9 Best Places To Stay In Cebu, Philippines - Updated 2024

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When talking about a vacation in the Philippines, it may be hard for you to decide which place to visit because it has many wonderful regions and cities to visit. While it is true, one city that you would not want to miss out on is Cebu. Located in Central Visayas, the province of Cebu comprises Cebu City, the oldest city and the origin of Christianity in the country. Additionally, the city is loaded with top-notch attractions such as Fort San Pedro, Tops Lookout, and The Heritage of Cebu Monument. You can enjoy nature in the dive resorts and camping spots. Cebu also has neighborhoods that cater to both locals and visitors. So, if you want to know where to stay in Cebu, Philippines, keep reading to find out the best places to stay in Cebu, Philippines.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 06, 2024.

1. Mango Square (from USD 34)

Cebu Malls - One Mango Avenue
Source: Photo by Flickr user dbgg1979 used under CC BY 2.0

Mango Square in Cebu is a vibrant and bustling hub of activity where tourists and locals alike come to immerse themselves in the city’s lively culture. It is known for an array of health and wellness services, computer repair services, and laundry options.

Whether you’re craving local delicacies or international cuisine, the square boasts a wide selection of restaurants that cater to all tastes and preferences. If you are seeking entertainment, it is home to various bars and clubs that come alive at night. With music, dancing, and drinks dripping, Mango Square is the perfect destination to let loose and have fun.

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JDT's Condo at Horizons 101 Cebu

Wifi Available

Address: 74 General Maxilom Ave, Cebu City Horizons 101 tower 1, 12th floor room 12A
1.13 km (0.7 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Express check-in/check-out WiFi Available Outdoor pool


Hotel Capada

7.8 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 21 Juana Osmeña Street
1.21 km (0.8 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Massage WiFi Available

2. City di Mare

Nestled along the sparkling shores of Cebu City lies the stunning City di Mare, a sprawling 300-hectare (741.32-acre) planned township. In this lively area, the hustle and bustle of the city gradually give way to the soothing embrace of nature, creating an atmosphere of calm and tranquility from the minute you set foot in the vicinity.

City di Mare is more than just a living neighborhood - it’s an all-inclusive, cutting-edge way of life designed around the requirements and wants of its residents. There’s never a dull moment in this vibrant place, thanks to its abundance of first-rate services such as world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment.

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Fili Hotel at Nustar Cebu

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Cebu South Coastal Road South Road Properties
3.55 km (2.3 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
4.45 km (2.8 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
48 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice view from the room
the bed is comfortable and the view of the pool is beautiful
we had a great and comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
very clean and worth your money
the unit is beautiful clean ang spacious
clean comfortable secure and a pleasant place to stay
Host:
our host is responsive to our concerns
host was responsive and helpful
lalaine is a great and wonderful host
building security guards were very informative and helpful
the owner and her agent are easy to contact in case of any queries
Location:
location wasn’t that great it was far from the city centre
the location is great and the area is peaceful
i would definitely chose this place again in my future visits to cebu
it was a perfect place for my very short vacation
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3. Cebu IT Park (from USD 21)

Garden Bloc IT Park Cebu City night view December 2020
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Martin Michlmayr used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Enjoy a day or two while staying at Cebu IT Park, a special economic zone that serves as a business district in Cebu. You can find many IT companies around the neighborhood. Cebu City has several attractions that you can visit. Start with a quick visit to Garden Bloc to enjoy the biggest food market in the city. The market is open on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to set foot in the neighborhood during the weekend. The market is a paradise of delectable food and drinks. You should also stop by Ayala Center Cebu, one of the locals’ favorite shopping centers. From watching a movie to shopping for your grocery needs, Ayala Center Cebu is the right place. Traveling to Cebu IT Park from the basilica takes only 12 minutes.

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Seda Central Bloc Cebu

Address: Cebu I.T. Park Padriga Street,
3.51 km (2.2 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle


IT Park, Cebu City, Twin Bed Avida Riala Tower3 with free WIFI

Address: Jose Maria del Mar Street Avida Riala Tower3, unit 1902, I.T Park
3.63 km (2.3 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Swimming pool Free WiFi CCTV in common areas Safety deposit box Car hire Internet services Air conditioning Garden

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
3.76 km (2.4 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
303 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place was clean toiletries and kitchen utensils were provided including lots of condiments for cooking
it was an awesome stay rowen was very responsive and the house is very cozy
overall we had a great stay at rowen’s apartment
bathroom was little bit small but it’s okay
perfect location clean room accessible to restaurants fast foods and coffee shops
Cleanliness:
space was very clean
super clean and nice place to stay
the condo unit is nice and clean
the place was nice and clean
the place is neat and clean
Host:
the owner is very responsive
accommodating host feels like home
excellent place and great host
thanks to the host for allowing late checkin
the host see to it that the unit is ready for us
Location:
stylish relaxing and perfect location
good place to stay at the heart of the city
great location would like to book again soon
very comfortable and convenient close to most places around the city and safe for women to stay alone
good location good style very clean
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4. Busay (from USD 601)

Bothanical Garden in Busay
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Beaulah Ramirez used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Try to spend a day or two at Busay, a serene neighborhood and one of the best places to stay in Cebu. It takes only 29 minutes to get to Busay from Sirao, and the distance that you have to travel is about 13 km (8 mi). Some of the attractions that you can enjoy around Busay include Casa Gorordo Museum, which lets you step back into the 1800s to gain insight into the local life during that period, Carmelite Monastery, which allows the opportunity for you to bask in tranquility, and Cebu Taoist Temple, a peaceful place where you can learn more about Chinese culture. There is also a botanical garden, Dr. Emilio Osmeña Botanical Garden, that presents idyllic vistas of not only the flowers but also the surrounding mountains.

Tip from Content Creator

Temple of Leah Temple of Leah Temple of Leah

During your stay in the residential district of Busay, make sure to check out Temple of Leah, only 2 km (1.2 mi) away. The temple is a stunning Roman-inspired architectural shrine in Cebu City. It is a mausoleum built by Teodorico Adarna in memory of his beloved wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, which is why it's also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu.

The temple is a testament to Teodorico's undying love for his wife. It is said that he spent 80 million pesos to build the temple, and he adopted an architectural design that can withstand time and still be appreciated for a millennium. Temple of Leah is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cebu.

We were greeted by golden lion statues, a grand staircase, and towering pillars. This 7-story mansion has 24 chambers, housing a library, bar, museum, and gallery. Roman gladiators and a bunch of life-sized statues of angels adorn the corners and different parts of the building. We took our time to wander through the temple grounds, admiring the intricate details of the architecture and the lushness of the gardens. We stopped to take photos of the many statues and fountains and marveled at the stunning view of Cebu City from the temple's vantage point. We felt as if we had stepped back in time to ancient Rome. It is a truly unique and special place that you must visit in Cebu!

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Cebu Hilltop Hotel

Address: Veterans Drive Nivel Hills, Busay, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, 6000
5.31 km (3.3 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
7.28 km (4.6 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
210 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire villa 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the villa is amazing with a very nice view and an infinite pool
the view from the villa was very beautiful and rooms were also great
luxury villa busay was out of this world and just breathtaking- the view the infinity pool the overall atmosphere
the staff helped set up a very cool wedding dinner with fireworks table settings flowers balloons
the villa is spacious and huge and the infinite pool is impressive
Cleanliness:
they kept clean rooms everyday and everything foods were so good and delicious
even better than pictured home was clean well maintained and modern
all the items here are also good sense and kept clean
rooms were very clean views great showers lovely
outstanding hospitality sparkling clean best view in town i would highly reccomend this place
Host:
exceptional staff that provided great service
the staff were very friendly and attentive
staff were friendly and accommodating
great staff too
the staff did our laundry daily which we appreciated especially after traveling weeks prior to arrival
Location:
the location is good and safe
the design furnishing and location of the villa were very impressive almost inspirational actually
a great place to unwind
vibe of the place is very calming
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Cebu City, Philippines
8.01 km (5.0 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
8 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 8 Beds 16 Guests 8 Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Cebu Island Tour Guide

Alp Asa

Alp Asa

I was a former concierge staff of one of the prestigious hotels in Cebu. I had a training in Tour Guiding from the DOT (Department of Tourism). With my experience for over 10 years in hospitality industry and with the training I had from DOT. Hence, gives me the passion to show my city, neighboring islands and the cultures to my visitors. This is to ensure them for a Memorable, Priceless visit ... Read more

5. Cebu Business Park

Cebu-Business-Park-Marriott-2
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Peter Binter used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Travel to Cebu Business Park, which is located 4.2 km (2.6 mi) away from Banilad. It takes you about 11 minutes to reach Cebu Business Park if you drive a car. This neighborhood is a premier business district that combines nature and high-rise buildings together. It is a place dotted with condominiums, hotels, and restaurants. One of the things you can do here is shop at Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park’s main attraction.

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Marriott Cebu City

Address: Cardinal Rosales Ave Cebu Business Park
2.29 km (1.5 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center


Diamond Suites and Residences

Address: #8 Apitong Street Corner Escario
2.23 km (1.4 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Currency exchange Outdoor pool Free WiFi Contactless check-in/check-out Concierge service Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Luggage storage WiFi Available

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
2.14 km (1.4 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
17 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i had a great stay even though we had a little wifi problem but apollo was very responsive
the aircon in the room kept it perfectly cool and was not too noisy
the bed and beddings were all so soft and comfortable the television had cable channels and netflix
very comfortable bed and linen good hot shower and quiet air conditioning
Cleanliness:
clean and modern with all you need for a stay in cebu
place is so organized and clean
the place was really great it looked exactly like the pictures and was clean
this is a safe cute clean and functional space
Host:
host is very responsive and kind
apollo is a great host and is very responsive
moreover the host is very responsive and accommodating
good communication from the host easy to follow instructions for check in and check out
Location:
it is within walking distance to ayala center which is perfect for shopping entertainment and dining purposes
the location was great it being right next to the ayala mall which has a lot to it
everything is perfect it's close with ayala mall
good location for exploring cebu itself 30 minutes from the airport in traffic
the location was perfect and really convenient since the condominium was literally in front of the ayala mall
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6. Zapatera (from USD 30)

Spend some time at Zapatera, one of the best neighborhoods in Cebu City that can be reached within a quick drive of about seven minutes from Cebu Business Park. There are many attractions that can be easily accessed from this neighborhood. You are welcome to have a pleasant stroll while circling a rotunda park called Fuente Osmena, which has a fountain at its center. Do not forget to stop by Fort San Pedro to marvel at a Spanish fortress that now serves as a museum with a garden, which is located around the area. There are also multiple restaurants here that serve delicious local treats.

Editor’s note: There’s no photo of the neighborhood available at the time of writing

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Palazzo Pensionne

3.75 User Rating

Address: 49 General Sepulveda Street, Cebu, Cebu, PHL, 6000
1.04 km (0.7 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
1.28 km (0.8 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center
88 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the internet was fast and the a/c worked great
nice balcony pool and quiet area
large tv with cable great wifi and 2 bathrooms
the reclining couch is great for watching tv and rest but it is not meant for sleeping
spacy nice kitchen good fridge aircons in two rooms and a fantastic screen for tv or internet browsing
Cleanliness:
the place was spotless clean with contemporary clean décor
the condo was clean and everything worked well
the rooms r clean enough
the unit is clean and homey
bathroom a bit small but clean
Host:
she is helpful too
they are super hosts
the owner was very sweet and generous
bambi and her staff are very kind and were responded promptly when i call them
host was kind and prompt to respond
Location:
great location and great value
the building is safe and secure and is close to everything
would recommend to anyone wanting a central location in cebu city
walking distance to ayala mall and pretty short taxi ride to most other places
great condo host and location
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7. Banilad (from USD 62)

Cebu City Banilad Sports Complex
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Magalhães used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

What makes Banilad special and a place you should visit is Banilad Town Center. The mall is the ideal place for you to kill time and go on a shopping spree. Anything from fashion stores to massage parlors can be found here. You can also drop by Craft Cafebar for beer pong, live DJ performances, and, of course, relaxing drinks. Indulge in sports such as basketball at Banilad Sports Complex. From Busay to Banilad, you need to travel 9.6 km (6 mi) in 25 minutes.

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The Henry Hotel Cebu

Wifi Available

Address: No. 1 Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Barangay Banilad
5.09 km (3.2 mi) from Cebu City Sports Center

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Facilities for disabled guests Free parking Internet services Lift

8. Santo Niño

Basilica del Santo Niño
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user EdseastresD600 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Basílica Menor del Santo Niño de Cebu is one of the most popular landmarks in Cebu City. That is why staying close to Santo Niño is highly recommended to make it easy for you whenever you want to admire the attraction. The basilica is also the oldest religious relic in the Philippines that was built to honor Jesus Christ, son of God, according to the Catholic belief. People go here to pray, attend Mass, or celebrate Fiesta Señor. Some nearby attractions that you also need to visit are Krus ni Magellan and BPI Museum.

Tip from Content Creator

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu

If you plan on staying in the Santo Niño neighborhood in January, you can witness the Fiesta Señor celebration, which is spearheaded by the Order of the Augustinian Friars at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu.

The essence of the celebration goes way back to the beginning of the country’s Christian faith with the arrival of the image of Santo Niño in 1521. The formal evangelization of the country, however, began in 1565 with the Augustinian friars as the first missionaries of the Christian faith in the Philippines.

2024 marked the 459th Fiesta Señor celebration!

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Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
946 meters (0.6 ft) from Cebu City Sports Center
11 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the space is very spacious and clean
the place itself is so clean everything is there already
Host:
they are both an amazing host
room is neat comfortable to stay in and cost-friendly
Location:
i booked again because of the great location
i recommend this place
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Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
701 meters (0.5 ft) from Cebu City Sports Center
4 reviews  
ROOM IN HOSTEL 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Location:
nice location for a perfect city getaway
location is great very accessible to all
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9. Sirao

Sirao Garden
Source: Pixabay

Once you feel that you have explored enough of Cebu IT Park, your next place to stay should be in Sirao. It takes approximately 43 minutes to travel from CEBU IT Park to Sirao, but the travel will be worth your time. Please your eyes and soothe your mind and soul by spending a few hours at Sirao Garden that boasts colorful flowers. The beautiful celosia flowers and sunflowers are among the spotlights of the garden. Take a photo on top of a sculpture of a hand or check out multiple colorful figures.

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Your unforgettable vacation in the Philippines starts in Cebu

Cebu offers you plenty of interesting neighborhoods to explore and attractions to wonder at. As a place that plays an important role in the Philippines’ history, Cebu is a must-visit for those who want an insight into the country’s tradition and culture or those simply want a change of scenery. For the best experience, check out these best neighborhoods and where to stay. You can also check out these 5-star hotels for a more luxurious experience.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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