Southpole Central Hotel

Southpole Central Hotel: a better budget option in downtown Cebu

By on April 24, 2017

I must admit that I hesitated to stay at Southpole Central Hotel last month. The reason for that is because it’s located along Junquera in Cebu City.

But since I have nothing else to do that weekend, I grabbed the staycation invite. I also thought of giving this fairly new hotel a chance since Junquera these days may not be as notorious as most would think it is.


More than basic amenities

After a quick check-in, I was then ushered to one of the hotel’s Business Suite Rooms. Mine in particular has a queen-size and a single bed that I had no use for. You can see from the photo below that it is spacious enough for a family/barkada of 3 or even 4.

Southpole Central Hotel - business suite

It is interesting to point out that the difference between this accommodation and the Superior Room, the hotel’s cheapest at Php 1800, is just a few hundred pesos.

Southpole Central Hotel - business suite amenities

Southpole Central Hotel - bathroom

But if you are traveling on a tight budget, you’d be delighted to find out that the latter and the Superior Room are also equipped with the same amenities – a bidet spray in the toilet, hot and cold shower, cable TV and highspeed internet access.

Southpole Central Hotel - keyless card entry

As an added safety feature, you also need your room keycard to access the stairs or the elevator.

I was pleasantly surprised with these modern conveniences. You just could not find these in other properties along Junquera.


Function rooms and a chill out bar

Southpole Central also has function rooms that are perfect for intimate gatherings, birthday celebrations and corporate meetings. These are located at the top level, right beside the hotel’s chill out bar.

Southpole Central Hotel - function rooms

This floor is actually my favorite part at Southpole Central. The smartly placed windows allow for more natural light to come in. At this vantage point, you get to see the view of the university across the street and the charming urban sprawl of downtown Cebu.

Southpole Central Hotel - chillout bar

At night, the window at the chill out bar provides a view of the dazzling lights coming from the high rises uptown. You can also sing your hearts out in their mini-karaoke set-up.

I would have wanted to stay here longer, but when someone started singing “My Way,” I took that as a sign that I should already return to my comfy bed. 🙂


Junquera is a safe and strategic location

My stay at Southpole Hotel made me realize that Junquera is not as notorious as most would think. I even walked around the neighborhood to look for cheap eats. And If I had more time that afternoon, I might have reached Cebu’s historic tourist spots such as the iconic Magellan’s Cross Shrine and the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.

Southpole Central Hotel - Junquera

There’s a bank and a convenience store right beside Southpole Central Hotel. For guests who’d like to visit the big malls, they are just one jeepney or cab ride away from Junquera.

Change (and a Starbucks store) has indeed come to Junquera. But even so, there are no substitutes for common sense and vigilance. This is true whether you stay at a cheap accommodation downtown or a chi-chi hotel elsewhere.

Southpole Central Hotel - breakfast

What I’d like the hotel management to consider though is to improve their over-all breakfast experience. Maybe they can put up a large LCD TV to show the day’s top stories.

Or better yet, transfer the buffet at one of their function rooms by the chill out bar. I imagine that the morning view of the city is more relaxing than the dreary white walls at the ground floor.

Southpole Central Hotel - lobby

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Southpole Central Hotel. I was actually very surprised that for a budget-friendly accommodation, this hotel offers more than what’s expected.


Consider Southpole Central Hotel in your upcoming Cebu adventures. Book your stay via Agoda.


Southpole Central Hotel
29 Junquera St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Landline: +63 32 234-7777

Disclosure: The blogger would like to thank Southpole Central Hotel for the complimentary stay. Even so, he maintains full editorial control of this hotel review.

  1. Reply

    Jay See

    April 25, 2017

    Thank you for the very nice review of South Pole Central Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines

    • Reply

      Brennan Mercado

      May 8, 2017

      The pleasure was mine Jay See. Until then!


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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