Point Inn, Cebu City
Our taxi from the airport to the Fuente Osmena circle only cost 200 pesos and Raafi, our driver was friendly and forthcoming about everything Bon Jovi. Just as I then sensed, I later found energy, hospitality and a love for 80s music characterics shared by many Philipinos.
I split costs with another traveler by staying at WestPoint Inn, a 5-storey concrete building just north and one block west of Fuente Osmena circle. The place is within site of a large city hospital (called Chunghua, I think) founded and funded by Chinese. The room cost 750 for 2 and 600 for one. Service and cleanliness was great and the staff was very helpful with travel questions. The room had good air-con and free wifi, which worked on the 4th floor. Later before I left, my friend and I tried looking for a better single room deal for him in the same area (plenty of hotels in the neighborhood) but couldn’t find something with the same cost and benefits. Near the hospital were a whole string of good fruit-stalls and cheap eateries for all the medical staff. Fuente Osmena also features Phil’s ubiquitous obsession with fast food plus a few good bakeries. Even in mid-Feb, I was thankful for the air-con. [more]