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I have just arrived in Cebu city and staying at a hotel near Robinson mall for about $30 a night... It's a basic bearable place but I intend to stay in cebu for a few weeks and possibly longer and don't want to be paying that kind of money.
Any suggestions? Short term apartments, rooms, long stay hotels or pensiones? I don't really care where it is as long as I have some conveniences around me or a reasonable jeepney ride away and it's not in shady run down areas.
You won't find a nice hotel in a nice neighborhood for $30 a night. Robinson mall area is a pretty shady place, lots of hookers at night. Just remember your in a third world country so keep your expectations low if you can.
Radisson is nice and its right beside SM Mall is about $100 a night. Kiwi Lodge is expat owed and just down the street from SM Mall its about $50/night. I usually stay at Express Inn in Mactan its ok but not great at about $30/night and its close to the airport.
Radisson Hotel Cebu
Express Inn Mactan
I stay in the Montebello Villa Hotel in Banilad, behind the CountryMall.
about USD 60,- with good breakfast and it has garden and swimmingpool.
I also use the Fuente Pension House sometimes (near to hospitals, National bookstore etc.), which is near the Robinson Department, people working there are very nice, rooms not bad at all, restaurant on the roof has good food. About USD 20,-
But as Taco said already, do not expect too much about room quality in Cebu within the city around the Osmena Circle and Mango Square etc. This is a 3rd world country.
Openly said, a wide area of CebuCity and the cities around like Mandaue are nothing but a slum.
The problem with SM-Mall and Radisson is that this is the hotel for business travellers, and while all is OK with the Radisson and the SM-Mall, there is nothing around in this area, just warehouses, factories and port area.
About upper class accomodation, I prefer the Marriott Hotel connected with Ayala Mall.
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/c ... iott-hotel
A typical USD 100,- is the Marriott, but there are also other hotels around the Ayala Mall.
As language is no problem I can only recommend to walk around, enter the hotels, ask for price and request to see the rooms.
You cannot trust what is shown to you on leaflets or on internet pages.
However www.agoda.com is a good information, as you can list out many Cebu Hotels with approx. room rate and location as low as USD 6,,- and up to several 100s of USD.
How much do you intend to spend for accomodation and how long do you consider to stay there? Over one month? If yes, you might consider to rent a serviced apartment and not a pension house room.