Who doesn’t love cheap hotels when staying a day or two before moving on to other places? I certainly do especially if this saves me a few cash, does not put a dent to my budget and allow me to splurge more on my trip.
Personally, I find the word ‘cheap’ rather subjective as it’ll depend primarily in how much one person consider a steal or what certain amount is ‘affordable’. For me, cheap can be less than 2000 Php (37 USD) and includes breakfast already.
Finding an accommodation with that rate especially in a popular tourist destination can be daunting and time-consuming. Especially if you are visiting a tourist destination like Cebu City in the Philippines.
Cebu has a lot of gorgeous places to offer for guests traveling to this region in the Philippines. It also serves as the gateway to the various beautiful places in the Visayas. The province (Lapu-Lapu City to be exact which is a few minutes from Cebu City, depending on the traffic) has several direct flights to gorgeous islands like Camiguin, Dumaguete, Boracay (via Caticlan) Leyte and even Coron. You can make it as a base when visiting multiple destinations in the country.
As a ‘local’ and a travel blogger, who have been living here for the past 9 years or so, I have had a few people asking me where’s the best location and the best accommodation to stay in if you are in the city for a couple of days.
So here, I have a list of cool and cheap hotels in Cebu City, Philippines that’ll save you some cash. This is quite different from our popular hotels list in Cebu where I’ve mentioned some really well-known but maybe a little bit expensive hotels in the city.
Table of Contents
- Cheap Hotels near SM City
- Cheap Hotels near Ayala Center
- Cheap Hotels near Fuente Circle
Cheap Hotels near SM City
SM City is a popular hang-out area for locals. It’s a local mall that serves as an entertainment hub in the region. There are plenty of transportation options here too including buses, taxis and the local jeepney (PUJ) that’ll take you to different destinations in the city. This’ll be a good starting point too if you wish to go on a Cebu Day Tour as it’s centrally located with plenty of transportation option.
Below is a list of cheap hotels in Cebu City with rooms that are definitely within your budget.
Cebu R Hotel
If you are looking for family-friendly hotel with car park, a kids club and a fitness centre, the Cebu R Hotel located in Mabolo Cebu City is a great choice. Room choices range from a Standard Double, a Twin Room, a Deluxe Room and a Suite Room.
They also have free wi-fi inside the rooms, laptop safe box and a refrigerator.
Room Rates start at 1,600 Php with breakfast included. But you can always look for deals as the prices can go down to 1,068 Php on hotel booking sites.
How to Get To Cebu R Hotel
You can ride the 04L jeepney from SM City Cebu and drop-off at the corner with the signage of ‘Cebu R Hotel’ on the corner and walk for about 3 minutes to the hotel.
Sugbutel Family Hotel
If you are a backpacker and is focusing on saving money, the Sugbutel Family Hotel is a favourite choice. They have dorm rooms and private rooms that you can check from with prices ranging from 265 Php to 2,740 Php per night.
It’s located in between the Cebu City Port, SM City and Robinsons Mall. This is a favourite among traveling just passing through the city and leaving early in the morning.
The hotel also offers wi-fi and safety deposit boxes for guests.
How to Get To Sugbutel Family Hotel
You can ride the jeepney going to Labangon (with the number 12 on the signage) and tell the driver to drop you off at the Sugbutel. It’s just along the highway so it can easily be spotted.
Mabolo Royal Hotel
Another affordable and walkable hotel near SM City Cebu is the Mabolo Royal Hotel. It’s a newly built hotel that offers a wide variety of room choices from dorm rooms to family rooms and comes with complimentary breakfast.
The hotel has free Wi-Fi, room service and is wheelchair accessible.
Room rates start at 888 Php for bunk beds/ dorm type to 5,688 for the Royal Suite. With complimentary breakfast.
How to Get To Mabolo Royal Hotel
Ride the jeep passing through M.J Cuenco and stop at the corner. You can walk about 3-5 minutes going to the hotel. Or just walk from SM City to the hotel. It’s quite near with notable landmarks like the Mabolo Church and the Mabolo Elementary School.
Cheap Hotels near Ayala Center
Ayala is a large shopping mall located in Cebu Business Park – a premier district in the city with numerous establishments and offices. Like SM City, it’s centrally located with numerous transportation available in and out of the area. It’s also a great area to start if you are planning to go on a road trip to Balamban as it is near Busay, Cebu (your entry point).
And it’s quite near the Cebu IT Park, so you can definitely visit for a bite or two (when you are in Cebu over the weekend that is) at the Sugbo Mercado for some cheap but delicious food!
Here are some of the cheap hotels in cebu city that you can check out with rooms below 2000 Php.
The Center Suites
If you are in Cebu for a few days and would love to stay on a budget hotel to save money, the Center Suites near Ayala Mall is a good option to consider. It’s a two-storey pension house with fully air-conditioned rooms, basic room amenities and wi-fi connection.
Room rates at the Center Suites starts at 1,100 Php for their Eco Rooms and 3,000 Php for their Quad Rooms. You may also check out hotel booking sites for cheaper room prices.
How to Get To The Center Suites
From Ayala Mall, take the jeep passing through Escario Street and drop off near the Katipunan Bank and walk for about 3-5 minutes to the hotel from the corner.
Golden Peak Hotel
Just a few minutes from the Ayala Mall is the Golden Peak Hotel. It’s a favourite if you want stay near the city center with lots of entertainment options nearby.
The hotel has its own restaurant if you want to stay in for lunch and dinner as well as a bar.
Room rates starts at 1,510 Php to 3,033 Php with the hotel offering Superior Room, Deluxe Room and Junior Suite.
How to Get To Golden Peak Hotel
From Ayala Mall, take the jeep going to Escario or Gorordo. The building is very prominent as it has over 20 floors and the hotel signage is quite big. Or you can simply walk here from the mall.
Another nice option to stay when in Cebu City is the Azia Suites in Rahmann Extension. It’s centrally located near Ayala Center, Robinsons Mall and Mango Avenue.
Aside from the usual hotel facilities, Azia Suites also offers 24-hour business center and guest laundry services.
Room Rates starts at 1,800 Php to 4,000 Php per night, depending on the room type. There are room prices that already includes breakfasts, while others do not. You can also book through one of the hotel bookings sites as they have cheaper room rates that can start as low as 1,300+ Php per night.
How to Get To Azia Suites
There’s a 3-minute walk to the highway and once there just take the jeepney going to Ayala Center.
Cheap Hotels near Fuente Circle
Another prime area to base in when in Cebu is near the Fuente Circle. It’s very centrally located with malls within the area (Robinsons Fuente and Robinsons Cybergate) and one major hospital nearby (Chong Hua Hospital). Most PUJ in the city also passes through here so you wouldn’t worry of not being able to go in and around the city.
PLUS! It’s near one of our favourite co-working spaces in Cebu City: the Workplace Café if you need a productive ambiance to work in.
If by chance you are visiting Cebu during the Sinulog Festival, this is the perfect location to get a room as the Street Dancing can be seen here. Just make sure to book as early as possible to avoid hassle as most hotels get booked quickly.
Just located near the Robinsons Fuente, Skyblue Hotel is a newish hotel in Cebu that offers budget-friendly accommodations right at the center of Uptown Cebu.
Some deals already includes breakfast, and has free wi-fi inside the room. Laundry service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes are also available.
Room rates start at 1,658 Php for their Superior Room to 3,060 Php for their family room.
How to Get To Skyblue Hotel
It’s just a minute walk away from Robinsons Fuente.
Make yourself comfortable at the Pillows Hotel in Cebu City. It’s a rather new hotel that offers 4 types of rooms with complimentary wireless internet, cable television, a safe, and a work desk.
They also has a parking and 24-hour room service. You can also enjoy their gym and fitness center.
Room rates starts at 1,843 Php per night though the rate does not include breakfast.
How to Get To Pillows Hotel
It’s a 5 minute walk from the main road. You’ll have have to take the jeepney going to the Capitol and stop at the Hi-Precision Diagnostics at the corner and walk towards the hotel. If you are within the Fuente Osmeña area, you can easily walk here.
Add bright colours to your room and stay at the ABC Hotel a 5-minute walk from the Robinsons Mall.
The hotel has a concierge and offers daily housekeeping, laundry service and luggage storage.
Room rates starts at 1,600 Php to 3,500 Php per night with amenities like a safety deposit box, Minibar and 32″ LCD TV with cable.
How to Get To ABC Hotel
From Robinsons Fuente, ride the jeep passing through Ramos Street. ABC Hotel is just along the road, right across the Cebu Velez Hospital.
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