Service: Prompt and honest. A little too helpful at first, because even if I only had a small luggage bag I could handle myself, two of the bellboys accompanied me to the room, so they had to share the tip. =) I was impressed later on during checkout, when the staff checking my room rushed downstairs while I was claiming my deposit to give back the sunglasses I'd left behind. The staff are young and energetic, while the receptionists can be cheerful or just bland, depending on how late it is into their shift. They are all polite though, and answered my questions adequately.
Room: I stayed in the standard room, since the receptionist told me the only available Deluxe room was on the noisy side of the building. Corners of the room were still dusty, and I may have found a couple of hairs that weren't mine on the bed. I say "may" because I found them only after I'd lain down and they were too short to be mine, but the moral is, when in doubt, to request for a change of linen if possible. The shower has commercial sachets of shampoo and usual tiny bars of soap, with two bath towels on a rack, and one roll of tissue paper. I had to turn on the shower heater myself. No free toothbrush, toothpaste or bedroom slippers, but at P550 per night, this is to be expected. There is a closet with a shelf, a mirror with a table and a monobloc chair to sit on, and a tv. The aircon worked fine. At night, I could overhear the tv in the next room playing.
Amenities: No restaurant or gym. Their massage services may be done "in the comfort of your room" and you can buy a wifi card, though I found it expensive. Food and drinks are available at the reception area. I don't recall if they offer laundry and ironing services.
Location: It is situated along downtown Cebu, with Chowking and Jollibee fast food eateries nearby. Beside an appliance store and above a travel agency (I think), once you step outside you can eat a stick of isaw, sample some balut, enjoy halo-halo, buy pirated dvds, surf at a 24hr internet cafe for P20/hr, and purchase those slippers and hygeine products you thought the hotel would provide at the nearby Gaisano Mall. In other words, a hotel that's easy on the pocket in a well-suited location.
I did not feel all that safe at first, either outside or inside the hotel, since the hotel posts very clear signs not to leave valuables in the room and to deposit it instead with the front desk, and I read a news article where the mall near the hotel was robbed a year or so ago, but as I mentioned, my experience is that the staff are honest (about sunglasses, at least) and outside the hotel, the commercial establishments have security guards and there are traffic enforcers at the busy intersection, so just keep your wits about you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Guardia Hotel is a -very- budget hotel located in downtown Cebu City. Our rooms are airconditioned, have tv sets, en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Elevator, 24-hour front desk and security are available. Please research about downtown Cebu City before considering our hotel. Thank you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Guardia Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City