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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Luxurious Family Stay – Philippines

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Family overnight stay at Marco Polo Hotel Cebu

Nowadays, we usually travel with kids. Unless, of course, it’s for work or business. I don’t like leaving them behind, and it’s not just because they don’t have nannies. Honestly, I don’t like them missing out. Such as a having such a nice stay at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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We truly enjoyed our relaxing stay at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Great hotel for a family! πŸ˜€
Note: Our family was accorded a one-night complimentary accommodation at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Location

Marco Polo Hotel Cebu sits atop a hilly area of Cebu City. The place is calledΒ Nivel Hills in Apas and is actually dreamy.

It is quite a distance from the downtown area, but it’s not so far as to consider the area remote. But, it is just enough distance so that you can hie off to a serene location after a hectic day of doing business in Cebu proper. It’s no wonder that the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, has chosen this hotel as the official residence of their crew in Cebu.

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The imposing structure of Marco Polo Hotel Cebu.

The air here is quite fresh, thanks to the elevated area and verdant surroundings. There is just something homey and beckoning at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Despite its grandeur and elegance, there is something about it that speaks about the warmth of home.

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Our view from the 8th floor common area near the elevators.

Lobby | Common Area

Marco Polo Plaza is an imposing structure on a hill. When you enter the hotel, saying that the lobby is big is an understatement. It is expansive and grand, like almost the size of a gym of a regular school.

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The very spacious and grand lobby.

The lobby is so huge that even if a bus-load of tourists arrived at the hotel lobby for check in, the place doesn’t feel cramped at all. And yeah, we experienced that when a bus full of Korean tourists arrived.

On the right side of the entrance is a desk for Discovery Loyalty Program members. Further down on the left is the reception area manned by pleasant and good looking staff.

Room |Bathroom | Toiletries

We were billeted in the Deluxe Mountain View Room. It’s a 32 sq m (349 sq ft) room on the 8th floor that features two double beds. It was enough to accommodate two adults and two young kids, but the management was kind enough to set up an extra bed for our eldest daughter Dindin.

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Our deluxe room. Bed was sooo comfy!

Our room was quite spacious, with lots of room to move around. This is especially good if you have young and very energetic kids. It is lighted well enough and there are no dangerous turns. It’s well suited for a family with young kids. There’s a table for me to work on that comes with a comfortable reclining chair.

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My view in front of my bed.

And oh, they have quite a number of outlets for charging.

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Our no-nonsense lavatory-squeaky clean.
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Complimentary slippers.
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Our toilet and the robe.

They also gave us a lot of toiletries — three sets to be exact. I can’t read the label at the back because of the fine print, but it’s of good quality. They gave a separate set of hand soap and another set of oatmeal bar soaps. Love them! πŸ˜€

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Toiletries.

Room facilities

  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Dual line IDD/DDD telephone with voicemail
  • High speed Internet access
  • In-room safe
  • LCD colour TV with cable channels
  • Mini-bar and refrigerator
  • Hair dryer
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The safe and dryer in the room.
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The mini bar inside our room.

Marco Polo Hotel Cebu Amenities

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has some of the nicest and well-maintained amenities that a hotel guest would thoroughly enjoy.

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One of the six massage rooms at the spa. It has it’s own shower room and dresser area.
  • Piccolo Kids Club
  • Swimming Pool
  • Health Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Function Rooms
  • Hair Salon
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The modern and well-maintained fitness center.
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The Korean hair and nail salon.

The kids and I especially appreciated the swimming pool because it’s rather shallow. That means it’s safe for young kids. Shane stayed in the kiddie pool most of the time. We had great bonding moments there as we played around.

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Mother and daughters swim time.
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The swimming pool of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has a total of eight function rooms that can accommodate small to large-scale events. It includes the Cebu Grand Ballroom that can seat up to 1,200 for a theater or cocktail setup.

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Foot spa area.

Meanwhile, the Grand Balcony can contain up to 900 people for a banquet and 1500 for a cocktail setup.

They have state of the art facilities and experienced event planners who can help you with any event you might have.

Hotel Services

24-hour Hotel Services at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

  • Front Desk
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping/Laundry Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Clinic
  • Transport Services by Arrangement: (Corresponding fees apply)
  • Car Rental
  • Airport Transfers
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The clinic is open 24 hours for minor emergency treatments.

Safety & Security Features:

  • 24-hour Security Service Closed-circuit TV surveillance
  • Automatic heat/smoke detection and fire sprinkler system
  • Hotel key card security system 100% backup power supply
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There are four elevators, so there’s practically no waiting to go up and down. For the safety of the guests, the key card is required to access the floor.

Staff

Generally, the staff that we encountered at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu were all very gracious, able, and and accommodating. This stay may have been a blog collaboration but it’s not like the whole hotel was informed about my stay.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed their warm hospitality. Even a friend of mine who has stayed there before with her family has commented about the staff’s general good attitude towards work and their guests.

The staff also spoke in English, even those who just gave out towels by the pool. They replied to me in English, even though I tried to interact with them in Cebuano. That is good, because of all the many international guests they receive. They also have a Korean national in their front desk, which tells me they have a high traffic of Korean tourists guests here.

Marco Polo Hotel Cebu Room Rates

Rooms at Marco Polo Hotel Cebu start at P7,000 for regular occupancy. Promos, advanced booking, and corporate discounts also apply.

They have the exclusive continental rooms and suites on the top most part of the building. These have their very own private amenities, such discreet entrance and exits. Such a fab hotel! All these perks are for very important travelers!

Wifi

At the hotel, there is free wifi access in practically every nook and cranny. All the guests need to do is to log in their room number and last name for the username and password. However, I am not sure how this works for non-hotel guests.

Food | Marco Polo Cebu Buffet

We only stayed overnight at Marco Polo Hotel Cebu so I was not able to try their restaurants, which includes the Blu Bar and Grill at the rooftop. But we did have the dinner and breakfast buffet at Cafe Marco, which we totally enjoyed.

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The centerpiece of Cafe Marco.

The dinner buffet has more than 50 dishes–from appetizers to desserts. I did not eat much but I tried to sample as many dishes as I could but they all turned out so good. Of course, I did not skip the Japanese station where I had a heap of my favorite salmon sashimi and then I sample their sushi.

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For the dinner buffet, there is a whole small lechon de Cebu (roast pork)!

Plus, the salads and the Chinese station. I super duper enjoyed their dimsum! We are such siomai eaters!

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This is the Chinese station of the buffet at Cafe Marco. Do not miss the dimsum. Promise!

Then, of course, the desserts. My goodness, I am not sure how many kinds of sweets there were. I think there was closed to 20 different kids, which included their award-winning Malicious Chocolate Chip Cookies. We bought some to bring back to Bacolod. It’s P49.50 for two pieces and best eaten warm. I just popped outs in the oven toaster for about 2 minutes.

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The Japanese station that my daughter frequented. She was in love with the tempura. Glad that she’s now appreciating diverse food.

Dindin, our eldest, who has a limited palate, sampled a lot of things and zeroed in on her favorites. There were a lot of selections that she liked and she also loved the cooking.

The dinner buffet at Cafe Marco is P1625 per person. Children until 12 years old are charged only 50% while kids who are 4 years old and below are free. Except for coffee and tea, all the drinks are charged separately.

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Cafe Marco.

Breakfast Buffet

Their breakfast buffet was also a dream. We are Filipinos so naturally, we are drawn to their Filipino offerings such as longganisa, tocino, fried dried pusit (squid), and of course eggs and fried rice. I especially liked it that the squid was really crispy. And of course, since the siomai station was open, it’s siomai once again for us. We just cannot get enough of siomai. hahaha

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The eggs station.

But international guests need not fret. There’s Japanese food, Chinese food, noodles, cold cuts, different kinds of breads and pastries, muffins, freshly squeezed fruit juices, cereals, and of course, a healthy options bar.

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I totally enjoyed the crispy fried pusit with the fried rice! By the way, I would like to mention that refills were very fast.

They have a lot of healthy food offerings for breakfast as well as some nutritional recommendation on why we should eat healthy. Surely, diet-conscious people would really be happy here.

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Fresh fruit juices for breakfast.

Contact Information

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas,Β Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Tel. No. (63) (32) 253 1111
Twitter: @5StarInCebu
Website:Β www.marcopoloplazacebu.com
FB page: MarcoPoloPlazaCebuΒ 
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Our family at Cafe Marco.
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The Blu Bar and Grill is so nice! πŸ˜€

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67 thoughts on “Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Luxurious Family Stay – Philippines

    1. hahahaha A whole roasted pig is soooo yummy! The skin is crunchy while the meat is inside is tender and juicy. Lechon de Cebu is a yummy specialty in the locality. πŸ˜€

  1. What a nice hotel! Marco Polo Plaza Cebu seems to have all the amenities you would want for a family vacation or even a business conference away from home. I really like the pics of you and the girls chilling in the pool! You looked like you all had an amazing time!

  2. ive never heard of Marco Polo hotel Cebu but it seems GREAT for families like you said! Shallow swimming pools are always something i enjoy as well because I have small kids πŸ™‚ i’m glad other hotels are taking notice!

  3. What a beautiful place to stay and amazing location. The views are stunning. I have never stayed anywhere like this before. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is surely worth it.

  4. I love to discover new places through blogs! Thanks for introducing me to this luxurious hotel. I’m saving for my stay in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for the next time I will be in town πŸ™‚ You have a beautiful family by the way!

  5. The room looks very spacious and I love the pool! I think it’s a great place to stay as a family! Glad you liked it and had a wonderful stay at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu!

  6. Marco Polo hotel Cebu looks divine, a lovely place to visit and to relax! It’s a gorgeous place to stay and amazing location too! Great sharing.

  7. I would love to explore this place and have fun. Finding new places through blog excites me to plan a trip soon. Very good pictures of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu πŸ™‚ and you are having beautiful family.

  8. This place looks so amazing. Every aspect for a good family time is covered at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. I am sure it would have been too much fun for your family. I especially loved the pool time as it looks so relaxed for mums to have fun with kids.

  9. Wow! I have never tried Marco Polo Cebu but after reading this, we will definitely consider this during our next trip to Cebu. Glad to know their rates are worth the experience and the service.

  10. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks like a great place to stay, I am going to have to consider that on my next trip to Cebu. The food looks amazing and it looks like you and your family had a good time.

  11. Wow, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks like a really wonderful place to stay, with one’s family or without. I love all the amenities and that Cafe Marco centrepiece is very impressive with all those good things to eat!

  12. Wow your hotel looked so luxurious!! I bet you were dining for absolute kings for the week haahha! I have never been to the Philippines before but it looks like an amazing place to stay. Marco Polo Hotel Cebu is definitely one for the bucket list

  13. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks like a nice place to stay for the family vacation. Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful getaway it is! Your kids definitely look very happy!

  14. Such an amazing hotel to stay. The amenities at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu look pretty lavish and the food shots are just perfect. Food look mouth-watering! I would love to stay here with my family, too.

  15. Thanks for sharing your hotel experience at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu. It really looks like a great place to be. The food looked so good!

  16. this place looks stunning! I love the bath set and the pool look amazing πŸ™‚ I wish I will spend a night or two in such a place! If we go to Cebu, will really stay at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

  17. Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu looks like a wonderful place to stay, either for a vacation or a business trip! Looks like there are a lot of great amenities there. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  18. Wow, that lobby alone had me sold! I bet that sunshine and environment was great! Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is a good choice.

  19. Wow, it seems like you are spoiled for choice with food at this hotel! I also love the complimentary slippers . . . I am always wary of walking around in my bare feet at hotels. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is certainly worth it. Price is reasonable, too.

  20. Marco Polo hotel Cebu looks like such a pleasant place to stay. The food looks great and I love the homely yet luxurious decor feel to it. And it’s huge!

  21. The grand lobby is indeed grand! Wow. The Marco Polo Hotel Cebu is THE place to stay when in Cebu. I like the pool. So relaxing! Oh, and I would love to have my hair and nails done at that Korean salon.

  22. This looks like such a great place to stay! The buffet looks exquisite and the health spa speaks to my heart πŸ™‚ Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu is definitely in my list of nice hotels in the Philippines.

  23. The Marco Polo Hotel Cebu seems like a great family friendly hotel. One of the things I look for in a hotel is friendly staff. Glad to know they have that there, it made your stay really memorable.

  24. Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu looks great and I like the amenities they have on the property. This hotel is pretty much all-inclusive with a hair and nail salon, massage rooms and spa, and adult and kiddie swimming pools. The breakfast and dinner buffet looks delicious!

  25. Marco Polo Plaza CEbu seems to be such a luxurious hotel with great amenities. I love all of the pictures of your family. You truly enjoyed your family stay there.

  26. I don’t know if I could eat that roast pig. There’s something about the whole pig being there and eating it’s insides. I know that’s what meat is, but you usually don’t see the head. I love the pool and that they have those little chairs in it. Overall, the Marco Polo hotel Cebu looks like quite a nice place to stay.

    1. hahaha The roast pig or the lechon is the centerpiece of big feasts here in the Philippines. It’s kind like of status symbol, because the whole pig is quite expensive The insides are removed though, haha. As for the head, it’s not really eaten. It’s sliced up after the party and made into a stew called “Lechon paksiw”. πŸ˜€ That’s Philippine culture for you. πŸ˜€

  27. It looks like you all had an amazing time at this beautiful place. I love the rooms and how the bathrooms are updated at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu. Any the spa and pools look heavenly. I would love the opportunity to travel to Cebu one day and stay at Marco Polo.

  28. wow, the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu hotel looks phenomenal and for about $132 USD that isnt bad at all considering all of the luxurious amenities they offer. I love that pool area and I bet Darcee would love the different parts of the spa.

    As for the Restaurant, I don’t often wake up for breakfast on holiday but I would be waiting in line for that Breakfast Buffet! That food selection looks amazing!

    I also like the views, I bet its great to chill at the Blue Bar and just relax too!

    1. Indeed, it’s so affordable that my foreign tourists like it here. If you can book ahead of time, you can get rooms for lower than $132 at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. πŸ˜€ Come visit the Philippines !

  29. Awesome hotel! I have yet to explore Asia, and the Philippines is one of my dream destinations. With all the wonderful beaches you have there and hotels like Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, it is going to be a must visit place for me. Thanks for the review of the hotel. Looks amazing and affordable, too.

  30. I have never been to the Philippines, but I like the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu very much. And I’m traveling more often with children, so I understand how important it is to choose a family hotel. Great choice! This is the hotel I will check in to when I go to Cebu.

  31. Wow! Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks like a fantastic place to stay. I love a good buffet meal, helps you try things you wouldn’t normally eat. And it certainly seems like a lovely hotel overall! And the price is soooo affordable. πŸ˜€
    – Jackie (Organised Mum Life)

  32. I love reading your family adventures. It seems like you always find nice places to stay. The Marco Polo Plaza hotel in Cebu is fantastic! If and when we get to travel to Cebu, I’d make it a point to book a stay in that hotel. Nice and helpful review for a family stay.

  33. Wow, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks like a perfect hotel to stay, food is good, pool is amazing, and the price is soooo affordable. This is for sure will be my next holiday with my fam. Thx for the recommendations and the great review.

  34. I’ve never been to Philippines, but it’s definitely on my bucketlist! Marco Polo Plaza Cebu looks truly wonderful and luxurious, thanks to your review I’ll know where to stay in the future. πŸ™‚

  35. Marco Polo Plaza Hotel looks like a lovely place to stay when in Cebu. Of course, I’m going to be saying Marco. Polo. all day now, lol. My daughter was home from college last weekend and kept yelling out Marco so we’d say Polo. Crazy kid. πŸ˜‰

  36. I have never been to Cebu but it looks like a nice city to visit. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu hotel is really beautiful, it look so clean and the ambiance and the people looks very welcoming. This hotel review is so detailed!

  37. I want to go!!!! I am just loving all of your hotel reviews! They are SO detailed – I feel as if I could completely envision myself there. And let me just say your family is so cute! Glad you guys get to relax and bond together at these amazing places like Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu!! See you on your next post!

  38. Wow I like that Marco Polo Plaza Hotel has an outdoor pool! Marco Polo in Ortigas only have indoor pool which am not a fan. Impressive review!

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