Philippine Travelogue: From Budget Hotel to Five Star Resort

Cebu Adventure Part Four

Michael Taylor wins a round trip ticket to Cebu on Cebu Pacific Air. He spends his first one and one-half nights at a budget hotel. Then he moves across town to the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, where a room with a balcony awaits.

Considering the price, I have no complaints about the room I spend my first one and one-half nights at in Cebu. Costing a mere US$18 a night, my room at the Express Inn Mactan is comfortable and well laid out.

The air conditioning works. And the Internet connection proves absolutely flawless!

Still, I am happy to check out. There isn’t much to do in this part of town.

However …

The staff, I must say, are very helpful in arranging a taxi for me (taxis are not plentiful in this part of town), and they bid me a warm farewell as I depart. I’m already starting to miss the place as we pull out.

Arrival at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Twenty to 30 minutes later, my taxi deposits me at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, a hotel set amid sprawling landscaped grounds.

I head straight for my room, and I’m pleasantly surprised to discover that despite the hotel’s 20 year history, the room appears to have been recently renovated.

My room has all of the latest mod-coms. It appears to have been recently renovated. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

 

My room is spacious. My room is tastefully decorated. My room has all of the latest mod coms.

Most important (next to the sumptuous bathroom), there is a spacious work space with a desk lamp – how many times have I found it difficult to work at night because of inadequate lighting?

I can plug in my computer without getting on my hands and knees (I seriously hate having to do that).

Sometimes it’s the small things that count the most to a frequent traveler like me. For example, all of the electrical outlets in the room are universal – so I can plug in anything anywhere without needing an adapter.

Other things I like: the spacious closets, a platform large enough to accommodate a full size suitcase, and a dedicated mini bar.

Getting Down to Business

I hate refrigerators located under the TV. In this room, there is a console with a marble top as well and shelves, drawers, and a small refrigerator underneath.

Finally, the balcony – which has a wonderful view of the free form swimming pool set amid landscaped gardens – has two chairs and a table. I’ve often stayed at hotels with lovely balconies but nothing to sit on.

If there’s a giveaway that this room isn’t new it’s the combination bathtub shower in the bathroom. Newer hotels in this category would have both a shower and a bathrub.

Other things I like: the spacious closets, a platform large enough to accommodate a full size suitcase, and a dedicated mini bar. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

I’ve got an appointment with the Director of Communications and the Assistant Communications Manager in two hours. We’ve got serious matters to discuss!

But first a shower – and then quick trip to the beach for a dip in the sea before I get down to business.

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