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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We are group of nine when we go there,the place was ok..the only hazzled we encountered there was the driver of our service a certain"martin with starex van" didnt showed up on on the day we should havea tour on mactan..so beware of this man and avoid transacting him when he offer his van on you...because this i think is looking for a highest bidder! This man usually waiting for a customer at SAmpaguita suites plaza garcia..d xa ok kausap baka paasahin nya lng kau...i forgot his plate # but is start ta letter G and the # is 129..the security guard on the hotels knows and i report this matter to them..tnx SAmpaguita we enjoyed our stay in your hotel..

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Manuel P, Public Relations Manager at Sampaguita Suites-Plaza Garcia, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2012

Thank you so much for the information. We will make sure that we identify this person and investigate the matter. We do not condone such individuals to service guests of the hotel. What we can assure you though is that he is not an employee of the hotel. We have our own shuttle service driver that we utilize for special tour services. Again, we thank you.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

The hotel is walking distance from the Magellan's Cross, and several other tourist sports. It is also accessible to supermarkets, transportation and restaurants. The room is clean and comfortable. The view is a bit boring and many people are outside but it's fine. The staff are also nice.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Manuel P, Public Relations Manager at Sampaguita Suites-Plaza Garcia, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2012

Thank you so much for a candid review of our hotel. We hope to see you come back to our hotel. God bless you always.

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Reviewed July 25, 2012

My friends & I just stayed overnight in this hotel. With its new building, you can appreciate its cleanliness. The staff are also very accommodating. Aside from their reasonable room rates, what i like most about this hotel is that its just a walking distance from the Basilica de Sto.Nino church & the historical Magellan's cross. This is not a luxury hotel so you cannot expect them to have ample space for parking lot or a huge lobby but if you are on a tight budget and just wanted to have a place to sleep without sacrificing the need for comfort & security, then check this place. I had no problems whatsoever when we stayed here & was always recommending it to my family & friends.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Manuel P, Public Relations Manager at Sampaguita Suites-Plaza Garcia, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2012

Thank you so much for mentioning how clean our hotel can be and what great location our hotel is situated in. Truly, you get value for your money at our hotel, not to mention, our friendly staff who always make you feel welcome and at home in Cebu!

See you again soon.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

I stayed at this hotel a few days ago with my friends. the rooms are ok for those who just need a bed to sleep on at night. there's free wifi at the lobby althoughi wish they had the courtesy to put it in their rooms as well. the lobby is tiny and only has 7 seats so it gets crowded easily. the hotel only provides one tiny bar of soap which wouldn't last a single shower. there are no shampoos, toothbrushes, conditioners, etc so bring toiletries if staying there. we got the family executive room with a fridge but the fridge is broken so we hadto settle for warm water and soda. i'm am not impressed with the location though. yes. it is just accross the magellams cross, the sto nino basilica, and plaza sugbu. it is walking distance to other sites like cebu cathedral, plaza independencia, fort san pedro, casa gorordo museum, yap-sandiego ancestral house, colon street, and heritage of cebu monument. but the location is very crowded. mostly by beggars and peddlers of souvenirs like keychains, fridge magnets, etc. beware because they will surround you and force you to buy from them despite saying no several times. my friend's bag even got slashed in this area. good thing nothing was taken. to think that the area is just accross the city hall. so as a conclusion, if you have the cash, go somewher else. if you're on a tight budget, you can stay here but be alert and mindful of your belongings.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Management response:Responded July 16, 2012

Thank you for your comments. We regret to hear about your friend's sad experience but I don't think that that incident did not happen inside the hotel. As for the fridge, all you could have done was ask for a change of appliance or room and we could have obliged.

The peddler situation has been a persistent problem for us which is not our doing but the local city government's. As much as we want to get them out, it is more of a social problem than internal.

We do not deny that we ARE a budget hotel, but we do try our best to make our guests happy by giving them our friendly smiles and warm greetings on a bad day, or make them feel at home with a help from our courteous staff, which unfortunately, was not at all mentioned.

But we're still glad to hear about your feedback to push ourselves more and strive harder to please our guests.

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

I was at first a little confused with the choice of a hotel considering that I hadn't been to Cebu before. However, Sampaguita Suites Plaza Garcia was nothing short of a perfect choice!
It is ideally located literally in the middle of EVERYTHING! It is barely a stone's throw from the Historical and spiritual area that is Basilica del Santo Nino, in eye-shot of Magellan's cross, and only a short walk from the buzzing activities in the heart of the city.

The facilities are quite comfy and the food in the restaurant is delectable.
My favourite aspect of Sampaguita is the STAFF! Man OH Man, I was certainly reminded what courtesy is after leaving Hong Kong (where there's much left desired from local hoteliers). The Staff at Sampaguita opens the door for every entry and exit, grabs your luggage to take it directly to your room, and greets you with a smile each time you pass through the lobby!
Cebu will most likely see me again...and Sampaguita will definitely be my hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

Thank you so much for the very kind words, most especially for the staff service. It vindicates the bad comments that they get sometimes. With your good comments, all the hard work that they pour into their jobs pays off. We're so pleased to know how happy you are with their hospitality. This is a showing of a true blue Cebuano culture- sweet and affectionate.

Again, it is our pleasure to have served you and we look forward to seeing you again.

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