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Philippine Travelogue: Budget Accommodation Offers Flawless Internet

Express Inn lobby
Staff at Express Inn are friendly and helpful. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cebu Adventure Part Three

Michael Taylor wins a round-trip ticket to Cebu on Cebu Pacific Air. He spends his first one and one-half nights at a budget hotel near the airport, where his room has an Internet connection that would shame most five star hotels.

Faced with an early morning arrival and no hotel reservation for my first night, I go on line to explore my options. I discover a budget hotel just 10 minutes – or so the reviewer says – from Cebu Airport. It is clean and excellent value, the reviewer adds.

Checking the place out, I discover that a couple of rooms are available on the night I want to visit for as little as US$18 per night – US$21 if you throw in breakfast.

Since I will be arriving in Cebu at 4.10 am in the morning – and I don't want to just hang out until my room for the night becomes ready - I decide that at these prices I might as well book the hotel room for two nights.

That way I can check in right away rather than wandering around for several hours until my room becomes available. I did that once a few years back, and it was no picnic.

The reviewer was right partially right. The room is comfortable and clean – excellent value for the money. But I'm sure it took more than 10 minutes to get here.

 

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Maybe I was lucky, but I had no problem getting - or staying - on line. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Flawless Internet Connection

The best news is that getting on line has been a breeze. There have none of the hoops that many five star hotels make you jump through to get on line. Logging on has been just like logging on at home.

Breakfast was pretty basic. It would have been better – and cheaper, actually – to have ordered ala carte off the menu rather than having it included with my room..

I really would have preferred to try one of the Filipino breakfasts that cost only US$2 rather than paying US$3 for what they called a Continental Breakfast..

The worst news is that this hotel is in the middle of nowhere. It's in a very run down residential neighborhood with no shops or restaurants nearby. I went out in search of lunch, and it took me at least 45 minutes to find a place.

And then I faced another 45 minutes walk back to the hotel through a neighborhood that can only be described as “nondescript”.

 

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Sammy's Tap Si Log serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner - with indoor and outdoor seating. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

 The Verdict

I'll give the Express Inn an A+ for connectivity and an A- for value. It's clean, the air conditioning works, and the staff are friendly - B+ perhaps?

Owing to its proximity to the airport and the low price, the hotel makes a good option for passengers at the beginning or end of a trip.

If you've got either a late night or an early morning arrival or departure,  you can stay connected without having to splash out big bucks on a hotel room that you will only be spending a few hours in.

I would not, however, want to spend more than one night here. Unless, of course, I had business in the neighborhood.

 

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