Cebu, Philippines — The catchy beat and the parade of colors definitely will entice anyone who planned to experience the fun and revelry of the Sinulog Mardi Gras. The celebration is a week long one and most tourists will want to stay in a place where you could see the street dancing happening from the comfort of their rooms.
Cebu has a lot of hotels and budget inns to boot. The Fuente Osmena Avenue has been regarded as the primary business hub for Cebu, characterized by its wide array of places to stay. It has its own share of all the market classes. The hotels / inns are already full since Christmas and it is advised to make reservations as early as possible.
Here are our top 10 Places to Stay during Sinulog:
Crown Regency Hotel and Suites
This hotel is primarily located a stone’s throw away from Fuente Osmena Circle, and at Mango Ave where the Mardi Gras will pass as part of the traditional route. It has the street view and the guests will be able to enjoy the lights, sounds and colors as well as take pictures in a very good angle. The hotel also prided itself for being one of the tallest towers in the Metro, thereby giving its guest the comfort and luxury of capturing moments in a skyscraper.
Summit Circle Hotel
Adjacent to Crown Regency is Summit Circle Hotel. It was formerly known as Cebu Midtown Hotel back in the 90’s. It is on top of Robinsons Plaza in Cebu. This is also giving you one of the best views for catching the Sinulog Mardi Gras. The hotel prided itself for being 3 Star so it is a comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city.
Rajah Park Hotel
known as Centerpointe Hotel before, this hotel is also one of the prime spots where you can get a glimpse of the Sinulog Mardi Gras. This is located on the other side of Fuente Osmena Rotunda and the one hotel in the vicinity to have a Casino. This is one of the first establishments in the area and has survived the test of time. The facade of the building maybe a bit old but still, during Sinulog, the loyal patrons of the hotel like expatriates and foreign tourists still root for the hotel. When not in the bustling crowd, the guests can stay at the lobby and still be able to hear the sounds of the ongoing street parade.
Elegant Circle Inn
This is one of the older hotels in the vicinity along the Fuente Osmena Rotunda that you can stay to get a good view of the festivities. Built in 1992, the hotel has been a silent witness to the rise of the Cebu economy, as well as the downs. It has been through the grit and the grime but still standing strong to serve the tourists during Christmas and Sinulog Seasons.
Gran Prix Hotel
This hotel is a fairly new one, situated adjacent to Summit Circle hotel in the intersection of Ramos Street. It is a member of the chain of hotels found in various areas around the country and is a budget type of hotel for the backpackers and DIY tourists who wanted to experience Cebu City on a budget. It is fairly having the amenities most tourists would look forward too like A/C, Wifi Connectivity among others.
Mango Park Hotel
This is strategically located where the parade will pass by going to the rotunda. It has been existing for quite some time now and has seen the changes against the sands of time. The hotel has been one of the choices by travelers since it can serve as a venue for Live In Seminars and also for staycation. The hotel’s interiors and facilities were renovated and it has kept up with is consistency of providing a homey ambiance for its guests. A breakfast cafe in its lobby also attracts the nocturnals who wanted to get a fulfilling breakfast before going home. Perfect for those attending the Sinulog nightly activities who party all night and got famished early in the morning. [image link] [website]
Situated across Robinsons Plaza, this place is a top choice for those flashpackers who wanted to enjoy Cebu City at its finest. This place is in the heart of food establishments and banks as well as nightlife. This is also convenient for tourists who wanted to experience how the street parade will fare during the festival day itself. Its value for money living spaces are a plus to those who wanted to get the rhythm of the city.
Comfortably located at Ramos Street, considered the more laid back diversion from the busy Mango Avenue, City Suites provides the comfort that each traveler will want to return to after a busy day of roaming the streets. This is a perfect place for those who wanted to see the street parade of Sinulog but tend to find solace in a more relaxed enclave. The hotel offers a great view of the city, giving the traveler a behind the scenes view of the entire festival. It is a condotel too, giving you the option to stay longer in Cebu.
Cebu City Marriott Hotel
This luxurious hotel is situated right in the heart of the Cebu Business Park, just outside Ayala Center Cebu. It is located minutes away from the bustling downtown Metro and has been a choice of the discerning businessmen and families who wanted to get a glimpse of the glamorous fireworks display during the Sinulog weekend. The hotel prided itself to be one of the most sought after places where you can mix business with pleasure, plus it is just a few steps away from the establishments in Ayala Center Terraces where you can chill before being dragged to the crowd.
Islands Stay Hotel Magallanes
Being a hotel that symbolizes the value chic concept, Islands Stay Hotel Magallanes is a perfect place to stay when you don’t want to get late with the schedule of masses at the Basilica Minore del Sto Nino. It is also where you can visit the Magellan’s Cross just across the street, right behind the Basilica. At a rate that is applicable to those individuals who wanted a fuss free, no frills type of accommodation and who is active on being out in the streets rather than staying in the hotel room, then this hotel is the best for you. With its modern basic facilities and tight security, your belongings are safe and sound in this establishment. Also, there is Islands Pasalubong in the ground floor making sure that all of your souvenir items are covered.
That is just our initial list of places to stay during the Sinulog Weekend. IT is still up to you as to where you will stay. Hope our list was able to enlighten you on how to select the best place to stay. These are just suggestions from us who had experienced and seen the evolution of the festival that became one of the biggest, grandest and most exciting in the Philippine History.
Have you made your bookings yet? What are you waiting for? Check out their respective websites today. See you on the streets! Pit Senyor!