First a bit of geography and history. Cebu City is on Cebu Island but that's quite a mountainous place so cities are on the coast while mountains dominate the center. And mountains are not good places to put airports. Mactan Island however is just off the coast of Cebu Island and close enough to see Cebu and perhaps swim it if you choose. Mactan Island is flat and so a natural place for Cebu City's airport. LapuLapu City is the main urban center on the small island of Mactan.
So here's what you have to decide. On arrival at the airport on Mactan do you take a taxi to Cebu City via the two bridges that cross over to Mandaue and then deal with slow and irritating traffic to Cebu City itself? And bear in mind that's going to be a 90 minute or more ordeal because there there are no highways, just congested streets to get to Cebu City.
A better option is to just stay on Mactan Island and the Ace Penzionne is a mere ten minutes from the airport. It's just across from the Gaisano Mall where you have dining and shopping options. And if you want to visit the SM mall in Cebu there are air-con vans leaving the Gaisano every ten minutes. You can of course dine at the Ace Penzionne's own restaurant on the top floor with a nice view of both Cebu City and LapuLapu City. Many other dining options are also nearby at the Gaisano and a nearby McDonald's.
Okay, I've told a lot about the location but the hotel itself is decent with clean rooms and courteous staff. It's a perfect location if you're going to spend only two or three days in the area because the return to the airport to leave is very easy from there.
Oh, one more thing. If you want to visit downtown Cebu City from LapuLapu I'd suggest you just take a taxi or jeepney to the ferry landing at Simbahan in LapuLapu. Then pay 14 pesos to take a ferry to downtown Cebu City. There's a ferry every ten minutes. Much faster and much more convenient than a taxi that has to go over the bridge and through Mandaue City and its horrible streets.
So, if your visit to Cebu is business or tourism the Ace Penzionne is an excellent base.
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- Also Known As:
- Ace Penzionne Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Ace Penzionne Cebu Island/Mactan Island