One of the bustling main cities in the Philippines is Cebu City. It’s a vibrant Queen City of the South that not only boasts of its white sand pristine beaches but also cool and unique staycation hotels. If you’re cramped for time to drive for a couple hours to other destinations, these are a few places you need to check out for a quick weekend getaway.
1. Crown Regency Hotel & Tower
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Right smack in the middle of Cebu City’s downtown area is Crown Regency Hotel & Tower. It’s hard to miss especially at night with its colourful lights running up and down the 48-storey building. Your heart will drop as you conquer your fear of heights at the Sky Extreme Adventure. Ride the Edge Coaster on top of the hotel, walk on glass at the Sky Walk Extreme or fly across the sky at the Tower Zip. Since they’ve opened a few years ago, they’ve added more to the list of extreme adventures you can check out while staying at the hotel. It’s the perfect hotel for staycation if you’re with your kids.
Superior Room | Image credit: Crown Regency Hotel & Towers
Rates: From ₱3,200 per night
Address: Osmeña Blvd, Cebu City
2. Quest Hotel
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It’s one of the luxurious hotels in Cebu City that won’t burn holes in your pocket. Their rooms are gorgeous and cosy so you’ll definitely have a restful sleep through the night. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love their themed nights at the restaurant. They have gastronomic delights wherein Mondays are for international cuisines, Tuesdays are saved for Asian dishes, Wednesdays are for Italian food, Fridays will bring you to Mexico, Saturdays will entice you with fresh seafood, and of course, Sundays are reserved for the ultimate Filipino homegrown cooking. They also have a swimming pool with a bar where you can sit on bar stools submerged in water while sipping some cocktails during the weekend.
Executive Suite Extra Bed | Image credit: Quest Hotels
Rates: From ₱3,150 per night
Address: Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City
3. The Henry Hotel
XL Room | Image credit: The Henry Hotel
If you’re an art lover, this eclectic hotel surely fits the bill with all its unique art deco designs that make it stand out from the rest of the accommodations in Cebu—even their staff is dressed in unique attires. The interior design is a mixture of European, industrial, and rustic inspired décor. Spend time checking out all the designs because this boutique hotel is like a museum, from the paintings to sculptures littered around the building. It feels like you’ve entered a different dimension.
XXL Room | Image credit: The Henry Hotel
Rates: From ₱3,600 per night
Address: Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City
4. Marco Polo Plaza
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Located on a hill that’s en route to the scenic tourist destination called Tops is the Marco Polo Plaza hotel. It’s farther from the city centre so you’ll love it here if you prefer a quieter place during your staycation. Book a room at this hotel with a mountain or sea view and commune with nature. One of the best features of Marco Polo Plaza is their beautiful hillside pool. Lounge on beach chairs that are placed on the shore-like swimming pools. Also, devour sumptuous international lunch buffet at Café Marco.
Deluxe Mountain View Room | Image credit: Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Rates: From ₱3,500 per night
Address: Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City
5. Mandarin Plaza Hotel
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It’s a classy and beautiful hotel located in front of the Ayala Mall so just in case you’ll need anything, it’s just a stone’s throw away. Done in cosy cream walls and warm coloured tiled floor, book a room and relax on its perfect white luxurious bed sheets fit for a king. Have a movie marathon with your family during a weekend stay here. Go for a refreshing swim at their swimming pool that overlooks the city, which is one of the ultimate highlights of the Mandarin Plaza Hotel.
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Rates: From ₱2,200 per night
Address: J. Solon Dr, Cebu City
6. Radisson Blu
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The five-star hotel in Cebu City sits beside the well-known SM City mall. Wake up to the panoramic view of the Mactan channel as you have a well-rested sleep on Radisson Blu’s white, cosy plush bed sheets in the wooden designed bedroom. Enjoy watching your favourite TV shows or movies on the 37-inch LCD TVs. They even got an iPod dock entertainment system to play your playlist on. They also have fast speed WiFi internet so updating your social media accounts with vacation photos won’t be a problem. Devour impeccable international dishes from Filipino, Asian, and Mediterranean to Indian cuisines at their award-winning restaurant, Feria.
Superior Room | Image credit: Radisson Blu
Rates: From ₱5,185 per night
Address: Sergio Osmeña corner Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City
7. Best Western Plus Lex
Infinity Lap Pool at the Roof Deck | Image credit: Best Western Plus Lex Cebu
It’s one of the most exquisitely designed hotel rooms in Cebu City. Their bathrooms are gorgeous with its patterned glass walls and luxurious bathtubs. Their roof deck infinity pool is to die for with its panoramic view of the city, especially during sunset. There are lounge sofas you can chill on while enjoying the view with a glass of red wine. Definitely, it’s a romantic setting for couples. In the morning, fill your hungry palate with their widespread of breakfast buffet meals. Also, check out their small gym if you feel a little guilty about eating a lot.
Image credit: Best Western Plus Lex Cebu
Rates: From ₱2,600 per night
Address: Escario St., cor. Juana Osmena Extension, Cebu City
8. Marriott Hotel
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Marriott Hotel is also strategically located in front of the Ayala Mall so it’s not hard to miss. Despite being in the middle of the city, it’s a refreshing abode during your staycation because of the lush greeneries at the swimming pool and restaurant area. You just have to love their pool which has unique leaf-designed lounge chairs. You’ll go hungry once the smell of mouth-watering barbeque dishes hit your nostrils which are grilled at the poolside barbeque area. Check out the urban oasis Garden Café and enjoy an al fresco dining experience. They have international lunch buffets and themed dinner buffets.
Deluxe Guest Room | Image credit: Cebu City Marriott Hotel
Rates: From ₱5,300 per person per night
Address: Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu City
9. Diamond Suites & Residences
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Diamond Suites & Residences has an earthy feel because of the wooden rich tones and green decors. It is a cosy albeit smaller hotel and is ideal for a weekend staycation. The best part is the rooftop pool surrounded by wooden planks and white lounge chairs. Relax at the 8th Street Bar & Coffee Lounge or dine at the Grain Restaurant for the freshest food.
Deluxe Room | Image credit: Diamond Suites Cebu
Rates: From ₱3,990 per night
Address: Apitong Street corner Escario Street, Cebu City
10. Waterfront Hotel & Casino
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One of the high end and first hotels in Cebu is Waterfront Hotel & Casino which exudes an old world charm. A world map ceiling, huge paintings, and trees will welcome you as soon as you enter the lobby. If you’re looking for a gambling spot right at the hotel you’re staying at, this is the place to be. It makes it stand out from the rest of the hotels in the city. They also have several restaurants and bar serving great dishes at par with international standards. A great feature is their outdoor bar which also has a glass-walled indoor restaurant. You can also take a refreshing swim at the outdoor swimming pool or exercise at the gym.
Ambassador Suite | Image credit: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino
Rates: From ₱3,945 per night
Address: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
Also read: Coolest Staycation Ideas in Mactan, Cebu
If you need a quick reprieve from the fast-paced city life and hoping to get away from it all even for a short while, these gorgeous and quirky hotels are what you exactly need for a much-needed staycation in Cebu City.