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    Waterfront Lahug Revisited and Reviewed

    The first trip of Tutubi outside Luzon and also his first airplane ride took him to Cebu City for a work errand. He stayed at the imposing Waterfront Lahug. That "historic" trip was followed three more times to Cebu but those trips were not much documented nor posted in this blog except for a few archived entries.

    This time, he returned to Cebu City and billeted again at the spanking Waterfront Lahug for a 3D/2N official trip amidst the eye of storm Frank lashing the "island in the Pacific."

    Due to his busy schedule he wasn't able to research much about new destinations to explore in the "Queen City of the South" and worst, he wasn't aware of the presence of typhoon Frank (International code name: Fengshen) battering the city that explained why it was raining in the city when he was there (it was at this time when Sulpicio Lines' MV Princess of the Stars got a beating and sank near Sibuyan Island in Romblon)
    (Tutubi's twin sharing room (right))

    Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino Pictures:

    view of the front garden with ominous clouds and wind brought by typhoon Frank
    the hotel lobby is not the usual cavernous one with large chandelier in the middle. there's a large painting on the ceiling depicting cebu's rich historic past and lots of galleons and ships on display
    ceiling of one of the conference rooms in the convention center

    view of Cebu City outside Tutubi's room with port of Mactan seen from a distance with Cebu International Convention Center on the right foreground (taken during a lull in the storm)
    a hand-held nightshot of the facade
    the neo-classical facade of PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) Casino that makes Waterfront Hotel popular with visitors particularly wealthy Chinese tourists

    a last stolen shot of Waterfront's facade inside the van that took him back to Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

    Waterfront Lahug Review and Feedback:

    Service staff and front desk are courteous. Complimentary bottled water are available. Newspaper are available for pick-up at the concierge. Breakfast is served at UNO restaurant with a wide selection of Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, American and European dishes to choose from. There's a direct access to a casino frequented by tourists and curious people alike. There's a Japanese restaurant (Mizu), Chinese, Italian with a Venetian twist and Duty-free shop all inside the premises. Restaurants in the vicinity include The Port Seafood Restaurant with their P400 buffet meal and a KTV Bar(that looks more like a hooker front owned by a Korean)

    Taxis are plentiful to take you anywhere in the City e.g. taxi fare is just P50 to take you to SM City Cebu and about P150 from Cebu Airport. You may take a jeepney also to downtown Cebu if you feel like commuting around the city.

    Lastly, this is not recommended for backpackers and budget travelers due to it's high price tag, there are lots of cheap accommodations (inns, pension houses,hostels and appartelles) in Cebu City that you can find due to it's popularity with tourists and retirees. The hotel is a popular events venue for weddings, parties and seminars/conferences.

    Note: there are two Waterfront Hotels in Cebu, the other one is popularly called the Waterfront Mactan just in front of Mactan-Cebu International Airport. There's also Waterfront Manila Pavilion on UN Avenue in Manila and Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

    For room rate inquiries, bookings and other information, visit Waterfront Hotel's official website here

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:11 PM,

    11 Comments:

    At Jul 14, 2008, 3:59:00 AM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    What luxury in a fancy hotel - beautiful and well captured of the atmosphere in your pictures - thanks for sharing.

    To make it short: I envy you :-)

     
    At Jul 14, 2008, 1:12:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    one of the best lobby that i've visited. i love the painting on its ceiling as you've mentioned.

    also stayed there once and played at the casino.

    i love this hotel.

     
    At Jul 14, 2008, 9:42:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    rennyba, i know you've visited more fabulous hotels there :P

    the dong, haven't been inside a casino. I look like a minor and minors are not allowed inside

     
    At Jul 14, 2008, 11:41:00 PM, Anonymous tina said...

    yay. nice shots you have there.. and you went when Frank visited? posh ha.

    i think it's waterfront mactan ang napuntahan ko.. di yan.

    di nga to budget travel. hehe.

     
    At Jul 14, 2008, 11:45:00 PM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    your shots are terrific. the hotel really looks luxurious. nice to have you stay there in comfort.

     
    At Jul 16, 2008, 11:26:00 AM, Blogger the donG said...

    talaga? nangyari din sa akin yon once. nung 21 pa ako dyan din sa waterfront lahug.

    confident kaming papasok ng casino, tapos nagtanong ang guard "21 ka no?" ako naman since very positive ang tanong "opo". "bawal ang 21 below" sabi ng guard! wow! kaya ayon hindi nakapasok pero the next time na bumalik ako, more than 21 na.

     
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    At Jul 16, 2008, 10:05:00 PM, Blogger tutubi philippines said...

    tina, yep. mahal sya talaga mga rich kids lang can afford :P

    photo cache, yes,didn't get to explore much. in fact i slept throughout my first day, seminar on the second day then left on the third day. at least the hotel's cozy

    the dong, ako mukhang teenager talaga. ni hindi nga ako pinapansin sa mallng mga nag-alokng credit cards e o ng mga bahay... :P

     
    At Aug 1, 2008, 12:11:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Wow, that city looks pretty grand!

     
    At Aug 11, 2008, 12:10:00 PM, Anonymous dyosa said...

    Naku, Waterfront. When I visited the place, nag-Casino ako! LOL. it was my first time and true to what they call "Beginner's Luck", I won several times, consecutive times pa. hehe. Food is also good in Waterfront Lahug and of course, the service. :-)

     
    At Jul 2, 2012, 5:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Staying there for one month, I saw how it doesn't deserve its five stars. The staff is not courteous at all, and they don't follow through on what they say they'll do. They're not worth the money you pay for.

     

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