12 Best Hotels and Resorts to Stay While In Cebu

Cebu Republic   May 11, 2015   Tours & Sightseeing News & Features

When travelling, the hotels you stay in can either make or break your trip. For the most part, clean and comfortable is how the average tourist or visiting businessman would like (as you would) his/her room to be, especially where it concerns beds and toilets. Naturally, when the hotel’s management and staff are friendly and courteous, this adds to helping make your stay a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, such is not always the case. Some hotels, especially among those which might be ranked as being lower than the traditional 4-5 stars could prove to be a living nightmare with a cockroach or two climbing up your bed to keep you company for the night or the showers not having any hot water coming out from it, or worse, not having any running water at all. It sounds crazy, but it happens.

Below is a list of hotels, resorts and overnight-stay-in places, a foreign or local tourist can stay in comfortably and sleep like a log knowing there aren't any snakes under the bed or some freaky monster in the closet.


Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu

Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu City | Cebu, Philippines
Shangri-la Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu Photos by: www.shangri-la.com

Located in the island of Mactan, this hotel-resort is probably the most premium tourist destination in the whole of Cebu. From its beach front, its long stretch of clean, smooth cream-colored sands to its lush gardens and enticingly refreshing swimming pool, the exotic meaning of Shangri-la has been defined. Its rooms are large and spacious, its beds spotlessly clean. Its toilets are so immaculately hygienic, you ‘d probably have no need for any after-shave lotion to rub on your face after shaving. You'll have to live around its pricey rates though.

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Abaca Beach Resort

Punta Engaño Rd, Lapu-Lapu City | Cebu, Philippines
Abaca Abaca Beach Resort Photos by: zeelifestylecebu.com

What's really, really nice about this resort is its exclusiveness, making it a tranquil, tropical hideaway perfect for those who travel in pairs. Its villas and suites are spacious and private. Before or after breakfast you might want to experience the full luxury of their spa. From the heart of Cebu City, it takes less than an hour to get to this resort-paradise. The room rates aren't expensive but they're not cheap either.

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JPark Island Resort and Waterpark (Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort & Spa)

Quezon National Highway, Lapu-Lapu City | Cebu, Philippines
JPark JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Photos by: www.facebook.com/jparkresort

If your trip to Cebu is a family affair, you can’t go wrong with Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort. The kids will love it. It has got giant water slides, wave pools and other water thrills your weak-hearted grandma shouldn’t try. Food is great. The staff is friendly and well trained in customer service.. Room rates aren’t atrocious. They’d have no problems requesting for an extra bed or two for a minimal fee. It’s in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

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Crown Regency Hotel

Tower 1, Fuente Towers, Osmena Boulevard | Cebu City, Philippines
Crown Crown Regency Hotel Photos by: www.thousandwonders.net

Practical and convenient is how one might describe Crown Regency Hotel. For one thing it's situated on Osmeña Blvd in the heart of the city of Cebu. From the Mactan Airport it's a 30 minute drive. If you're on a short trip for business reasons, you'll find the hotel clean and comfortable with the room rates pretty reasonable. It stands in a busy business and commercial district with access to most businessmen's needs including restaurants nearby serving good decent food.

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

Buyong Maribago, Lapu-lapu City | Cebu, Philippines 6015
Bluewater Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Photos by: www.bluewater.com.ph

Not too many people may have heard of this place but those who have stayed here will swear by it. They'd rave about the beautiful, scenic surroundings and then talk enthusiastically about the really clean rooms and spotless bathrooms. Each day of the week in their Allegro Restaurant is a different array of delicious dishes inspired by the cuisine of different countries from Spain to Italy, from US to Japan to our own Philippines.

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Marco Polo Plaza Hotel

Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas | Cebu City, Philippines
Marco Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Photos by: www.marcopoloplazacebu.com/

A mere 25 minutes drive from the Mactan International Airport, this magnificent 5-star hotel sits on a 600-feet altitude land overlooking the sweeping-view of the great city of Cebu and situated in the illustrious Nivel Hills. With its ideal location centered within the city's places of shopping, business, sightseeing or other luxuries you could imagine. Its pool is a mango-shaped delight that your family, especially the kids, would enjoy, while you could sip cocktail or champagne and any beverages at the hotel's Pool Bar and Restaurant, Café Marco, Lobby Lounge and Blu Bar and Grill. The Marco Polo is host to 329 spacious rooms and suites with all the amenities you need such as hot and cold showers, internet access and many other necessities.

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Radisson Blu Hotel and Resorts

Sergio Osmeña Boulevard Corner Juan Luna Avenue | Cebu City, Philippines
Radisson Radisson Blu Hotel and Resorts Photos by: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cebu

Located at the heart of Cebu City and near the domestic and international airports and seaports, the 5-star Radison Blu Hotel and Resorts will serve you well while you are in travel. Cost-friendly and highly recommended for business and leisure adventurers, the Radisson Blu's sleek and clean suite will make you relax while you plan your next strategies. The cozy outdoor swimming pool offers a variety of unwinding your stresses in business dealing before you decide for more sightseeing and exploration within Cebu's vicinity. The hotel is strategically located at the corner of Sergio Osmeña Boulevard and Juan Luna Avenue and near SM City Cebu.

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Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Mactan Island, Lapu Lapu City | Cebu 6015, Philippines
Crimson Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan Photos by: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cebu

Found at Seascapes Resort Town, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu, this travelers' haven is a majestic indulgence that proud itself of 40 luxurious private villas with individual plunge pool. It also has unique Asian-inspired guestrooms (250 rooms in all) best for comfort and style that will surely make you relaxed and enjoy the natural beauty of Cebu. Just 20 minutes away from Mactan International Airport, the Spa is a nerve-wracking, spirit-bonding nature's wonder that brought it to international recognition as one of the best beach destinations in this part of Cebu. The white sand beach is truly amazing as it caters to all types of events such as business meetings, conference or simply to unwind through a unique style of relaxation.

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Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City | Cebu, Philippines
Plantation Plantation Bay Resort and Spa Photos by: http://plantationbay.com/

Not just a resort, but an experience. That is the tagline of one of Cebu's best hotels/resorts situated within the city's fabulous sheltered and privately-owned 11 hectares of virgin waterways and probably one of the largest in the world. They may be right with their tag. Just an hour drive from Cebu City, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa boasts of a clean and elegant colonial façade and architecture that culminates a never ending fantasy. By coming and checking in to the resort, lots of activities await you, relaxing though need not be boring. Possibly one of the best spas, the Plantation offers the “hacienda” type of verandas for every room. The food and amenities could rival the 5-star hotels of the metropolis. The resort could be found at Marigondon, Mactan Island, 6015 Cebu.

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Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Punta Engaño Rd Mactan | Cebu, Philippines, Philippines
Movenpick Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Photos by: https://www.facebook.com/moevenpickhotelmactanislandcebu

For the business traveler who wants Mediterranean appeal and grandeur, this hotel and resort could ease your burden of deep-thinking the shenanigans of business-dealing, and its atmosphere could loosen the stress that hold you tightly. The famous food and beverages outlet, the Ibiza Beach Club offers a world-renown entertainment leading its Churrasco and Mediterranean Tapas feature. Aside from elegant rooms and stylish suites, the hotel has spaces for meetings, receptions for special events and other important functions. With 245 rooms available and all are fully equipped with wireless internet, LED TV and a fully stocked mini-bar, and with the best ocean view of Mactan Island.

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St. Mark Hotel

Queens Road, Redemptorist Plaza, Brgy. Camputhaw | Cebu City, Philippines
St. St. Mark Hotel Photos by: http://st-markhotel.com/

Located near Mango Avenue, at Queens Road, Redemptorist Plaza, Cumphutaw Cebu City, this 5-star amenities, budget hotel could bring you close to both the famous malls within the City of Cebu such as SM and Ayala malls that can give you smooth and comfortable shopping experience. Not only that, St. Mark is also closely located near the city's premier attractions such as the Taoist Temple, Plaza Independencia, Magellan's Cross, the Sto. Niño Church and many other historical sites you could only find in Cebu. When you check-in here, breakfast will start with a buffet in the Halo Restaurant and you could end your day with some drinks at the same resto while relaxing the night out. Leisure and business could be really fun with St. Mark's ambience.

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Quest Hotel

Archbishop Reyes Avenue | Cebu City, Philippines
Quest Quest Hotel Photos by: http://www.quest-hotels.com/eng/home

The proximity of Quest Hotel within the Central Business District and Ayala Mall in Cebu makes it one of the reasons to check-out this hotel (the best if you could check-in for an experience of a lifetime). Located along Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City, this premium budget hotel also caters to conferences and other functions, with over 400 rooms uniquely designed adhering to a more robust hospitality concept. A 3-star hotel, Quest lives up to its name of conquering the budget-conscious travelers who want high-tech and stylish working conditions. For leisure visit with the family, Quest has a Kid Center that provides everything that your kids need for a great stay such as extra bed and baby cots, shuttle services and a spacious swimming pool among other kid-friendly amenities.

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Hundreds Of Other Hotels, Apartments And Pension Houses In Cebu

Cebu has become a bustling tourist gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao, the central and southern parts of the country, which in themselves have yet untapped natural wonders that may soon become favorite vacation and tourist spots. Cebu is a priority though. It's no wonder condominiums, residential buildings, hotels and resorts townhouses and pension-houses have been mushrooming these past decades. There are hundreds . They're so numerous you'd probably need a whole book to list them all down.

The 5 hotels and resorts cited above are places in which we have had occasion to experience first hand. and was written with utmost candidness. Other than the thought of sharing this with you, this listing is not meant to have the rest of the other hotels and resorts or spas in Cebu perceived to be anything less than those listed. That remains to be determined by the other travelers and guests of Cebu. We urge you to choose one that will best suit your needs. Check Cebu's official website or get the information from Cebu's Tourism bureaus and offices. It'll help you to make your stay a great one!

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