Review: Week-Long Stay at San Remigio Pensionne Suites, Mabolo, Cebu City

San Remigio Pensionne Suites, Mabolo, Cebu City (Photo taken from Trip Advisor)

When in Cebu, where would be a good place to stay? Well, most people would definitely recommend the more expensive hotels and accommodation. However, backpackers and people who want to travel cheap would look for alternatives that offer the same quality and same convenience of the more popular places to stay in such as Radisson Blu, among others. And when looking for great accommodation deals, who do I turn to? Agoda, of course.

I was able to book for cheap a six-night stay via Agoda with their Half-price Friday Promo. I was fortunate enough to grab the accommodation for a Superior Room at around Php 750/night with Complimentary Breakfast included. I’ve also read reviews about the place from other people who have stayed there before. They warned about the location, but raved about the complimentary breakfast. I think that at the price I got it for, it’s very sulit with the complimentary breakfast for two.

Upon my arrival at Cebu City, I decided to go look for the place in the evening. It wasn’t easy to find at first, with its lack of signs, but we eventually got there after asking a lot of passersby and residents who were still up at that time.

Directions:

1. (Passing Lopez Jaena St./ MJ Cuenco Ave.) If you’re going to take a taxi, inform the driver to go to Prince Court (apparently, most of them are familiar with this hotel), and go past that. You’ll see an Arbee’s Bakery at the corner. Turn right at that corner. At the far end of the street, turn left (There’s no other way to go), and go straight. You’ll find the place on your left.

2. (Passing F. Cabahug St.)  If you’re going to take a taxi, inform the driver to go to Prince Court (apparently, most of them are familiar with this hotel) and keep your eyes open for a corner on your left before finally reaching Prince Court. This corner is Arbee’s Bakery, but you won’t see it from where you’re coming until you’ve gone past the corner. Turn left at that corner. At the far end of the street, turn left (There’s no other way to go), and go straight. You’ll find the place on your left.

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San Remigio Pensionne Suites (Center)

The keyword here is to mention that you’re going to Prince Court, since that what most taxi drivers are familiar with.

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San Remigio Pensionne Suites Reception Area

Checking in was an easy task. We were assisted to our room by an attendant. Unfortunately, they mistook me for someone who speaks Bisaya, but they can communicate well in English, too, which is advantageous for foreigners visiting the city. The pension house had four floors: the second and third floor accommodating the guests and the fourth floor housing Cafe Gloria, the restaurant of San Remigio Pensionne Suites. There were no elevators, so if you’re lucky enough to book a room on the third floor, then you have to do a little exercise.

San Remigio Pensionne Suites Superior Bedroom

I found the Superior Room to be neat and beautiful. It had two towels for the guests, a queen-sized bed, and a small bathroom. There was TV with cable, and had two glasses and a pitcher on the dresser. There were cabinets for hanging and keeping your clothes. There was also a telephone, but use is only limited to calling Front Desk, Housekeeping, and Cafe Gloria. We had a quiet night’s sleep.

The toilet (left) and the shower (right)

Complimentary Breakfast Stub

In the morning, we went to Cafe Gloria for our complimentary breakfast. Unfortunately, you don’t get to choose what breakfast they’ll serve. For our second day, we got Tapsilog. On our fourth day, we got Tocilog. And on our fifth day, we got Hotsilog (not pictured below).

Place mats and chairs made of native materials

Breakfast Day 2 — Tapsilog and Coffee

 

Tapsilog Breakfast — Yum!

Breakfast Day 4 — Tocilog

 

The food was great. It was good for something served as complimentary or extra. The coffee was so-so. What we really looked forward to when having breakfast was the view from the fourth floor. You get to see the skyline of Cebu, as well as SM on your left, and some buildings at Ayala on your right. It was cool and breezy, which was a relaxing way to enjoy your breakfast. They had Wi-fi connection as well at Cafe Gloria, so even if you don’t have wi-fi in your rooms (none of the rooms have wi-fi) so you can go check your e-mails and update your social networking sites while waiting for your breakfast to be served. They also have power outlets too, just in case you want to work with your laptop or need to charge your mobile phone.

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Cebu Skyline and the view from Cafe Gloria

According to their guidelines, for a three-night stay, they will only make up your room once, and for a six-night stay, twice. This means that you shouldn’t always expect your messed up room being tidied up after a long day outside. During our first night, there was no supply of complimentary shampoo, soap, of toothbrush as well. Apparently, there’s none. There was one day they decided to leave a complimentary soap and pack of shampoo, but that was it.

 


There were a few kinks to our stay in the place:

  • There was a time we lost water supply while I was still bathing. With soap and shampoo and all. After calling the Front Desk, they sent over a maintenance person, and maintenance said they will look into it. After a few minutes, water came back but it wasn’t hot T_T
  • Sometimes, cable TV is intermittent. There was one day we kept losing the good channels, so we had to make-do with the channels that were available
  • Around the pension house were some residential houses and a lot where they park cargo trucks. This means that there are lots of tambays at night. It’s dark at night as well, so it’s not advisable for you to commute and walk back to the hotel if it’s already late into the night.
  • The residential houses have dogs. They’re not wild or anything, but they’re there. And sometimes, the entrance smells of dog poo.
  • Like I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s a bit difficult to find if you’re going there for the first time. There are no signages, so make sure to follow my instructions above and take note of the landmarks.
  • If you get hungry at night, there’s not much choice of places to eat. The only establishment nearby (as in walking distance) is Arbee’s Bakery, which is open twenty-four hours.
  • There’s no wi-fi in the rooms. Wi-fi is only available at the reception area and at Cafe Gloria. This might be a good thing for those who need to disconnect themselves from the noisy world of social media.
  • There are no features such as gym, swimming pool, or anything common to hotels, because this is a pension house.

Third Floor Hallway at San Remigio Pensionne Suites

And here are the few things I enjoyed during my stay:

  • The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They offer to call a taxi for you so that you don’t have to walk all the way to the main streets to grab a taxi.
  • As mentioned earlier, we loved Cafe Gloria! The food, the ambiance, the view, the breeze blowing your hair back. It was so refreshing to enjoy breakfast like that in the middle of the city.
  • The rooms were clean. There were ants, yeah, but there weren’t any cockroaches or rats.
  • There was also a veranda outside your room, where you can enjoy the breeze. There’s not much view, though.
  • It’s near SM, and a 60-peso taxi ride away from Ayala. There are many restaurants and food establishments at F. Cabahug St.
  • Accommodation is cheap, thanks to Agoda and Half-Price Fridays.
  • Our sleep was quiet. since the hotel is far from the main streets, there weren’t a lot of cars passing the place.

A couple more reminders to make your stay a completely pleasant one at San Remigio Pensionne Suites:

  • Buy a big container (say, 6L) of drinking water before checking in. Like some hotels and accommodations, they do not have drinking water available in the room. They also don’t have complimentary toiletries, so pick up some at the grocery on your way there.
  • It’s a five-minute walk from the hotel to Lopez Jaena St. (the closer of the two main streets), but from there you can ride a jeep to Ayala and SM.

I do hope that they can improve on some of the things I mentioned above. With that said, I liked this place a lot, and I’m hoping to discover more affordable accommodation such as this.-HANA

 

San Remigio Pensionne Suites

Prime Movers Bldg., Holy Name St., Mabolo, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Tel. No. (032) 231 0382

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