There's a new hotel in Cebu, and it's definitely worth a try

(The Philippine Star) - March 16, 2015 - 11:50pm

MANILA, Philippines - With Cebu shaping up as a major tourist destination and summer just around the bend, there isn't a more opportune time for Bayfront Hotel Cebu, the newest hotel to rise at the North Reclamation Area in the Queen City of the South.

When going out of town and choosing a place to stay, one normally relies on friends' recommendations or a quick search through the Internet. These strategies usually favor hotels which have already built a name for themselves owing to their years in the industry. However, trying something new is always an option, and it's always pleasantly surprising to find a newcomer that steps up to the plate.

Inaugurated last September, Bayfront Hotel is a 168-room hotel strategically located along Kaohsiung Street, within walking distance to SM City Cebu and other establishments. It's a convenient location and a few minutes away from the Mactan International Airport.

The hotel is the latest project of the Cebu-based Cokaliong family, whose members have established a name in the textile and shipping industries. The new hotel, with its array of services and amenities, makes for a convincing statement as the family ventures into the hospitality business.

The hotel features Cafe Breeze, an all-day restaurant that serves buffet breakfast in the morning and hosts live bands in the evening. For business travelers and holiday makers who don't mind squeezing time off their schedules to exercise and stay fit, the hotel includes a Sweat Gym to maintain their active lifestyles.

To make things more convenient for its guests, Bayfront Hotel has a 7-Eleven store at the ground floor, open for 24 hours every day. Guests traveling with their own vehicles can also access the parking lot.

Aside from the typical standard, superior and suite rooms, the hotel features 'barkada' rooms, ideal for friends on vacation who want to make the most out of their budget. Cebu is known for the crowd-drawing Sinulog Festival, and Bayfront Hotel takes this into consideration with barkada rooms that roll bonding and comfort into one exciting accommodation.

The rooms are spacious, clean and come with free WiFi access, cable television, a safe, a small fridge and a small corner for coffee and tea. There is also a work desk for when you need to shoot an email or read the morning newspaper.

Everyone who's ever gone to a hotel is understandably concerned about the state of the bathrooms, and Bayfront Hotel's do not disappoint with clean toilets and a functioning hot and cold shower.

The rooms provide a fantastic view of the sprawling North Reclamation Area and the surrounding mountains and the sea which make for a comforting stay. For a hotel offering rooms at a mid-range rate, the Bayfront Hotel offers the best value for money for guests who want to make the most out of their accommodation.

For various gatherings, receptions and other functions, the hotel has a ballroom and meeting rooms for every occasion, catering a range of events from wedding celebrations to large-scale conferences.

The hotel is new but nonetheless gives off a coziness that reflects the generally laid back and relaxing vibe Cebu is known for. This is also felt in the warm and courteous staff, who are a testament to the hospitality of the Cebuanos.

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