When choosing a hotel room for a short vacation, what are the things that you consider first? Is it the size of the bed, the total ambiance of the room, or the rate per night? During my family's recent visit in Cebu, we were able to enjoy premier accommodation without having to pay extra at Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa. We originally booked a deluxe room but upgraded to a premier ocean wing room. Thanks to the kind hotel staff who ushered us and made our check in possible even at 9 in the morning.
The 34 sqm premier room has decors in traditional and contemporary Philippine styles. Pardon me with the quality of the photos tho. I took them using my Cybershot DSC W300 in low light while the little one was having her afternoon nap. Didn't want to disturb her.
The room is not as grand as the panorama room or presidential suite. Not richly decorated, no beaded chandeliers similar to what I saw at the lobby (for a sample photo Click here), and no panoramic view of the island. However, it's very homey and already conducive to relaxation.
Hubby loved the media & entertainment amenities so much. The cable TV was huge and perfect for our viewing pleasure. Plus, the complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband internet access was fast. In fact, I was able to stay online in Facebook and IG all day and all night.
Being a non coffee/tea drinker didn't stop me to enjoy the tea-making facilities. It's where I prepared my early morning breakfast cereal drink (regular breakfast was at Tides in a buffet setting). The small tray of fruits came free everyday as well as a couple of bottled water.
I super liked the toilet and shower room which was equipped with hot and cold water. Awesomness with the L'occitane toiletries. Plus, there were other stuff that women might be needing in the shower like hairband, bath robe, shower cap, cotton pads, and so on.
The private balcony with a coffee table and seating for two was overlooking a tropical garden. This is where I sipped my hot drink, feeling the morning breeze, and listening to the chirping of the birds, while the rest of the family was still sleeping.
If I were to book a Cebu hotel again, I think I will be choosing the same accommodation. Our experience at Shangri-La Mactan is always wonderful. The staff are friendly and attentive and the place is world-class.
Note: An ocean wing premier room at Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa is around P15,000 per night. For more info, check http://www.shangri-la.com/cebu/mactanresort/.