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“Simply the best !”
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Kiwilodge Hotel
Ranked #39 of 217 Hotels in Cebu Island
Certificate of Excellence
Blenheim, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply the best !”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

If you are Kiwi, Brit, Oz then this is THE place for you - others may also enjoy their stay :-) The owner Dick Dunlop, his wife and his properly trained staff understand pub ethos. Great prices, great food, iced beer, room service, 24/7 in room Wi-Fi and mile wide smiles - who needs Heaven ? We have had extended stays there for several years and give our personal "guarantee" and stamp of approval - Michael & Pureza Wood.

Room Tip: don't be afraid to pay for an upgrade - it just gets better !
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Many thanks for your review Mike, It is most appreciated and I sincerely hope to see you both again soon.
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

For those kiwi, Australian or american travelers who are hanging out for some down to earth tucker, then head on down to the Kiwilodge Hotel Restaurant.
Their mixed grill is to die for and well worth the wait, so give yourselves plenty of time to wait and eat. Good friendly atmosphere and the only thing missing was a piano, what kiwi pub doesn't have a piano :) will be back for more...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Many thanks for your comments. It is most appreciated.

We do understand what travellers want when travelling, hence as much downunder food as possible is on the menu however we do have some constraints with supply of some items at times.
Once again many thanks
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Accokeek, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I only got to stay there for 2 days but my experience there was great. The staff was friendly, the food was good and the and the place was clean. I wouldn't mind staying there again during my next visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to review us, I shall be passing this on to the staff, they do try very hard.
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Puerto Galera, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Stayed here several times now, comfortable rooms, a third storey has been added now, so even more rooms. Great food with huge size servings. One word of warning, don't ask to have the channel changed on the right hand side Television, all the Kiwi's and Eastern Staters will hang you, it's their RUGBY channel.(LOL). All in all it's a good place to stay, nice and close to Ayala and SM for shopping, and the ferry terminals.
Free Wifi in the Bar Restaurant with good signal strength.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Many many thanks for the review, most appreciated that you took the time to do it.
Yes the Rugby channel is revered by all.......
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Manila
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Kiwilodge Hotel - a home in Cebu

Kiwilodge Hotel was recommended to me by the S Leyte operator of a dive resort - as the place he enjoyed while on his periodic escapes from provincial life to Cebu City.

I now understand why.

As claimed, it provides "basic" accommodation of standard through deluxe form, within walking distance of SM Cebu, at a reasonable cost (Ps1200/nt. Std. Room)!

The location is just off a main road and is two Ps8 Jeepney rides (for the adventurous) to Osmena Circle / Mango St. entertainment or to Ayala centre. Taxi rides are about Ps100 to the Port or Bus Terminal. To the airport is, I expect, more.

In the small three story walk-up hotel itself there is a nice bar, pool table and restaurant serving primarily British / Australian fare of excellent quality. Try the fish & chips or meat pies, if you are missing those, or the (not overly spicy) Hungarian Goulash.

At the ajacent bar there is cable-tv and free Wi-Fi as attractions, along with the charming and attentive staff. There is usually a group of local and transient westerner expats around. You might be send a "free drink" token as, well, a token of friendship. A simple "salute" of acknowledgement seems to suffice in return.

The rooms are clean, made-up daily, with good linen and towels, and single-use shampoo and soap provided. All rooms have small flat-screen TVs with Cable feed and room service & Laundry (per piece) available.

All in all, especially considering the price and friendly service, Kiwi Lodge Hotel is a good place to stay short term, if your are looking for good value and service.

Room Tip: Book ahead, it seems ro be busy.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Many thanks for your review, it is most appreciated.
I will passing on to the staff that you gave them 5 stars, I know that they try hard.
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This was my second stay at kiwilodge, and again a lovely experience. Situated smack in the middle of everything. The staff are not only lovely and helpfull, but i now regard them as friends. One staff member in particular, Ralph, bent over backwards to show me the sights and places that i wanted to see. He made my holiday!!!!! The food, my god, bangers and mash, shepards pie, english brekkie , all absolutely top class, even the baked beans are prepared right their in the kitchen. I see a few sad people are complaining about the room standards lol, Remember, you are in Cebu, take a look at the local people , soak up the atmosphere of the local area and people. If you want Hilton type rooms, go to Paris and book into the Hilton. Kiwilodge is not for snobs, For me, Kiwilodge is perfect. The prices are good, and i have not experienced any under quoting at all. I could go on and on about my experience in Cebu, and Kiwilodge is just the place to base yourself if you want to see real Phillipino life . Thanks for the beer Dick. I wil be visiting again sometime after Xmas and i would not consider staying anywhere else. Kiwilodge feels like my home in Cebu, and once again, a big thank you to Ralph for giving me an insight into the local community, It was priceless. See you guys soon. Darryl.

Room Tip: Dont worry about the rooms. Chek out the local area and meet the people. You are there to see Cebu...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Hi Darryl, Many thanks for the review, it was good to see you and Chris again.
Now that we have the new rooms
open we are going to be refurbishing the old rooms and have started with replacing the old TV's with Flat screens.
Nothing happens fast in the Philippines but we are acting on the problem.
I did not comment on your first review Darryl because to be quite honest I did not realise there was a way we could do that....under control now
See you at Xmas..
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

stayed for 3 nights in aug 2012. shopping mall. ferry port ten minutes away. ATM machine across the road. clean rooms with good showers. comfy beds. nice and quiet here you get a good nights sleep. staff are friendly.helpful.jokey. the food is very good. choice of food is good as well. theres alot of hotels who could learn from this hotel. enjoyed my stay here will try and get back there again next year. robin :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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KiwilodgeHotel, Manager at Kiwilodge Hotel, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Many thanks for your review. I think this is the first 5 star review we have had and I shall be passing this onto the staff.
Their goal this year is to get 5 star ratings, They will be very happy about this.
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Property: Kiwilodge Hotel
Address: 1060 G. Tudtud Street | Mabolo, 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Cebu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kiwilodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Very central location in Cebu City, rooms have air con, ceiling fan, fridge, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold shower, cardio fitness center, business center, skydeck, open to below garden, HD Cable TV, flat screen LED tv and full 24 hr security with plenty of parking, very close to the two main malls SM city Cebu and Ayala center cebu and the harbor.. Bar-Restaurant opens at 7am with free wifi and serves great free breakfast along with many European Favourites like Fish and Chips, Beef Stews, Roast Dinners, etc. Always cold beer on hand. All the taxi drivers know us. ... more   less 
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