Cebu Hotel / Short Stay Condo with 10Mbps PLDT Wifi
I first picked City Suites Ramos Tower hotel as it’s a short walk (500m) to the Mango Avenue nightlife, and looked modern from the pics on Agoda.
Deluxe corner room 27th floor, $39.95 on Agoda (1860 pesos)
What I really liked though is that each room has it’s own private PLDT wifi line, with your own password, like a condo – it turned out City Suites is actually a Condotel, with both daily and monthly rates. Perfect for digital nomads trying to find good internet in the Philippines without signing a one year contract.
It’s about 10Mbps download, uploading is slow though.
The daily rate is $32 – $40 on Agoda (~1500 pesos) depending on deluxe or deluxe corner room, or $64 – $75 walk-in rate (3000 – 3500 pesos). Breakfast included.
Monthly the hotel rooms are $750 (35000 pesos) or a bit higher for a double bed.
Then some rooms are allocated as ‘condo rooms’ and rented out by owners for $430 (20,000 pesos) and up, depending on furnishings, contract length, floor, etc.
I liked the high balcony views (Ramos Tower has 33 floors), clean layout, comfy beds, LCD TV with SKY cable, fridge, and plenty of cupboard space / dining table area. The air con is cold and quiet.
Sink and table with kettle / coffee
The downside is the blinds let in tons of sunlight so the room is sunny af in the mornings. You might need a sleep mask if you’re not an early riser. If I lived there long term I’d try to put in some curtains.
Room 2708 overlooks some tennis courts
The bathrooms are a nice marble style with piping hot water. The balcony is big enough to sit and drink on – a good draw to invite Filipino Cupid girls over to ‘hang out’. I was only on a short trip though so I stuck to P4P. More on Cebu barfines in the next post.
They might not want to leave the next day
From City Suites you can walk to the Mango Square nightclubs and nearby bikini bars in 6-7 mins. It’s south of the Fuente Circle down F. Ramos Street, on the way to the Colon area.
Balcony view of the port
Taking a bargirl back in a cab from Viking or Erik the Red, the meter only hits 50 pesos. The reception staff didn’t say anything when I bought different ‘guests’ over each night, no questions or ID checks.
Waking up to the sunlight
There’s also restaurant room service, so you can wake up and order a late lunch with your new Pinay friends. With both international and Filipino dishes.
Binagoongang Baboy, 150 Pesos
I think I prefer the standard room ($30 on Agoda after tax) as it lets in less sunlight and is basically exactly the same style and size (28sqm) as the deluxe, just less windows.
Balcony view of Crown Regency hotel and mountains
There was some obnoxiously loud construction noise that started at 08:45 in the morning (standard Philippines) on the floor above me, but reception let me move to a room on a different floor.
Overall I liked Ramos Tower for the comfy rooms and fast wifi and could easily live there month to month.
City Suites Location
The Google maps location is slightly off, Ramos Tower is actually on the West side of the street (the wedge shape building on the map) not the East.