my other reviews if interested).
we arrived at the hotel and were greeted by a smiling lady at reception, who was polite and nice, and we were also given a welcome drink each (pineapple juice). check-in was a breeze and we were brought up to our rooms (3 rooms for 6 of us) on the 3rd floor. each room had a small balcony, a queen-sized bed as requested, a television which had some nice movies and cable channels. the bathroom was a standing shower with shower curtain and standard amenities. my friend complained that her bathroom flooded each time they took a shower, but my room was fine. the hot water heater was working perfectly and the water pressure was good. our mirror was quite badly stained/rusty but it wasn't a problem for us.
we went up to the pool at 10.30pm thinking it was still open but it was not, and quite dark. the water looked murky and it felt like it was still under construction? or maybe just plain like the previous review said that it could be prettier. but in any case perhaps they cleaned the pool every morning before it opens to the public, so i suppose if there's clean water, the infinity pool aspect of it should be more than enough!
there was a room service menu which featured affordable rates for the dishes, and there was also a mini bar, 2 complimentary bottles of drinking water. the beds were very comfortable and we had 2 pillows each. we liked it that their service was good, we bought some bottled beer back to the room as 2 of us in our group had their birthdays that night. we requested for ice and a bottle opener from the hotel and it was promptly sent up to our room each time. the hotel staff were really nice and friendly, even on the last day after we checked out, we deposited our luggage at the hotel and went out to do last minute shopping, and when we came back for our baggage, the staff were still as nice and friendly! it really made a difference as we feel they were sincere and very hospitable, especially one of the male staffs who spoke good english and was really nice!
Hotel Tip: the lift has touch-buttons, which if u use your fingers, u will feel like the lift has gone crazy cuz the buttoms on different floors start to light up LOL. the trick is to use the back of your finger to touch the buttons!
Note: remember to take a hotel card / flyer / map with you when you go out shopping!
from the hotel to SM Mall, should cost around php70 (according to meter), from hotel to Ayala Mall, should cost also around php70 (according to meter). DO NOT let the taxi drivers bring you for a joyride. when we return to the hotel from SM Mall, we got 2 taxis, 3 of us in each one.. we even showed the taxi driver the hotel flyer and address, but he kept taking us around in circles, we told him to turn left, he kept turning right, then u-turn, bring us into a jam, until we called the hotel and asked them to speak to the driver, the driver refused to speak to them and suddenly said he know where already, then bring us SHORTCUT via small alleys etc. so much for not knowing the way ey? both of the taxis we had also did the same thing, so i think it is a common thing in cebu city once they know u are a tourist. TIP: before getting onto the cab, make sure the driver says he knows where it is. also tell him you know the cost is around php70. tell him you have spoken to the hotel people and ask him not to fool around if not you will complain using his taxi number.
if you walk along the traffic flow from the hotel, you will find a massage parlour offering thai massage for php150 per hour, and further up there is a convenience store, and also some restaurants and a bakery and a korean ktv pub.
we had rooms 305, 311 & 314.. room 305 was on the left side of the corridor and rooms 311 &...
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