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“This hotel is like an older (but not old) woman with personality, an eye for detail and a certain flair for hospitality”

La Florentina Pensionne
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La Florentina Pensionne
Ranked #41 of 80 Cebu City B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 17, 2012

If you like architecture and interior design that are the equivalent of Justin Bieber, or if you really, really like his music, perhaps this is not the place for you. But if you are like me and are not a fan of cookie-cutter mass production, welcome to the prettiest B&B in Cebu, for your kind of people. If you are likewise able to manage your expectations and know that for 850 Pesos you aren't going to get the Ritz, you won't regret choosing this place.

La Florentina is a place of modest yet tasteful retro-colonial flair. Walls are thin, but I had very quiet neighbors & the area is really tranquil. The staff is wonderful, and honest. I left my computer in the hallway and it was set aside for me when I went to reception to report it was missing. The owner is a very attentive and friendly lady, I didn't have any problems, but she does seem like she'd be reasonable in case you had complaints. The little patio downstairs, with free wifi and so many lovely plants, is a godsend in the architectural wasteland that characterizes most hotels in Filipino cities, budget or not.

This is not a one-stop-shop place to stay. You have to like exploring your surroundings. There's decent food at La Florentina, but for better meals, there's a great barbecue place about 15 meters away. With all the flashpacker hotels and Ayala Mall in the immediate vicinity, there really is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. And honestly, the free & fast wifi makes up for the lack of stellar food.

The only other place in the Cebu B&B category that rivals La Florentina's price-quality-personality ratio is Casa Escano. But in the words of a friend who dropped by to see me and was staying at Casa Escano: "I feel like an idiot. Your place is much nicer, and half the price." Granted she only saw the outside and patio. The rooms are a bit fancier in Casa Escano. But since I spent most of my time out of the hotel or working on my computer from the patio downstairs, I didn't mind much. If you're going to just veg in the aircon room, La Florentina is still decent, and not a cockroach in sight in 4 days. Major achievement for a budget hotel in Southeast Asia.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

The room is just ok... its affordable for budget traveller. no hot shower and elevator. so be ready to sweat off if ur located in highest floor. The location is just ok, walking distance to ayala mall. very quite at night since its not located in busy area...this pension is just like a house, in short ur like a boarders! Im not sure if they have curfew time... But if ur looking for cheap pension house, u can check this one.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

I really liked this place in Cebu. The rooms are pretty clean and there is free wifi available. The hotel is only a 3 minute walk away from the Ayala mall.

Price/ quality is good. So no complaints at all.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
1  Thank Tripper85
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

The place is quite old; I think the 1st and the second floors are residential because it says there private. I was confused when I entered the lobby, there are no signs where to go or directions to your room assigned and all that I see is “private, no entry”. The lobby is small and the ambience is so gloomy, it’s not so welcoming on my part. Mr. Receptionist was nice and accommodating though.

Our room was on the 4th floor, no elevators, so we have to take the stairs. The room was okay, well lighted, and has large windows which I like. The bathroom is so small, there’s not much room to move around when you take a bath, and when sitting the toilet, it’s like having face-to-face to the wall in front of you. They have 'hot or cold shower though. I’m not that impressed with the room but it was spacious though, the linens and towels look okay. I requested for new towels the next day, I was dismayed when I checked it they handed a towel which is a bit damp or not completely dry. They have cable TV, but remember to ask for the remote control from the receptionist. The place has no wifi too.

The place is just a walking distance from Ayala center, and about 40-50 minutes taxi ride to the airport. If you travel alone, I suggest you take a taxi and not walk going there because the area nearby at night is so dark which I think it’s more prone to accidents and robbery.

And one last thing I notice is that, outside the entrance area, the garbage stinks a lot. I didn’t know where that comes from.

I’ll probably stay here again if I’m on tight budget.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

The place could use a facelift or at least some white paint to brighten it up. The first room I occupied on the ground floor was affected by an annoying regular loud and strange electronic noise. I was offered a better room up 4 floor flights of stairs, but at least it had windows with plenrty of light. Sitting on the toilet meant facing the wall inches away. Unlike most Filipinos, management are not particularly engaging or friendly. No free wifi.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

building is old, rooms are old, towels, linens, everything is old. If you are the type who likes vintage accomodation, here's your place. walking distance from ayala mall, coffee shops etc. when we arrive at 1am after some night out with friends, the lobby is already closed, you had to knock and wake the guard up. they are super strict in terms of visitors. you can find other better pension house/hotel at the same price, for sure.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2009

I was a bit leary about a pension in the Philippines but my friend recommended it as it was near her office. No problem having a friend in the room as long as she/he is registered and shows ID. Good security at hotel but was cautioned to be smart at night when walking around despite being within 500 meters of Ayala Mall. The back streets are dark and apparently my friend had a work colleague robbed one late night(1am). Price for a double(2 people) was 800 pesos without breakfast. Had AC as well as openable windows. Shower with cold water only but everything was neat and tidy. Would stay there again without question if looking for nothing fancy. Easy access to dining and transportation. Took 40 min to airport at 9 am on a Thursday.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Florentina Pensionne

Address: 18 Acacia | Lahug, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Cebu City
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Cebu City
Price Range: $16 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — La Florentina Pensionne 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
La Florentina Pensionne Hotel Cebu City
La Florentina Pensionne Cebu Island/Cebu City

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