Did you know that the Philippines is renowned for it’s shopping? The nation of mega malls is a treat for shopaholics and while Manila hogs the limelight, Cebu should not be overlooked. When deciding where to stay in Cebu, savvy shoppers will seek out a hotel near SM Cebu City, one of the premier malls in the region. Radisson Blu Cebu is a 5 star hotel in Cebu that ticks all the boxes and should be on your short list. Here’s why …
Where To Stay In Cebu City
Cebu is the 9th largest island in the Philippines and is billed as the Queen of the South. There are many reason to visit Cebu and it is estimated that 35% of foreign visitors make a stop in Cebu during their stay in the Philippines. Cebu City is the gateway to this fabulous island and we flew from Boracay to Cebu with Philippine Airlines. While you might be tempted to skip Cebu City in favour of the many attractions on the island, I highly suggest spending a couple of days in the capital before moving on. Cebu City is a bustling metropolis and we chose to base ourselves at Radisson Blu Cebu for a number of reasons. Radisson Blu Cebu is one of only a handful of 5 star hotels in Cebu, the hotel is near SM Cebu City where we planned to indulge in a fair bit of retail therapy and the Radisson Blu name is one we know and trust. Radisson Blu’s more than 380 unique hotels in the world’s most desirable destinations are perfect for the modern savvy traveller. Each stylish property incorporates leading edge design and individual experiences to their delight guests and service is a priority. If your budget doesn’t stretch to 5 stars, it is possible to do Cebu on a budget.
Radisson Blu Cebu Overview
Security is tight at Radisson Blu Cebu. Having been in the Philippines for a while I was expecting a car check on entering but I was surprised by the metal detector at the hotel lobby entrance. After the initial shock, I barely noticed and it was comforting to know guest safety was a priority. We arrived at Radisson Blu Cebu around 5pm, but those that arrive early will appreciate Radisson Blu Cebu’s commitment to ensuring your room is ready (subject to availability) if you advise your arrival time when booking. Staying at a hotel near SM Cebu City was a priority and it doesn’t get any closer than this. Radisson Blu Cebu has a dedicated walkway which will deliver you straight into one of Cebu City’s biggest malls; SM Cebu City. As you would expect from a 5 star hotel in Cebu, Radisson Blu’s common areas are seriously impressive. The luxurious lobby is vast but intimate areas encourage you to linger. The expansive grounds are lush with exotic plantings making it a favourite for weddings. One area that Radisson Blu Cebu truly excels is in service. The staff are attentive without being intrusive and are genuinely eager to please. All Radisson Blu hotels live by the service ethos ‘Yes I Can’ and they provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not satisfied and they cannot make it right, you don’t pay. It’s as simple as that. We never had cause to call them on this as every element of our stay was seamless but it’s good to know it’s there.
Facilities at The Best Hotel Near SM Cebu City
As you would expect from the premier 5 star hotel in Cebu, the facilities at Radisson Blu are outstanding. The resort style pool offers a refreshing respite from the heat and the kiddies have their own dedicated space. Gym junkies are taken care of but I was more inclined to relax in the spa. We chose the couples suite and I got a facial while The Hubs went for a more traditional massage. I generally avoid hotel spas as the cost is usually prohibitive but the spa at Radisson Blu Cebu was very reasonably priced. The facial was first class and my skin felt amazing afterwards. Three restaurants are available for guest to choose from and the lobby and pool bars will quench any thirst. Of course in room dining is also offered in case leaving your luxurious room becomes all too much hassle.
Radisson Blu Cebu Rooms
Radisson Blu Cebu has 7 categories of rooms for discerning guests to choose from staring from a superior room and working up to the Presidential Suite. We lucked out and were assigned room 828 where the corner design afforded us a little more space. The neutral tones were calming and set exactly the right scene for a comfortable nights sleep. The complimentary chocolates provided on arrival were devoured in an instant! We had some pretty awful weather during our stay in Cebu City having caught the tail end of two typhoons. We had intended to explore Kawasan Falls and Cebu’s other stunning waterfalls but instead spent more time than we were expecting in our room. The Hubs enjoyed the free cable TV and binge watched the Philip Island Moto GP that he was missing from home while I indulged in the free wi-fi. The modern bathroom had everything we needed and I loved the ‘This Works’ toiletries. The body lotion was a keeper 🙂
Breakfast at a 5 Star Hotel In Cebu City
One of the perks of staying in a 5 star hotel is an amazing buffet breakfast. I am not a big breakfast eater, but I couldn’t resist the morning feast at Feria restaurant. The spread is incredibly diverse and every taste is catered for. I wandered slowly around checking everything out before I put a single item on my plate as I knew I would have to pace myself. The quirky signs made me smile each and every time I passed. My all time favourite item were the Berliners. These tasty little balls of dough filled with custard were divine. Go on, have two. I won’t tell.
Dinner at Radisson Blu Cebu
As I mentioned the weather was pretty gnarly during our stay. The rain was pouring and the wind was howling. It even uprooted a fairly large tree in the grounds. While we typically venture out for dinner, the prospect of heading out in search of sustenance in a typhoon wasn’t really appealing so we chose to eat at Feria. We had initially intended to order a la carte but when we saw the buffet we were sold. The Indian station was a hit with me and the sheek kebab was very tasty. The Hubs was a fan of the Italian station and went back more than once for his fill of pizza and pasta. Make sure you save room for dessert and I highly recommend the crepes.
The Final Word On Radisson Blu Cebu
Despite the weather we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Radisson Blu Cebu. We had intended to explore more of this fabulous island including heading down to Kawasan Falls but it would have been miserable in the conditions and it was no hardship spending a little extra time in the fabulous grounds. Our hosts at Radisson Blu Cebu were exceptional. We wanted for nothing during our stay and the combination of the proximity to SM Cebu City and the dreary weather meant we parted with a little more cash than we intended to in the mall but what can you do. I highly recommend you check out Radission Blu Cebu for your next trip to Cebu. I just hope you have better luck with the weather than we did 🙂
Have you been to Cebu City? Does Radisson Blu Cebu sound like the place for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Radisson Blu Cebu Is The Best Hotel Near SM Cebu City
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