I was worried that my friends and I would be cramped at the Premiere Suite Room of Pillows Hotel in midtown Cebu, our temporary home for a weekend staycation not too long ago.
It also inadvertently became our homebase while we visited the often overlooked restaurants in this part of the city. I imagine that in its heyday or before the supermalls have opened elsewhere, the capitol area was one of the cool spots for hang-outs. Nowadays, you come here only if you have a very specific errand to attend to or if you want to avoid the crowds at the malls.
More than basic amenities
After we checked-in, I was relieved to find out that our accommodation was a lot more spacious compared to the photos of it I saw online. It was also already fitted with four single beds (the two were extras I think) each of which had their customized signature fluffy pillows. Needless to say that the property was named after these babies.
I liked how the dark gray floor provided a welcome contrast to the wall’s blue motif. We would later find out that each of the floors in the hotel sport a different color in the rainbow. The ground floor’s theme is red, the 2F is orange and so on and so forth.
Our room had a mini-kitchen, a flatscreen TV, a small table and a balcony that became an important accessory to our Instagram updates later in the afternoon. WiFi reception was more than sufficient as well.
Quieter location in midtown Cebu
Pillows Hotel is perfect not only for barkadas but also for traveling families who’d like a place right in the middle of Cebu but one that’s partially spared from ‘the hurly-burly of the city life.’
It’s located at Gov M. Roa, a one-way street and if your taxi driver doesn’t know where that is, you can tell him that this is the small street located at the back of Cebu Doctors Hospital.
The hotel is indeed tucked in a quieter portion of midtown Cebu. But for those who’d like to party, fret not as it is just a few blocks away from the Sinulog route, Mango’s nightlife and a one jeepney ride away from the major tourist spots.
Customizable breakfast meals
The hotel’s complimentary breakfast was served at the only restaurant by the lobby. It has an eye-catching, dreamy mural which is also reflected on the placemats.
You have to customize your breakfast by selecting from a small checklist – your preferred proteins, how you want your rice and eggs done and your drink of choice. They surprisingly don’t offer danggit (dried rabbitfish) here so I had a mound(!) of pork tocino to accompany my cup of plain white rice, runny sunny side up eggs and a cup of joe.
These are some of my guilty pleasures in one plate and my pseudo trainer would definitely not be pleased when he gets to read this. But the hotel does have a fitness area for those who want to burn some calories during their stay. None of us went to the gym of course even after our intense food marathon.
I’m glad to have stayed at Pillows Hotel, a budget place which I can now highly recommend to my friends. While it’s not the cheapest there is, the amenities that they provide are already luxuries for the hotel category they belong to.
I do wish that they would finally relaunch their own website to provide additional information such as updated tariffs and site location for their future guests. And maybe they can also consider installing a small Jacuzzi or setting up a bar at their underutilized rooftop. But we all know these are not really necessary for a budget accommodation in the city.
For off-season discounts and room availability, book your stay at Pillows Hotel Cebu via Agoda.
208 Gov. M. Roa Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City
+63 32 268-8000
Disclosure: The blogger would like to thank Pillows Hotel for the complimentary stay. Even so, he maintains full editorial control of this hotel review.