Searching for the best hotels and resorts to stay in Cebu City? The capital city of Cebu offers a range of accommodations for your budget and needs. As Cebuano locals, we’ve rounded up the best Cebu City hotels and resorts for your next staycation in the Queen City of the South. We grouped them according to areas so you can plan your stay accordingly based on your preferred location.
Where to stay in Cebu City
Before anything else, you should know that the resorts and hotels in Cebu City are scattered in different strategic areas. The best place to stay in Cebu City largely depends on your interests and needs. However, we recommend that first-timers stay in business districts such as IT Park and Cebu Business Park (Ayala) for convenience and accessibility.
Cebu City hotels near IT Park
Cebu IT Park is a 27-hectare business district known for its IT and BPO offices, a wide range of dining options including Sugbo Mercado, and many hangout places. It’s also where you’ll find Ayala Central Bloc, which is one of the newer malls in Cebu. Staying here would be great if you want to stay close to modern comforts.
There’s no better place to stay in IT Park than Seda Central Bloc. This modern hotel in Cebu City is located right in the middle of the business district with direct access to Ayala Malls Central Bloc on the 5th floor.
We stayed here before, and we commend their new clean rooms and luxe amenities including a rooftop pool and state-of-the-art gym. But we particularly like the buffet breakfast at their Misto Restaurant.
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is one of the iconic hotels in Cebu City with a grand casino. It is just a stone’s throw away from IT Park and it’s hard to miss it when passing by Salinas Drive with its white castle-like structure.
The hotel’s Convention Center with function rooms and grand ballrooms is a popular events venue, especially for concerts and exhibitions. In fact, we attended prom nights and awards ceremonies here a couple of times.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is a luxury resort with a view of the city’s skyline as it is located at a higher elevation, 600 feet above sea level to be exact. This elegant city resort also boasts a range of dining venues including their trendy rooftop restaurant and poolside bar.
We stayed in their Deluxe Sea View room and we couldn’t be happier with the panoramic view of Metro Cebu. Plus, their customer service is truly exceptional.
4. Yello Hotel
If you are looking for a budget hotel in Cebu City, consider staying in Yello Hotel. It is just a walking distance from JY Square and a few minutes away from IT park. In fact, you can just take the jeepney and you’ll reach IT park in less than 10 minutes.
What we like here is their rooftop cafe and bar where you can enjoy sumptuous Japanese and global cuisines. Our favorite from their menu is the Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen.
Cebu City hotels in Ayala area
Cebu Business Park, more commonly known as Ayala, is a 50-hectare business district in Cebu City where you can find Cebu’s first Ayala mall as well as banks, IT and BPO offices, and government headquarters like Pag-IBIG. You’ll also find a number of business and luxury hotels in the area as it is strategically located in the heart of the city, close to commercial establishments.
Formerly the Marriott Hotel, Seda Ayala Center Cebu now stands as one of the sophisticated hotels of the Seda brand. It features 301 rooms, fully equipped function halls, a swimming pool, and a restaurant.
Like most of the guest reviews, we like Seda hotel for its great location. It is right next to Ayala Center Cebu, one of the largest and most established Cebu malls where you can shop, dine or hang out with friends.
Holiday Inn Cebu City is one of the new hotels in Cebu City featuring 180 well-equipped rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. It is located along Cebu Business Park’s Samar Loop, near the China Bank Corporate Center where the Korean Consulate in Cebu is located, Lexmark Plaza, and QBE. Ayala Center Cebu is also within walking distance from the hotel.
It is highly rated by guests for its cleanliness and location, and we couldn’t agree more.
Searching for a budget-friendly hotel in Cebu without going far from the city center? Stay in Hop Inn Cebu City located right next to Holiday Inn Cebu City. This budget hotel features 217 simple yet clean rooms, perfect for when you need to get some work done.
If comfort, convenience, and affordability are what you’re looking for, this is the perfect Cebu hotel for you.
Cebu Parklane International Hotel is one of the known Cebu hotels located in Cebu Business Park. As it is very near Ayala Center Cebu, shopping, dining, and entertainment are within your reach. But with its award-winning sumptuous buffet, you wouldn’t need to go out to eat out. It was awarded as the “Best Value Buffet” by Sunstar Best of Cebu in 2019.
Do note that as of writing, the hotel is currently undergoing renovations for their guest rooms so expect some disturbances should you decide to stay here.
Across Parklane Hotel is Mandarin Plaza Hotel, another Cebu hotel that’s strategically located close to Ayala Center Cebu. This elegant Cebu hotel features an outdoor pool and spa facilities including a massage, sauna, and steam room for the ultimate rest and relaxation.
The hotel also features function rooms for special events like weddings and debuts. We actually attended a wedding reception here, and we can say that the overall vibe was magical.
From the name itself, you’ll know that Quest Hotel is for bleisure travelers with its business facilities including function rooms for corporate meetings, events, and social gatherings. Aside from that, it also features 427 well-appointed rooms, swimming pools for kids and adults, and a gym exclusive for guests.
We stayed here on one of our business trips to Cebu, and we truly had a wonderful stay – from the clean rooms to the breakfast buffet. Not to mention its strategic location, just across Ayala Center Cebu and close to offices and commercial towers.
Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, Hotel Elizabeth Cebu can surely cater to your needs. Host events and meetings at their functions rooms and board rooms, chill out at their bar and cafe, pamper yourself with their spa services, and get back in shape at their gym.
We had a family staycation here and we had a wonderful time. It is also a walking distance to Ayala Center Cebu so you can get your retail fix anytime.
Cebu Hotels near SRP and SM City Cebu
If you want to experience the Sinulog Festival, one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines, it would be best to stay near SM City Cebu and South Road Properties (SRP) area. The Sinulog Grand Mardi Gras and festivities have been transferred to SRP so staying at these Cebu hotels will be a strategic move to get close to the happenings.
One of the newest luxury hotels in Cebu is Fili Hotel inside the NUSTAR Resort & Casino complex in South Road Properties (SRP). This 5-star hotel is proud of its authentic Filipino hospitality and top-notch amenities including an executive lounge, outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center.
Imagine living the opulent life inside an integrated resort complete with a casino and a luxury mall. Plus, you won’t be far from the Sinulog festivities, completing your local Cebuano experience!
Address: Kawit Island, South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines 6000
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If you are looking for a hotel in Cebu City close enough to the Sinulog festivities but not too far from the city center, stay at Summit Galleria Cebu. This contemporary hotel features 220 rooms, an indoor pool, a restaurant, a cafe, and a bar, as well as function rooms for events and meetings.
What we really like about this Cebu hotel is that it is directly linked to Robinsons Galleria Mall, one of the malls in Cebu where you can find cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, and government outlets like PhilHealth, SSS, NBI, LTO, and PRC.
Radisson Blu Cebu is a 5-star hotel in Cebu featuring 395 modern rooms and first-class amenities including an outdoor pool, fitness center, and a holistic spa facility.
What we admire about Radisson Blu is its excellent location with a walkway towards SM City Cebu, one of the established malls in Cebu. The hotel is also close to the Cebu Port Area so if you are traveling to neighboring islands like Leyte or Bohol via ferry, this is a great place to stay.
Tip: You’ll find the MyBus terminal nearby with bus routes going to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, SM Seaside City Cebu, and Talisay City via SRP.
If you want a budget-friendly hotel near SM City Cebu, Bayfront Hotel Cebu – North Reclamation is your best bet. This 3-star business hotel in Cebu faces the SM City Cebu mall and is near the MyBus terminal and Cebu Port Area. It is also close to the North Bus Terminal, which is the bus terminal if you want to explore Northern Cebu like Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island.
So, which of these Cebu City hotels will you stay at? Hope you find the perfect one that suits you. Have a comfortable stay in Cebu!
Since you’re already here, you might want to pick up some Cebuano words and phrases as you explore the top Cebu tourist spots, relax in these Cebu beach resorts or Cebu hotels near Mactan Airport, dine with a view at the Busay restaurants and cafes, and discover more beautiful cities in Cebu.