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Almost all goods and services in Cebu do have the same rate range as Metro Manila’s. Sometimes as travellers or tourists, we always have a budget plan when it comes to our food, fare, and a place to stay. And when you’re in Cebu, worry not about your budget because Southpole Central Hotel perfectly caters to tourists and travellers who prefer budget-friendly accommodations without compromising a good sleep.
Southpole Central Hotel is located at 29 Junquera Street, Cebu City. It’s just near the seaport and shopping malls in the city. The hotel is just beside the main campus of University of San Carlos and few blocks away from the famous street of Colon.
The hotel has 3 room categories; Superior (PhP 1,800/night), Deluxe (PhP 2,100/night), and the Business Suite Room (PhP 2,400/night). Room rates are affordable if you will base it to other hotels in the metro.
I booked 2 superior rooms for 3 nights together with my parents. That already includes breakfast for 2 persons for each room. We mainly used the rooms as sleeping quarters and baggage area because we really intended to have tours in the city and meet some close friends who are already living in Cebu.
All room types have either 2 singles beds or 1 single bed and 1 double bed. The room is fully air-conditioned and has basic room amenities like telephone, LCD television with cable channels, 2 bottled water, a work desk, and an open cabinet. Guests can also access and enjoy the free wifi of the hotel.
On the other hand, comfort room provides a cold and hot shower with comfort room essentials such as shampoo, soap, dental kit, and a bidet. And if it’s a hassle to bring your own bath towel, the budget hotel has a couple for you.
For a cheap accommodation in Southpole Central Hotel, it offers a breakfast buffet to start your day full and right. If you stay for more than a day in Southpole, you may claim your meal stub daily at the front desk so you can avail of the breakfast. The buffet is open from 7:00 am – 10:00 am only.
While if you prefer having ala carte orders, the hotel has a mini restaurant located in the ground floor just beside the front desk. The outlet offers different cuisines from appetizers to desserts.
Staying in a hotel is worthwhile if the service that you expect is above par. But sometimes you will really think that staying in cheap hotels or any lodging establishments might compromise the service. But Southpole proved me wrong, staff in the hotel were great and all smiling.
There’s one instance that I have a room service because I got hungry. The staff who is assigned for the food I ordered gave me a wrong amount of change from a purchase I’ve made. I didn’t even notice it until he called me on the phone. Then swiftly, he gave the remaining change.
Honesty is indeed the best policy. I’ll rate the service and honesty with 4/5.
Soutpole’s facilities are just average, well it’s a budget hotel. But I’ll just point out some factors that may affect the entire stay of a guest (1) The rust on shower and its hose is visible, (2) The bed doesn’t have a duvet. In my own view, I just felt like duvet is a basic amenity in any hotel businesses, and (3) I noticed that there mosquitoes in the lobby and in the hallway which might irritate the guests.
But the bed and pillows are really comfortable. I didn’t have hard time sleeping because normally, if the pillow is not that comfortable and not in line with my preference, I find it hard to sleep.
The hotel’s buffet breakfast is just okay. Nothing really special but I guess it’s fair enough for the money I spent on my stay at Southpole. It’s 3/5.
I can say that my whole stay and experience in Cebu was great. Maybe because there is Southpole Central Hotel that didn’t break my wallet for the accommodations. It served as my sleeping quarter and baggage area for my stuff everytime I leave and discover Cebu City. The place is also safe because only the guests who have keycards can exclusively use the elevator going to their respective floors.
The outcome of the accommodation in the hotel was overall satisfying in a way. I can recommend this budget hotel to those who are looking for a place to stay that will not greatly affect their budget when visiting Cebu. I will give this a 3.5/5.
SOUTHPOLE CENTRAL HOTEL is located at 29 Junquera St., Cebu City, Philippines.