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.
Note: Our family was accorded a one-night complimentary accommodation at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Location
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And oh, they have quite a number of outlets for charging.
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! 😀
- 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
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.
- Piccolo Kids Club
- Swimming Pool
- Health Spa
- Fitness Center
- Function Rooms
- Hair 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.
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.
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.
24-hour Hotel Services at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.
- Front Desk
- Housekeeping/Laundry Room Service
- Safety Deposit Box
- Transport Services by Arrangement: (Corresponding fees apply)
- Car Rental
- Airport Transfers
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
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!
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.
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.
Plus, the salads and the Chinese station. I super duper enjoyed their dimsum! We are such siomai eaters!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Tel. No. (63) (32) 253 1111
FB page: MarcoPoloPlazaCebu
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