I choose this hotel due to the location, uptown part of Cebu. It was considerably safer part of town and very accessable to public commute either by jeepney or taxi. From Airport to Hotel is around 20minutes without the traffic ($9.70/one way by cab). Be aware of the begging children outside the hotel, they tend to be pushy when they familiarize your face that you are very charitable. watch out for your wallet and bags too, as you dont know snatchers are just around the corner. But relax, anywhere in the world has negative side of tourism. This is Cebu, a mix blend of people and you are rather on the safer side of the city.
Adjacent establishments are Robinsons Mall(cheap clean food can be bought here-try the Cebu's Finest Lechon at the mall basement, it's the best($5/serving), Mcdonalds, Banks, Travel Agency,Bakeshop,Pharmacy, Laundry shop, Hospital(Cebu Doctors Hospital 0.5KM away),Chung Hua Hospital(0.1Kmaway), Vicente Sotto Hospita(0.1Km), SM Mall(around less than 10KM) and tourist spots are within 10 to 15mile radius. Just make sure when taking a cab to have it metered, so you won't be rip off. Larsian Street Food BBQ is just around the corner, try their famous HANGING RICE(defibitely a culinary experience for 1st time tourrist) and their flavorful BBQ with some exotic parts of chicken grilled(like CHICKEN gizzard,liver,butt,intestines,head,feet,skin,neck-not for fainted heart). Fine Authentic Restaurants is within the vicinity (ask the front desk) like Abuhan and etc.
The Sinulog parade route passes by at this hotel, I did watched the crowd and performers from my window-so convenient. During my stay, it was a mix of pleasant and unpleasant experience. I booked 1 month stay which I considered too long to visit a place, I was a personal guests of the Hotel owner Mr. M.V. At first the staff just don't pay attention to me, I just blend as other guests, but when Mr. MV invited me for a dinner at the lobby, the news spread fast that in the succeeding days of my stay, I was treated like a royalty, mmm that's odd.
This hotel has great potential because it is really in a great location however the rooms needed an upgrade, carpet look tired and old, furnishings look cheap and dirty, sheets and lines needs new replacement,sound proofing between the windows and the park should be a priority. During the whole event of Sinulog, I could not sleep not after 1 or 2 am because the sound blasting from Fuente Osmena Park vibrates through the window and intensely loud. AVOID the rooms facing the Park if you want quiet sleep but if you want to see the actions down below the park, Suite rooms facing the Park is ideal for you if you don't mind the noise.
The lift is decent, there is only one in the building. I rather take flight of stairs going up and down my room. Buffet is decent, mostly Filipino Dish. The attendants were very attentive to refill your coffee and clean your table, please dearly tourist give "TIPS" to these hard working people. Every morning, I went down for a coffee, I watched very demanding guests and don't even bother to leave a tip.
Rooms is not equipt with safety box but you can always leave your valuable at the safety box at the front desk, it was very safe because your holding a a personal key to your internal box and the box has double lock which only the designated desk officer has an access and separate key to open the outer box. there is a money changer 5 steps away from the front desk, so convenient and safe from the prying eye of whoever.
There is a Casino at the 2nd Floor, I took a peak and I saw a slot machine, Im not sure if they play Bacarrat or anything as I didn't tried to play there. There is also a Massage Spa in the 3rd Floor, however I think they need to tidy up the place to look more professional.
the Front Desk receptionist were helpful and pleasant. What amazes me is the Security or the Bell Boy who open s the door for you manually every time you go in and out the hotel with the greetings of "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Sir/Maam to every passers by. Jeeee1 that must be a dedication! Housekeeping job did an awesome maintenance of my room, I always leave them a tip. They were very respectful too and very quick to response to any of my additional request.
The room rate is reasonable but if they upgrade their facilities, they could go up next level hotel star. There is a hotel close to Rajah but I found it over rated and expensive. A 2 star travel lodge is nearby too but I would not dare to stay there.
Nevertheless I have pleasant Stay except for the Noise and tired facilities. I would definitely come back and stay with this hotel after they upgrade their facilties.
To all the Hardworking staff, I salute you...you did an awesome job!
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- Rajah Park Cebu City
- Rajah Park Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City