My wife's family are from Leyte and whenever we travel to see them, we stop over a few nights in Cebu city at both ends of our trip. We have tried several hotels in Cebu City over the years and frankly none offer the value that Northwinds does.
Ok, it's not plush and has no real "wow" factor, and if you quadruple your budget you can find a hotel that does. Its a bit old and dated inside but so what? It's clean and comfy, great value and great location!
Firstly, the rates. It varies, but we have never paid more than P1500 (exc breakfast) for a standard room (all aircon) and this can be reserved via email, website or phone.
Standard rooms are the ones to go for (deluxe adds a bathtub, exec adds an additional single bed etc and a larger room) but all are of the same finish. The rooms are big enough, aircon always works (and quiet) the bed is good (and with clean linen) and we have always had hot water. TV reception is ok and the ref in the room is always well stocked. Free safety deposit boxes in reception too if there's not one in your room. My only gripe is that there is never a plug in the sink in the bathroom - we just bring one with us now!
From the cleaning ladies, front desk staff to Denis the security guard, all the staff are always really friendly, helpful and polite. And they are there 24/7 if you need them.
The restaurant is really a cafe serving tasty (if a bit basic) fare, but does excellent brewed coffee. There is wifi in the hotel, but not in all rooms. Best to log on in the cafe or reception.
Location of Northwinds is really good. 20mins in a taxi from the airport (just ask the driver for Waterfront Hotel and its 100m further up on the left opposite the Chikka Ann restaurant), or 5 mins in a taxi from the Port. Taxis are plentiful right outside the door 24/7. SM Mall is literally just down the road and Ayala Mall is 10mins in a taxi. There is a great Filipino restaurant next door (the Golden Cowrie) and a 24hr convenience store and ATM just 2 minutes walk. The new IT park is a few minutes walk with a good McDonalds (free wifi) plus several nice restaurants including the Mooon Cafe, which serves great Mexican.
We love this place, for us it's the best place to stay in Cebu City, and a bargain at under £20 a night!
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- Also Known As:
- Cebu City Northwinds Hotel
- Cebu Northwinds Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City