This gem was found after staying at the Hotel Pier Cuatro in Mandaue City and being disappointed with its location amongst dilapidated, dusty warehouses (read my other review on Hotel Pier Cuatro).
The hotel is OBSSESSED with cleanliness. Each time I came through the lobby, up the stairs, just anywhere and anytime during the day, there was good old-fashioned elbow grease applied to bannisters, windows, stairs, and walls by several of the staff members. I think this is a good kind of OCD for a hotel to have.
For the first morning of your stay, you get a free Filipino breakfast (longganiza, rice, and egg). The restaurant is on the top (sixth) floor of the hotel, and has excellent views of the mountains, nearby Mango Square, and the city streets. Just about everything but Fuente Circle could be seen from up there. It’s not air-conditioned and there are no windows, but there were no problems with mosquitoes (they have a way of finding me) and lots of fresh breezes. Prices are reasonable too. If you need a break from hotel food, just go to the food court, the Thai restaurant nearby, or over near Mango Square.
The beds were super comfortable. The mattresses weren’t anything special like Tempurpedic, but I would stay at the hotel again for just that. There is free Wi-Fi in the room, around 0.75 Mbps down and up, so not terribly fast, but reliable.
Nestor, working at the front desk, was the most memorable staff member. He went above and beyond to make me feel like more than just the guest in room 217. Fabulous job with everything, sir. Nearby, in the lobby, there is a travel agency there that I used to book ferry tickets. I recommend going there than the super-busy one that is on the top floor of the Robinson’s Fuente.
What I was looking for in the hotel I chose was for things to do to be within walking distance. There are so many places within walking distance of the hotel. Robinson’s Fuente is a shopping mall (I think the third biggest in Cebu), complete with a supermarket and food court. If you want to see the Carbon market, Magellan’s Cross, Basilican Minore Sto Nino, and Fort San Pedro, just take jeepney 06B. To Ayala Mall, just take 17D.
Here are the downsides. With the hotel, there were some dirty dishes that were on a rack outside my room for two whole days of my stay. With the otherwise unrelenting dedication to cleanliness, I was surprised to see this was not taken care of. Ok, it’s not a big deal, but it’s the only negative comment I have. Also, not related to the hotel were some of the pushy characters selling maps, sunglasses, and newspapers around Fuente Circle, about 100 meters from the hotel. They are harmless, but aggressive.
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- Also Known As:
- Fuente Pension House Hotel Cebu City
- Fuente Pension House Cebu Island/Cebu City