I have stayed three times at the Holiday Spa Hotel. First time was April 2011 and then on two separate occasions in September 2012.
HSH is located close to Ayala Mall and Gaisano Country Mall - approximate 70p and 50p respectively in a taxi. The hotel was originally a health spa with the accommodation rooms added in 2010 - or so I believe.
The hay pool-view rooms and viewless room with a couple of hundred pesos difference in price. As I sat by the pool I saw no pool-view rooms with their curtains drawm back 0 so you might want to think about paying extra for a view you won't look at. The reason being is that the pool is a lap pool. It is not a resort pool. It is approx 25 metres long and line-marked for swimming. I have to say that the water was very clean and not over chlorinated.
The room are very big and clean. I stayed in a room with a king-sized bed. The linen was fresh and the towels small but clean. The shower had some mould in the grout of the floor tiles of the shower recess, but I have seen that in the Crown Regency and other more expensive hotels. There was plenty of water pressure and the hot water was hot.
The walls are covered in a brown felt-type material which does a great job of sound-proofing the room. The curtains were thick, so if you like a very dark room to sleep in (as I do), this is for you. I like a firm bed - firmer than most, but the bed was too firm for me - I woke with a sore back each morning. Perhaps they are not meant for solo sleeping.
The skirting boards of the rooms are made of MDF and therefore are swelling and cracking from the continual mopping of the floor. There was an LCD TV mounted on the wall and the ubiquitous cable channels to choose from. There was no refrigerator in the room.
For 150p guests can use the gym. It is a well-equiped gym with most things the average user needs. As a gym-rat, I found the only thing lacking was a seated-row machine - but most gym-goers won't notice. There is a great array of dum-bells up to 110lb.
There is a small cafe with ala carte menu - but if you ask nicely, the chef might make a meal that you request. The brewed coffee is very good - I love coffee and most times the brewed coffee at cafes in the Philippines is thin and bitter. The coffee here is great. My only two gripes are that the coffee comes in small cups. I asked for a large cup and got it - with the small cup amount in the bottom......the second gripe is: the advertised prices on their menu board is WITHOUT sales tax - so add 10% to the price of what you buy.
The girls and guys at the desk are friendly and accommodating - try using some Bisaya and they will like you even more.
Taxis are usually not a problem as there are usually a few at the end of the drive and the security guard will whistle for them.
Overall: I like this place - it's clean, the rooms are big and very quiet, the service is good, the coffee is good and the hotel is in a handy location.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Hotel Cebu City
- Holiday Spa Hotel Cebu Island/Cebu City