Thursday, July 28, 2011

Raddisson Blu - Cebu City Philippines

Radisson Blu Hotel

Looking for a place to stay in Cebu?  Try Radisson Blu Hotel, located at North Reclamation Area, Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City, just beside SM City mall.  It’s a new hotel which opened only September of 2010.

Radisson Blu Hotel is just 11 kilometers away from Mactan International Airport and you can reach it by hiring a metered airport taxi which is parked just outside the arrival area of the airport.  Expect that these taxis cost more because the flag down for these taxis are a little higher than the regular taxi.  Depending on the traffic, the travel can take from 30 minutes to 45 minutes with a taxi fare of 200 pesos to 300 pesos (around 4 to 7 U.S. dollars).

Being located just beside SM City, going around the city is easy by taking a taxi or a public utility jeepney which has a terminal just outside the mall.

Radisson Blu Hotel offers a lot of amenities where you can just stay around the hotel premises and still enjoy yourself.  You can choose to take a dip in the pool, enjoy the food and drinks at the restaurant and bar, burn calories at the gym and sauna or just relax, read or surf the web at the executive lounge.  They also offer spa services and treatment.

Fountain located in front of the hotel's entrance.  Just perfect for some picture taking.
View of the outdoor swimming pool from our room.
The rooms are spacious, clean and smell good.  The beddings are crisp and clean.  The room given to us has a good view of the swimming pool below, the nearby international sea port and Mactan island and channel.    Free internet connection, a refrigerator, safety deposit box, iron and ironing board are provided in each room.  This is the first hotel I stayed where they are providing an iron and an ironing board which is so convenient.

The hotel lobby is grand with its unusually high ceilings and beautiful interior decorations … you just can’t stop clicking that camera.

Upon check-in, they require a 5,000 peso (around 117 U.S. dollars) cash or credit card bond.  I don’t know if this is their standard rate for all types of rooms but don’t worry this will be returned upon check-out. 

Also, a proximity card is issued to guests to give access at the elevator going to their assigned room.  The guests can’t just roam around other guest’s floor because the elevator is designed to service only guests on their designated floors.  The elevator is equipped with a card reader where you have to have your card read first before you can push the number of floor where your room is located.  At first we were not aware of this, good thing there's another guest who already know of the system and he taught us. 

It was really a great experience having stayed at Radisson Blu Hotel.  Next time I'll be in Cebu and if my budget permits, I'll choose to stay in this hotel.  It's so convenient and relaxing. 

If you are interested, click here to know more about Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu.

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